A Year in (Book) Review

With our eyes affixed, focused, and homed in on 2020 – which, in my opinion, they should be – I wanted to take some time to briefly step back, to reflect on 2019 – my favorite year of reading to date. While this post is inherently personal, I encourage your participation! Share your 2019 reading journey in the comments, or, if you like to keep things closer to the chest, lets start a private conversation – email me at ian@heliumbooks.com!


What I want to do with this post is to simply share some of the books that I thoroughly enjoyed this past trip around the sun and tell you why they struck a chord within me. Again, I hope for this to act more as a catalyst of discussion with you and the rest of the Helium family, rather than a unidirectional brain spill from me to the reader. What books have defined 2019 for you?


So, without further ado, the following four books, while read last year, will stay with me for years to come, vaulting them to the top of my favorites list…


For the learner in me…

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari


Numerous people had told me to read this book…so, what does one naturally do when told by trusted sources what to do? Do what they say and read the damn book! And good thing I did. Did you know that we are actually descendants of not just one species – the well-known Homo sapiens – but of multiple sapiens species?! No? Me either! Oh, and did you know what makes humankind truly unique from all other organisms?! I though