These are some of the books I'm reading (since 2016), with the year's favourites in italic.


Solitude by Ursula K. Le Guin

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino

Stoner by John Williams

The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy

No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai

Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain by James Bloodworth

Invisible Planets by Ken Liu

Press Reset by Jason Schreier


My Life as a Quant by Emanuel Derman

House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

Making Sense of the Troubles by David McKittrick and David McVea

The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Assassin's Apprentice by Robin Hobb

Martin Eden by Jack London

Perdido Street Station by China Miéville

The Kitchen God's Wife by Amy Tan

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall

Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Bhagavad Gita

Broken Lives by Konrad H. Jarausch

Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath


The Earthsea Cycle by Ursula K. Le Guin

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee

This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel Levitin

Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers

Germinal by Émile Zola

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

Practical Common Lisp by Peter Siebel

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Through the Woods by Emily Carrol

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami


Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Talking To My Daughter About The Economy by Yanis Varoufakis

The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino

The Mating Season by P.G. Wodehouse

The Wandering Earth (and other short stories) by Liu Cixin

White Teeth by Zadie Smith


Mythos by Stephen Fry

Hands-On Machine Learning with Scikit-Learn and TensorFlow by Aurélien Géron

The Plague by Albert Camus

The Gene by Siddharta Mukherjee

The Courage To Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga (Notes)

Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Ukridge's Accident Syndicate by P.G. Wodehouse

Ukridge's Dog College by P.G. Wodehouse

Goodbye to All Cats by P.G. Wodehouse

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier

Developer's Dilemma by Casey O'Donnell

Nine Tomorrows by Isaac Asmiov

Colorless Tsukuru and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

What Men Live By by Leo Tolstoy

How Much Land Does a Man Need? by Leo Tolstoy

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

The Executioner's Song by Norman Mailer

Death's End by Liu Cixin

The Dark Forest by Liu Cixin

The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin


The Machine Stops by E.M. Forster

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Crucible by Arthur Miller

All My Sons by Arthur Miller

Anthem by Ayn Rand

Hunger by Knut Hamsun

American Psycho By Bret Ellis

Ask the Dust by John Fante

Charles Bukowski: Locked in the Arms of a Crazy Life by Howard Sounes

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl by Carrie Brownstein

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Phantoms In The Brain by V.S. Ramachandran

The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Neurotribes by Steve Silberman

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote


Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

The Cathedral and the Bazaar by Eric Raymond

Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham

The Elements of UX by Jesse Garrett

Masters of Doom by David Kushner

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky

Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Poor Folk by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Landlady by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Master Builder by Henrik Ibsen

A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen

Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen

Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

White Nights by Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Gentle Creature by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Notes from the Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky

The Gambler by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Mr Ma and Son by Lao She

Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence

The Elephant Vanishes by Haruki Murakami

Norweigan Wood by Haruki Murakami