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Below are the books I’m actively reading and those which I’ve read since ~January 2019. I read books before then, but I wasn’t as diligent about tracking them. Thanks to Marielle Foster for showing me the way!

Actively Reading

  • The Charm School by Nelson DeMille
  • The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, and George Spafford
  • An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson*
  • Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgement by Daniel Kahneman, Olivier Sibony, and Cass R. Sunstein🎵*
  • War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
  • Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner
  • How Fiction Works by James Wood
  • Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa
  • Iberia by James A. Michener
  • Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
  • Computer Systems: A Programmer’s Perspective by Randal E. Bryant and David O’Hallaron
  • The Go Programming Language by Alan A. A. Donovan and Brian W. Kernighan
  • Designing Data-Intensive Applications: The Big Ideas Behind Reliable, Scalable, and Maintainable Systems by Martin Kleppmann
  • A Philosophy of Software Design by John Ousterhout
  • The Road to Serfdom by FA Hayek
  • Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides


YTD: 45

November 2022

Total 5, YTD 45

  • The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky
  • How to Invest: Masters on the Craft by David M. Rubenstein🎵
  • The Green Bone Saga Book I: Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey🎵
  • Turn the Ship Around! A True Story of Building Leaders by Breaking the Rules by L. David Marquet🎵

October 2022

Total 8, YTD 40

  • Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover🎵
  • The Third Option, Mitch Rapp: vol. 2 by Vince Flynn
  • Trip Wire: Jack Reacher, vol. 3 by Lee Child
  • Transfer of Power: Mitch Rapp, vol. 1 by Vince Flynn
  • Emma by Jane Austen🎵
  • The Old Man by Thomas Perry
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens🎵
  • The Optimist’s Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age by Bina Venkataraman🎵

September 2022

Total 10, YTD 32

  • Die Trying: Jack Reacher, vol. 2 by Lee Child
  • Better Off Dead: Jack Reacher, vol. 26 by Lee Child
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis🎵
  • The Power of Nunchi: The Korean Secret to Happiness and Success by Euny Hong🎵
  • The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson🎵
  • When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing by Daniel H. Pink🎵
  • Brave, Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani🎵
  • How Innovation Works: And Why It Flourishes in Freedom by Matt Ridley🎵
  • Still Life by Louise Penny
  • The Up Side Of Down: Why Failing Well Is The Key To Success by Megan McArdle🎵

August 2022

Total 2, YTD 22

  • Babylon’s Ashes, Expanse Series, Book VI by James S.A. Corey
  • Nemesis Games, Expanse Series, Book V by James S.A. Corey

July 2022

Total 2, YTD 20

  • Kindred by Octavia Butler
  • Cibola Burn, Expanse Series, Book IV by James S.A. Corey

June 2022

Total 1, YTD 18

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni

May 2022

Total 2, YTD 17

  • The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter by Michael D. Watkins
  • Throne of Jade: Temeraire Book II by Naomi Novik

April 2022

Total 6, YTD 15

  • His Majesty’s Dragons: Temeraire Book I by Naomi Novik
  • The Scholomance Book I: A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson🎵
  • A Deadly Education by Naomi Novak
  • Grant by Ron Chernow🎵
  • For Whom The Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

March 2022

Total 5, YTD 9

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson🎵
  • The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis🎵
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari🎵
  • Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by Stanley A. McChrystal, Chris Fussell, Tantum Collins, David Silverman
  • First, Break All The Rules: What The World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently by Marcus Buckingham & Curt Coffman

February 2022

Read 1, YTD 4

  • Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett

January 2022

Read 3, YTD 3

  • Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  • The Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Hays translation)
  • Malazan Book of the Fallen: Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson


YTD: 33

December 2021

November 2021

  • The Collaborative Habit: Life Lessons for Working Together by Twyla Tharp
  • Shogun by James Clavell
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace

October 2021

September 2021

  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
  • Persuasion by Jane Austen
  • Calibans War, Expanse Series, Book II by James S.A. Corey

August 2021

  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. II: Means of Ascent by Robert Caro

July 2021

  • The Te of Piglet by Benjamin Hoff
  • A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine

June 2021

  • Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

May 2021

  • Leviathan Wakes, Expanse Series, Book I by James S.A. Corey
  • A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu Goldratt

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • The Mom Test: How to talk to customers & learn if your business is a good idea when everyone is lying to you by Rob Fitzpatrick


YTD: 34

December 2020

  • Dandelion Dynasty Book I: The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu
  • The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries

November 2020

  • The Baroque Cycle Vol. I: Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

October 2020

  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book II: Diggers by Terry Pratchett
  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book III: Wings by Terry Pratchett

September 2020

  • Bromeliad Trilogy, Book I: Truckers by Terry Pratchett
  • Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

August 2020

  • Accelerate: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations by Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, and Gene Kim
  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
  • Black Boy: American Hunger by Richard Wright
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg

July 2020

  • Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri
  • Setting the Table: The Transforming Power of Hospitality in Business by Danny Meyer
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison

June 2020

  • Ancillary Mercy by Ann Leckie
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • The Source by James Michener

May 2020

  • Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie
  • Measure What Matters: How Google, Bono, and the Gates Foundation Rock the World with OKRs by John Doerr, Larry Page

April 2020

  • Hawaii by James Michener
  • Joel On Software by Joel Spolsky
  • The Mythical Man Month by Frederick P. Brooks
  • REAMDE by Neal Stephenson

March 2020

  • The Imposter’s Handbook by Rob Conery
  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie
  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister
  • Clean Code by Robert “Uncle Bob” Martin

February 2020

  • Heavy by Kiese Laymon
  • Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener
  • One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

January 2020


Total: 35

December 2019

November 2019

October 2019

  • Letters from A Stoic by Seneca

September 2019

  • Obelisk Gate by NK Jemisin
  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (Hays translation)
  • The Manual by Epictetus (Torde translation)
  • What Unites Us by Dan Rather
  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Ursula K. Leguin translation)

August 2019

  • Fifth Season by NK Jemisin
  • Algebra of Happiness by Scott Galloway
  • The Stone Sky by NK Jemisin

July 2019

  • Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (Charles Johnston translation)
  • The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. I: The Path to Power by Robert Caro
  • Upstream by Mary Oliver
  • Dog Song by Mary Oliver

June 2019

  • This America by Jill Lepore
  • The Pragmatic Programmer by Andrew Hunt & David Thomas
  • Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke

May 2019

  • Working by Robert Caro

April 2019

  • The World As I See It by Albert Einstein

March 2019

  • The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemisin
  • The Kingdom of Gods by NK Jemisin
  • The Awakened Kingdom by NK Jemisin
  • Consider The Lobster by David Foster Wallace
  • This Is Water by David Foster Wallace

February 2019

  • The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff
  • The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemisin

January 2019

  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker

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