This page lists the books I have read and, occasionally, some reflections on what they taught me. Reading is one of my favorite ways to learn something new and see the world through other peoples’ eyes.

Update 7 June 2020: I wanted to call myself out for having a list that is dominated by white male authors. In fact, the only books on this list that are not written by white men were given to me by a good friend of mine who is much more aware of who writes the books that she reads than I am. I am calling attention to this fact because I am going to change my reading habits to focus especially on BIPOC writers. I will be drawing heavily from books on this list and others - I am always open to recommendations.


  • Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

  • Degrees of Difference: Reflections of Women of Color on Graduate School edited by Kimberly D. McKee and Denise A. Delgado

  • Dune by Frank Herbert

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

  • I Will Teach You to be Rich by Ramit Sethi

  • An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Col. Chris Hadfield

  • Sandworm: A New Era of Cyberwar and the Hunt for the Kremlin’s Most Dangerous Hackers by Andy Greenberg

  • The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

  • Nonviolent Communication by Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

  • Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham


  • Failure is not an Option by Gene Krantz

  • Fields of Fire by Marko Kloos (I love space operas and Marko Kloos has a great series that he’s working on right now.)

  • Kidding Ourselves: Breadwinning, Babies and Bargaining Power by Rhona Mahony (I highly recommend this book to every woman I know, especially young women who are not yet at the stage where they have to balance family and career. It was written in the 90’s, though so there are a lot of perspectives that are outdated. For instance, it is mainly written for cis, heterosexual relationships.)

  • Becoming by Michelle Obama

  • Educated by Tara Westover

  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb

  • The Hardware Hacker by Andrew “bunnie” Huang