A list of some books I’ve read, grouped by genre, and ranked according to my personal preferences.

Books, even more than board games (I would say), are obviously very different from each other. Again, ranking stuff can be quite absurd, but it’s just too fun to pass up.

Disclaimer: I (like most people, I think) can’t remember most of the things I’ve read, even books that I’ve ranked highly. I often tell myself that I should reread my favorites, but I haven’t done this many times.


  1. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  2. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  3. Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  4. Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
  5. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  6. Brief Answers to the Big Questions by Stephen Hawking
  7. Superbugs by Matt McCarthy
  8. The Life You Can Save by Peter Singer
  9. Mathematics for Human Flourishing by Francis Su
  10. Open Borders by Bryan Caplan
  11. What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain (review)
  12. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
  13. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Biographies, Memoirs, etc.

  1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  2. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  3. This Common Secret by Susan Wicklund and Alan Kesselheim
  4. Fist Stick Knife Gun by Geoffrey Canada
  5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  6. Levels of the Game by John McPhee
  7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


  1. The Green Mile by Stephen King
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  4. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  5. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
  6. The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  7. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  8. A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  9. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion
  10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  11. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  13. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  14. The Stand by Stephen King
  15. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig
  16. The Trial by Franz Kafka