Books

When I’m not hiking, one thing I love to do is read. Here are some of the books I’ve enjoyed reading over the years.

CoverTitleAuthorMain TakeawaySubject
Die with Zero: Getting All You Can from Your Money and Your LifeDie With ZeroBill PerkinsRemember that –since life experiences require a mix of time, money, and health – you shouldn’t save all of your life goals for after retirement.Non-Fiction: Personal Finance
Big Friendship: How We Keep Each Other CloseBig FriendshipAminatou Sou & Ann FriedmanA common regret from older people is not maintaining their cherished friendships.Non-Fiction: Relationships
All Boys Aren't BlueAll Boys Aren’t BlueGeorge M. JohnsonA hero can be a person that cares for another person in their everyday acts.Non-Fiction: Memoir
A Single ManA Single ManChristopher IsherwoodThe moments of clarity that come from being in the moment.Fiction
FrankensteinFrankensteinMary ShelleyHow lonely it must be to be the only of your kind.Fiction
A Promised LandA Promised LandBarack ObamaWhere would we be if the president had listened to his own dreams over the recommendations of experts?Non-Fiction: Memoir
100 Selected Poems100 Selected Poemse.e. cummingsI still struggle to read cummings, but I can enjoy bits and pieces.Poetry
The Joy Luck ClubThe Joy Luck ClubAmy TanThe gap of understanding between mothers and daughters, especially so when immigration is thrown into the mix.Fiction
Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the WorldCodersClive ThompsonWomen were the first programmers.Non-Fiction: Sociology
The DeepThe DeepRivers SolomanHolding painful history of our communities cannot be left to the few – it is a burden and treasure that should be shared by all.Fiction
Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and LeadWork Rules!Laszlo BockSimplifying the peer review process to a single question and 1-2 sentence limits can benefit the reviewer and person being reviewed with time spent and value gained from feedback.Non-Fiction: Business
Permanent RecordPermanent RecordSnowdenThe right to privacy is the least respected.Non-Fiction: Memoir
Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary OliverDevotionsMary OliverI can enjoy poetry.Poetry
The Giver of StarsThe Giver of StarsJojo MoyesSpoiler: I disdain when court cases are written in fiction books. They are always so unbelievable.Fiction
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin OlympicsThe Boys in the BoatDaniel James BrownRowing is a gorgeous sport.Non-Fiction: Sports
Solutions and Other ProblemsSolutions and Other ProblemsAllie BroshIt’s nice to read a funny book.Non-Fiction: Memoir
KindredKindredOctavia E. ButlerThis book made me feel the same can’t-put-down-this-book-energy that I thought I had lost from childhood.Fiction
Python Programming: An Introduction to Computer SciencePython ProgrammingJohn ZelleFirst, make sure you understand the prompt and spend plenty of time breaking it into chunks. It’s okay to start on the easy stuff first.Non-Fiction: Textbook
Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best LifeDear GirlsAli WongListen to audiobooks written by comedians.Non-Fiction: Memoir
Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted AmericaDopesickBeth MacyThe pharmaceutical industry grossly understated the addictiveness of opioids in the name of profit.Non-Fiction: History
The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us from ViolenceThe Gift of FearGavin de BeckerListen to your intuition. It has been fine-tuned for thousands of years.Non-Fiction: Self-help
The Richest Man in BabylonThe Richest Man in BabylonGeorge S. ClasonThis book is wildly overrated.Fiction
Normal PeopleNormal PeopleSally RooneyAuthors can get away with not including quotation marks in their books for stylistic purposes, I guess.Fiction
Miracle in the AndesMiracle in the AndesNando ParradoHumans can withstand unimaginable horrors.Non-Fiction: Survival
Pizza GirlPizza GirlJean Kyoung FrazierSelf-love unlocks the ability to feel love from others.Fiction
The End of PolicingThe End of PolicingAlex S. VitalePolice forces used to be private services used by wealthy elite. Also, a lot of what police does can be done by unarmed workers.Non-Fiction: Sociology
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic FutureElon MuskAshlee VanceSpace exploration is the only technology industry that has not followed Moore’s law.Non-Fiction: Biography
It's About Damn Time: How to Turn Being Underestimated Into Your Greatest AdvantageIt’s About Damn TimeArlan HamiltonYou can learn how to do anything.Non-Fiction: Memoir
Small Great ThingsSmall Great ThingsJodi PicoultCourt room dramas are too cringey for me.Fiction

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