Like any normal, well-adjusted person, I keep track of which books I read each year. A lot of them are fun, trashy books about aliens or dragons, while others are not very fun, trashy books about aliens or dragons.

Series are aggregated, and listed by the date I finished reading the last one, which can make some years look really weird.

Ratings are how I felt about the book at the time, which in some cases has changed a lot.

I didn’t start tracking until about 2010, everything before then is from shaky memory, so there’s a bunch missing that maybe I’ll fill out some day.


  1. The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (8-book series)

  2. The Creative Act by Rick Rubin

    Zen advice on the creative process, can dip in and out of the book depending on where you are in a project. I wish he’d used specific examples from his work, but the book is probably already a bit longer than it could be anyway.

  3. Going Infinite by Michael Lewis

    Don't mistake this for a book about FTX, the focus here is Sam Bankman-Fried. Worthwhile if you're interested in his story and the genesis of FTX. more »

  4. Upgrade by Blake Crouch

    Another plot-driven sci-fi popcorn read with a familiar story line

  5. The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi

    Popcorn read that is pretty much what you expect from the title. Enjoyable read, but I’m surprised it was nominated for the Hugo.

  6. Bobiverse by Dennis E. Taylor (4-book series)

    Bob’s consciousness is uploaded into a spaceship’s, which heads out to explore the universe. Casual, humorous narrative style reminiscent of The Martian.

  7. Cheela by Robert L. Forward (2-book series)

    The evolution and biology of a vastly different form of life living on a neutron star. Some interesting ideas, but should have been half the length. Written in the 80s and showing it’s age.

  8. The Player of Games by Iain Banks

  9. Firefall by Peter Watts (3-book series)

    Quick series with some interesting ideas (human hive minds, vampires in space).

  10. Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin

    Came very highly recommended, many likened it to Ready Player One, which isn’t a great comparison. Though both books lean heavily into nostalgic video games, Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow the book is really about relationships, romantic and platonic. Not a bad read, but didn’t live up to the hype for me.

  11. The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama


  1. Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson (8-book series)

  2. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

    I do not get the hype

  3. The Song Machine by John Seabrook

  4. Like, Comment, Subscribe by Mark Bergen

  5. The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski (8-book series)

    I haven’t played the games or watched the show, but the books are enjoyable enough if you like the genre.

  6. The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

  7. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

  8. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

  9. No Filter by Sarah Frier

  10. Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (7-book series)

    Fast-paced, fun young adult sci-fi series

  11. Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow

    Astounding to read all the gory details about Weinstein’s behaviors and everyone who enabled it. Ronan Farrow is a fantastic writer.

  12. Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson

    Some interesting ideas, but not my favorite of his

  13. The Green Bone Saga by Fonda Lee (3-book series)

  14. Blacktop Wasteland by S. A. Cosby

  15. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

  16. Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins

    Novel-length hustle porn

  17. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides

    I have no idea how this has a 4.2 on Goodreads or how I managed to finish it.

  18. CIRCE by Madeline Miller

    Fun, modern take on the backstory of characters from Greek Mythology

  19. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  20. The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung

    Good intro to the benefits of fasting, in case (like me) you have to convince people you’re not crazy for not eating six times a day

  21. Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke


  1. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong

  2. The Expanse by James S. A. Corey (16-book series)

    Space antics with realistic physics. Quality dips midway through, but first few books are great. I haven’t watched the show yet.

  3. Xenogenesis by Octavia E. Butler (3-book series)

  4. This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone

  5. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

  6. Version Control by Dexter Palmer

    Not for everyone, but I enjoyed this more than I expected. Nominally about time travel, but the evolution and permutations of adult friendships resonated with me.

  7. Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

  8. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

  9. Competing Against Luck by Clayton Christensen

  10. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

  11. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

  12. Red Notice by Bill Browder

  13. Recursion by Blake Crouch

  14. Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee

    Some interesting ideas, but a bit of a slog

  15. Upheaval by Jared Diamond

  16. Endurance by Alfred Lansing

  17. Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    After the disappointing Artemis, Andy Weir is back with a read that recaptures the nerdy fun of The Martian

  18. Refugee by Alan Gratz

  19. Atomic Habits by James Clear

  20. Exhalation by Ted Chiang

  21. The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson (6-book series)

    Series starts strong, though the most recent book was just OK. Waiting on the final book to be written.


  1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (2-book series)

  2. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  3. The Interdependency by John Scalzi (3-book series)

  4. Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas

    Makes an important and though-provoking point, but with about twice as many pages as necessary which dilutes the message

  5. The Long Winter by A. G. Riddle (3-book series)

  6. The Emperor's Soul by Brandon Sanderson

  7. Flatland by Edwin Abbott Abbott

  8. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey A. Moore


  1. Lightbringer by Brent Weeks (5-book series)

  2. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

  3. Super Pumped by Mike Isaac

  4. Fall; or, Dodge in Hell by Neal Stephenson

    Classic Stephenson: Interesting ideas, but drags at times.

  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

  6. Conquerors by Roger Crowley

  7. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

  8. Snowing in Bali by Kathryn Bonella

  9. Cribsheet by Emily Oster

  10. Futebol by Alex Bellos

  11. Another Day of Life by Ryszard Kapuscinski

  12. Finite and Infinite Games by James P. Carse

  13. The Swamp by Michael Grunwald

  14. The Effective Engineer by Edmond Lau

  15. The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (14-book series)


  1. ★★ Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

  2. Zones of Thought by Vernor Vinge (2-book series)

  3. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

  4. The Broken Earth by N. K. Jemisin (3-book series)


  1. Artemis by Andy Weir

  2. Diaspora by Greg Egan

  3. The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven

  4. The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson & Nicole Galland

  5. Deep Work by Cal Newport

    A good idea, but this is a New Yorker article worth of content stretched into a book.

  6. The Vital Question by Nick Lane

  7. Rise of the Robots by Martin R. Ford

  8. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  9. The Passage by Justin Cronin


  1. The Philosopher Kings by Jo Walton (3-book series)

  2. Remembrance of Earth’s Past by Cixin Liu (3-book series)

  3. Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John Le Carré

  4. Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

  5. Hounded by Kevin Hearne

  6. How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer

  7. Split Second by Douglas E. Richards

  8. Ruhlman's Twenty by Michael Ruhlman

  9. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

  10. Replay by Ken Grimwood

  11. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North

  12. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

  13. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

  14. Warbreaker by Brandon Sanderson

  15. Commonwealth Saga by Peter F. Hamilton (2-book series)

  16. Red Rising Saga by Pierce Brown (3-book series)

  17. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison


  1. Nexus by Ramez Naam (3-book series)

  2. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang

  3. What If? by Randall Munroe

  4. Ratio by Michael Ruhlman

  5. The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert

  6. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

  7. How Babies Talk by Roberta Michnick Golinkoff & Kathy Hirsh-Pasek

  8. Armada by Ernest Cline

  9. Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

  10. Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson

  11. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

  12. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

  13. Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge

  14. Neuromancer by William Gibson

  15. The Color of Magic by Terry Pratchett

  16. The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas

  17. Sleeping Through the Night, Revised Edition by Jodi A. Mindell

  18. The Sleepeasy Solution by Jennifer Waldburger & Jill Spivack


  1. Business Adventures by John Brooks

  2. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman (2-book series)

  3. House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

  4. Yes Please by Amy Poehler

  5. Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

  6. Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

  7. Imperial Radch by Ann Leckie (2-book series)

  8. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

  9. The Yiddish Policemen's Union by Michael Chabon

  10. Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds

  11. Lock In by John Scalzi

  12. Sex on Six Legs by Marlene Zuk

  13. Theory of Fun for Game Design by Raph Koster

  14. Homeland by Cory Doctorow

  15. Redshirts by John Scalzi

  16. Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom

  17. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

  18. Zero to One by Peter Thiel & Blake Masters

  19. Earth Abides by George Rippey Stewart

  20. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

  21. The Circle by Dave Eggers

  22. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

  23. Old Man's War by John Scalzi

  24. Daemon by Daniel Suarez (2-book series)

  25. ★★ The Martian by Andy Weir

  26. Silo by Hugh Howey (3-book series)

  27. The Kingkiller Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss (2-book series)


  1. Being Geek by Michael Lopp

  2. Reamde by Neal Stephenson

  3. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

  4. Anathem by Neal Stephenson

  5. The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

  6. The Long Ships by Frans Gunnar Bengtsson

  7. World War Z by Max Brooks

  8. Feersum Endjinn by Iain Banks

  9. The Big Short by Michael Lewis

  10. Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  11. Sword & Citadel by Gene Wolfe (2-book series)

  12. Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons (2-book series)

  13. Spin by Robert Charles Wilson

  14. Ringworld by Larry Niven

  15. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

  16. Accelerando by Charles Stross


  1. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

  2. All Clear by Connie Willis (2-book series)

  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (3-book series)

  4. Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (3-book series)

  5. Inside Apple by Adam Lashinsky

  6. Bossypants by Tina Fey

  7. Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith


  1. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

  2. The Uplift War by David Brin

  3. The First Law by Joe Abercrombie (3-book series)

  4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

  5. Solaris by Stanisław Lem

  6. Sandkings by George R. R. Martin

  7. Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer

  8. Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes

  9. Consider Phlebas by Iain Banks

  10. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin (5-book series)


  1. World of the Five Gods by Lois McMaster Bujold (3-book series)

  2. Why We Get Fat and what to Do about it by Gary Taubes

  3. The China Study by T. Colin Campbell & Thomas M. Campbell II


  1. Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

  2. The Secret Life of Lobsters by Trevor Corson

  3. The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  4. SuperFreakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

  5. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely


  1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman (3-book series)

  2. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick

  3. The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffrey Steingarten

  4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides

  5. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

  6. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowenstein

  7. Watchmen (2019 Edition) by Alan Moore

  8. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

  9. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin

  10. The Wind-up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

  11. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out by Richard Feynman

  12. ★★ The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

  13. The Night Gardener by George P. Pelecanos

  14. The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

  15. The Motorcycle Diaries by Ernesto Guevara

  16. The Giver by Lois Lowry

  17. The Definitive Book of Body Language by Barbara Pease & Allan Pease

  18. Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs

  19. Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis

  20. Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis

  21. Jungle by Yossi Ghinsberg

  22. Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

  23. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  24. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

  25. Complications by Atul Gawande

  26. Boomerang by Michael Lewis

  27. Blind Side by Michael Lewis

  28. Better by Atul Gawande

  29. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

  30. A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami

  31. A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry


  1. Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris

  2. Perfume by Patrick Suskind

    Portuguese translation

  3. The Year of Yes by Maria Dahvana Headley

  4. The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

  5. The Shangri-La Diet by Seth Roberts

  6. The Science of Happiness by Stephen Braun

  7. The Mapmaker's Wife by Robert Whitaker

  8. The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

  9. Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out how Type Works by Erik Spiekermann & E. M. Ginger

  10. Slow Man by J.M. Coetzee

  11. Present Value by Sabin Willett

  12. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

  13. Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain

  14. Jennifer Government by Max Barry

  15. Information Anxiety by Richard Saul Wurman

  16. ★★ Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini

  17. How to Lie with Statistics by Darrell Huff

  18. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling (7-book series)

    Portuguese translations

  19. Good to Great by Jim Collins

  20. Core Performance by Mark Verstegen & Pete Williams

  21. Code Complete by Steve McConnell

  22. About Face 3 by Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann & David Cronin

  23. A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander


  1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

  2. ★★ The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz

    This book really helped my mental health

  3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire

  4. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides

  5. The Game by Neil Strauss

  6. The End of Poverty by Jeffrey D. Sachs

  7. The Code Book by Simon Singh

  8. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

  9. Notes From Underground by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  10. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

  11. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

  12. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (4-book series)

  13. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

  14. Ensaio sobre a lucidez by José Saramago

  15. Ensaio sobre a cegueira by José Saramago

  16. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

  17. A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

    No idea how anyone ever though this was a true story.


  1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

  2. The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki

  3. The Ancestor's Tale by Richard Dawkins & Yan Wong

  4. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez

  5. Nature Via Nurture by Matt Ridley

  6. Collapse by Jared Diamond


  1. The Shipping News by Annie Proulx

  2. The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat by Oliver Sacks

  3. The Blank Slate by Steven Pinker

  4. Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins

  5. Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk

  6. Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

    The movie translated this very well, no particular reason to read it if you've seen it

  7. Eastern Standard Tribe by Cory Doctorow

  8. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim by David Sedaris

  9. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow

  10. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk


  1. Your Money Or Your Life by Joseph R. Dominguez & Vicki Robin

    Heart’s in the right place I guess, but the authors got super lucky buying bonds when rates were high in the 80s so good luck replicating that

  2. ★★ The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

  3. The Progress Paradox by Gregg Easterbrook

  4. The Mosquito Coast by Paul Theroux

  5. The Godfather by Mario Puzo

    Portuguese translation

  6. The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst

  7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

  8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey

  9. Paradise by Toni Morrison

  10. Naked by David Sedaris

  11. Getting Things Done by David Allen

  12. Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser

  13. Daisy Miller by Henry James

    Read the Spanish translation because I was traveling and ran out of books


  1. Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

  2. Travels with Lizbeth by Lars Eighner

  3. ★★ The Third Chimpanzee by Jared Diamond

  4. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

  5. The Red Queen by Matt Ridley

  6. The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect by Roger Williams

  7. The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas

  8. The Language Instinct by Steven Pinker

  9. The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins

  10. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

  11. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

  12. How the Mind Works by Steven Pinker

  13. Darwin's Dangerous Idea by Daniel Dennett

  14. Catch Me If You Can by Frank W. Abagnale & Stan Redding

  15. Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich

  16. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

  17. Bowling Alone by Robert Putnam


  1. ★★ The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson

  2. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman

  3. Style by Joseph M. Williams & Gregory G. Colomb

  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

  5. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

  6. Reinventing Comics by Scott McCloud

  7. Number One Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith

  8. ★★★ Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

  9. Dune by Frank Herbert

  10. Breaking Windows by David Bank

  11. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers


  1. Towing Jehovah by James Morrow

  2. Microserfs by Douglas Coupland

  3. ★★ Godel, Escher, Bach by Douglas R. Hofstadter

  4. ★★ Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

  5. A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

  6. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

  7. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard Feynman & Ralph Leighton


  1. Visual Explanations by Edward R. Tufte

  2. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte

  3. The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

  4. Envisioning Information by Edward R. Tufte

  5. A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel


  1. White Noise by Don DeLillo

  2. Watership Down by Richard Adams

  3. ★★ Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud

    One of the best design books ever written

  4. The Stranger by Albert Camus


  1. The War of the Worlds by Herbert George Wells

  2. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

  3. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

  4. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

    Barely finished this, not sure how I was convinced it was worth reading (it is not).


  1. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

  2. Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

  3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

  4. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  5. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  6. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  7. Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card (4-book series)

  8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck

  9. Deadeye Dick by Kurt Vonnegut

  10. Animal Farm by George Orwell

  11. 1984 by George Orwell


  1. Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

  2. Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

  3. Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton (2-book series)

  4. Jason Bourne by Robert Ludlum (3-book series)

  5. A Case of Need by Michael Crichton


  1. Timeline by Michael Crichton

  2. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

  3. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  4. Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton

  5. Congo by Michael Crichton


  1. Needful Things by Stephen King