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Reading (Books)

Note: Sometimes there are placeholders on this page that I fill in with more details later. I read books for work, for enjoyment, and for relaxation before sleep. Usually several at a time that I may or may not finish.

Last update: March 24, 2024

Currently Reading

  1. The City We Became by N.K. Jemison (for enjoyment)
  2. Kathmandu by Thomas Bell (for relaxation)
  3. How We Live is How We Die by Pema Chodron (for relaxation)

To Read

Up Next

  1. Automating Inequality: How High Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor by Virginia Eubanks (for work)
  2. Why Good People Can’t Get Jobs by Peter Capelli (for work)
  3. Moon Witch Spider King by Marlon James (for enjoyment)

Someday / On Pause / Abandoned

  1. Emergent Strategy by adrienne maree brown (for work)
  2. How Long ’til Black Future Month?: Stories by N.K. Jemisin (for enjoyment)
  3. How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg (for work)
  4. Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D. (audio, library)
  5. Thanks for the Feedback: The The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen
  6. My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem
  7. Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker
  8. Category Theory for Programmers by Bartoz Milewski
  9. The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai
  10. Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America by Ijeoma Oulo
  11. Ninth Street Women by Mary Gabriel
  12. American Indians and National Parks by Michael F. Turek, Robert H. Keller
  13. The Disordered Cosmos: A Journey into Dark Matter, Spacetime, and Dreams Deferred by Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
  14. A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America by Leila Ahmed
  15. How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer (e-book, library – blog post with the principles)
  16. Henrich, Joseph. “The WEIRDest People in the World: How the West Became Psychologically Peculiar and Particularly Prosperous.” (2021).
  17. We Do This Til We Free Us: Abolitionist Organizing and Transforming Justice by Mariame Kaba
  18. Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life by Barbara J. Fields and Karen E. Fields



  1. The Confidence Gap by Russ Harris
  2. Putting Skill to Work: How to Create Good Jobs in Uncertain Times by Nichola Lowe


  1. This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor and Earlonne Woods
  2. The Persuaders: At the Front Lines of the Fight for Hearts, Minds, and Democracy by Anand Giridharadas
  3. Radical Candor by Kim Scott
  4. Broken Earth Triology Book One: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
  5. Broken Earth Triology Book Two: The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin
  6. Broken Earth Triology Book Three: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin
  7. (more…but I stopped updating this…)


  1. Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement by Angela Y. Davis (audio, library)
  2. Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil (audio, library)
  3. Self-Portrait in Black and White: Unlearning Race by Thomas Chatterton Williams (audio, library)
  4. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown (audio, library)
  5. Rising Strong by Brené Brown (audio, library)
  6. What White People Can Do Next by Emma Dabiri
  7. Lush Life: A Biography of Billy Strayhorn by David Hajdu (stopped about half way through)
  8. Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
  9. Peak Mind: Find Your Focus, Own Your Attention, Invest 12 Minutes A Day by Dr. Amishi Jah (library book)
  10. Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life by Thich Nhat Hanh
  11. Essentialism: The Disciplines Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown (audio)
  12. Cultish: The Language of Fanatacism by Amanda Montell (audio)
  13. Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber (audio, library – stopped about halfway through)
  14. Atlas of the Heart by Brené Brown (library book and audio but going to buy it)
  15. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg (library book)
  16. Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safia Noble
  17. The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante
  18. The Programmer’s Brain: What Every Programmer Needs to Know About Cognition by Felienne Hermans


  1. Women, Race, and Class by Angela Y. Davis
  2. Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  3. Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation by Rev. angel Kyodo Williams, Lama Rod Owens, Jasmine Syedullah (audio)
  4. Beyond the Valley: How Innovators around the World Are Overcoming Inequality and Creating the Technologies of Tomorrow by Ramesh Srinivasan (audio)
  5. Keep Going by Austin Kleon
  6. Redefining Realness by Janet Mock (audio)
  7. How to Bake Pi: An Edible Exploration of the Mathematics of Mathematics by Eugenia Cheng
  8. Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler (audio)
  9. How We Learn by Benedict Carey (audio, library)
  10. Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (audio, library)
  11. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
  12. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (audio, library)
  13. The Un-tethered Soul by Michael Singer (audio)
  14. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  15. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankel
  16. Atomic Habits by James Clear (audio)
  17. Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain by Maryanne Wolf
  18. From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  19. Race After Technology by Ruha Benjamin
  20. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants By Robin Wall Kimmerer (audio, library – didn’t finish)


  1. Stamped From The Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi
  2. The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer (audio)
  3. Deep Work by Cal Newport (audio)
  4. Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby
  5. So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oulo
  6. Fooled By Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  7. Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  8. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  9. The Story of a New Name by Elena Ferrante
  10. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante
  11. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
  12. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong (SO GOOOD!!!)


  1. Go Ahead In The Rain: Notes To A Tribe Called Quest by Hanif Abdurraqib
  2. Unlocking the Clubhouse: Women in Computing by Jane Margolis and Alan Fisher
  3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (The Dark Star Trilogy #1) by Marlon James
  4. Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu
  5. How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram Kendi
  6. Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? And Other Conversations About Race by Beverly Ann Tatum
  7. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  8. Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloh
  9. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion by Jia Tolentino
  10. Becoming by Michelle Obama
  11. All About Love by bell hooks
  12. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson
  13. Show Your Work by Austin Kleon


  1. Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  2. Educated by Tara Westover
  3. Team Human by Douglas …
  4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon Brando
  5. Creative Quest by Questlove
  6. Where’d You Go Bernadette …
  7. A Gentleman in Moscow
  8. Killing Commentadore by Murakami

Memorable Books Pre-2018

  1. How the Gringos Stole Tequila by Chantal ….
  2. When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
  3. Technically Wrong by Sara Wachter-Boettcher
  4. Imbibe by David something
  5. Murakami books (Kafka on the Shore, Norwegian Wood, Sputnik Sweetheart, Cuckoo’s, IQ89)