This is a list of books I’ve read, have finished (x), or want to read (*).
Please get in touch if you have any recommendations or comments.
The order is approximately chronological, bottom to top. Entries may be repeated due to rereads.
Bold = highly recommended.
- The Complete Sherlock Holmes, AC Doyle
- The River War, Winston Churchill
- (x) A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Mark Twain
- (x) The Space Barons, Christian Davenport
- How to Build a Car, Adrian Newey
- (x) How to Solve It, George Polya
- A Mathematician’s Apology, GH Hardy
- The Elements of Computing Systems, Nisan and Schocken
- (x) The Reluctant Mr. Darwin, David Quammen
- Theodore Rex, Edmund Morris
- (x) The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt, Edmund Morris
- The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
- Aerodynamics, von Karman
- My Inventions, Nikola Tesla
- (x) Understanding Thermodynamics, van Ness
- Thermodynamics, Fermi
- (x) Mortality, Christopher Hitchens
- My Life and Work, Henry Ford
- Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson
- The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien
- The Soul of a New Machine, Tracy Kidder
- (x) Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
- (x) Painting as a Pastime, Winston Churchill (2019-10-22) (notes)
- (x) Super Pumped, Mike Isaac
- (x) Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson
- (x) Conspiracy, Ryan Holiday
- Alexander the Great, Philip Freeman
- Greek Lives, Plutarch
- (x) Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams
- The Paris Review Interviews Vol 1
- (x) Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
- (x) Roman Lives, Plutarch
- Churchill: walking with destiny, Andrew Roberts
- Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
- (x) The Antidote, Oliver Burkeman
- Letters from a Stoic, Seneca
- (x)Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy
- (x) Animal Farm, George Orwell
- The Art of War, Sun Tzu
- Why Orwell Matters, Christopher Hitchens
- The Righteous Mind, Jonathan Haidt
- The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant
- (x) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
- The Case for Space, Robert Zubrin
- (x) What Mad Pursuit, Francis Crick
- Reinforcement Learning, Sutton and Barto
- Feynman Lectures on Computation, Richard Feynman
- Use of Weapons, Iain Banks
- (x) A Long Way Gone, Ishmael Beah
- (x) Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance
- (x) Boyd, John Coram
- From Eros to Gaia, Freeman Dyson
- The Wizard of Menlo Park, Randall Stross
- (x) The Player of Games, Iain Banks
- Three Sisters, Anton Chekhov
- (x) The Van, Paddy Doyle
- Life 3.0, Max Tegmark
- (x) Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
- The Dark Forest, Cixin Liu
- The Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu
- How the Internet Happened, Brian McCullough
- Pro Bash Programming, Chris Johnson
- (x) Fatherland, Robert Harris (audiobook)
- (x) The Forgotten Highlander, Alistair Urquhart
- (x) Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson
- (x) Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
- Regenesis, George Church
- The Fabric of Reality, David Deutsch
- (x) The Inimitable Jeeves, PG Wodehouse
- A Life Decoded, J. Craig Venter
- (x) The Double Helix, James Watson
- (x) The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
- (x) Bad Blood (audiobook), John Carreyrou
- Stripe Atlas – Untitled email series. Not a book. See ‘get the course’ here
- (x) Can’t Hurt Me (Audiobook), David Goggins, Adam Skolnick
- (x) Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
- Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life, Steve Martin
- Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, Mr. Feynman
- Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell
- (x) Love yourself like your life depends on it, Kamal Ravikant
- On Writing Well, William Zinsser
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- (x) Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer
- (x) The Little Prince, Antonie de Saint-Exupéry
- (x) The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
- Man’s Search for Meaning, Victor Frankl
- (x) King Lear, Shakespeare
- Tribe, Sebastian Junger
(x) Letters to a Young Contrarian, Christopher Hitchens
Picture all experts as if they were mammals.
The Rational Optimist, Matt Ridley
(x) The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
Mao: the untold story, Chang, Halliday
(x) Consider Phlebas, Iain Banks
(x) The Merchant of Venice, Shakespeare
Into Africa, Martin Dugard
(x) Can’t Hurt Me, David Goggins
(x) The Right Stuff Tom Wolfe
Why We Sleep Matthew Walker
The Road to Character David Brooks
Oranges John McPhee
(x) Why we get fat Gary Taubes
(x) The Everything Store Brad Stone
(x) Zero to One Peter Thiel
Citizens to Lords Ellen Meiksins Wood
(x) The Revolt of the Public Martin Gurri
(x) Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave Frederick Douglass
(x) Mere Christianity CS Lewis
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn
Grant Ron Chernow
Titan Ron Chernow
(x) Ball Lightning Cixin Liu
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information
(x) The Innocents Abroad, Twain
The English and their History
(x) Endurance, Alfred Lansing
(x) The Wright Brothers, David McCullough
Deep Learning, Courville, Goodfellow, Bengio
(x) The Road to Serfdom, Hayek
(x) Them, Ben Sasse
(x) The Vanishing American Adult, Ben Sasse.
Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow
Democracy in America, Tocqueville
(x) Watership Down, Richard Adams
(x) Othello, Shakespeare
(x) Deep Work, Cal Newport.
(x) Twelve Rules for Life, Jordan Peterson. Recommended.
(x) John Adams, David McCullough. Highly recommended – keep a poet in your pocket.
(x) The Great Stagnation, Tyler Cowen
(x) Stubborn Attachments, Tyler Cowen.
(x) Thinking, fast and slow. Daniel Kahneman. Highly recommended, read the bit on iterated bets with loss aversion.
(x) How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Scott Adams. Highly recommended. h/t Alexey Guzey
(x) The Tragedy of Liberation: A History of the Chinese Revolution 1945-1957. Frank Dikotter.
The Dream Machine
The Trial. Franz Kafka
Pragmatism and other writings (Penguin). William James.
(x) Master and Commander. Patrick O’Brien.
Actually only heard the audiobook but I absolutely loved it. This is the sort of novel I find it hard not to read in one sitting. Planning to get a few more in the (long!) series.
The Elephant in the Brain. Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson.
(*) The Complacent Class. Tyler Cowen.
Les Miserables, Victor Hugo.
The Constitution of Liberty, Friederich Hayek
(x) The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoevsky.
(x)The Three Body Trilogy, Liu Cixin.
- Easily my favorite sci-fi series currently – though to be fair, most of the other sci-fi novels I’ve read were some years ago, my favorable reactions to those may have decayed somewhat since. The second book is probably the best.
Imperium; Conspirata; Dictator – Robert Harris’s Cicero trilogy. A favorite.