Best Books of the First Half of 2019

The best 27 books that I’ve read so far in 2019 organized by genre. I’ve given all of these books at least a 4 star rating out of 5 on goodreads. Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon for reference, but I encourage you to support your local bookstore if possible. I checked out more than half of these books from the library.

Art

Special Mention: Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters is the most unique, weird, and entertaining graphic novel that I’ve read in a long time. 5 stars.

Business

Special Mention: I re-read Dan Olsen’s Lean Product Playbook and highly recommend this book to anyone who’s interested understanding how to build great products.

Fiction

Special Mention: The Lincoln in the Bardo audiobook is insane. 166 different narrators, many of them famous actors. Sublime performances by Nick Offerman and David Sedaris. Sets a new bar for audiobooks.

Non-Fiction

Special Mention: Barret Baumgart’s China Lake is a great desert book that uses gonzo journalism to explore conspiracy theories around military weather control.

Photography

Special Mention: I’ve been fortunate enough to explore a few airplane boneyards with the legendary Troy Paiva. His wild light painted night photos of these lonely hulking wrecks are not to be missed.

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