Steemit Exclusive: Every Book I Read in Federal Prison (Charlie Shrem Prison Reading List)

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While in Prison for a little over a year I read 137 books. As you can see in the list below, the books range from libertarian manifesto to novels about 18th century Africa. I purposely listed them here in the order that I read them. The first book listed was what I read on day one, and the last book listed was yet to be finished when I was finally released. If you follow the list you can see into my daily life inside, because what I was reading largely shaped how I was feeling. 

Some books I read the whole series, though sometimes I had to stop because I didn’t have the next book. I would write to friends and family asking them for books, but most of my books came from people I didn’t even know! As an aside, thanks to all of you who sent care packages to me while I was away. It meant a lot to me, and helped to make my time pass much faster. I also got over 200 letters from people, largely unknown to me until that point. Thank you! 

After finishing a book, I wrote it down and kept a list. Below I show a picture of each one and a list of the books that go with it. Feel free to ask my my opinion on certain books or how I was feeling while I was reading then. has ShapeShift integration so you can buy directly with steem! I’m able to continue buying more books with the Steem I earn from this post. Thank you!


  1. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
  2. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  3. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
  4. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand
  5. The Master Switch by Tim Wu
  6. Riverworld: To Your Scattered Bodies Go: by Philip José Farmer
  7. Riverworld: The Fabulous Riverboat: by Philip José Farmer
  8. Jennifer Government by Max Barry
  9. From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner by Bernard Kerik
  10. Charlie Wilson's War: The Extraordinary Story of the Largest Covert Operation in History by George Crile Jr.
  11. The Essential Talmud by Adin Steinsaltz
  12. Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting That Launched the War on Drugs by Jason Ryan
  13. The Racketeer by John Grisham
  14. The Street Lawyer by John Grisham
  15. The Martian by Andy Weir
  16. The Chamber by John Grisham
  17. Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals by Saul D. Alinsky
  18. Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money by Nathaniel Popper


  1. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  2. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  3. The Litigators by John Grisham
  4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  5. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
  6. Busting Vegas: A True Story of Monumental Excess, Sex, Love, Violence, and Beating the Odds by Ben Mezrich
  7. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  8. Moscow Rules by Daniel Silva
  9. The Secret Servant by Daniel Silva
  10. The Defector by Daniel Silva
  11. The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
  12. Portrait of a Spy by Daniel Silva
  13. Hagakure: The Secret Wisdom of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo and Alexander Bennett
  14. Fifty Shades of Grey by E L James
  15. Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
  16. Shibumi by Trevanian
  17. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
  18. Satori by Don Winslow
  19. The Professional by Kresley Cole
  20. The Master by Kresley Cole
  21. Fall of Giants by Ken Follett
  22. Winter of the World by Ken Follett
  23. Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
  24. The Fallen Angel by Daniel Silva
  25. The English Girl by Daniel Silva
  26. The Heist by Daniel Silva
  27. The Kill Artist Daniel Silva
  28. The English Assassin by Daniel Silva
  29. The Confessor by Daniel Silva
  30. I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
  31. Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O'Malley
  32. Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin


  1. Hilarity Ensues by Tucker Max
  2. Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
  3. The Lion's Game by Nelson DeMille
  4. Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
  5. Washington's Spies: The Story of America's First Spy Ring by Alexander Rose
  6. The Lion by Nelson DeMille
  7. The Panther by Nelson DeMille
  8. The Appeal by John Grisham
  9. The Best Alternate History Stories of the 20th Century by Harry Turtledove
  10. Plum Island by Nelson DeMille
  11. The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Marcus Aurelius
  12. The Confession by John Grisham
  13. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  14. How Few Remain by Harry Turtledove
  15. Sycamore Row by John Grisham
  16. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  17. The Gold Coast by Nelson DeMille
  18. Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille
  19. The Brethren by John Grisham
  20. Playing for Pizza by John Grisham
  21. A Death in Vienna by Daniel Silva
  22. Prince of Fire by Daniel Silva
  23. The Messenger by Daniel Silva
  24. The Partner by John Grisham


  1. Those in Peril by Wilbur Smith
  2. Killing Jesus by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard
  3. VICIOUS CIRCLE by Wilbur Smith
  4. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
  5. Private Parts by Howard Stern
  6. Golden Fox by Wilbur Smith
  7. A Time to Die by Wilbur Smith
  8. The Girl in the Spider's Web by David Lagercrantz
  9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  10. Last Dance at the Hotel Kempinski by Robin Hirsch
  11. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  12. Book of Numbers by Joshua Cohen
  13. World Without End by Ken Follett
  14. Insatiable: Porn — A Love Story by Asa Akira
  15. The Grownup by Gillian Flynn
  16. The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
  17. Schottenstein Edition Pirkei Avos by Rabbi Menachem Davis
  18. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy by John le Carré.
  19. The Last Ship by William Brinkley
  20. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  21. The Source by James A. Michener and Steve Berry
  22. Numbered Account by Christopher Reich
  23. Assegai by Wilbur Smith
  24. Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
  25. The Last Jihad by Joel C. Rosenberg
  26. The General's Daughter by Nelson DeMille
  27. The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  28. Hornet Flight by Ken Follett
  29. The Expats by Chris Pavone
  30. A Falcon Flies Wilbur Smith
  31. The Emu Dialogues by Jens Kohler, Robert Marra and Luciano Iacobilli
  32. 1861: The Civil War Awakening by Adam Goodheart
  33. Vengeance by George Jonas
  34. The Leopard Hunts in Darkness by Wilbur Smith
  35. The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell and Laurie Thompson


  1. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation In Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  2. Beyond the Breath: Extraordinary Mindfulness Through Whole-Body Vipassana Meditation by Marshall Glickman
  3. The Five Keys to Mindful Communication: Using Deep Listening and Mindful Speech to Strengthen Relationships by Susan Gillis Chapman
  4. The Quest: A Novel by Nelson DeMille
  5. A Sparrow Falls by Wilbur Smith
  6. When the Lion Feeds by Wilbur Smith
  7. The Triumph of the Sun by Wilbur Smith
  8. The Law of One, Book 1 by Ra
  9. Letters to a Buddhist Jew by Akiva Tatz and David Gottlieb
  10. Power of the Sword by Wilbur Smith
  11. The English Spy by Daniel Silva
  12. Rage by Wilbur Smith
  13. Crypto Anarchy, Cyberstates, and Pirate Utopias by Peter Ludlow
  14. The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard and Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  15. Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
  16. The Bastiat Collection by Frédéric Bastiat
  17. From Mathematics to Generic by Alexander A. Stepanov and Daniel E. Rose
  18. World OrderSep by Henry Kissinger
  19. Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
  20. The Diamond Hunters by Wilbur Smith
  21. The Devil's Star by Jo Nesbo and Don Bartlett
  22. Whiteout by Ken Follett
  23. The Man from St. Petersburg by Ken Follett
  24. Jackdaws by Ken Follett
  25. American Assassin by Vince Flynn
  26. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World by Niall Ferguson
  27. Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson
  28. Shanghai by Christopher New 

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