All-Time Favorite Books



Below, in no particular order, are some of my all-time favorite books by genre. Generally, these are books that had an effect on my worldview, those which I learned some very important things, and/or I remember quite clearly even many years after reading. There definitely is some recency bias in this list. I would love for you to let me know what is on your list.
Link to what I’ve been reading: Book Lists!

General Fiction

    • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (but some classify this book as non-fiction)
    • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
    • American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
    • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
    • Body & Soul by Frank Conroy
    • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
    • Survivor by Chuck Palahnuik
    • Watership Down by Richard Adams
    • The Alchemist by Paolo Coehlo
    • Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
    • Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
    • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
    • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
    • I am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
    • Bear Town, by Fredrik Backman
    • A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
    • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
    • Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
    • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
    • The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    • Middlemarch, By George Eliot
    • Tomorrow, and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
    • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Science Fiction and Fantasy

    • Dune by Frank Herbert
    • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King
    • The Three Body Problem trilogy by Cixin Liu
    • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    • Neuromancer by William Gibson
    • The Long Run by Daniel Keys Moran
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • The Martian by Andy Weir
    • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
    • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    • The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
    • Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
    • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
    • The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
    • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    • The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man’s Fear by Patrick Rothfuss (fantasy)
    • Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
    • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    • The Sparrow by Maria Doria Russell
    • Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi

General Non-Fiction

    • Educated: A Memoir, by Tara Westover
    • The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel James Brown
    • Scale: The Universal Laws of Life, Growth, and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies, by Geoffrey West
    • How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern World, by Steven Johnson
    • A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson
    • A Brief History of Time, by Stephen Hawking
    • The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, by Leonard Mlodinow
    • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die, by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
    • Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think, by Hans Rosling
    • The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters, by Tom Nichols
    • Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell You About Who We Really Are by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.
    • Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman! Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard P. Feynman
    • How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, by Jordan Ellenberg
    • The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power, by Daniel Yergin
    • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail-but Some Don’t, by Nate Silver
    • Ten Drugs: How Plants, Powders, and Pills Have Shaped the History of Medicine, by Thomas Hager
    • Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts, by Annie Duke

    • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion, by Jonathan Haidt

    • Why Fish Don’t Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life, by Lulu Miller

    • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, by Yuval Noah Harari

Non-Fiction – Self-Improvement


    • The Good Life: Lessons from the World’s Longest Scientific Study of Happiness, by Robert Waldinger and Marc Schulz
    • Wherever You Go, There You Are, by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • The Wisdom of Insecurity, by Alan Watts
    • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life, by Mark Manson
    • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, by Greg McKeown
    • Atomic Habits – Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results, by James Clear
    • Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Millman
    • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds, by David Goggins

Non-Fiction – Business and Leadership

    • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?, by Seth Godin
    • Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd, by Youngme Moon
    • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, by Patrick Lencioni
    • The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business, by Patrick Lencioni
    • The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, by Ben Horowitz
    • The Founder’s Mentality: How to Overcome the Predictable Crises of Growth, by Chris Zook & James Allen
    • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Really Motivates Us, by Daniel Pink
    • Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
    • Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big, by Bo Burlingham
    • Adapt: Why Success Always Starts with Failure, by Tim Harford
    • The Innovator’s Dilemma, by Clayton Christensen
    • It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy, by Michael Abrashoff
    • The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eli Goldratt

Non-Fiction – Investments

    • The Success Equation: Untangling Skill From Luck in Business, Sports and Investing by Michael J. Mauboussin
    • Thinking Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahnemann
    • The (Mis)behavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence, by Benoit Mandelbrot and Richard Hudson
    • Successful Investing is a Process: Structuring Efficient Portfolios for Outperformance by Jacques Lussier
    • Zero-to-One: Notes on Startups, Or How to Build the Future, by Peter Thiel
    • Unconventional Success: A Fundamental Approach to Personal Investment by David Swenson
    • Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk, by Peter J. Bernstein
    • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, by Nassem Taleb
    • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance, by Nassim Taleb
    • The Incredible Shrinking Alpha, by Larry Swedroe and Andrew Berkin
    • A Demon of Our Own Design: Markets, Hedge Funds and the Perils of Financial Innovation, by Richard Bookstaber
    • Expected Returns: An Investor’s Guide to Harvesting Market Rewards, by Antti Ilmanen
    • Predictably Irrational, by Daniel Ariely
    • The Mind of the Market: Compassionate Apes, Competitive Humans, and Other Tales from Evolutionary Economics, by Michael Shermer
    • Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, by Charles MacKay
    • Investing: The Last Liberal Art, by Robert Hagstrom
    • Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought, by Andrew W. Lo
    • The Investor’s Paradox: The Power of Simplicity in a World of Overwhelming Choice by Brian Portnoy
    • The Little Book of Behavioral Investing: How Not to Be Your Own Worst Enemy by James Montier


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