Reading List


Each year I set myself a goal to read fifty books (roughly one per week, with a little bit of wiggle room), though I rarely succeed. The lists below combine my efforts across three mediums: physical books, ebooks (Kindle) and audiobooks (Audible).



Read in 2019

  1. The Three Secret Cities - Matthew Reilly
  2. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geeks and Geniuses Created the Digital Revolution - Walter Isaacson
  3. Creativity Inc. - Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace
  4. Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician - Anthony Everitt
  5. Conspiracy: Peter Theil, Hulk Hogan, Gawker and the Anatomy of Intrigue - Ryan Holiday
  6. Young Titan: The Making of Winston Churchill - Michael Shelden
  7. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, How to Build the Future - Peter Theil
  8. Socrates: A Man For Our Times - Paul Johnson
  9. Significant Figures: The Lives and Work of Great Mathematicians - Ian Stewart
  10. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - Chris Voss
  11. The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors - Dan Jones
  12. The Templars: The Rise and Spectacular Fall of God's Holy Warriors - Dan Jones
  13. The Obstacle is the Way - Ryan Holiday
  14. Small Fry - Lisa Brennan-Jobs
  15. The Rise of Athens - Anthony Everitt
  16. The Virtues of War - Steven Pressfield
  17. Gates of Fire - Steven Pressfield
  18. Waterloo: The History of Four Days, Three Armies & Three Battles - Bernard Cornwell
  19. The Profession - Steven Pressfield
  20. Empire of Dragons - Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  21. Killing Rommel - Steven Pressfield
  22. The Afghan Campaign - Steven Pressfield
  23. The Lion's Gate: On the Front Lines of the Six Day War - Steven Pressfield
  24. Augustus: First Emperor of Rome - Adrian Goldsworthy
  25. Tides of War - Steven Pressfield
  26. Eureka Man: The Life and Legacy of Archimedes - Alan Hirshfeld
  27. Bitwise: A Life In Code - David Auerbach

Currently Reading

  1. The Fall of Carthage - Adrian Goldsworthy
  2. From Russia With Love - Ian Fleming
  3. QED: A Strange Theory of Light and Matter - Richard Feynman
  4. Sense & Sensibility - Jane Austen
  5. The Little Friend - Donna Tartt
  6. The Manager's Path - Camille Fournier
  7. JavaScript: The Good Parts - Douglas Crockford
  8. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid - Douglas Hofstadter

// TO DO

  • Six Easy Pieces: Essentials of Physics Explained - Richard Feynman
  • Napoleon the Great - Andrew Roberts
  • A Farewell to Arms - Ernest Hemmingway
  • East of Eden - John Steinbeck
  • The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt

Read in 2018

  1. Women & Power - Mary Beard
  2. All the President's Men - Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein
  3. The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson
  4. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
  5. Elanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine - Gail Honeyman
  6. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life - Samantha Irby
  7. Pride & Prejudice - Jane Austen
  8. The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
  9. Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual - John Sonmez
  10. The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  11. The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business - Duff McDonald
  12. What Happened - Hillary Rodham Clinton
  13. A Higher Loyalty - James Comey
  14. Educated: A Memoir - Tara Westover
  15. Chemistry - Weiki Wang
  16. Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie
  17. Dreams From My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance - Barack Obama
  18. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers
  19. The Mysterious Affair at Styles - Agatha Christie
  20. American Prometheus: The Triumph & Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer - Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin
  21. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest - Stieg Larsson
  22. Fascism: A Warning - Madeleine Albright
  23. What Do You Care What Other People Think? - Richard Feynman & Ralph Leighton
  24. The Murder on the Links - Agatha Christie
  25. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of Curious Character - Richard Feynman & Ralph Leighton
  26. Outliers: The Story of Success - Malcolm Gladwell
  27. Poirot Investigates - Agatha Christie
  28. Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
  29. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
  30. The Last Interview - Christopher Hitchens
  31. My Own Words - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  32. A Brief History of the Amazons: Women Warriors in Myth and History - Lyn Webster Wilde
  33. The Big Four - Agatha Christie
  34. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou
  35. The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller
  36. The Mystery of the Blue Train - Agatha Christie
  37. Circe - Madeline Miller
  38. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
  39. Peril at End House - Agatha Christie
  40. Lord Edgware Dies - Agatha Christie
  41. Einstein: His Life & Universe - Walter Isaacson
  42. Three Act Tradgedy - Agatha Christie
  43. The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google - Scott Galloway
  44. My Oxford Year - Julia Whelan
  45. Origin - Dan Brown
  46. Capital in the Twenty-First Century - Thomas Piketty
  47. The Lean Startup - Eric Ries
  48. How Google Works - Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg
  49. HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself - Harvard Business Review
  50. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon - Brad Stone
  51. The Innovator's Dilemma - Clayton M. Christensen
  52. Reality is Not What It Seems - Carlo Rovelli
  53. The Order of Time - Carlo Rovelli
  54. Fear: Trump in the White House - Bob Woodward
  55. The Quantum Labyrinth: How Richard Feynman and John Wheeler Revolutionised Time and Reality - Paul Halpern
  56. The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age - David N. Schwartz
  57. The Ides of March - Valerio Massimo Manfredi
  58. Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital Universe - George Dyson
  59. The Strangest Man: The Hidden Life of Paul Dirac, Mystic of the Atom - Graham Farmelo
  60. Moonraker - Ian Fleming
  61. A Mind At Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age - Jimmy Soni & Rob Goodman
  62. The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation - Jon Gertner
  63. Diamonds Are Forever - Ian Fleming

Read in 2017

  1. Scarecrow and the Army of Theives - Matthew Reilly
  2. The Phoenix Project - Gene Kim, George Spafford & Kevin Behr
  3. Four Legendary Kingdoms - Matthew Reilly
  4. The One World Schoolhouse - Salman Khan
  5. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson
  6. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
  7. The Girl Who Played with Fire - Stieg Larsson
  8. A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
  9. Where are the Customer's Yachts? - Fred Schwed Jr.
  10. Casino Royale - Ian Fleming
  11. Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
  12. SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome - Mary Beard
  13. Misery - Stephen King
  14. Of Mice & Men - John Steinbeck
  15. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
  16. Deep Work - Cal Newport
  17. Live and Let Die - Ian Fleming
  18. Production Ready Microservices - Susan Fowler Rigetti
  19. Eichmann in Jerusalem - Hannah Arendt
  20. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  21. Superintelligence - Nick Bostrom
  22. Mr Mercedes - Stephen King
  23. Let Me Tell You - Shirley Jackson
  24. The Golden Passport: Harvard Business School, the Limits of Capitalism, and the Moral Failure of the MBA Elite - Duff McDonald
  25. The Secret History - Donna Tartt
  26. The Art of Deception - Kevin Mitnick
  27. Quantum Chance: Nonlocality, Teleportation and Other Quantum Marvels - Nicolas Gisin