A list of the books I’ve finished since August 20th 2018, replacing my older blog posts. I’m increasingly using these lists as a way to jog my memory and the fragmented blog posts aren’t very useful for that.

  1. Bobos in Paradise: The New Upper Class And How They Got There by David Brooks
  2. Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Advertising Industry by Ken Auletta
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. The Ideas Industry: How Pessimists, Partisans, and Plutocrats are Transforming the Marketplace of Ideas by Daniel Drezner
  5. Amsterdam by Ian McEwan
  6. Seduction: Men, Masculinity and Mediated Intimacy by Rachel O’Neill
  7. The Road by Cormack McCarthy
  8. The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google by Scott Galloway
  9. Fear: Trump in the Whitehouse by Bob Woodward
  10. Nervous States: How Feeling Took Over The World by Will Davies
  11. Crudo: A Novel by Olivia Laing
  12. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis
  13. Uneasy Street: The Anxieties of Affluence by Rachel Sherman
  14. Left Hemisphere: Mapping Contemporary Theory by Razmig Keucheyan
  15. Stand Out Of Our Light by James Williams
  16. Like A Thief In Broad Daylight by Slavoj Zizek
  17. Stars and Bars by William Boyd
  18. He Died With His Eyes Open by Derek Raymond
  19. Moneyland by Oliver Bullough
  20. How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
  21. Internet Celebrity: Understanding Fame Online by Crystal Abidin
  22. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  23. Becoming by Michelle Obama (to the bewilderment of some in my life)
  24. Normal People by Sally Rooney
  25. The Future That Never Happened by Richard Power Sayeed
  26. The Comfort of Strangers by Ian McEwan
  27. Never Mind by Edward St Aubyn

  • The Party by Elizabeth Day
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • The Secret History by Donna Tart
  • The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
  • Machine Platform Crowd by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
  • Alt-Right by Mike Wendlin
  • The People vs Tech by Jamie Bartlett
  • Ten Arguments For Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier
  • Bean Counters by Richard Brooks
  • The Sober Diaries by Claire Pooley
  • Post-Truth by Matthew D’Ancona
  • How Democracy Ends by David Runciman
  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
  • Reckless Opportunists by Aeron Davis
  • On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan
  • The President is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson (I plead morbid curiosity while stuck at an airport)
  • Revolution Française by Sophie Pedder
  • Game Changer: Eight Weeks That Transformed Politics by Steve Wheeler
  • Post Truth by Evan Davis

  • Troublemakers by Leslie Berlin
  • How To Turn Down a Billion Dollars by Billie Gallagher
  • Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday
  • Out of the Wreckage by George Monbiot
  • The Know It Alls by Noam Cohen
  • Troll by D.B. Thorne
  • Saturday by Ian McEwan
  • Between the Sheets by Ian McEwan
  • The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz
  • Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner? by Katrine Marçal

  • Dictatorland by Paul Kenyon
  • Kill It To Save It by Corey Dolgon
  • Envisioning Sociology by John Scott and Ray Bromley
  • Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Factories For Learning by Christy Kulz
  • Your Fathers, Where Are They? And The Prophets, Do They Live Forever? by Dave Eggars
  • The AirBnB Story by Leigh Gallagher
  • The Know-It-Alls by Noam Cohen
  • King Rat by China Mieville
  • The Store by James Patterson

  • Pax by Sara Pennypacker
  • Broadcast by Liam Brown
  • Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
  • The New Poverty by Stephen Armstrong
  • Collusion by Luke Harding
  • Father and Daughter by Ann Oakley
  • Alt-America by David Neiwert
  • World Without Mind by Franklin Foer
  • Unbelievable by Katy Tur
  • Betting the House by Tim Ross and Tom McTague

  • The French Exception: Emmanuel Macron by Adam Plowright
  • Desperately Seeking Self-Improvement by Carl Cederström and André Spicer
  • Down The Rabbit Hole by Holly Maddison
  • The BBC: Myth of a Public Service by Tom Mills
  • The Assassination Complex by Jeremy Scahill and the Intercept Team
  • What Happened? By Hilary Clinton
  • The Conquest of Cool by Thomas Frank
  • From Counterculture to Cyberculture by Fred Turner
  • Radicals: Outsiders Changing the World by Jamie Bartlett
  • Infinite Distraction by Dominic Pettman

  • No Is Not Enough by Naomi Klein
  • Devil’s Bargain by Joshua Green
  • Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M. Conway
  • Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neill
  • The Courage of Love by Alain de Botton
  • Democracy In Chains by Nancy MacLean
  • How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers

  • The Candidate: Jeremy Corbyn’s Improbably Path to Power by Alex Nunns
  • How Trump Thinks: His Tweets and the Birth of a New Political Language by Peter Oborne and Tom Roberts
  • Shattered: Inside Hilary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign by Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes
  • The Mediated Construction of Reality by Nick Couldry and Andreas Hepp
  • Adults In The Room: My Battle With Europe’s Deep Establishment by Yanis Varoufakis
  • I Hate The Internet by Jarett Kobek
  • Solar by Ian McEwan
  • The Blade Artist by Irvine Welsh

  • Making Sociology Public by Lambros Fatsis
  • Rest by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang
  • Filling The Void by Marcus Gilroy-Ware
  • What is the Future? By John Urry
  • The Existentialist Moment by Patrick Baert
  • Slowness by Milan Kundera
  • The Men Who Stare At Goats by Jon Ronson
  • The Making of the Indebted Man by Maurizio Lazzarato
  • Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries

  • The End of Absence by Michael Harris
  • The Sacred Book of the Werewolf by Victor Pelevin
  • One Market Under God by Thomas Frank
  • Uberworked and Underpaid by Trebor Scholz
  • The Curse of the Monsters of Educational Technology by Audrey Watters
  • The Revenge of the Monsters of Educational Technology by Audrey Watters
  • The Upstarts by Brad Stone
  • The Making of Donald Trump by David Clay Johnston

After a couple of years of doing this, I’ve decided to stop recording the graphic novels I read. The idea for the reading list has proved really succesful: it’s a useful record to jog my memory & it’s helped me lessen my habit of starting millions of books without finishing them. But recording graphic novels started to seem completely pointless.

Books I’ve read recently:

  • Men Explain Things To Me And Other Essays by Rebecca Solnit
  • This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things by Whitney Phillips
  • The Monsters of Educational Technology by Audrey Watters
  • Platform Capitalism by Nick Srnicek
  • Working The Phones by Jamie Woodcock
  • Conflict In The Academy by Marcus Morgan and Patrick Baert
  • Four Futures by Peter Frase

Graphic Novels I’ve read recently:

  • Iron Man: Demon In A Bottle by Carmine Infantino
  • Operation Ajax: The Story of the CIA Coup That Remade the Middle Easby Daniel Burwen and Mike de Seve

  • DMZ by Brian Wood
  • Outcast by Robert Kirkman
  • Fatale by Ed Brubaker
  • Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Roche Limit by Michael Moreci
  • Criminal by Ed Brubaker
  • The Fade Out by Ed Brubaker
  • Super Crooks by Mark Millar
  • The Fuse by Shari Chankhamma
  • They’re Not Like Us by Eric Stephenson
  • Postal by Matt Hawkins
  • Trees by Warren Ellis
  • Injection by Warren Ellis
  • Moon Knight by Warren Ellis
  • Invisible Republic by Gabriel Hardman
  • Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis
  • Sons of the Devil by Brian Buccellato
  • Sex by Joe Casey
  • Kick Ass by Mark Millar
  • Pride & Joy by Garth Ennis

  • Depth by Lev Ac Rosen
  • Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet by Finn Brunton
  • Rethinking Interdisciplinarity by Felicity Callard and Des Fitzgerald
  • Accelerating Academia by Filip Vostal
  • The Refusal of Work by David Frayne
  • Intern Nation: How To Earn Nothing and Learn Little in the Brave New Economy by Ross Perlin
  • Jeffrey Sachs: The Strange Case of Dr. Shock and Mr. Aid by Japhy Wilson
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Pity the Billionaire: The Unlikely Comeback of the American Right by Thomas Frank
  • Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
  • Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work by Nick Srnicek and Alex Williams
  • Rise of the Right by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell
  • Distraction by Damon Young
  • My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  • The Global Minotaur by Yanis Varoufakis
  • Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  • Work’s Intimacy by Melissa Gregg
  • Pirate Philosophy by Gary Hall
  • Learn to Write Badly by Michael Billig
  • Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened To The Party Of The People? by Thomas Frank

Books I’ve read recently:

  • SS-GB by Len Deighton
  • The Elephant in the Room by Jon Ronson
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  • How To Write Badly by Michael Billig

Graphic novels I’ve read recently: 

  • Catwoman: When In Rome by Jeff Loeb and Tim Sale
  • Sons of Anarchy: Volume 6 by Ryan Ferrier, Matias Bergara and Paul Little
  • Kick-Ass 2 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.
  • International Iron Man by Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev
  • Transmetropolitan: Lonely City by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Dirge by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Gouge Away by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Spider’s Trash by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Lust For Life by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Lonely City by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson
  • Transmetropolitan: Back On The Street by Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson

Work’s Intimacy by Melissa Gregg
The Uberfication of the University by Gary Hall
Pirate Philosophy by Gary Hall
Listen, Liberal: Or, What Ever Happened To The Party Of The People? by Thomas Frank

Graphic Novels: 

Invisible Republic vol 1 by Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko and Jordan Boyd
Invisible Republic vol 2 by Gabriel Hardman, Corinna Bechko and Jordan Boyd
Kick Ass 3 by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr


  1. Purity by Jonathan Franzen
  2. Trump and Me by Mark Singer
  3. OccupyMedia! by Christian Fuchs
  4. Strangers In Their Own Land by Arlie Hochschild
  5. And The Weak Suffer What They Must? by Yanis Varoufakis

Graphic Novels:

  1. Injection vol 1 by Warren Ellis
  2. Injection vol 2 by Warren Ellis
  3. Moon Knight: From The Dead by Warren Ellis
  4. Kick Ass by Mark Millar
  5. Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  6. The Amazing Spider Man: Renew Your Vows by Dan Slott
  7. The Violent: Blood Like Tar by Ed Brisson
  8. Roche Limit: Monadic by Michael Moreci
  9. TreesTwo Forests by Warren Ellis

  • This is London by Ben Judah
  • Rise of the Right by Simon Winlow, Steve Hall and James Treadwell
  • Rethinking Social Exclusion by Simon Winlow and Steve Hall
  • The Flicker Men by Ted Kosmatka
  • Distraction by Damon Young

Graphic Novels:

  • Hawkeye: Rio Bravo by Matt Fraction
  • The Immortal Iron Fist by Matt Fraction and Eb Brubaker
  • The Fuse: The Russia Shift by Antony Johnston
  • The Fuse: Gridlock by Antony Johnston
  • Batman: End Game by Scott Snyder
  • Batman: Superheavy by Scott Snyder