2012 Reading List Kill Shelf

by Dan Walsh

I read a lot of really good books last year and I want to read even more this year, but I have a problem. I keep a kill shelf on my bookshelf for all the books I’ve read over the course of a year. It’s nice to see progress, and it keeps them all in one place in case I want to quickly reference one of the many new ideas to which I’ve been exposed.

I received a Kindle for Christmas this year, and I love it. However, as I transition more and more toward consuming books in digital format, I need a place to collect them. I need a list that’s easy to browse at a glance – one that isn’t encumbered by titles of books I have yet to read.

This post is my 2012 Kill Shelf

1. The Education of Millionaires, by Michael Ellsburg (Finished January)

2. Shantaram: A Novel, by Gregory David Roberts (Finished January)

3. Screw Business as Usual, by Richard Branson (Finished 2/2/12)

4. The Club of Queer Trades, by G.K. Chesterton (Finished 2/3/12)

5. Reality is Broken, by Jane McGonigal (Finished 2/28/12)

6. Live and Let Die, by Ian Fleming (Started 2/29/12 – Finished 3/4/12)

7. Moonraker, by Ian Fleming (Started 3/5/12 – Finished 3/11/12)

8. Civil Disobedience, by Henry David Thoreau (Started 3/11/12 – Finished 3/13/12)

9. Lying, by Sam Harris and Annaka Harris (Started 3/13/12 – Finished 3/13/12)

10. On the Decay of the Art of Lying, by Mark Twain (Started 3/13/12 – Finished 3/14/12

11. The Flinch, by Julien Smith (Started 3/14/12 – Finished 3/15/12)

12. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson (Started 3/15/12 – Finished 3/18/12)

13. Imagine: How Creativity Works, by Jonah Lehrer (Started 3/19/12 – Finished 3/25/12)

14. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson (Started 3/25/12 – Finished 3/26/12)

15. Art of Money Getting Or, Golden Rules for Making Money, by P.T. Barnum (Started 3/27/12 – Finished 3/28/12 )

16. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day, by Arnold Bennett (Started 3/28/12 – Finished 3/29/12)

17. The Selfish Gene, by Richard Dawkins (Started 3/30/12 – Finished 4/11/12)

18. An Iron Will, by Orison Swett Marden (Started 4/11/12 – Finished 4/12/12)

19. The Charisma Myth, by Olivia Fox Cabane (Started 4/13/12 – Finished 4/25/12)

20. The Great Stagnation, by Tyler Cowen (Started 4/25/12 – Finished 4/28/12  )

21. How to Count (Programming for Mere Mortals), by Steven Frank (Started 4/28/12 – Finished 4/29/12)

22. Vendetta, by Honore de Balzac (Started 4/29/12 – Finished 5/2/12 )

23. Mental Efficiency  (Started 5/3/12 – Finished 5/?/12)

24. How to Live on 24 Hours a Day (Started 5/?/12  - Finished 5/?/12)

25. A Feast for Crows, by George RR Martin (Started 5/?/12 – Finished 5/25/12)

26. A Dance with Dragons, by George RR Martin (Started 5/25/12 – Finished 6/13/12)

27. Poise: How To Attain It (Started 6/13/12 – Finished 6/26/12)

28. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It, by Kamal Ravikant (Started 6/??/12 – Finished 7/??/12)

30. Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius (Started 7/??/12 – In Progress…)

31. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Started 7/??/12 – Finished 7/14/12)

32. The Gods of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Started 7/15/12 – Finished 7/20/12)

33. The Warlord of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Started 7/20/12 – Finished 7/25/12)

34. Improv Wisdom, by Patricia Ryan Madson (Started 7/??/12 – Finished 8/5/12)

25. Competing on Analytics, by Thomas H. Davenport (Started 7/22/12 – Finished…)

35. Born Standing Up, by Steve Martin (Started 7/25/12 – Finished 9/8/12)

36. Batman: The Long Halloween (Started 8/11/12 – Finished 8/11/12)

36. Diamonds Are Forever, by Ian Fleming (Started 8/12/12 – Finished 8/17/12)

37. Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes (Started 8/17/12 – Finished 8/19/12)

38. Impossible: The Manifesto, by Joel Runyon (Started 8/20/12 – Finished 8/21/12)

39. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card (Started 8/23/12 – Finished 8/26/12)

40. Speaker for the Dead, by Orson Scott Card (Started 8/27/12 –  Finished 9/2/12)

41. Assimilateve Memory, or How to Attend and Never Forget, by A. Loisette (Started 9/10/12 – Finished…)

42. From Russia with Love, by Ian Fleming (Started 9/12/12 – Finished 9/16/12)

43. Dr. No, by Ian Fleming (Started 9/16/12 – 9/23/12)

44. Logic, Inductive and Deductive, by William Minto (Started 9/18/12 – Finished…)

45. Rough Riders, by Theodore Roosevelt (Started 10/2/12 – Finished 10/11/12)

46. Batman: Dark Victory, by Jeph Loeb (Started 10/12/12 – Finished 10/12/12)

47. Zen in the Art of Archery, by Eugen Herrigel (Started 10/13/12 – Finished 10/17?/12)

48. The Unfettered Mind, by (Started 10/18?/12 – Finished 10/29/12)

49. No B.S. Direct Marketing, by Dan Kennedy (Started 10/29/30 – Finished 11/2/12)

50. Personal Power, by Tony Robbins (Started 11/4/12 – Finished 11/14/12)

51. The Pearl, by John Steinbeck (Started 11/16/12 – Finished 11/24/12)

52. The Four-Hour Chef, by Tim Ferriss (Started 11/24/12 -

53. Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck (Started 11/26/12 – 11/30/12)

54. Tarzan of the Apes, by Edgar Rice Burroughs (Started 12/1/12 – Finished 12/3/12)

55. Self Reliance, by Ralph Waldo Emerson (Started 12/3/12 – Finished 12/5/12)

56. Animal Farm, by George Orwell (Started 12/6/12 – Finished 12/12/12)