Books influence the way I think and live. I keep a readlist organized by year, for my own recall.


  1. Debt: The First 5,000 Years, David Graeber
  2. Galápagos, Kurt Vonnegut
  3. How Linux Works, Brian Ward


  1. Working Out Loud: For a Better Career and Life, John Stepper
  2. Clean Code, Robert C. Martin
  3. BDD in Action: Behavior-Driven Development for the whole Software Lifecycle, John Feguson Smart
  4. East of Eden, John Steinbeck
  5. Lincoln in the Bardo, George Saunders
  6. Composing a Life, Mary Catherine Bateson
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  8. Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag
  9. Cat’s Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  10. Contingency, Irony, Solidarity, Richard Rorty
  11. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  12. The Utopia of Rules: On Technology, Stupidity, and the Secret Joys of Bureaucracy, David Graeber
  13. The Plague, Albert Camus
  14. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  15. Growing Object-Oriented Software, Guided by Tests, Steve Freeman & Nat Pryce
  16. Status Anxiety, Allan de Botton†
  17. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy, William B. Irvine†
  18. Play Anything: The Pleasure of Limits, the Uses of Boredom, and the Secret of Games, Ian Bogost†
  19. Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar . . .: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes, Thomas Cathcart & Daniel Klein†
  20. The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking, Edward B. Burger & Michael Starbird
  21. The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, Max Weber
  22. Moby Dick, Herman Melville


  1. Dark Debts, Karen Hall
  2. Next, Michael Crichton
  3. Travels with Charley: In Search of America, John Steinbeck
  4. Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre
  5. Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design, Joel Katz
  6. Beautiful JavaScript, Anton Kovalyov
  7. Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Simon Blackburn
  8. How to Think Like an Entrepreneur, Philip Delves Broughton
  9. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other Essays, Albert Camus
  10. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections, Slavoj Žižek
  11. Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt
  12. The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
  13. The Nature of Software Development, Ron Jeffries
  14. The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, John Gray
  15. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury
  16. Learning Drupal 8, Nick Abbott & Richard Jones
  17. Babbit, Sinclair Lewis
  18. Darkness at Noon, Arthur Koestler


  1. On Photography, Susan Sontag
  2. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven D. Levitt
  4. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You, Eli Pariser
  5. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself, David McRaney
  6. What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Michael J. Sandel
  7. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Charles Wheelan
  8. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility, James P. Coarse
  9. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young, Kurt Vonnegut
  10. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg
  11. Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity, Garrett B. Gunderson
  12. You Are Not a Gadget, Jaron Lanier
  13. Automatic Wealth for Grads… and Anyone Else Just Starting Out, Michael Masterson
  14. The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen
  15. All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan, Elizabeth Warren
  16. How To Find Fulfilling Work, Roman Krznaric
  17. Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen
  18. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle
  19. Predictive Analytics, Eric Siegel
  20. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport
  21. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World, Niall Ferguson
  22. A Guide for the Perplexed, E.F. Schumacher
  23. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford
  24. The News: A User’s Manual, Alain de Botton
  25. Social Physics, Alex Pentland
  26. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande
  27. The End of Absence, Michael Harris
  28. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges
  29. Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, Geoff Colvin
  30. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug


  1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown
  2. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People, Susan M. Weinschenk
  3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
  4. How Proust Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton
  5. My Life, Anton Chekov
  6. Truth: A Guide, Simon Blackburn
  7. How to Lie with Statistics, Darrel Huff
  8. Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics, Simon Blackburn
  9. Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson
  11. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman
  12. Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, Rebecca Goldstein
  13. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  14. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman
  15. Polio: An American Story, David M. Oshinsky
  16. Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen
  17. A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life, Denise Inge
  18. The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
  19. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Slavoj Žižek


  1. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  3. A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  4. The Flight of the Iguana, David Quammen
  5. Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

† Listened to as an audiobook

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