2018 (51 books)

  1. Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf
  2. Giovanni's Room, James Baldwin
  3. 10% Happier, Dan Harris
  4. Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too, Jomny Sun
  5. The Color Purple, Alice Walker
  6. A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Dave Eggers
  7. Women & Power, Mary Beard
  8. Trainspotting, Irvine Welsh
  9. Beloved, Toni Morrison
  10. Reset, Ellen Pao
  11. The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  12. Exit West, Mohsin Hamid
  13. Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert
  14. Assembling California, John McPhee
  15. We Were Feminists Once, Andi Zeisler
  16. Neuromancer, William Gibson
  17. Non Violent Communication, Marshall Rosenberg
  18. The Expedition, Bea Uusma
  19. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  20. Evicted, Matthew Desmond
  21. Underground Railroad, Colson Whitehead
  22. The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
  23. A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess
  24. The Geek Feminist Revolution, Kameron Hurley
  25. Autonomous, Annalee Newitz
  26. Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  27. Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
  28. How to Be a Stoic, Massimo Pigliucci
  29. The Book of Why, Judea Pearl
  30. Brotopia, Emily Chang
  31. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  32. Factfulness, Hans Rosling
  33. As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
  34. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado
  35. So You Want to Talk About Race, Ijeoma Oluo
  36. The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
  37. Swing Time, Zadie Smith
  38. Orlando, Virginia Woolf
  39. Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell
  40. Fight Club, Chuck Palahniuk
  41. Iza's Ballad, Magda Szabó
  42. The Color of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  43. The Sandman, Preludes and Nocturnes, Neil Gaiman
  44. Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
  45. The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
  46. Universal Harvester, John Darnielle
  47. Ecotopia, Ernest Callenbach
  48. The Dispossessed, Ursula Le Guin
  49. The Leopard, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  50. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Ken Kesey
  51. American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis

2017 (68 books)

  1. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
  2. The Tin Drum, Günter Grass
  3. On the Road, Jack Kerouac
  4. The Annotated Turing, Charles Petzold
  5. The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
  6. A Princess of Mars, Edgar Rice Burroughs
  7. An Introduction to Information Theory, John Robinson Pierce
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain
  9. Basin and Range, John McPhee
  10. The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss
  11. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  12. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, Mark Manson
  13. Statistics for Experimenters, George E.P. Box
  14. Classic Shell Scripting, Arnold Robbins
  15. Storytelling with Data, Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic
  16. Chaos Monkeys, Antonio Garcia Martinez
  17. Confessions of a Public Speaker, Scott Berkun
  18. Dark Money, Jane Mayer
  19. Herzog, Saul Bellow
  20. I Hate the Internet, Jarett Kobek
  21. The Door, Magda Szabó
  22. Thank You for Being Late, Thomas L. Friedman
  23. Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood
  24. Uprooted, Naomi Novik
  25. My Man Jeeves, P.G. Wodehouse
  26. An Introduction to Statistical Learning, Gareth James
  27. The Design of Everyday Things, Donald A. Norman
  28. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
  29. Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl
  30. Rising from the Plains, John McPhee
  31. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  32. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  33. The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
  34. The Fifth Season, N.K. Jemisin
  35. A Mind for Numbers, Barbara Oakley
  36. Life: A User's Manual, Georges Perec
  37. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande
  38. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera
  39. An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
  40. Roadside Picnic, Arkady Strugatsky
  41. The Trial, Franz Kafka
  42. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  43. Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, Peter C. Brown
  44. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, Cal Newport
  45. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  46. How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, Benedict Carey
  47. The Obelisk Gate, N.K. Jemisin
  48. On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy Snyder
  49. Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O'Neil
  50. The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin
  51. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S. Thompson
  52. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, Stephen King
  53. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  54. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  55. A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf
  56. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz
  57. Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott
  58. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez
  59. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
  60. Stoner, John Williams
  61. No Is Not Enough, Naomi Klein
  62. The Circle, Dave Eggers
  63. Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
  64. A History of the World in 100 Objects, Neil MacGregor
  65. A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov
  66. A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole
  67. Hunger, Roxane Gay
  68. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

2016 (50 books)

  1. I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Ramit Sethi
  2. On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction, William Zinsser
  3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, Susan Cain
  4. The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver
  5. Reading Comprehension & Essays GRE Preparation Guide, 1st Edition, Manhattan GRE
  6. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen R. Covey
  7. We Should All Be Feminists, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  8. Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco, Gary Kamiya
  9. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products, Nir Eyal
  10. Software Architecture Patterns, Mark Richards
  11. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, Edward R. Tufte
  12. How to Read a Book, Mortimer J. Adler
  13. Good Omens, Terry Pratchett
  14. Debugging Teams, Brian W. Fitzpatrick
  15. Anathem, Neal Stephenson
  16. Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman
  17. The Master and Margarita, Mikhail Bulgakov
  18. Visual Explanations, Edward R. Tufte
  19. The Martian Chronicles, Ray Bradbury
  20. Women in Tech, Tarah Wheeler
  21. Sophie's World, Jostein Gaarder
  22. Getting to Yes, Roger Fisher
  23. Envisioning Information, Edward R. Tufte
  24. The Sorrows of Young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  25. The Art of War, Sun Tzu
  26. Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, Lindy West
  27. The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
  28. Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  29. QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter, Richard Feynman
  30. The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde
  31. Catch-22, Joseph Heller
  32. A History of Western Philosophy, Bertrand Russell
  33. Principles of Mathematical Analysis, Walter Rudin
  34. The Prince, Niccolò Machiavelli
  35. Discourse on the Origin of Inequality, Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  36. Creativity, Inc., Ed Catmull
  37. The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx
  38. How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know, Brian Ward
  39. Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
  40. Thinking With Type, Ellen Lupton
  41. Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates
  42. The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software Engineering, Frederick P. Brooks Jr.
  43. Heart of a Dog, Mikhail Bulgakov
  44. Style: Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, Joseph M. Williams
  45. The Complete Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi
  46. A People's History of the United States, Howard Zinn
  47. Beautiful Evidence, Edward R. Tufte
  48. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, Brian Christian
  49. Managing Oneself, Peter F. Drucker
  50. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

2015 (11 books)

  1. How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
  2. Bad Feminist, Roxane Gay
  3. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondō
  4. The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg
  5. The Pragmatic Programmer, Andrew Hunt
  6. Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg
  7. Getting Things Done, David Allen
  8. Yes Please, Amy Poehler
  9. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
  10. Making Things Happen, Scott Berkun
  11. Statistics Done Wrong: The Woefully Complete Guide, Alex Reinhart


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  • And some of these ("Discourse on the Origin of Inequality") might be long essays.
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