Reading

Since Spring 2018, I have been tracking all the books I’ve read, and want to read. Below, in roughly descending order, are the books I highly recommend.

If you want to see my entire list, check out my library. If you want to see books I hope to read in the future, see my anti-library.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Genre: Speculative Fiction.

The Outsider by Albert Camus. Genre: Modern Classic / Philosophy.

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahnemann. Genre: Psychology.

The Sovereign Individual by James Dale Davidson and William Rees-Mogg.

1984 by George Orwell. Genre: Speculative Fiction.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Genre: Memoir. I may be overrating this since I read it pretty young, but it completely changed my perspective on human life and childhood.

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Genre: Classic. One of those books you’re not sure you understand. Then when certain life events happen you realise: ah, this is what Waugh was on about.

Conjectures and Refutations by Karl Popper. Genre: Philosophy.

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering by Richard Hamming. Genre: Engineering

How to Solve It by Georg Polya. Genre: Mathematical Thinking.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Genre: Modern Classic.

Night by Elie Wiesel. Genre: Memoir.

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Genre: Coming of age classic.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. Genre: Speculative Fiction. All of the technology in this book exists in some form today.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. Genre: Novel.

The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker. Genre: Psychology. Full of so many interesting psychological and anthropological studies.

The Feynman Lectures on Physics by Richard Feynman. Genre: Physics.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Genre: Classic.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Genre: Sci-fi.

The Lord of the Rings by J. R. Tolkein. Genre: High Fantasy.

The Periodic Table by Primo Levi. Genre: Short Stories. Carbon is a particularly beautiful chapter.

The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins. Genre: Biology.

Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters. Genre: Business. Blake Masters’ original class notes are even better.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. Genre: Speculative Fiction.

A Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger. Genre: Coming of age novel.

Animal Farm by George Orwell. Genre: Satire.

Babylon Revisited by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Genre: Short Stories.

Dune by Frank Herbert. Genre: Sci-fi.

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway. Genre: Classic.

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond. Genre: History

His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman. Genre: Fantasy.

Love in a Time of Cholera by Gabriel-Garcia Marquez. Genre: Magical Realism. Another like Brideshead, which returns to my mind as I collect more life experience.

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. Genre: Postsmodern Classic.

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman? by Richard Feynman. Genre: Memoir.

The New Science of Strong Materials by JE Gordon. Genre: Engineering

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon. Genre: Psychological Novel.

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. Genre: Writing.

The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch. Genre: Physics.

The Heart of a Dog by Mikhail Bulgakov. Genre: Satire.

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Leguin. Genre: Sci-fi.

The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt. Genre: Psychology.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Genre: Post-apocalyptic.

The Trial by Franz Kafka. Genre: Classic.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Genre: Modern Classic.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Genre: Modern Classic.

Why I Write by George Orwell. Genre: Politics.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig. Genre: Philosophy.

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