Books and Albums in 2014

On January the 1st, I decided to try to read 52 books in 2014 – one for every week of the year. I immersed myself in books as a child and over the years, other things have come between me and my first obsession. This is my attempt to win it back.

Likewise, my previously ardent love of music has eluded me over time, so I’ll be listening to a new album every week of the year too.

Please do come and find me on Twitter – @psychiatrySHO – to discuss the books or albums or to suggest others!

Books

January

1. Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

2. Intelligent Kindness – John Ballat and Penelope Campling

3. The Trial – Franz Kafka

4. Quiet – Susan Cain

5. On Depression – Nassir Ghaemi

6. The Boy Who Was Raised As a Dog – Bruce Perry & Maia Szalavitz

7. Man’s Search for Meaning – Victor Frankl

8. The Shock of the Fall – Nathan Filer

9. Pale Fire – Vladimir Nabokov

February

10. Living Outside Mental Illness – Larry Davidson

11. Psychiatry in Dissent – Anthony Clare

12. Waiting for Godot – Samuel Beckett

13. Love’s Executioner – Irvin Yalom

14. Leadership in Psychiatry – Dinesh Bhugra, Pedro Ruiz & Susham Gupta

15. All My Friends Are Superheroes – Andrew Kaufman

March

16. The Plague – Albert Camus

17. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath

18. The Centre Cannot Hold – Elyn Saks

19. Skills for Communicating with Patients – Silverman, Kurtz and Draper

April

20. Still Alice – Lisa Genova

21. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry – Rachel Joyce

22. Clinical Manual of Geriatric Psychiatry – Thakur, Blazer and Steffens

23. The Wrench – Primo Levi

24. Do No Harm – Henry Marsh

25. The New Black – Darian Leader

May

26. What the Dog Saw – Malcolm Gladwell

27. Falling into the Fire – Christine Montross

28. Malarky – Anakana Schofield

29. Burmese Days – George Orwell

30. The Grapes of Wrath – John Steinbeck

June

31. The Man Who Couldn’t Stop – David Adam

32. Nausea – Jean Paul Sartre

July

33. The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

34. Hallucinations – Oliver Sacks

35. Disturbances of the Mind – Douwe Draaisma

36. Symptoms in the Mind -Andrew Sims

37. Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder – Bateman and Fonagy

August

38. Civilisation and its Discontents – Sigmund Freud

39. Descartes’ Error – Antonio Damasio

September

40. The Patient and the Analyst – Sandler, Dare & Holder

41. Metamorphosis and Other Stories – Franz Kafka

October

42. Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry – Tim Thornton

43. David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell

44. Drugged – Richard J. Miller

45. Feral – George Monbiot

46. Madness and Civilisation – Michel Foucault

November

47. The Castle – Franz Kafka

48. Being Mortal – Atul Gawande

49. The Double – Fyodor Dostoyevsky

50. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

December

51. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life – Sigmund Freud

52. The Periodic Table – Primo Levi

Albums

January

1. An Awesome Wave – Alt-J

2. Overgrown – James Blake

3. Trouble Will Find Me – The National

4. Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

5. Days Are Gone – Haim

6. Pure Heroine – Lorde

February

7. Holy Fire – Foals

8. Pale Green Ghosts – John Grant

9. So Long, See You Tomorrow – Bombay Bicycle Club

10.  Modern Vampires of the City – Vampire Weekend

March

11. Reflektor – Arcade Fire

12. The Next Day – David Bowie

13. Up From Below – Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

14. Settle – Disclosure

15. The Taking off and Landing of Everything – Elbow

16. Rumours – Fleetwood Mac

April

17. Bad Blood – Bastille

18. Night Visions – Imagine Dragons

19. All The Little Lights – Passenger

20. My Way –  Ian Brown

21. Once More With Feeling – Placebo

22. Sound of Silver – LCD Soundsystem

May

23. July – Marissa Nadler

24. The Gloaming – The Gloaming

25. Singles – Future Islands

26. Ghost Stories – Coldplay

June

27. In a Perfect World – Kodaline

28. Present Tense – Wild Beasts

29. Atlas – Real Estate

30. 48:13 – Kasabian

July

31. Velvet Underground & Nico – Velvet Underground

32. OK Computer – Radiohead

August

33. Royal Blood – Royal Blood

34. Babel – Mumford & Sons

September

35. Ceremonials – Florence + The Machine

36. Burn Your Fire For No Witness – Angel Olsen

37. Attack on Memory – Cloud Nothings

38. Ultimate Collection – Eurythmics

October

39. The Singles – Goldfrapp

40. Total Strife Forever – East India Youth

41. St. Vincent – St. Vincent

42. The River & The Thread – Rosanne Cash

43. A Larum – Johnny Flynn

44. Dead – Young Fathers

November

45. Everything Will Be Alright In The End – Weezer

46. Rips – Ex Hex

47. The Beginning Stages Of… – Polyphonic Spree

48. This Is All Yours – Alt-J

49. Lullaby and The Ceaseless Roar – Robert Plant

December

50. Hozier – Hozier

51. You’re Dead! – Flying Lotus

52. Salad Days – Mac Demarco

4 Responses to Books and Albums in 2014

  1. elvis jones says:

    The bell jar is a deeply disturbing book that troubled me for a long time. You need quite alot of guidance if you read that. I was puzzled by the ‘inner door’ in which the nurse enters when she receives her ECT. Is there a deeper meaning? Has she conspired with herself to forfeit her struggle? It starts with conspiracy and suspicion with the rosenberg traitors. Is she just.very angry and sad? (Because her dad died.) Societies constant warring, (after all life is brutal, nasty and short-according to thomas hobbes view of human nature), has disguised and covered up esthers sufferings whilst she grew up. Continues today…….

  2. elvis jones says:

    My recomendation:
    A streetcar named desire. Savage violence in the family. Alienation (and wit) by Blanche.

  3. elvis jones says:

    The burning of children instead of paper by adrienne rich…my favorite poem

  4. Elaine Reid says:

    I enjoyed reading The Shock of the Fall.
    You can tell that it is written by someone with insider knowledge of the mental health system.

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