Part of the reason I started this blog was to start writing more. Hand in hand with that is reading more, and to encourage both habits I’m going to try to review every book I read (or most at least!). I’ll use this page as both a tracker for the books I want to read as well as for the reviews themselves. Suggestions for what to read next are always welcome!


Eichmann in Jerusalem by Hannah Arendt

Worm by John McCrae (aka wildbow)


Read, Yet-to-be-Reviewed

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Impro by Keith Johnstone

Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott

Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration by John Pfaff

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Tao te Ching by Lao Tzu, translated by Gia-Fu Feng and Jane English

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin


In Process

Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott

Rationality: From AI to Zombies by LessWrong

A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge


To Read

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Anchor

How to Live by Sarah Bakewell

Reflections on the Art of Living by Joseph Campbell

Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide by Orson Scott Card

Influence by Robert Cialdini

The Three Body Problem by Liu Cixin

Average is Over by Tyler Cowen

Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Upanishads translated by Eknath Easwaran

Permutation City by Greg Egan

The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama

The Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

The Age of Em by Robin Hanson

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Green Hills of Africa; Old Man and the Sea; A Moveable Feast; and Complete Collection of Short Stories by Ernest Hemingway

The Histories by Herodotus

The True Believer by Eric Hoffer

On Looking by Alexandra Horowitz

On the Road and Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

As One Is by Krishnamurti

The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell

Deep Work by Cal Newport

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Crucial Conversations by Kerry Patterson

Ernest Hemingway on Writing by Larry W. Phillips

The Great Transformation by Karl Polanyi

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

The Discovery of France by Graham Robb

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

The Book of Lord Shang – looking for a good translation

The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William Shirer

Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

The Truth by Neil Strauss

The Collapse of Complex Societies by Joseph A. Tainter

Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

The Tiger by John Valliant

How to Read a Book by Charles Van Doren and Mortimer Adler

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X