Oats & Prose: 200 books in 2 Years



When I was a child, my grandparents created a monster. . . 

See, over the summer, they paid us by the hour to read. Incentives are powerful stuff and I spent my summers devouring books voraciously. I loved stories so much I wanted to become one. 

The habits we form in childhood endure. Grandma and Grandpa's Summer Reading Program produced a young adult with some spooking money spending habits (sadly, the real world doesn't pay you to read), but who loved books all the same.


What is your favorite book?

The four books that I most commonly recommend are:

1) The Power of Now (the last 2/3s are the best part, skip the first 1/3)

2) The Art of Possibility

3) Daring Greatly 

4) The Upside of Stress

Do you have a Kindle?

No, I love writing in my books so I have an Amazon book buying problem instead. I call myself an accidental librarian, because my friends will stop by my house and check out a book from the overflowing bookcase in my room. I encourage people to write in my books, because I love the idea of a book growing with annotations as each person reads them

How can I set my own reading goal?

200 books is an audacious number that I chose because it would give me a good kick in the rear. I probably won't reach this number, but I am more likely to push myself to read with a reach goal than an easily attainable goal.

I use GoodReads.com to track my books- it is great because it is synced up to my Amazon account. Feel free to add me!


  1. Excellent Sheep

  2. Emotional Intelligence: Happiness

  3. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

  4. All About Love: New Visions

  5. Real Love

  6. Tribe of Mentors

  7. Being Mortal

  8. When Genius Failed

  9. The Equanimous Mind

  10. If You Find This Letter

  11. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  12. Principles

  13. Drinking Coffee Elsewhere

  14. Meditation for Fidgety Skeptics

  15. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

  16. Power of Now (2017 books)

  17. A Sun and Her Flowers

  18. Present Over Perfect

  19. Man's Search for Meaning

  20. Grit

  21. Upside of Stress

  22. Give and Take

  23. Awakening Compassion at Work

  24. Gifts of Imperfection

  25. Yoga of Max's Discontent

  26. Mad Girl

  27. Road to Character

  28. A New Earth

  29. A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women

  30. Hedge Hogs

  31. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Common Investor

  32. Liar's Poker

  33. The Alchemist

  34. The Happiness Project

  35. The Hard Things about Hard Things

  36. The Art of Possibility

  37. Flourish

  38. Year of Yes

  39. Hillbilly Elegy

  40. The Science of Breath

  41. How Yoga Works

  42. The Originals

  43. Why Men Love Bitches

  44. Option B

  45. World Peace Diet

  46. No Sweat

  47. Buffett

  48. Milk and Honey

  49. Memories Unwound

  50. Salt

  51. Braving the Wilderness

  52. Lift

  53. Altered Traits

  54. Come As You Are

  55. The Partnership

  56. The Goldfinch

  57. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

  58. Euphoria

  59. Lean In

  60. The Four Agreements

  61. The Little Paris Bookshop

  62. I Forgot to Die

  63. The Prophet

  64. Daring Greatly

  65. The Power of Possibility

  66. A Little Life

  67. Just Kids

  68. The Tipping Point

  69. Outliers

  70. All the Light We Cannot See

  71. The Sleep Revolution

  72. Beauty Sick

  73. Swans of Fifth Avenue

  74. Not that Kind of Girl

  75. Aboriginee

  76. Let My People Go Surfing

  77. Bad Feminist

  78. The Theory of Everything

  79. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  80. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth

  81. Girl on the Train

  82. All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  83. Bone

  84. The Secret History

  85. Law & Reorder

  86. When Things Fall Apart

  87. Shoe Dog

  88. That’s What She Said

  89. Barbarians at the Gate

  90. Dharma Bums

  91. TED Talks

  92. Heart Talk

  93. Antifragile

  94. Kitchen Confidential