My lifetime goal is to read all the books. 

Haha, just kidding, of course I can’t do that. *sob*

Currently reading

Updated 14 April 2021

  • Rendezvous With Rama / Arthur C. Clarke
  • Antifragile / Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Fountainhead / Ayn Rand
  • Working / Studs Terkel
  • Dark Forest / Liu Cixin

Reading notes

I send weekly reading notes via newsletter; see the archive here.

Reading goals

(2021) Keep reading more fiction; continue reading notes as a way to remember more of what I read; seek and read more book recommendations from friends.

(2020) Read more (in general); read more fiction; quit reading books I don’t love; remember more of what I read.


The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson is one of my all-time favorite books. N.K. Jemisin’s trilogy is amazing. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell is also excellent. I love the Silver Mystic quartet by Loren Andrews: City of Husks, Family of Ruin, Champion of Sin, Isle of Before. Andrews is one of my favorite dystopian writers. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu is great and I’ll read the other two in the trilogy this year. East of Eden by John Steinbeck is heart-rending and beautiful and bleak and rich. Barbara Kingsolver is an incredible writer; any of her novels is going to take you somewhere worth going. Bukowski’s poetry makes me cry in a good way.

If I were going to recommend one book from the entire nonfiction list, it would be James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games. Mastery and 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene are well worth the time investment. I read Ferrini’s Love Without Conditions and Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations regularly, and revisit Henry Cloud, James Clear, Greg McKeown, and Alan Watts often. Systemantics by John Gall and A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell are thought-provoking in very different ways.

Reading lists

Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books (NPR)

And here’s my progress.

An ever-growing TBR list

Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall ApartF
Adler, AlfredWhat Life Could Mean to YouN
Arendt, HannahThe Life of the MindN
Bach, RichardIllusionsN
Bowen, ElizabethThe Death of the HeartF
Busby, F.M.Rissa KerguelenF
Campbell, JosephThe Hero with a Thousand FacesN
Dalio, RayPrinciples: Life and WorkN
Damasio, AntonioThe Strange Order of ThingsN
Davidson, James DaleThe Sovereign IndividualN
Deutsch, DavidThe Beginning of InfinityN
Dyson, FreemanDisturbing the UniverseN
Edwards, BettyDrawing on the Right Side of the BrainN
Feynman, Richard P.Six Easy PiecesN
Gardner, MartinFads and Fallacies in the Name of ScienceN
Gleick, JamesChaos: Making a New ScienceN
Gornick, VivianThe Situation and the StoryN
Greene, RobertThe Laws of Human NatureN
Harari, Yuval NoahSapiensN
Hartley, NinaNina Hartley’s Guide to Total SexN
Heller, JosephCatch-22F
Herrigel, EugenZen in the Art of ArcheryN
Jaynes, JulianThe Origin of ConsciousnessN
Kingsolver, BarbaraFlight BehaviorF
Klosterman, ChuckBut What If We’re Wrong?N
Koestler, ArthurThe Act of CreationN
Leonard, GeorgeMasteryN
Liu, CixinThe Dark Forest, Death’s EndF
Miller, John H.A Crude Look at the WholeN
Murdoch, IrisExistentialists and MysticsN
Musashi, MiyamotoThe Book of Five RingsN
Nietzsche, FriedrichEcce Homo: How One Becomes What One IsN
Palmer, AmandaThe Art of AskingN
Peterson, Jordan B.12 Rules for LifeN
Pinker, StevenThe Better Angels of Our NatureN
Pollan, MichaelHow to Change Your MindN
Powys, John CowperThe Meaning of CultureN
Rand, AynThe FountainheadF
Rhys, JeanWide Sargasso SeaF
Ridley, MattThe Rational OptimistN
Rushdie, SalmanMidnight’s ChildrenF
Sagan, CarlContactF
Shepherd, PengThe Book of MF
Smith, AdamThe Wealth of NationsN
Steinbeck, JohnThe Grapes of WrathF
Sowell, ThomasEconomic Facts and FallaciesN
Spinoza, BenedictusEthicsN
Taleb, Nassim NicholasAntifragile, Fooled by RandomnessN
Thomas, AngieThe Hate U GiveF
Watts, Alan W.Become What You AreN
West, GeoffreyScaleN
Woolf, VirginiaTo the LighthouseF
Wyndham, JohnThe ChrysalidsF

2020 Reading

Andrews, LorenSilver Mystic
Arden, KatherineThe Bear and the Nightingale
Banks, Iain M.Consider PhlebasSF/F list
Bukowski, CharlesHam on Rye
Bukowski, CharlesFactotum
Dick, Philip K.The Man in the High CastleSF/F list
Egan, JenniferA Visit from the Goon Squad
Dashner, JamesThe Maze RunnerWith Mara
Gaiman, NeilAmerican GodsSF/F list
Gaiman, NeilNeverwhereSF/F list
Jemisin, N.K.The Stone Sky
Kingsolver, BarbaraThe Poisonwood Bible
Liu, CixinThe Three-Body Problem
Pullman, PhilipThe Book of Dust
Rand, AynAnthem
Saunders, GeorgeLincoln on the Bardo
Smith, BettyA Tree Grows in Brooklyn
Steinbeck, JohnEast of Eden
Tremblay, PaulThe Cabin at the End of the Wood
Wells, MarthaThe Cloud Roads
Wood, CharlotteThe Natural Way of Things
Brown, BrenéDare to Lead
Bukowski, CharlesEssential Bukowski: Poetry
Cardone, GrantBe Obsessed or Be Average
Cloud, HenryThe Power of the Other
Dass, RamGrist for the Mill
Ginsberg, ScottStick Yourself Out There
KrishnamurtiTotal Freedom
Nouwen, Henri J. M.The Inner Voice of LovePartial
Stone, Hal and SidraPartneringPartial

2019 Reading

Abe, KoboThe Woman in the Dunes
Buck, Pearl S.East Wind, West Wind
Cline, ErnestReady Player One
Jemisin, N.K.The Fifth Season
Jemisin, N.K.The Obelisk Gate
Kadish, RachelThe Weight of Ink
L’Engle, MadeleineThe Small Rain
Malerman, JoshBird Box
Mitchell, DavidThe Bone Clocks
Stephenson, NealThe Diamond Age
Yancey, RickThe 5th Wave
Andersen, U.S.The Magic in Your Mind
Newport, CalDeep Work
brown, adrienne mareeEmergent Strategy
Clear, JamesAtomic Habits
Dweck, Carol. S.Mindset
Ferris, TimThe 4-Hour Body
Ferrini, PaulLove Without Conditions | Notes
Finkel, DavidBuild a Business, Not a Job
Foroux, DariusThink Straight
Gall, JohnSystemantics: The Systems Bible | Notes
Gray, KyleThe Story Engine
Greene, Robert*Mastery | Notes
Hardy, Benjamin P.Slipstream Time Hacking |Notes
McKeown, GregEssentialism
Norris, DanThe 7-Day Startup
Pearce, Joseph ChiltonThe Crack in the Cosmic Egg | Notes
Waitzkin, JoshThe Art of Learning
Willink, JockoDiscipline Equals Freedom
Cameron, JuliaThe Artist’s Way
Campbell, JosephMyths to Live By | Notes
Carse, JamesFinite and Infinite Games | Notes
Ferris, TimTools of Titans | Notes
Ferris, TimThe 4-Hour Workweek | Notes
Ferris, TimTribe of Mentors | Notes
Greene, Robert48 Laws of Power
Hill, NapoleonTruthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill
Jerzak vel Dobosz, KonradThe Secrets of Polyglots
Moran, Brian P.The 12-Week Year
Pirsig, Robert M.Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance | Notes
Sowell, ThomasA Conflict of Visions
SunziThe Art of War
Tadd, EllenThe Infinite View
Watts, Alan W.The Wisdom of Insecurity | Notes
Yudkowsky, EliezerMap and Territory | Notes