Reading list and recommendations

An incomplete list of books I’ve read over the years. Hearts indicate favourites. Updated September 2019.


2019

  • Indistractable Nir Eyal
  • Mental models Peter Hollins
  • Tim Cook: The genius who led Apple to the next level Leander Kahney
  • A monk’s guide to a clean house and mind Shoukei Matsumoto
  • Die empty Todd Henry
  • The Ethics Benedict de Spinoza
  • On obligations Cicero
  • Sapiens: A brief history of humankind Yuval Noah Harari
  • The headspace guide to mindfulness and meditation Andy Puddicombe
  • Beren and Lúthien J.R.R. Tolkein

History

Since I began maintaining this list only in 2019, books listed below this point are ordered at random. Also, this list is incomplete.

  • The Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tokein
  • The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy
  • Dance hall of the dead Tony Hillerman
  • Outliers: the story of success Malcolm Gladwell
  • War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The Godfather Mario Puzo
  • Six Days of the Condor James Grady
  • Le Roman D’Un Jeune Homme Pauvre Octave Feuillet
  • The Firm John Grisham
  • A passage to India E.M. Forster
  • To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
  • Histoires extraordinaires Edgar Allan Poe
  • A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • Beauty and the Beast Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont
  • The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
  • The Time Machine H.G. Wells
  • The Tell-Tale Heart and Other Writings Edgar Allan Poe
  • Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space Carl Sagan
  • Great Expectations Charles Dickens
  • The Amityville Horror Jay Anson
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • Hard Times Charles Dickens
  • Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm
  • Flow: The Psychology of Happiness Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Twenty thousand leagues under the sea Jules Verne
  • The Time Machine H.G. Wells
  • The old man and the sea Ernest Hemmingway
  • The Invisible Man H.G. Wells
  • Hamlet’s Blackberry William Powers
  • Ben-Hur Lew Wallace
  • David Copperfield Charles Dickens
  • Essays and Poems Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories Washington Irving
  • Wisdom Of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety Alan W. Watts
  • A criminal defense William L. Myers, Jr
  • The Three Musketeers Alexandre Dumas
  • The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales Jacob Grimm
  • The Three Pigs David Wiesner
  • What to Listen for in Music Aaron Copland
  • Dead on Target Franklin W. Dixon
  • Ulysses James Joyce
  • Little Women Louisa May Alcott
  • Digital Fortress Dan Brown
  • The Black Echo Michael Connelly
  • The Old Curiosity Shop Charles Dickens
  • The Flying Circus of Physics Jearl Walker
  • King Lear William Shakespeare
  • The Winner David Baldacci
  • The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
  • The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
  • Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
  • The Spy Who Came In from the Cold John le Carré
  • Dracula Bram Stoker
  • Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • A Criminal Defense William L. Myers Jr.
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest Stieg Larsson
  • The Pickwick Papers Charles Dickens
  • Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
  • Wiseguy Nicholas Pileggi
  • Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age William Powers
  • The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
  • Glimpses of World History Jawaharlal Nehru
  • The Knowledge Illusion Steven Sloman
  • White Fang Jack London
  • This Is Your Brain on Music Daniel J. Levitin
  • The Bourne Identity Robert Ludlum
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being Milan Kundera
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • Aesop’s Fables Aesop
  • Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • The 101 Dalmatians Dodie Smith
  • The Trouble with Physics Lee Smolin
  • The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins
  • Catch-22 Joseph Heller
  • Wuthering heights Emily Brontë
  • Complete Ghost Stories Charles Dickens
  • The Mystery of the Yellow Room Gaston Leroux
  • The Duchess of Malfi John Webster
  • Outliers: The Story of Success Malcolm Gladwell
  • Parallel Worlds Michio Kaku
  • Letters from a Stoic Seneca
  • I, Robot Isaac Asimov
  • Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare
  • Hyperspace Michio Kaku
  • Shakespearean Tragedy A.C. Bradley
  • The Phantom of the Opera Gaston Leroux
  • A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
  • Absolute Power David Baldacci
  • Winnie-the-Pooh A.A. Milne
  • Deception Point Dan Brown
  • The Principia Isaac Newton
  • 1984 George Orwell
  • The Widow’s Son Robert Anton Wilson
  • Middlemarch George Eliot
  • Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Jude the Obscure Thomas Hardy
  • Doctor Zhivago Boris Pasternak
  • Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift
  • Discourses Epictetus
  • The Da Vinci Code Dan Brown
  • The Raven Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Case of the Spurious Spinster Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Vanity Fair William Makepeace Thackeray
  • The Mill on the Floss George Eliot
  • Kidnapped Robert Louis Stevenson
  • What If? Randall Munroe
  • Angels & Demons Dan Brown
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
  • The Bourne Supremacy Robert Ludlum
  • A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
  • Nothing to Lose Lee Child
  • The Ambler Warning Robert Ludlum
  • The Case of the Amorous Aunt Erle Stanley Gardner
  • The Eagle Has Landed Jack Higgins
  • Relativity: The Special and the General Theory Albert Einstein
  • Arguably: Selected Prose Christopher Hitchens
  • Ivanhoe Walter Scott
  • The Moonstone Wilkie Collins
  • Pietr the Latvian Georges Simenon
  • The Case of the Lame Canary Erle Stanley Gardner
  • The Exorcist William Peter Blatty
  • Amusements in Mathematics Henry Ernest Dudeney
  • The Murders in the Rue Morgue Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Lost Symbol Dan Brown
  • Without Fail Lee Child
  • Gone with the Wind Margaret Mitchell
  • Mystic River Dennis Lehane
  • The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
  • Airframe Michael Crichton
  • The Hidden Reality Brian Greene
  • Thank You, Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse
  • Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne
  • The Pelican Brief John Grisham
  • Rip Van Winkle Washington Irving
  • Last Man Standing David Baldacci
  • The Pianist Władysław Szpilman
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau H.G. Wells
  • Pride and Prejudice,Jane Austen
  • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Othello William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth William Shakespeare
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Stieg Larsson
  • The Mysterious Island Jules Verne
  • The Silence of the Lambs Thomas Harris
  • The Unit Ninni Holmqvist
  • The Hard Way Lee Child
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Omnibus: A Trilogy in Four Parts Douglas Adams
  • Cosmos Carl Sagan
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife Audrey Niffenegger
  • Far From the Madding Crowd Thomas Hardy
  • The Bourne Legacy Eric Van Lustbader
  • The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
  • The Colour of Magic Terry Pratchett
  • The Omen David Seltzer
  • Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen
  • The Goldfinch Donna Tartt
  • Mile 81 Stephen King
  • Peter Pan J.M. Barrie
  • The Day of the Jackal Frederick Forsyth
  • Our Kind Of Traitor John le Carré
  • Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • Where Eagles Dare Alistair MacLean
  • Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
  • Rapunzel Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Bloodmoney David Ignatius
  • One Shot Lee Child
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Ken Kesey
  • Physics of the Impossible Michio Kaku
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain
  • Dr. Faustus Christopher Marlowe
  • 1066 and All That: A Memorable History of England W.C. Sellar
  • The Naked and the Dead Norman Mailer
  • Silas Marner George Eliot
  • Murder at the Vicarage Agatha Christie
  • The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll Erle Stanley Gardner
  • Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • Man and Superman George Bernard Shaw
  • East of Eden John Steinbeck
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard P. Feynman
  • The Scarlet Letter Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Animal Farm George Orwell
  • The Importance of Being Earnest Oscar Wilde
  • Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Man in the Iron Mask Alexandre Dumas
  • Contact Carl Sagan
  • Fools Die Mario Puzo
  • The Universe in a Nutshell Stephen Hawking
  • Somewhere In Time Richard Matheson
  • Inferno Dan Brown
  • Killing Floor Lee Child
  • American Gods Neil Gaiman
  • The Mysterious Affair at Styles Agatha Christie
  • Shutter Island Dennis Lehane
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare
  • The Jungle Books Rudyard Kipling
  • A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • The Grand Design Stephen Hawking
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood Charles Dickens
  • The Dead Secret Wilkie Collins
  • The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
  • The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • Carry on, Jeeves P.G. Wodehouse
  • The Odyssey Homer
  • The Return of the Native Thomas Hardy
  • The Vampyre and Other Tales of the Macabre John William Polidori
  • Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll
  • Molesworth Geoffrey Willans
  • The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo
  • We Don’t Live Here Anymore Andre Dubus
  • The Hunt for Red October Tom Clancy
  • The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics Leonard Susskind
  • Cape Fear John D. MacDonald
  • Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Mansfield Park Jane Austen
  • Perfume: The Story of a Murderer Patrick Süskind
  • A Room with a View E.M. Forster
  • The Call of the Wild Jack London
  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
  • The Haunting of Hill House Shirley Jackson
  • She Stoops to Conquer Oliver Goldsmith
  • Les Misérables Victor Hugo
  • Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
  • And Then There Were None Agatha Christie
  • The Code of the Woosters P.G. Wodehouse
  • Jane Eyre Charlotte Brontë
  • Echo Burning Lee Child
  • The Iliad Homer
  • The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow Mark Latham
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
  • A Study in Scarlet Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Girl Who Played With Fire Stieg Larsson
  • A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
  • For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
  • Black beauty Anna Sewell

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