This is a running list of highly recommended books, starting with the most recent ones I’ve read. This list was last updated in November 2019.

You Know You Want This

Kristen Roupenian
Fiction. 2019.

Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

Jia Tolentino
Non-Fiction. 2019.

David Bowie: A Life

Dylan Jones
Non-Fiction. 2017.

Bruce Lee: A Life

Matthew Polly
Non-Fiction. 2018.

Notes on a Nervous Planet

Matt Haig
Non-Fiction. 2018.

Bullshit Jobs

David Graeber
Cultural Anthropology. 2018.

Where The Crawdads Sing

Delia Owens
Fiction. 2018.

In Our Image: America’s Empire in the Philippines

Stanley Karnov
History. 1989.

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Work in a Distracted World

Cal Newport
Non-Fiction. 2016.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Robin DiAngelo
Non-Fiction. 2018.

MoonFire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11

Norman Mailer
History. 1970.

NASA Graphics Standards Manual

Design. 1975.

Malcolm X: Speeches at Harvard

Malcolm X
History. 1991.

A Man and His Watch

Matt Hranek
Non-Fiction. 2017.

All the Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation

Rebecca Traister
Non-Fiction. 2016.

Damn Good Advice

George Lois
Business. 2012.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKE

Phil Knight
Non-Fiction. 2016.

Letters to a Young Poet

Rainer Maria Rilke
Non-Fiction. 1929.


Jane Austen
Fiction. 1818.

A Little Life

Hanya Yanagihara
Fiction. 2016.

Sombrero Fallout

Richard Brautigan
Fiction. 1976.

Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez
Fiction. 1985.

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Haruki Murakami
Fiction. 1992.


Marcus Aurelius
Philosophy. 2006.

The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail

Óscar Martínez
Non-Fiction. 2015.

Selfish, Shallow and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids

Meghan Daum
Non-Fiction. 2015.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

Alison Weir
History. 1991.

Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division

Peter Hook
Biography. 2012.

The Virgins

Pamela Erens
Fiction. 2013.

Desert Solitaire

Edward Abbey.
Non-Fiction. 1968.

Rules of Civility

Amor Towles
Fiction. 2011.

Our Band Could Be Your Life: Scenes from the American Indie Underground

Michael Azerrad
Non-Fiction. 2001.

The Cat: 3500 Years of the Cat in Art

Caroline Bugler
Art History. 2011.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer

Patrick Suskind
Fiction. 1985.


Chase Novak
Fiction. 2012.


Chang-rae Lee
Fiction. 2005.

Black Hole

Charles Burns
Fiction. 1995.


Carl Sagan
Science. 1980.

Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

William McDonough
Non-Fiction. 2002.

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

Paul Arden
Non-Fiction. 2003.

The Hot Zone

Richard Preston
Non-Fiction Thriller. 1994.

Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Paulo Frere
Critical Pedagogy. 1968.

In Cold Blood

Truman Capote
Non-Fiction. 1965.


Nick Hornby
Non-Fiction. 2003.

Battle Royale

Koushun Takami
Fiction. 1999.

The Mansion in the Mist

John Bellairs
Fiction. 1992.