Mario Villalobos

Reading

At the beginning of 2010, in an effort to read more books, I decided to start a reading log. I’ve kept track of every book I’ve read since then.

Those marked with a ♥ are books that have affected me profoundly in some way. They’re those books that shaped who I am today, and I recommend them to anyone reading this.

2010
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau♥♥
  • Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
  • Contact by Carl Sagan
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy♥♥
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy♥♥
  • Dexter in the Dark by Jeff Lindsay
  • Dexter by Design by Jeff Lindsay
  • Children of Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The River Between by Jacquelyn Cook
  • God Emperor of Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Rear Window and other stories by Cornell Woolrich
  • American Beauty by Alan Ball
  • Adaptation by Charlie & Donald Kaufman
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind by Charlie Kaufman
  • Traffic by Stephen Gaghan
  • V for Vendetta by Alan Moore
  • Pronto by Elmore Leonard
  • Riding the Rap by Elmore Leonard
  • Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert
  • The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi
  • 10 Rules of Writing by Elmore Leonard
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • 101 Things I Learned in Film School by Neil Landau
  • Batman: City of Crime by David Lapham
  • Gotham Central: In the Line of Duty by Ed Brubaker
  • Gotham Central: Half a Life by Ed Brubaker
  • Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
  • From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
  • Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
  • The Best Short Stories of O. Henry by O. Henry
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • Notes from Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Slapstick by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
  • Changing the Conversation by Gary Klaben
  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • Betrayal by Harold Pinter
  • Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard
  • Think and Grow Rich! by Napoleon Hill
  • The 4 Major Plays by Anton Chekhov
2011
  • Six Myths of Our Time by Marina Warner
  • The Empty Space by Peter Brook
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  • Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Henry VI Part I by William Shakespeare
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Henry VI Part II by William Shakespeare
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • Henry VI Part III by William Shakespeare
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • The New Frugality by Chris Farnell
  • Richard III by William Shakespeare
  • The Barber of Seville/The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais
  • The Comedy of Errors by William Shakespeare
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • Frogs into Princes by Richard Bandler & John Grinder
  • Titus Andronicus by William Shakespeare
  • Mastery by George Leonard
  • The Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare
  • Feel the Fear and Do It Anyways by Susan Jeffers
  • Two Gentleman of Verona by William Shakespeare
  • Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Caldini
  • Love’s Labor Lost by William Shakespeare
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • Survival Strategies by Raghavendra Gadagkar
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • The Truth About Cinderella by Martin Daly & Margo Wilson
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Richard II by William Shakespeare
  • Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
  • Love Signals by David Givens
  • Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • The Mating Mind by Geoffrey Miller
  • King John by William Shakespeare
  • The Strength Training Anatomy Workout by Frédéric Delavier
  • The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
  • The Red Queen by Matt Ridley
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • The True Believer by Eric Hoffer
  • Henry IV Part I by William Shakespeare
  • Henry IV Part II by William Shakespeare
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Henry V by William Shakespeare
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
  • Dawn of Modern Science by Thomas Goldstein
  • As You Like It by William Shakespeare
  • The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life by Ervin Goffman
  • The Merry Wives of Windsor by William Shakespeare
  • Sartor Resartus by Thomas Carlyle
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare♥♥
  • On Heroes, Hero-Worship and the Heroic in History by Thomas Carlyle
  • Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  • Troilus and Cressida by William Shakespeare
  • Othello by William Shakespeare
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • All’s Well That Ends Well by William Shakespeare
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  • King Lear by William Shakespeare
  • Unto This Last and Other Writings by John Ruskin
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn
  • Measure for Measure by William Shakespeare
  • Sex on the Moon by Ben Mezrich
  • Antony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
  • Supergods by Grant Morrison
  • Poetics by Aristotle
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare
  • The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  • Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare
  • Conversations of Socrates by Xenophane
  • Pericles by William Shakespeare
  • The Last Days of Socrates by Plato
  • Cymbeline by William Shakespeare
  • Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway
  • The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare
  • Moneyball by Michael Lewis
  • The Tempest by William Shakespeare
  • Please Understand Me II by David Keirsey
  • Henry VIII by William Shakespeare
  • Ideas and Opinions by Albert Einstein
  • The Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Out of My Later Years by Albert Einstein
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  • The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell
  • The Score (Parker Novels) by Richard Stark
  • The Deputy by Victor Gischler
  • God Save the Mark by Donald E. Westlake
  • Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy♥♥
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville
  • The Pocket University: Guide to Daily Reading, 22 volume set
2012
  • Code of the Samurai by Thomas Cleary
  • Bruce Lee: Artist for Life by Bruce Lee
  • The Quantum and the Lotus by Matthieu Ricard and Trinh Xuan Thuan
  • Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero
  • Tennyson by Tennyson
  • The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet by Robb Wolf & Loren Cordain
  • Shoedog by George Pelecanos
  • The Virtues of War by Steven Pressfield
  • Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield
  • The Big Sleep: A Novel by Raymond Chandler
  • Farewell, My Lovely: A Novel by Raymond Chandler
  • A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Master Mind of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • A Fighting Man of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Swords of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Synthetic Men of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Next by Stieg Larsson
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • Neuromancer by William Gibson
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John le Carré
  • Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow
  • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
  • Llana of Gathol by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • John Carter and the Giant of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • John Carter of Mars: Skeleton Men of Jupiter by Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  • The Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  • As a Decade Fades by Joshua Fields Millburn
2013
  • Mystic River by Dennis Lehane
  • The Thin Red Line by James Jones
  • Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  • A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane
  • Horns: A Novel by Joe Hill
  • The Given Day: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
  • Darkness, Take My Hand by Dennis Lehane
  • Sacred: A Novel by Dennis Lehane
  • Destination Simple: Rituals and Rhythms for a Simpler Daily Life by Brooke McAlary
  • Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
  • The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy by Mark Sisson
  • Gone, Baby, Gone by Dennis Lehane
  • Coronado: Stories by Dennis Lehane
  • The Dain Curse by Dashiell Hammett
  • Prayers for Rain by Dennis Lehane
  • It Starts With Food: Discover the Whole30 and Change Your Life in Unexpected Ways by Dallas & Melissa Hartwig
  • The 2-Hour Guide to Mastering Evernote by Brandon Collins
  • The 100 Thing Challenge by Dave Bruno
  • Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
  • Simplicity: Essays by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
  • Where Good Ideas Come From by Steven Johnson
  • President Barack Obama The Kindle Singles Interview (Kindle Single) by David Blum
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau♥♥
  • Paperless by David Sparks
2014
  • On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition by William Zinsser
  • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
  • The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • Primal Blueprint Fitness by Mark Sisson
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius♥♥♥
  • Screenwriting 101 by Film Crit Hulk!
  • The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • Delight is in the Details by Shawn Blanc
  • Twisted City by Jason Starr
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
  • Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James
  • Fifty Shades Darker by EL James
  • Fifty Shades Freed by EL James
  • The Epic Struggle of the Internet of Things by Bruce Sterling
  • The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by Twyla Tharp
  • The Writing Life by Annie Dillard
  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • American Lion by Jon Meacham
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
2015
  • The Drop by Dennis Lehane
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day by 99u
  • Maximize Your Potential by 99u
  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  • A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
  • Reading Like A Writer by Francine Prose
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Don Quixote: First Part by Miguel De Cervantes
  • Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • White Teeth by Zadie Smith
  • Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon
  • Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
  • Mastermind: How to Think LIke Sherlock Holmes by Maria Konnikova
2016
  • Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
  • Emergency Care and Transportation of the Sick and Injured (Orange Book Series) by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Perspective Drawing Handbook by Joseph D’Amelio
  • The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
  • The Friends of Eddie Coyle by George V. Higgins
  • Fletch by Gregory Mcdonald
  • Creative Perspective for Artists and Illustrators by Ernest W. Watson
  • The Complete Guide to Perspective by John Raynes
  • The Last Good Kiss by James Grumley
  • Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
  • Writing the Natural Way by Gabrielle Rico
  • Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto
  • Working Days: The Journals of the Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • The Underground Man by Ross Macdonald
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • How to Draw by Scott Robertson
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Normal by Warren Ellis
  • Big Hard Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky
  • Presentations by David Sparks
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
  • Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
  • How Not to Die by Michael Greger, M.D.♥♥
2017
  • Writing a Novel with Ulysses by David Hewson
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 Classroom in a Book by Adobe Creative Team
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
  • Runaway by Alice Munro
  • Time Travel by James Gleick
  • Deep Work by Cal Newport
  • The Singularity is Near by Ray Kurzweil
  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo
  • Upstream by Mary Oliver
  • The Debt Consolidation Myth: A Proven Method to Help You Get Out of Debt While Still Living Your Life by Jesse Mecham
  • Photos by Jason Snell
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
  • Acadie by Dave Hutchinson
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows by J.K. Rowling
  • Day One in Depth by The Sweet Setup
  • Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling
  • The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman
2018
  • Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  • No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy♥♥
  • Why We Make Things and Why It Matters by Peter Korn
  • The Orchard Keeper by Cormac McCarthy
  • Outer Dark by Cormac McCarthy
  • Child of God by Cormac McCarthy
  • Suttree by Cormac McCarthy
  • Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck
  • The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Shoedog by George Pelecanos
  • Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  • Missoula by Jon Krakauer
  • Camera Lucida by Roland Barthes
  • Essayism by Brian Dillon
  • Drama City by George Pelecanos
  • That Thing You Do With Your Mouth by Samantha Matthews & David Shields
  • Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives by Tim Harford
  • On Photography by Susan Sontag
  • The Crossing by Cormac McCarthy♥♥
2019
  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca
  • The Artist’s Journey by Steven Pressfield
  • Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Everything Happens for a Reason by Kate Bowler
  • Essentialism by Greg McKeown
  • Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
  • How Not to Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenburg
  • Handmade by Gary Rogowski
  • Rocannon’s World by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Planet of Exile by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • City of Illusions by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Keep Going by Austin Kleon
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner
  • Graphic Storytelling and Visual Narrative by Will Eisner
  • How to Think by Alan Jacobs
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • The Real World of Technology by Ursula M. Franklin
  • Framed Perspective Vol. 1 by Marcos Mateu-Mestre
  • The Wander Society by Keri Smith
  • In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Working by Robert A. Caro
  • Draft No. 4 by John McPhee
  • The Unknown Craftsman by Sōetsu Yanagi
  • Don Quixote: Second Part by Miguel Cervantes
  • The Medium is the Message by Marshall McLuhan
  • Devotions by Mary Oliver
  • The Journal: 1837-1861 by Henry David Thoreau♥♥
  • The Turnaround by George Pelecanos
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  • In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
  • The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker
  • Cities of the Plain by Cormac McCarthy
  • I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
  • Stillness is the Key by Ryan Holiday
  • Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
2020
  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • Lost Connections by Johann Hari
  • The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction by Alan Jacobs
  • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing by Marie Kondo
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • The Art of Noticing by Rob Walker
  • The Black Echo by Michael Connelly
  • Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey
  • Roseanna by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö
  • The Lonely City by Olivia Laing
  • Caliban’s War by James S.A. Corey
  • Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey
  • Severance by Ling Ma
  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
  • The Deficit Myth by Stephanie Kelton
  • Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
  • Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
2021
  • Cibola Burn by James S.A. Carey
  • Against Everything by Mark Greif
  • Normal People by Sally Rooney
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney
  • Nemesis Games by James S.A. Corey
  • How to Be Idle: A Loafer’s Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Herzog by Saul Bellow
  • American Pastoral by Philip Roth
  • A World Without Email by Cal Newport
  • The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Babylon’s Ashes by James S.A. Corey
  • Persepolis Rising by James S.A. Corey
  • Tiamat’s Wrath by James S.A. Corey
  • How to Resist Amazon and Why by Danny Caine
  • Why People Photograph by Robert Adams
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk, M.D.
  • The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi
  • The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi
  • The Last Emperox by John Scalzi