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.


  • Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

  • Fine by Rhea Ewing

  • A Master of Djinn by P. Djeli Clark

  • The Black God’s Drums by P. Djeli Clark

  • Binti: The Night Masquerade by Nnedi Okorafor

  • Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor

  • Network Effect by Martha Wells

  • Yes, Fear Works (But There’s a Better Way) by Bradley Hartmann and Carl Moyer

  • American Spy by Lauren Wilkinson

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir


  • Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells

  • Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

  • Artificial Condition by Martha Wells

  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells

  • The Irresistible Introvert by Michaela Chung

  • Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

  • Thud! by Terry Pratchett

  • Death’s End by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu)

  • Lessons from Plants by Dr. Beronda L. Montgomery (amazing, and she is a fantastic speaker too!)

  • A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn (hugely valuable read on all of US history to a novice like me)

  • The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu (translated by Joel Martinsen)

  • A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza (So beautifully written. Each sentence was delicately crafted and the character arcs made me cry.)

  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

  • 2034: A Novel of the Next World War by Elliot Ackerman and Adm. James Stavridis

  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu (translated by Ken Liu)

  • The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin (Wow. Just wow. I cannot recommend this series enough.)

  • The Obelisk Gate by N.K. Jemisin

  • A Promised Land by Barack Obama

  • The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (I loved this book so much that I put the sequel on reserve in the library before I even reached the end!)


  • Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance by Mark Whitaker

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo

  • Wow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby

  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson (This is one of the best books I have ever read, I would highly recommend it.)

  • 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