Consider this page to be perpetually incomplete. Perhaps there is just an outline here waiting to be fleshed out. There’s always more to add, but it was lasted updated on: [8/11/2020]

The point of the list below is just to illustrate the kinds of things I’m filling my head with. It is in no way comprehensive, and I’m working on my own version of this.

The books here aren’t just about improving my thinking. Some things are on here just because I enjoyed them, and they were fun.

Categories I will add later: essays and short stories.


  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
  • Governing the Commons by Elinor Ostrom
  • Madame Curie by Eve Curie
  • Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
  • Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
  • Parkinson’s Law by C. Northcote Parkinson
  • Law 101 by Jay M. Feinman
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas Kuhn
  • Labor of Love by Moira Weigel


  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • We the Living by Ayn Rand
  • The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  • It Can’t Happen Here by Sinclair Lewis
  • Bossypants by Tina Fey
  • Black No More by George Schuyler
  • Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (my relationship with this book is complicated)
  • The Captive Prince trilogy by C. S. Pacat
  • Faggots by Larry Kramer

Science fiction specifically:

  • Red Rising series by Pierce Brown
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (and the whole Enderverse)
  • Red Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson
  • The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
  • Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
  • Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley