My Reading List

I read...a lot. I like to share my reading list here, as I find it keeps me motivated to read more often. I try to read 52 books each year (one per week). 

Books that I especially loved are marked with an asterisk.

Books that I’m working through for “So You Want to Learn Mathematics” are marked with two asterisks (for more information, read this post).

Currently Reading

Portraits Without Frames, by Lev Ozerov
A History of Mathematics, by Carl Boyer and Uta Merzbach**
The Elements of New Testament Greek, by J.W. Wenham
The Blackwell Guide to Ancient Philosophy
Calculus Made Easy, by Silvanus P. Thompson and Martin Gardner**
Writing Screenplays That Sell, by Michael Hauge
Writing the TV Drama Series, by Pamela Douglas
On Virtue Ethics, by Rosalind Hursthouse
Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee


1. Norwegian Wood, by Haruki Murakami
2. The Power and the Glory, by Graham Greene
3. The Best Short Stories of Fyodor Dostoevsky
4. Anna Karenina, by Leo Tolstoy*
5. Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke*
6. White Fang, by Jack London*
7. Zen in the Art of Writing, by Ray Bradbury*
8. The Invisibility Cloak, by Ge Fei
9. Winesburg, Ohio, by Sherwood Anderson*
10. Learning to Live in the World, by William Stafford*
11. Coraline, by Neil Gaiman
12. Motherhood: Poems About Mothers, edited by Carmela Ciuraru (read my review)
13. Vertical Motion, by Can Xue* (read my review)
14. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running, by Haruki Murakami*
15. Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
16. The Paris Review Interviews, III
17. Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott*
18. Harvey, by Mary Chase*
19. King Lear, by William Shakespeare
20. The Hawk in the Rain, by Ted Hughes
21. Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master, by Kathryn Smith
22. YouTubers, by Chris Stokel-Walker
23. Matisse, by Gilles Neret
24. Exhalation: Stories, by Ted Chiang
25. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. Principles of Macroeconomics, by N. Gregory Mankiw
27. Half-Earth, by E.O. Wilson
28. Bring the Funny, by Greg DePaul
29. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire*
30. No Time to Spare, by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann*
32. Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro
33. Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton
34. Big Little Lies, by Liane Moriarty
35. A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. Le Guin
36. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
37. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng
38. The October Country, by Ray Bradbury*
39. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
40. Screenplay, by Robin U. Russin and William Missouri Downs
41. Academica, by Cicero
42. Black Narcissus, by Rumer Godden
43. The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin
44. The Calculating Stars, by Mary Robinette Kowal
45. Fleishman is in Trouble, by Taffy Brodesser-Akner
46. Where’d You Go Bernadette, by Maria Semple*
47. Annihilation, by Jeff VanderMeer*
48. Educated, by Tara Westover*
49. The Circle, by Dave Eggers
50. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis*
51. Super Pumped, by Mike Isaac
52. Spinning Silver, by Naomi Novik
53. Circe, by Madeline Miller


1. Charlotte's Web, by E.B. White
2. The Enchiridion, by Epictetus*
3. The Gospel in Brief, by Leo Tolstoy*
4. The Master and Margarita, by Mikhail Bulgakov*
5. Dreams from My Father, by Barack Obama
6. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (abandoned out of boredom) 
7. Swing Time, by Zadie Smith
8. The Skin of Our Teeth, by Thornton Wilder
9. The Word for World is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin
10. Crossing to Safety, by Wallace Stegner
11. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
12. I Feel Bad About My Neck, by Nora Ephron
13. Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou
14. Definitely Maybe, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky*
15. Love-Lies-Bleeding, by Don DeLillo
16. Fifth Business, by Robertson Davies
17. The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead
18. Roadside Picnic, by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
19. Utilitarianism, by John Stuart Mill
20. No Name in the Street, by James Baldwin
21. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury*
22. Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury*
23. Once and Forever, by Kenji Miyazawa
24. Ethics, by Barbara MacKinnon*
25. The Role of the Supreme Court in American Government, by Archibald Cox
26. Formal Theories of Truth, by Jc Beall et al
27. Summerland, by Hannu Rajaniemi
28. Jurassic Park, by Michael Crichton*
29. Blue Nights, by Joan Didion*
30. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury*
31. Out of the Silent Planet, by C.S. Lewis
32. Lost Time, by Jozef Czapski
33. The Sword and the Circle, by Rosemary Sutcliff
34. The Miserable Mill, by Lemony Snicket*
35. The Austere Academy, by Lemony Snicket*
36. The Ersatz Elevator, by Lemony Snicket*
37. The Vile Village, by Lemony Snicket*
38. The Hostile Hospital, by Lemony Snicket*
39. The Carnivorous Carnival, by Lemony Snicket*
40. The Slippery Slope, by Lemony Snicket*
41. The Grim Grotto, by Lemony Snicket*
42. The Penultimate Peril, by Lemony Snicket*
43. The End, by Lemony Snicket*
44. How We’ll Live On Mars, by Stephen L. Petranek
45. And Then There Were None, by Agatha Christie
46. Jimmy Stewart: A Biography, by Marc Eliot
47. The Light Beyond the Forest, by Rosemary Sutcliff
48. Doctor Fischer of Geneva or The Bomb Party, by Graham Greene*
49. The Death of Ivan Ilych, by Leo Tolstoy*
50. Letters from Father Christmas, by J.R.R. Tolkien
51. Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair, by Pablo Neruda
52. Scotland, by Rab Houston
53. Economics, edited by Simon Cox


1. The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick (read my review)
2. The 4-Hour Workweek, by Timothy Ferriss
3. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
4. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle*
5. Works and Days, by Hesiod 
6. Man's Search for Meaning, by Viktor Frankl*
7. What Love Is and What It Could Be, by Carrie Jenkins
8. The Once and Future King, by T.H. White*
9. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, translated by Simon Armitage*
10. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
11. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
12. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff, by Richard Carlson*
13. A Presocratics Reader, ed. Patricia Curd
14. How to Build a Time Machine, by Paul Davies
15. The Road to Camlann, by Rosemary Sutcliff
16. Quantum Chance, by Nicolas Gisin
17. The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
18. The Secret of the Old Clock, by Carolyn Keene
19. The Examined Life, by Robert Nozick
20. The Architecture of Happiness, by Alain de Botton
21. Profiles of the Future, by Arthur C. Clarke*
22. Ethics in the Real World, by Peter Singer
23. The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
24. What Money Can't Buy, by Michael Sandel
25. The White Album, by Joan Didion
26. Reality is Not What it Seems, by Carlo Rovelli
27. Superintelligence, by Nick Bostrom
28. Generation Wealth, by Lauren Greenfield
29. The Beauty Myth, by Naomi Wolf
30. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
31. A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller*
32. Why I Am Not a Feminist, by Jessa Crispin
33. If You're An Egalitarian, How Come You're So Rich? by G.A. Cohen
34. We Can Remember It For You Wholesale, by Philip K. Dick
35. The Minority Report, by Philip K. Dick
36. A Wrinkle In Time, by Madeleine L'Engle
37. The Cosmic Perspective, by Bennett et al.
38. Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me) by Carol Tavris and Elliot Aronson*
39. The Path of the Law, by Oliver Wendell Holmes
40. Wind, Sand and Stars by Antoine de Saint-Exupery*
41. The Adventures of Robin Hood, by Roger Lancelyn Green
42. The Book of Merlyn, by T.H. White
43. What Happened, by Hillary Rodham Clinton
44. Father Sergius, by Leo Tolstoy
45. The Crucible, by Arthur Miller
46. Legal Methods, by Peter L. Strauss
47. Thinking Like a Lawyer, by Frederick Schauer
48. The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman
49. The Night Before Christmas, by Nikolai Gogol
50. A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens
51. The Nutcracker, by E.T.A. Hoffman
52. The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupery


1. Eichmann in Jerusalem, by Hannah Arendt
2. Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet
3. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
4. Letters to a Young Poet, by Ranier Maria Rilke
5. The Waste Land, by T.S. Eliot
6. The Book of Questions, by Pablo Neruda
7. The Mythical Man-Month, by Frederick Brooks
8. Realism in Mathematics, by Penelope Maddy
9. A Mathematician's Apology, by G.H. Hardy*
10. 13 Days to Glory, by Lon Tinkle
11. The Glass Menagerie, by Tennessee Williams
12. Managing Oneself, by Peter Drucker
13. Night, by Elie Wiesel
14. Equity and Mercy, by Martha Nussbaum
15. The True Believer, by Eric Hoffer*
16. Social Studies, by Fran Lebowitz
17. Fabless, by Daniel Nenni and Paul McLellan
18. The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder
19. The Supermen, by Charles J. Murray
20. Intelligent Virtue, by Julia Annas
21. Fearless Symmetry, by Avner Ash and Robert Gross
22. Candide, by Voltaire*
23. Soap, Science, and Flat-Screen TVs, by David Dunmur and Tim Sluckin
24. Flow, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
25. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
26. Ants at Work, by Deborah Gordon
27. The Fall of Rome, by Bryan Ward-Perkins
28. The Panda's Thumb, by Stephen Jay Gould
29. Unskilled and Unaware of It, by Justin Kruger and David Dunning (pdf) 
30. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne
31. Letters to a Young Scientist, by E.O. Wilson
32. The Meaning of Human Existence, by E.O. Wilson
33. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert*
34. Seven Brief Lessons in Physics, by Carlo Rovelli
35. In the Shadow of Man, by Jane Goodall*
36. An Urchin in the Storm, by Stephen Jay Gould
37. Puzzles, Paradoxes, and Problems, by Peter French
38. Brainstorms, by Daniel Dennett
39. On Writing, by Stephen King (read my review)*
40. Long Commentary on the De Anima of Aristotle, translated by Richard Taylor
41. Code, by Charles Petzold (read my review)*
42. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
43. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
44. Stories of Your Life and Others, by Ted Chiang*
45. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick*
46. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis*
47. The Silver Chair, by C.S. Lewis*
48. The Magician's Nephew, by C.S. Lewis*
49. The Bad Beginning, by Lemony Snicket*
50. The Reptile Room, by Lemony Snicket*
51. The Wide Window, by Lemony Snicket*
52. The Red Pony, by John Steinbeck