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My 2024 Reading List

With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us in the US, it's time for me to post my reading list for the upcoming year.
An image of a stack of books, generated by MidJourney.
An image of a stack of books, generated by MidJourney.
Every Thanksgiving, I devise a list of topics to read about in the upcoming year. Throughout the year, I may post book reviews on specific titles or list the ones I could make it through with some basic thoughts.


With the Thanksgiving holiday behind us in the US, it's time for me to post my reading list for the upcoming year.

If you're unfamiliar with past reading lists, here's how things work. The weekend after Thanksgiving, I select a series of topics I want to learn more about in the upcoming year. I will research top titles and upcoming releases within those topics and select a series of books to contribute to my learning.

Throughout the titled year, I will update the post with a paragraph or so on my thinking around a particular title. I may also post more in-depth reviews of books I have found particularly interesting.

Because I know some great people who read great books, I also leave room to insert titles based on recommendations from others. In the past, this has resulted in some high-quality learning as well.

TL;DR - 2024 Topics

For those who dislike reading lengthy posts, here's the short list of topics for 2024.

Note: 2023 had an unexpectedly abbreviated reading schedule, and some 2023 topics have been carried over.
  • Climate Change and Circular Economies
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • The intersection of Civic Policy & Technology
  • Urban Planning & Design
  • Usability (mostly surrounding special audience needs)
  • Video Game Design & Development

I reserve the right to adjust this list and add/change topics as I see fit.

2024 Reads

Note the list is in Alphabetical order by title. I will not read the list in this order.
Title Status Author Rating Audible Link
A Civic Technologist's Practice Guide Not Yet Started Cyd Harrell Audible
Beyond the Goal Not Yet Started Eliyahu M. Goldratt Audible
Brag Better Not Yet Started Meredith Fineman Audible
Chip War Not Yet Started Chris Miller Audible
Cobalt Red Not Yet Started Siddharth Kara Audible
Crucial Conversations Not Yet Started Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, Ron McMillan, Al Switzler, Emily Gregory Audible
Demystifying Disability Not Yet Started Emily Ladau Audible
Escaping the Build Trap Not Yet Started Melissa Perri Audible
How to Kill a City Not Yet Started Peter Moskowitz Audible
Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up Not Yet Started Tom Phillips Audible
Humanocracy Not Yet Started Gary Hamel, Michele Zanini Audible
Indie Game Publishing Not Yet Started Odile Limpach Audible
Institutional Conflicts of Interest: Business & Public Policy Not Yet Started Skip Worden Audible
Lateral Leadership Not Yet Started Tim Herbig Audible
Net Zero Not Yet Started Dieter Helm Audible
Noise Not Yet Started Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, Cass R. Sunstein Audible
OK Boomer, Let's Talk Not Yet Started Jill Filipovic Audible
Palaces for the People Not Yet Started Eric Klinenberg Audible
Reality Is Broken Not Yet Started Jane McGonigal Audible
Ruined by Design Not Yet Started Mike Monteiro Audible
Speed & Scale Not Yet Started John Doerr, Ryan Panchadsaram Audible
Streetfight Not Yet Started Janette Sadik-Khan, Seth Solomonow Audible
Street Smart Not Yet Started Samuel I. Schwartz, William Rosen Audible
Strong Towns Not Yet Started Charles L. Marohn Jr. Audible
Talking to Strangers Not Yet Started Malcolm Gladwell Audible
The Good Ancestor Not Yet Started Roman Krznaric Audible
The Government Fix: How To Innovate in Government Not Yet Started Hana Schank, Sara Hudson Audible
The New Climate War Not Yet Started Michael E. Mann Audible
The Technological Society Not Yet Started Jacques Ellul Audible
Thinking In Systems Not Yet Started Donella H. Meadows Audible
Think Like a Game Designer Not Yet Started Justin Gary Audible
Under a White Sky Not Yet Started Elizabeth Kolbert Audible
Win Your Case Not Yet Started Gerry Spence Audible
You Said This Would Be Fun Not Yet Started Jeff Warrender Audible

Added Reads

These are the books recommended to me or discovered throughout 2024.

Title Status Author Rating Audible Link

What do you hope to learn in 2024? Are any of these books of interest to you? Which titles are you drawn to most?

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