Favorite Books

A list of my favorite books, gathered in one place. I mark a book a favorite if I could see myself reading it again.

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Nonfiction Books Related to My Work

  • Resilient Web Design by Jeremy Keith
  • Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan
  • Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  • Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design by Kat Holmes


  • Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  • How to Be Well: The 6 Keys to a Happy and Healthy Life by Frank M D Lipman
  • The Practicing Mind: Bringing Discipline and Focus into Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett
  • Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  • Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals by Oliver Burkeman
  • How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers by Sönke Ahrens
  • And There Was Light: Abraham Lincoln and the American Struggle by Jon Meacham


  • The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Baptism of Fire by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Tower of the Swallow by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Lady of the Lake by Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • Exhalation by Ted Chiang
  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu
  • A Wizard of Earthsea: The First Book of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Tenth of December: Stories by George Saunders
  • The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders