Since 2009, I’ve been keeping a list of all the books I read, and occasionally posting highlights, short reviews, and summaries of them.


These are some books that I would recommend to most people, or that made an impact on how I think about the world:

How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy
Jenny Odell
Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel
How to Live: Or a Life of Montaigne in One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer
Sarah Bakewell
The Years of Lyndon Johnson, Vol. 3: Master of the Senate
Robert Caro
Speak, Memory: An Autobiography Revisited
Vladimir Nabokov
The Information: A History, A Theory, A Flood
James Gleick
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet
David Mitchell
Cadence & Slang
Nick Disabato
The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, the Ideas Behind the World’s Slowest Computer
Stewart Brand
William Shakespeare
Angels and Ages: A Short Book about Darwin, Lincoln, and Modern Life
Adam Gopnik
The Sense of an Ending
Julian Barnes
The Shape of Design
Frank Chimero
Design is a Job
Mike Monteiro
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Michelle Alexander
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman
Sketching User Experiences: Getting the Design Right and the Right Design
Bill Buxton
Pale Fire
Vladimir Nabokov
Marcus Aurelius
The Social Life of Information
Paul Duguid and John Seely Brown
Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership
Lewis Hyde
Chronicles, Vol. 1
Bob Dylan
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation
Steven Johnson
For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway
Common Ground: A Turbulent Decade in the Lives of Three American Families
J. Anthony Lukas
What Hath God Wrought: The Transformation of America, 1815–1848
Daniel Walker Howe
Slouching Towards Bethlehem
Joan Didion
A Stroll With William James
Jacques Barzun
The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution
Edmund & Helen Morgan
Faces of Revolution: Personalities and Themes in the Struggle for American Independence
Bernard Bailyn
From Resistance to Revolution: Colonial Radicals and the Development of American Opposition to Britain, 1765–1776
Pauline Maier
American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer
Kai Bird & Martin Sherwin