Reading List

Inspired by Susan Rigetti’s reading list, I’ve made my own. Using her style, I’ve also marked ones that really stood out to me with asterisks.

Currently reading


  1. I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy
  2. The Unity of Mistakes, by Marianne A. Paget
  3. The Trauma of Everyday Life, by Mark Epstein


  1. *The Fifth Season, by N. K. Jemisin
  2. *The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin
  3. *The Stone Sky, by N. K. Jemisin
  4. We Need New Names, by NoViolet Bulawayo
  5. All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung


  1. *Cocktail Codex, by Alex Day, Nick Fauchald, and David Kaplan
  2. *Know My Name, by Chanel Miller
  3. *The Lean Startup, by Eric Ries
  4. On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong
  5. The Customer-Driven Playbook, by Travis Lowdermilk and Jessica Rich
  6. The Penguin Complete Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle
  7. Dear Girls, by Ali Wong
  8. *Children of Blood and Bone, by Tomi Adeyemi
  9. *There There, by Tommy Orange
  10. *The Culture Code, by Daniel Coyle
  11. Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
  12. *Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  13. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling
  14. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, by J.K. Rowling (notecard)
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, by J.K. Rowling
  17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, by J.K. Rowling
  18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, by J.K. Rowling
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
  20. *Minor Feelings, by Cathy Park Hong
  21. *Happy City, by Charles Montgomery
  22. Catch and Kill, by Ronan Farrow
  23. Whistleblower, by Susan Fowler
  24. Give and Take, by Adam Grant
  25. Who Says You’re Dead?, by Jacob Appel
  26. *Fatal Invention, by Dorothy Roberts


  1. Fear, by Bob Woodward
  2. Citizen, by Claudia Rankine
  3. *Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson
  4. The Opposite of Loneliness, by Marina Keegan
  5. *Notes of a Native Son, by James Baldwin
  6. Blue Nights, by Joan Didion
  7. Hunger, by Roxane Gay
  8. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
  9. *Salt Fat Acid Heat, by Samin Nosrat
  10. When, by Daniel Pink
  11. The Scalpel and the Silver Bear, by Lori Arviso Alvord
  12. *Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou
  13. Night Sky with Exit Wounds, by Ocean Vuong
  14. *Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday
  15. *Unaccustomed Earth, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  16. Electric Arches, by Eve L. Ewing
  17. Interpreter of Maladies, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  18. All the Single Ladies, by Rebecca Traister
  19. So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo
  20. *Educated, by Tara Westover
  21. Exhalation, by Ted Chiang
  22. *Severance, by Ling Ma
  23. *Covering, by Kenji Yoshino


  1. Killers of the Flower Moon, by David Grann
  2. The Sellout, by Paul Beatty
  3. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit
  4. *Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?, by Beverly Daniel Tatum
  5. *The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri
  6. *The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories, by Ken Liu
  7. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
  8. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
  9. Travels with Charley, by John Steinbeck
  10. Cannery Row, by John Steinbeck
  11. The Pearl, by John Steinbeck
  12. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
  13. The Sixth Extinction, by Elizabeth Kolbert
  14. *Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi
  15. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
  16. We Were Eight Years in Power, by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  17. *Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
  18. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez
  19. *Conversations with the Dead, by Danny Lyon
  20. The Americans, by Robert Frank
  21. Immediate Family, by Sally Mann


  1. The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddartha Mukherjee
  2. *Trespassers?, by Willow Lung-Amam
  3. The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
  4. *Americana, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  5. *The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman