What did I read this far?

Another year comes to an end and like all previous years, it is time for me to reflect upon the books I read this year. In all my previous years, except for 2018, the minimum number of books I would have read would be about 35, but from 2018 the number of books I read started following a negative trend. While it is easy for me to console myself, for I’m doing more academic reading these days – my reading in the past two years focused on human migration; green-grabbing/green militarization; human-wildlife conflicts; etc., my inkling to read other books have always made me hoard books. Having said that, I’m still happy that I could read seven books in 2019 and have thirteen books in the pipeline, which I may be able to finish reading in 2020.

Here’s the list of books I read in 2019:

  1. Collapse: how societies choose to fail or succeed – Jared Diamond
  2. The grazing revolution: a radical plan to save the earth – Allan Savory
  3. Gun island – Amitave Gosh
  4. Barking up the wrong tree – Eric Barker
  5. Blacklisted in Bhutan: love lost and transformed in the country of Gross National Happiness– Rieki Crins
  6. A splendid isolation: lessons on happiness from the kingdom of Bhutan – Madeline Drexler
  7. Polity, Kingship, and Democracy – Sonam Kinga

And, here’s the list of books I have in the pipeline for 2020:

  1. Guns, Germs, and Steel – Jared Diamond
  2. The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies? – Jared Diamond
  3. The uninhabitable earth: a story of the future – David Wallace-Wells
  4. My year without matches: escaping the city in search of the wild – Claire Dunn
  5. Democratic transition in Bhutan: political contests as moral battles – Sonam Kinga
  6. Falter: has the human game begun to play itself out? – Bill McKibben
  7. Catching fire: How cooking made us human – Richard Wrangham
  8. Long walk to freedom: the autobiography of Nelson Mandela – Nelson Mandela
  9. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the quest for a fantastic future – Ashlee Vance
  10. Adventures of a young naturalist – David Attenborough
  11. Sikkim: Requiem of a Himalayan Kingdom – Andrew Duff
  12. Living is dying: how to prepare for death, dying and beyond – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse Rimpoche
  13. Governing the commons: the evolution of institutions for collective action – Elinor Ostrom

Just to feel good,  myself, I tried to recollect the books I read within the last five years and came out with the list of 56 books. Here’s the list of books I read, which I tried to categorize in three groups: Philosophy / Buddhism; Books on/from Bhutan; and Others.

Philosophy / Buddhism

  1. Science and philosophy in the India Buddhist classics: the physical world – Thubten Jinpa
  2. The truth of suffering and the path of liberation – Chogyam Trungpa
  3. The heart of the Buddha – Chogyam Trungpa
  4. Old path white clouds – Thich Nhat Hanh
  5. What makes you not a Buddhist – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  6. Not for happiness – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  7. The guru drinks bourbon – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  8. Best foot forward: a pilgrim’s guide to the sacred sites of the Buddha – Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse
  9. Cave in the Snow – Vicki Mackenzie
  10. The Tibetan book of living and dying – Sogyal Rinpoche
  11. The wisdom of compassion – Dalai Lama
  12. The art of happiness – Dalai Lama
  13. A guide to the Bodhisattva way of life – Shantideva
  14. Words of my perfect teacher – Patrul Rinpoche
  15. Turning confusion into clarity – Yongey Mingyur
  16. Brilliant moon – Dilgo Khyentse
  17. The mystic eye – Sadhguru
  18. Taking the leap – Pema Chodron
  19. Science and Philosophy in the Indian Buddhist Classics [Volume I] – Thupten Jinpa

Books on/from Bhutan

  1. Of rainbows and clouds – Ashi Dorji Wangmo Wangchuck
  2. Married to Bhutan – Linda Leaming
  3. Chilli and cheese – Kunzang Choden
  4. Butter tea at sunrise – Britta Das
  5. Beyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan – Jamie Zeppa
  6. The history of Bhutan – Karma Phuntsho


  1. The remains of the day – Kazou Ishiguro
  2. An Artist of the floating World – Kazou Ishiguro
  3. Weapons of the weak – James C. Scott
  4. The great derangement – Amitave Gosh
  5. The circle of reason – Amitav Ghosh
  6. Sapiens: a brief history of human kinds – Yuval Noah Harari
  7. Homo Deus: a brief history of tomorrow – Yuval Noah Harari
  8. The leader who had no title – Robin Sharma
  9. The monk who sold his ferrari – Robin Sharma
  10. Who will cry when you die? – Robin Sharma
  11. Last child in the wood – Richard Louv
  12. Rumors of rain – Andre Brink
  13. Life before life – Jim B. Tucker
  14. Mountains beyond mountains – Tracy Kidder
  15. Gift in Rain – Sarah Joseph
  16. Spillover – David Quammen
  17. And the mountain echoed – Khaled Hosseini
  18. A thousand splendid suns – Khalid Hosseini
  19. The kite runner – Khaled Hosseini
  20. The fifth mountain – Paulo Coelho
  21. The alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  22. Veronika decides to die – Paulo Coelo
  23. I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
  24. Work hard be nice – Jay Mathews
  25. Anne Frank: The diary of a young girl – Edited by Otto H. Frank and Mirjan Pressler
  26. Bad things don’t just happen to other people – Michael Marshall
  27. Love in the time of cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  28. Rich dad poor dad – Robert Kiyosaki
  29. The inheritance of loss – Kiran Desai
  30. If god was a banker – Ravi Subrahmanyan
  31. A leaf in the bitter wind: a memoir – Ting-xing Ye

With this, I would like to wish everyone a very happy new year and sending my wishes to all for a year filled with success and happiness.

[Note: Blue texts indicate those books which I added to the list after I remembered]

Tashi Delek!

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