Books I’m looking forward to – October 2020

It has been a while since I’ve written about book that I am eagerly awaiting. In fact, I’m not sure that I’ve done it this year so far. 2020, being what it is, has gotten the best of me, and I’m behind in my reading. I’d set a goal of 110 books for the year, and I’m presently about 10 books behind pace (I’ve finished 74 books as of this writing). I will likely finish my 75th book of the year later today. Here are some of the books that I am looking forward to reading over the next several weeks:

  • Is This Anything? by Jerry Seinfeld.
  • The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten Year Road Trip by Jeff Guinn
  • The Man Who Ran Washington: The Life and Times of James A. Baker III by Peter Baker and Susan Glasser
  • Cubed: The Puzzle of Us All by Erno Rubik
  • The Polymath: A Cultural History from Leonardo da Vinci to Susan Sontag by Peter Burke
  • The Furious Sky: The Five Hundred Year History of America’s Hurricanes by Eric Jay Dolin
  • Presidents vs. the Press: The Endless Battle Between the White House and the Media by Harold Holtzer
  • Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck by William Souder

There are other books I’m looking forward to, but they don’t come out until early next year, including books by Simon Winchester, Stephen King, and Cal Newport. But the list is a few of the ones that I’m looking forward to for the fall.


  1. Hi Jamie,
    great list and I will definitely steal some titles of it and put them in my reading list.
    Only one thing though: “The Vagabonds” is written by Jeff Guinn and not Josh Hamilton. Had some trouble finding it until I searched for the title.

    1. Thanks for the correction, Sebastian. I must have been looking at the narrator for the audiobook version of The Vagabonds (which is Josh Hamilton) instead of the author. I have corrected this in my list.

      Since writing the post, I’ve made is through two of the books, the Seinfeld book and The Polymath. After that the butterfly effect of reading took over, as it is wont to do. Joseph Needham was mentioned several times in The Polymath. I’d first read about him a few years back in Simon Winchester’s book The Man Who Loved China. Seeing Needham mentioned in The Polymath made me want to re-read the Winchester book, and now I am considering starting Needham’s magnum opus, Science and Civilization in China, the first two volumes of which I already own.

      That’s the danger (and delight!) I face whenever I decided to list out the books I am interested in reading. I never know where they are going to lead.


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