Books I haven’t read, but like the idea of having read, and plan to read in the future.

The Martian

Andy Weir

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)

Ursula K. Le Guin

Stories of Your Life and Others

Ted Chiang

7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy

Hamilton Wright Helmer

Tools for Conviviality

Ivan Illich


Norman Rush

Detroit: I Do Mind Dying: A Study in Urban Revolution

Dan Georgakas

Psychoanalysis: The Impossible Profession

Janet Malcolm

The Berlin Stories

Christopher Isherwood

John Wayne's America: The Politics of Celebrity

Garry Wills

The Defiant Middle: How Women Claim Life's In-Betweens to Remake the World

Kaya Oakes

The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

Julie Zhuo

The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains

Nicholas Carr

Empire of Pain: The Secret History of the Sackler Dynasty

Patrick Radden Keefe

Container Security: Fundamental Technology Concepts That Protect Containerized Applications

Liz Rice

The Programmer's Brain

Felienne Hermans

Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin


Dan Simmons

The Gospel of Wealth

Andrew Carnegie

Combat Liberalism

Mao Zedong

The Origin of the Family, Private Property and the State

Friedrich Engels

Wage Labour and Capital

Karl Marx

Lenin: A Biography

Robert Service

Days with Lenin

Maxim Gorky

The Call of the Wild / White Fang

Jack London

Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)

Terry Pratchett

Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)

Terry Pratchett

Going Postal (Discworld, #33; Moist von Lipwig, #1)

Terry Pratchett

Possibilities: Essays on Hierarchy, Rebellion, and Desire

David Graeber

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Walter Isaacson

The Uses of Literacy

Richard Hoggart


Neal Stephenson

I See Satan Fall Like Lightning

René Girard

The Art of the Short Story

Dana Gioia

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

Patrick Lencioni

Don't Think of an Elephant! Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives

George Lakoff

The Dawn of Everything: A New History of Humanity

David Graeber

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

Donella H. Meadows

The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Jane Jacobs

The Steppenwolf

Clifford Meyer

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies

Geoffrey B. West

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

Eliyahu M. Goldratt

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Gene Kim

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams

Tom DeMarco

Fidelity: Five stories

Wendell Berry

Coders at Work: Reflections on the Craft of Programming

Peter Seibel

The Odyssey


Home Town

Tracy Kidder

Programming Languages: History and Fundamentals

Jean E. Sammet

The Multics System: An Examination Of Its Structure

Elliott I. Organick

The HP Way: How Bill Hewlett And I Built Our Company

David Packard

Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco

Bryan Burrough

The Datacenter as a Computer: An Introduction to the Design of Warehouse-Scale Machines

Luiz André Barroso

Leviathan: The Unauthorised Biography of Sydney

John Birmingham

Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan

Richard McElreath

The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller

John Truby

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking

Jordan Ellenberg

Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process

John McPhee

Programming On Purpose III: Essays On Software Technology

P.J. Plauger

Programming On Purpose II: Essays On Software People

P.J. Plauger

Programming on Purpose: Essays on Programming Design

P.J. Plauger

Programming Pearls

Jon L. Bentley

The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy Through the Maze of Computer Espionage

Clifford Stoll

Technology and the Character of Contemporary Life: A Philosophical Inquiry

Albert Borgmann

The Party: The Secret World of China's Communist Rulers

Richard McGregor

Demystifying the Chinese Economy

Justin Yifu Lin

Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine, 1958-1962

Yang Jisheng

China in Ten Words

Yu Hua

Key Thinkers of the Radical Right: Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy

Mark Sedgwick

Class: A Guide Through the American Status System

Paul Fussell

Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Joshua Foer


Saul Bellow

On Not Knowing Greek

Virginia Woolf

Euclid's Elements


Foundation and Empire (Foundation #2)

Isaac Asimov

The Doors of Perception

Aldous Huxley

A People's History of the United States

Howard Zinn

East of Eden

John Steinbeck

The Overstory

Richard Powers

Green Mars (Mars Trilogy, #2)

Kim Stanley Robinson

Blue Mars (Mars Trilogy, #3)

Kim Stanley Robinson

Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know

E.D. Hirsch Jr.

Selected Essays by Ahad Ha 'Am

Ahad Ha'am

All God's Dangers: The Life of Nate Shaw

Theodore Rosengarten

The Last of the Just

André Schwarz-Bart

Public Opinion

Walter Lippmann

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

A Children's Bible

Lydia Millet

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

Bryan Stevenson

Why Socialism?

Albert Einstein

Sleepers, Wake!: Technology & The Future Of Work

Barry Jones

What Is to Be Done: political engagement and saving the planet

Barry Jones

Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed

James C. Scott

Hacking Capitalism: The Free and Open Source Software Movement

Johan Söderberg

An Introduction to Statistical Learning: With Applications in R

Gareth James

Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows: An Introduction to Carnism: The Belief System That Enables Us to Eat Some Animals and Not Others

Melanie Joy

Eating Animals

Jonathan Safran Foer

Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution

Steven Levy

A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century

Donna J. Haraway

For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway

Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code

Martin Fowler

Code Complete

Steve McConnell

Sophie's World

Jostein Gaarder


Daniel Quinn

Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

Lawrence Lessig

Free Software, Free Society: Selected Essays

Richard M. Stallman

The Unlucky Australians

Frank J. Hardy

Power Without Glory

Frank J. Hardy


Henry Green

The Conquest of Bread

Pyotr Kropotkin

The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues

Angela Y. Davis

The Happy Prince and Other Tales

Oscar Wilde

A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story

Elaine Brown

The Gulag Archipelago 1918–1956 (Abridged)

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

God and Man at Yale: The Superstitions of 'Academic Freedom'

William F. Buckley Jr.

The Federalist Papers

Alexander Hamilton

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Malcolm X

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Maya Angelou's Autobiography, #1)

Maya Angelou

My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)

Elena Ferrante

White Teeth

Zadie Smith

The Beautiful and Damned

F. Scott Fitzgerald

We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin A. Abbott

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History

Elizabeth Kolbert

Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert A. Heinlein

The Mill on the Floss

George Eliot

Little Women

Louisa May Alcott

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner

The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Peter C. Brown

Democracy and Education

John Dewey

Crossing the Chasm: Marketing and Selling High-Tech Products to Mainstream Customers

Geoffrey A. Moore

Metamagical Themas: Questing for the Essence of Mind and Pattern

Douglas R. Hofstadter

Toward a Theory of Instruction (Revised)

Jerome Bruner

Black Reconstruction in America 1860-1880

W.E.B. Du Bois

Democracy in America

Alexis de Tocqueville

Entitled: How Male Privilege Hurts Women

Kate Manne

Reinventing Discovery: The New Era of Networked Science

Michael Nielsen

Mathematics and Its History

John Stillwell

Concrete Mathematics: A Foundation for Computer Science

Ronald L. Graham

Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed

Ben R. Rich

The Rickover Effect: How One Man Made a Difference

Theodore Rockwell

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport

To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism

Evgeny Morozov

Postcapitalism: A Guide to Our Future

Paul Mason

Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America

Nancy MacLean

Bit Tyrants: The Political Economy of Silicon Valley

Rob Larson

The Road to Serfdom

Friedrich A. Hayek

Creating a Learning Society: A New Approach to Growth, Development, and Social Progress

Joseph E. Stiglitz

Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

René Girard

The Soul of Man Under Socialism

Oscar Wilde

The Handmaid's Tale (The Handmaid's Tale, #1)

Margaret Atwood

What the Dormouse Said: How the Sixties Counterculture Shaped the Personal Computer Industry

John Markoff

The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson

From Hell

Alan Moore

Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality

Elizabeth A. Armstrong

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

Thomas Piketty

Messengers of the Right: Conservative Media and the Transformation of American Politics

Nicole Hemmer

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky

Surfaces and Essences: Analogy as the Fuel and Fire of Thinking

Douglas R. Hofstadter


Douglas R. Hofstadter

The Art of Computer Programming: Volume 3: Sorting and Searching

Donald Ervin Knuth

The Art of Computer Programming, Volume 2: Seminumerical Algorithms

Donald Ervin Knuth

Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility

James P. Carse

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

Gravity's Rainbow

Thomas Pynchon

David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest: A Reader's Guide

Stephen J. Burn

A Theory of Justice

John Rawls


Joseph Heller

Robinson Kruso

Daniel Defoe