A public record of the major books I’m reading throughout the year.


  1. St. Francis of Assisi by G.K. Chesterton
  2. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  3. The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso by Dante Alighieri
  4. Charlemagne by Richard Winston
  5. The Great Bridge: The Epic Story of the Building of the Brooklyn Bridge by David McCullough
  6. Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony Esolen
  7. You Are Not a Gadget by Jaron Lanier
  8. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb
  9. The Normans: From Raiders to Kings by Lars Brownworth
  10. When the Church Was Young: Voices of the Early Fathers by Marcellino D’Ambrosio
  11. 1453: The Holy War for Constantinople and the Clash of Islam and the West by Roger Crowley
  12. 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
  13. Lost to the West: The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization by Lars Brownworth
  14. Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
  15. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
  16. Caesar and Christ by Will Durant


  1. Last Testament by Benedict XVI
  2. New York: The Novel by Edward Rutherford
  3. The Age of Faith by Will Durant
  4. Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body by John Paul II
  5. The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge
  6. Heart of Europe: A History of the Holy Roman Empire by Peter H. Wilson
  7. The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  8. The English and Their History by Robert Tombs
  9. Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow
  10. The Education of Henry Adams by Henry Adams
  11. Look Who’s Back by Timur Vermes
  12. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon
  13. Sarum: A Novel of England by Edward Rutherford
  14. Apologia Pro Vita Sua by John Henry Newman
  15. The Everlasting Man by G.K. Chesterton
  16. Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough




  1. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro
  2. The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  4. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer
  5. The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris by David McCullough
  6. Strangers in a Strange Land by Charles J. Chaput
  7. The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher
  8. Shadows on the Rock by Willa Cather
  9. The Song of Beowulf, translated by R.J. Gordon
  10. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
  11. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin Abbott
  12. No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers by Michael Novak
  13. Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
  14. On Power by Robert Caro
  15. The Greek Way by Edith Hamilton