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Alex's Bookshelf

This is a list of books I've read, most recent first. While the list is accurate for more recent years, I've been able to collate a partial list of entries going back to about 2012.

Recommended titles are in bold. I've tagged books by several criteria—feel free to click a tag to narrow down my bookshelf.

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Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries
by Kory Stamper
non-fiction
memoir
english
Small Fry
by Lisa Brennan-Jobs
non-fiction
mental health
memoir
apple
Creative Selection: Inside Apple's Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs
by Ken Kocienda
non-fiction
design
memoir
apple
Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
by Scott Kelly
non-fiction
space
memoir
Noah Can't Even
by Simon James Green
fiction
ya
lgbt
Failure is not an Option: Mission Control From Mercury to Apollo 13 and Beyond
by Gene Kranz
non-fiction
space
memoir
Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan
fiction
ya
lgbt
Honestly Ben
by Bill Konigsberg
fiction
ya
lgbt
Openly Honestly
by Bill Konigsberg
fiction
ya
lgbt
Openly Straight
by Bill Konigsberg
fiction
ya
lgbt
Zeus Grants Stupid Wishes
by Cory O'Brien
fiction-ish
humor
The World As It Is
by Ben Rhodes
non-fiction
politics
memoir
How to Repair a Mechanical Heart
by J.C. Lillis
fiction
ya
lgbt
Hamilton: The Revolution
by Lin-Manuel Miranda
non-fiction
musicals
Whatever.: or how junior year became totally f$@ked
by S.J. Goslee
fiction
ya
lgbt
Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution
by Steven Levy
non-fiction
tech
history
Be More Chill
by Ned Vizzini
fiction
ya
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
by Mark Sullivan
fiction
history
politics
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think
by Hans Rosling
non-fiction
economics
bill gates reading list
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
by Ashlee Vance
non-fiction
business
space
environmentalism
Running with Lions
by Julian Winters
fiction
lgbt
sports
ya
Shoe Dog
by Phil Knight
non-fiction
memoir
sports
business
At the Edge of the Universe
by Shaun David Hutchinson
lgbt
mental health
fiction
ya
Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Live without Losing Its Soul
by Howard Schultz
non-fiction
business
leadership
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made
by Jason Shreier
non-fiction
games
We Are The Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson
lgbt
mental health
fiction
ya
Jacked: The Outlaw Story of Grand Theft Auto
by David Kushner
non-fiction
games
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
by David Kushner
non-fiction
games
business
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
by John Green and David Levithan
fiction
lgbt
ya
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
by Becky Albertalli
fiction
lgbt
ya
Live and Let Die
by Ian Fleming
fiction
james bond
spy
Casino Royale
by Ian Fleming
fiction
james bond
spy
Managing Humans
by Michael Lopp
non-fiction
business
advice
Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green
fiction
mental health
bill gates reading list
ya
Artemis
by Andy Weir
fiction
space
Call Me by Your Name
by André Aciman
fiction
lgbt
Newjack: Guarding Sing Sing
by Ted Conover
non-fiction
memoir
crime
Between You & Me: Confessions of a Comma Queen
by Mary Norris
non-fiction
memoir
American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road
by Nick Bilton
non-fiction
business
crime
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck
by Mark Manson
non-fiction
advice
Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality
by Eliezer Yudkowsky
fiction
philosophy
Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader
by Brent Schlender and Tick Tetzeli
non-fiction
business
No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State
by Glenn Greenwald
non-fiction
civil rights
politics
Binge
by Tyler Oakley
non-fiction
lgbt
memoir
Between the World and Me
by Ta-Neheisi Coates
non-fiction
civil rights
memoir
Gumption: Relighting the Torch of Freedom with America's Gutsiest Troublemakers
by Nick Offerman
non-fiction
humor
poliics
Exploding the Phone: The Untold Story of the Teenagers and Outlaws who Hacked Ma Bell
by Phil Lapsley
non-fiction
tech
Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
non-fiction
economics
business
Big Jack is Dead
by Harvey Smith
fiction
The Martian
by Andy Weir
fiction
space
Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt
by Michael Lewis
non-fiction
economics
business
Off the Planet: Surviving Five Perilous Months Aboard the Space Station Mir
by Jerry Lineger
non-fiction
space
An Abundance of Katherines
by John Green
non-fiction
ya
The Fault in our Stars
by John Green
non-fiction
ya
Be Our Guest: Revised and Updated Edition: Perfecting the Art of Customer Service
by The Disney Institute and Theodore Kinni
non-fiction
business
It Is What It Is: The Autobiography
by David Coulthard
non-fiction
memoir
sports
Rich Dad, Poor Dad
by Robert T. Kiyosaki
non-fiction
economics
A Microsoft Life
by Stephen Toulouse
non-fiction
tech
memoir
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
non-fiction
biography
tech
Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies: On Myths, Morons, Free Speech, Football, and Assorted Absurdities
by Chris Kluwe
non-fiction
humor
sports
politics
The Inside Track: Paddocks, Pit Stops and Tales of My Life in the Fast Lane
by Jake Humphrey
non-fiction
sports
memoir
Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
non-fiction
economics
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail—but Some Don't
by Nate Silver
non-fiction
economics
Our Time: Breaking the Silence of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"
by Josh Seefried
non-fiction
lgbt
politics
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't
by Simon Sinek
non-fiction
business
advice
How to Win Friends and Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
non-fiction
business
advice
Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook
by Gary Vaynerchuk
non-fiction
business
advice
Tuesdays With Morrie
by Mitch Album
non-fiction
memoir
On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines
by Jeff Hawkins
non-fiction
tech
The Thank You Economy
by Gary Vaynerchuk
non-fiction
business
advice
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
non-fiction
space
Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made
by Andy Hertfield
non-fiction
tech
memoir