I wish I could say I hit my annual reading goal, but I broke my 2 year streak. In 2016 I doubled my goal by reading 24 books, and also hit my 2017 goal of 30 books. My 2018 goal was to read 40 books, but I only read 12. If you're not my friend on Goodreads, are we really friends?
Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain
Origin by Dan Brown
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Well That Escalated Quickly by Francesca Ramsey
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The Last Black Unicorn by Tiffany Haddish
An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris
Tie Your Shoes Kid by Meta Sarmiento
Wild by Cheryl Strayed
America is Not the Heart by Elaine Castillo
While my reading list falls way short of my ambitious 40 books this year, I also flooded my brain cells with podcasts. Here are some of my favorites of 2018, including some notable episodes.
NPR’s Hidden Brain
Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History
New York Time’s Still Processing
Refinery 29’s Strong Opinions Loosely Held
Amanda Seales' Small Doses
KQED’s Bay Curious
NPR’s Hidden Brain — Great podcast that dives into our subconscious minds, including socio-cultural-psychological influences and phenomenons. Calculating over 70 episodes that range from 25-60mins long, Shankar Vedantam’s voice has been in my head for up to 4,200 minutes. If you want to join the club, I’d start with these episodes.
Think Fast with Daniel Kahneman
The Sorting Hat
Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History — Having already read three Malcolm Gladwell books, I was excited to learn he had a podcast. He’s widely known as a thought-provoking, prolific writer/journalist, and his podcast add even more dimension to how he conceptualizes his ideas.
New York Time’s Still Processing — I was introduced to this podcast by several people telling me I HAD to listen to the Asian American’s episodes. So I did.
Asian-Americans Talk About Racism, and We Listen - Part 1 and 2
We Unpack Black Male Privilege
Refinery 29’s Strong Opinions Loosely Held — Admittedly, I wasn’t a huge fan of the whole idea of podcasts until I started listening to Strong Opinions Loosely Held.
Please Exit Through the Feminist Gift Shop
When Your Pop Culture Doesn’t Agree With Your Politics
Famous Online, Broke IRL
Just Shut Up
Amanda Seales' Small Doses — After writing a blogpost about fuckboys, a friend recommended I listened to Amanda Seales’ interview with James Bland who plays a fuckboy character on Insecure.
Side Effects of Not Having Kids
Side Effects of Being a Realist
Side Effects of Fuckboys (with James Bland)
KQED’s Bay Curious —
Have Ride-Hailing Apps Made Traffic Worse?
America’s Emperor, San Francisco’s Treasure: Who Was Emperor Norton?
Serial — Took a break from listening to hella introspective podcasts and finally delved into some crime and murder.