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Books I've read

Here's a list of books I've read. For some, I've written a detailed review. ⭐️ indicates a strong recommendation, ⏏️ means I chose not to finish, and 🛑 means I really didn't like it.


  • Bewilderment by Richard Powers ⭐️

  • The Ministry For the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson

  • Architect? — A Candid Guide to the Profession

  • Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey

  • XO by Sara Rauch

  • Truth & Beauty by Ann Patchett ⭐️

  • Bodies in Motion and at Rest by Thomas Lynch

  • Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger ⭐️

  • We All Fall Down by Nic Sheff

  • Tweak by Nic Sheff

  • Beautiful Boy by David Sheff ⭐️

  • New One by Mike Birbiglia

  • The Crane Wife by CJ Hauser (book)

  • Lying by Sam Harris

  • The Tools by Phil Stutz and Barry Michels

  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman

  • Please Report Your Bug Here by Josh Riedel

  • How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

  • Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow ⭐️


  • Electrify by Saul Griffith

  • Whole Earth: The Many Lives of Stewart Brand by John Markoff 🛑

  • The Overstory by Richard Powers ⭐️

  • Eight Dates by Gottman & Abrams

  • The Ministry For the Future by Kim Stanley Robinson ⏏️

  • Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford (book) ⏏️

  • Winners Take All by Anand Gridharadas ⏏️

  • The Second Mountain by David Brooks



  • Willpower Doesn't Work by Benjamin Hardy

  • Caffeine by Michael Pollan ⭐️

  • Atomic Habits by James Clear ⭐️

  • Losing Earth by Nathaniel Rich

  • Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

  • Grit by Angela Duckworth

  • Daring Greatly by Brene Brown ⭐️

  • The Meaning of Life by The School of Life

  • Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb ⭐️

  • Open by Andre Agassi ⭐️

  • Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos ⏏️

  • The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer ⭐️

  • Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

  • The Big Short by Michael Lewis

  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight ⭐️

  • Know My Name by Chanel Miller ⭐️


  • I have America Surrounded by John Higgs ⭐️

  • Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain ⭐️


  • How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan ⭐️

  • Barbarian Days by William Finnegan

  • A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara ⭐️

  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand ⭐️

  • The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

  • Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr. ⭐️

  • The Fountains of Paradise by Arthur C. Clarke

  • Night by Elie Wiesel

  • Rama by Arthur C. Clarke