500 Books

I started this project in early 2020 to educate myself on topics that interest me (history, political theory, philosophy, psychology, comparative religion and the environment, among others), while reading classic and contemporary literature along the way.


16. Kristin Lavransdatter, I: The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

Written by Nobel Laureate Sigrid Undset. Like taking a time-machine back to medieval Norway, with all the hardships and often darkness of that time. Compelling story with a strong female lead and a father’s deep, eventually anguished love for his daughter. Moving religious imagery and high drama throughout. This is the first book in a 3-book series following the life of Kristin. I read Tiina Nunnally’s translation and look forward to reading the next two books in the series. Indiebound

15. Growth of the Soil by Knut Hamsun

14. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

13. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

12. Rules for Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky

11. The Bhagavad Gita by Barbara Stoler Miller (translator)

10. Against the Grain: A Deep History of the Earliest States by James Scott

9.Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl

8. Learning to Die: Wisdom in the Age of Climate Crisis by Robert Bringhurst & Jan Zwicky

7. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

6. The Road by Cormac McCarthy

5. The Climate Report: National Climate Assessment-Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States by U.S. Global Change Research Program

4. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

2. Drawdown: The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming by Paul Hawkin

1. The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming by David Wallace-Wells