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Startups and Business

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The Compound EffectDarren Hardy4.402010
High Output ManagementAndy Grove4.381995
How to Get From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be : The 25 Principles of SuccessJack Canfield, Janet Switzer4.262007
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday MachineMichael Lewis4.262015
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of LeadershipBill Walsh, Steve Jamison, Craig Walsh4.212009
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersBen Horowitz4.202014
Outliers: Story of SuccessMalcolm Gladwell4.112008
The Strategy and Tactics of Pricing : A Guide to Move More ProfitableThomas Nagle, John Hogan, Joseph Zale4.092005
Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionSimon Sinek4.072009
Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: An Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educate the World's ChildrenJohn Wood4.072006
Hackers and PaintersPaul Graham4.062004
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap And Others Don'tJim Collins4.052001
The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful BusinessesEric Ries4.042011
The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal RenewalJim Loehr, Tony Schwartz4.032005
The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things RightAtul Gawande4.032009
Where Good Ideas Come FromSteven Johnson4.032010
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and PurposeTony Hsieh4.012010
The Innovator's Dilemmaclayton m. christensen4.001997
Influencer: The New Science of Leading ChangeJoseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson3.982007
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About ItMichael E. Gerber3.981995
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free ProductivityDavid Allen3.982001
Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My WayRichard Branson3.971998
SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life InsuranceSteven D. Litt3.962009
The Ten Faces of InnovationTom Kelley3.962005
Rich Dad Poor Dad : What The Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That The Poor And Middle Class Don'tRobert T. Kiyosaki3.951997
Founders At Work: Stories Of Startups Early DaysJessica Livingston3.942007
The Paypal WarsEric M. Jackson3.942010
Lean In : Women, Work and the Will to LeadSheryl Sandberg3.942013
ReWork: Change the Way You Work ForeverDavid Heinemeier Hansson3.932010
The 22 Immutable Laws Of BrandingLaura Ries and Al Ries3.931998
Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of EverythingSteven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner3.932006
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big DifferenceMalcolm Gladwell3.922002
The Four Steps to the EpiphanySteve Blank3.922005
The Curse of the MogulJonathan A. Knee, Bruce C. Greenwald, Ava Seave3.912009
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling GiantsMalcolm Gladwell3.902013
Strategy for Sustainability: A Business ManifestoAdam Werbach3.892009
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly ImprobableNassim Nicholas Taleb3.882007
Contagious: Why Things Catch OnJonah Berger3.882013
Who Says Elephants Can't Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic ChangeLouis V Gerstner, Jr3.882003
Linchpin: Are You IndispensableSeth Godin3.872010
The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New FutureChris Guillebeau3.852012
Too Big to FailAndrew Ross Sorkin3.852011
The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is LessBarry Shwartz3.842005
The Art of the Start: The Time-Tested, Battle-Hardened Guide for Anyone Starting AnythingGuy Kawasaki3.822004
Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of BusinessJeff Howe3.822008
Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected AgeClay Shirky3.822010
Zero to OnePeter Thiel, Blake Masters3.752014
One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.comRichard Brandt3.752011
Big Data: A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work, and ThinkKenneth Cukier3.702013
The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New RichTimothy Ferriss3.612012
The Accidental Billionaires : The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and BetrayalBen Mezrich3.502009

Philosophy And Psychology

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless CompassionGregory Boyle4.412010
Education and the Significance of LifeKrishnamurti4.382008
Man's Search for MeaningViktor E. Frankl4.332006
The User Illusion: Cutting Consciousness Down to SizeTor Norretranders4.301999
Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenChristopher McDougall4.272009
Prometheus RisingRobert Anton Wilson4.262010
The Concise 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene4.252011
The Hero with a Thousand FacesJoseph Campbell4.241972
Zen Mind, Beginner's MindShunryu Suzuki, David Chadwick4.23
The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the PresentEric Kandel4.222012
MeditationsMarcus Aurelius4.21
Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionRobert B. Cialdini4.182006
Gifts of ImperfectionBrene Brown4.18
Metamagical Themas: Questing For The Essence Of Mind And PatternDouglas Hofstadter4.161996
The Truth About Everything: An Irreverent History of Philosophy : With IllustrationsMatthew Stewart4.151997
How to Win Friends and Influence PeopleDale Carnegie4.141998
Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your LifeShakti Gawain4.132002
Bulfinch's MythologyThomas Bulfinch4.131998
Ego Is the EnemyRyan Holiday4.122016
Awaken the Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!Anthony Robbins4.11
The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual EnlightenmentEckhart Tolle4.111997
Predictably IrrationalDan Ariely4.102008
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceMihaly Csikszentmihalyi4.101990
Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel Kahneman4.092011
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential PhilosophyWilliam Barrett4.09
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the WorldDavid Deutsch4.08
Metaphors We Live ByGeorge Lakoff, Mark Johnson4.082003
GritAngela Duckworth4.082016
In Defense of Food: An Eater's ManifestoMichael Pollan4.072008
The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human NatureSteven Pinker4.072003
The History of Western PhilosophyBertrand Russell4.062008
Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and ThemJoshua Greene4.052013
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop TalkingSusan Cain4.042012
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the MindMichio Kaku4.042014
Every Thing Must Go: Metaphysics NaturalizedJames Ladyman, Don Ross, et al4.042007
Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)Nassim Nicholas Taleb4.042012
Mindset: The new psychology of successCarol S. Dweck,Ph.D.4.042006
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And BusinessCharles Duhigg4.032012
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying LogicDan Ariely4.00
Outsmarting IQ: The Emerging Science of Learnable IntelligenceDavid Perkins4.001995
The Art of WarSun Tzu3.952005
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human StrengthRon P. Baumeister, John Tierney3.952011
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the FutureDaniel H. Pink3.95
Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World TravelRolf Potts3.92
Supernormal: Science, Yoga, and the Evidence for Extraordinary Psychic AbilitiesDean Radin3.912013
Prisoner's DilemmaWilliam Poundstone3.911993
The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human NatureSteven Pinker3.902007
Consilience: The Unity of KnowledgeEdward O. Wilson3.901999
Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above AverageJoseph T. Hallinan3.872009
You Just Don't Understand: Women and Men in ConversationDeborah Tannen3.862007
Just the Arguments: 100 of the Most Important Arguments in Western PhilosophyMichael Bruce, Steven Barbone3.852011
What the Dog Saw: and other adventuresMalcolm Gladwell3.822009
Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer BehaviorGeoffrey Miller3.82
Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional AnalysisEric Berne.3.81
This Will Make You Smarter: New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your ThinkingJohn Brockman3.812012
Intuition Pumps And Other Tools for ThinkingDaniel C. Dennett3.802014
Jonathan Livingston SeagullRichard Bach3.80
Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective StoryJim Holt3.772012
The Social ContractJean-Jacques Rousseau, Maurice Cranston3.75
The Ethical Brain: The Science of Our Moral DilemmasMichael S. Gazzaniga3.702006
Why Smart People Can Be So StupidRobert J Sternberg3.682003
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each OthersSherry Turkle3.622011
How to Win Every Argument: The Use and Abuse of LogicMadsen Pirie3.552006
Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life: Winifred GallagherWinifred Gallagher3.54
The Fine Art of Small Talk: How To Start a Conversation, Keep It Going, Build Networking Skills -- and Leave a Positive ImpressionDebra Fine3.362005
Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You: Sam GoslingSam Gosling3.33

Autobiographies and Biographies

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and RedemptionLaura Hillenbrand4.392010
Long Walk to FreedomNelson Mandela4.311995
My Life and My WorkHenry Ford4.29
Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!: Adventures of a Curious CharacterRichard Feynman4.291997
The Autobiography of Malcolm XMalcolm X, Alex Haley4.29
Elon Musk: Inventing the FutureAshlee Vance4.252015
The Last LectureRandy Pausch4.252008
Freedom in ExileDalai Lama XIV4.241991
Madame Curie: A BiographyMarie Curie4.222001
Wings of FireA.P.J. Abdul Kalam4.202011
An Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthChris Hadfield4.142013
The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank4.101993
Steve JobsWalter Issacson4.092011
My Experiments with TruthMahatma Gandhi4.071993
The Story of My LifeHelen Keller4.071990
Losing My Virginity: The AutobiographyRichard Branson3.971999
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted HackerKevin Mitnick3.952011
An Autobiography: Toward FreedomJawaharlal Nehru3.851989
iWoz: Computer Geek to Cult Icon: How I Invented the Personal Computer, Co-Founded Apple, and Had Fun Doing ItSteve Wozniak3.822007


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah Harari4.422014
The DiscoverersDaniel J. Boorstin4.342012
One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear WarMichael Dobbs4.202008
The Codebreakers: The Comprehensive History of Secret Communication from Ancient Times to the InternetDavid Kahn4.181996
From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the PresentJacques Barzun4.122001
Why the West Rules--for Now: The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the FutureIan Morris4.092010
The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the Psychology of GenocideRobert Jay Lifton4.071986
God Created The Integers: The Mathematical Breakthroughs that Changed HistoryStephen Hawking4.06
Churchill's Secret War: The British Empire and the Ravaging of India during World War IIMadhusree Mukerjee4.052010
El Tiempo Entre CosturasMaría Dueñas4.042009
Guns, Germs, And Steel : The Fates Of Human SocietiesJared M. Diamond4.002005
Discovery of IndiaJawaharlal Nehru3.98
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves (P.S.)Matt Ridley3.982010
Kingpin: How One Hacker Took Over the Billion-Dollar Cybercrime UndergroundKevin Poulson3.962011
The Ghost Map: The Story of London's Most Terrifying Epidemic--and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern WorldSteven Johnson3.91
The Rise and Fall of the British EmpireLawrence James3.891997
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information EmpiresTim Wu3.892010
SpycraftRobert Wallace, H. Keith Melton, Henry R. Schlesinger3.81
Civilization: The West and the Rest: Niall FergusonNiall Ferguson3.782011
The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against FateRobert D. Kaplan3.682012
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first CenturyThomas L. Friedman3.662006

Science and Medicine

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Asimov's New Guide to ScienceIsaac Asimov4.361985
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden BraidDouglas R. Hofstadter4.301979
The Little SchemerDaniel P. Friedman, Matthias Felleisen, Duane Bibby, Gerald J. Sussman4.271995
Scientific Genius: A Psychology of ScienceDean Keith Simonton4.251988
Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic WorldKevin Kelly4.241995
The Brain: The Story of YouDavid Eagleman4.202015
A Short History of Nearly EverythingBill Bryson4.19
The Symbolic Species: The Co-evolution of Language and the BrainTerrence W. Deacon4.171998
A Brief History of TimeStephen Hawking4.121998
The Selfish GeneRichard Dawkins4.11
Figments of Reality: The Evolution of the Curious MindIan Stewart, Jack Cohen4.112009
The New Executive Brain: Frontal Lobes in a Complex WorldElkhonon Goldberg4.07
The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the GeneRichard Dawkins4.071999
Rare Earth: Why Complex Life is Uncommon in the UniversePeter D. Ward, Donald Brownlee4.062003
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversMary Roach4.052004
Darwin's Dangerous IdeaDaniel C. Dennett4.03
The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our FutureKevin Kelly4.022016
The Outer Limits of Reason: What Science, Mathematics, and Logic Cannot Tell UsNoson S. Yanofsky4.002013
The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary EditionThomas S. Kuhn3.991996
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and ComplexityStuart Kauffman3.971996
The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and FreedomYochai Benkler3.952006
Mind Children: The Future of Robot and Human IntelligenceHans Moravec.3.951990
How to Find a Habitable PlanetJames Kasting3.932010
The 10,000 Year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Human EvolutionGregory Cochran, Henry Harpending3.91
Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin's Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our LivesDavid Sloan Wilson3.902007
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our BrainsNicholas Carr3.852011
Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us HumanRichard Wrangham3.832009
Heaven in a Chip: Fuzzy Visions of Society and Science in the Digital AgeBart Kosko3.822000
The Quark and the Jaguar: Adventures in the Simple and the ComplexMurray Gell-Mann3.81
Tomorrowland: Our Staggering Journey from Science Fiction to Science FactSteven Kotler3.802015
Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on CreativityDean Keith3.741999
Mind Wars: Brain Research and National DefenseJonathan D. Moreno3.452007

Logic and Problem Solving

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
What Is the Name of This Book?: The Riddle of Dracula and Other Logical PuzzlesRaymond M. Smullyan4.242011
A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science even If You Flunked AlgebraBarbara Oakley4.222014
How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical MethodGeorge Polya4.162015
Labyrinths of Reason: Paradox, Puzzles, and the Frailty of KnowledgeWilliam Poundstone4.051989


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessMichelle Alexander4.492010
Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?Michael J. Sandel4.25
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and ReligionJonathan Haidt4.162012
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American RightArlie Russell Hochschild4.152016
Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a LifetimeJohn Heilemann, Mark Halperin4.102010
The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad PoliciesBryan Caplan3.962007
Resource Wars: The New Landscape of Global ConflictMichael Klare3.73
The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American DreamBarack Obama3.702006


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Origin of WealthEric D. Beinhocker4.232006
Every Shot Counts: Using the Revolutionary Strokes Gained Approach to Improve Your Golf Performance and StrategyMark Broadie4.232014
Economic Facts and FallaciesThomas Sowell4.182008
Debt - Updated and Expanded: The First 5,000 YearsDavid Graeber4.172011
Capital in the Twenty-First CenturyThomas Piketty4.012014
23 Things They Don't Tell You About CapitalismHa-Joon Chang3.97
The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail--but Some Don'tNate Silver3.96
Currency Wars: The Making of the Next Global CrisisJames Rickards3.962011
The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldNiall Ferguson3.88
The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About ItPaul Collier3.852007
The Thank You EconomyGary Vaynerchuk3.832011
Super Crunchers: Why Thinking-By-Numbers is the New Way To Be SmartIan Ayres3.70
A Farewell to Alms : A Brief Economic History of the WorldGregory Clark3.672007


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Delusions of Gender: How Our Minds, Society, and Neurosexism Create DifferenceCordelia Fine4.152010


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of ModernChristopher Ryan, Cacilda Jetha4.022010
The Ethical Slut: A Guide to Infinite Sexual PossibilitiesDossie Easton, Catherine A. Liszt.3.832004
The Sex MythBrooke Magnanti3.502015


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful IdeasSeymour A. Papert4.321993
How Children FailJohn Holt4.221995
Make It Stick: The Science of Successful LearningPeter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel4.202014
Teaching as a Subversive ActivityNeil Postman, Charles Weingartner4.191971
Summerhill School: A New View of ChildhoodA. S. Neill, Albert Lamb4.091995
The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal PerformanceJosh Waitzkin4.082016
Wounded by School: Recapturing the Joy in Learning and Standing Up to Old School CultureKirsten Olson, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Parker J. Palmer3.922009
Curious Minds: How a Child Becomes a ScientistJohn Brockman3.722005


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Hat Box: The Collected Lyrics of Stephen SondheimStephen Sondheim4.77
On Writing: A Memoir of the CraftStephen King4.312002
Clear and Simple as the TruthFrancis-Noël Thomas, Mark Turner4.061996
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st CenturySteven Pinker4.032014

Theater and Film

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Different Every Night: Putting the play on stage and keeping it freshMike Alfreds4.692008
Impro: Improvisation and the TheatreKeith Johnstone4.27
The Actor and the TargetDeclan Donnellan4.252006
In the Blink of an Eye: A Perspective on Film EditingWalter Murch4.241995
Notes on Directing: 130 Lessons in Leadership from the Director's ChairFrank Hauser, Russell Reich4.21
How to Stop ActingHarold Guskin4.172003
A Practical Handbook for the ActorMelissa Bruder, Lee Michael Cohn, Madeleine Olnek, Nathaniel Pollack, Robert Previtio, Scott Zigler, David Mamet3.871986


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Thinking Shakespeare: A How-to Guide for Student Actors, Directors, and Anyone Else Who Wants to Feel More Comfortable With the BardBarry Edelstein.4.62
Hamlet and RevengeEleanor Prosser4.501971
Shakespeare's Metrical ArtGeorge T. Wright4.391991
Hamlet in PurgatoryStephen Greenblatt3.982002



NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The Master and MargaritaMikhail Bulgakov4.321996
Infinite JestDavid Foster Wallace4.311995
The Brothers KaramazovFyodor Dostoevsky, Richard Pevear, Larissa Volokhonsky4.302002
Pride And PrejudiceJane Austen4.242000
A Prayer for Owen MeanyJohn Irving4.221990
Letters From The EarthMark Twain4.222004
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's NestKen Kesey4.181963
Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky4.182002
Steppenwolf: A NovelHermann Hesse, Basil Creighton4.111999
The Glass Bead GameHermann Hesse, Richard and Clara Winston4.112002
War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy4.111998
Jane EyreCharlotte Brontë4.101847
GerminalEmile Zola4.102004
If on a Winter's Night a TravelerItalo Calvino and William Weaver4.081982
The Wall: (Intimacy) and Other StoriesJean-Paul Sartre, Lloyd Alexander4.072010
Sense and SensibilityJane Austen4.062003
The Picture of Dorian GrayOscar Wilde4.061998
Watership Down: A NovelRichard Adams4.05 1975
One Hundred Years of SolitudeGabriel Garcia Marquez, Gregory Rabassa4.042003
The Death of Ivan IlychLeo Tolstoy4.04
Anna KareninaLeo Tolstoy4.022012
Bleak HouseCharles Dickens4.002006
J'accuseEmile Zola3.991998
Catch 22Joseph Heller3.982004
The House of MirthEdith Wharton3.942006
Confessions of a MaskYukio Mishima3.911998
De L'esprit Des LoisMontesquieu3.911995
Love in the Time of CholeraGabriel García Marquéz3.91985
Don QuixoteMiguel de Cervantes3.852003
Mansfield ParkJane Austen3.842003
Wuthering HeightsEmily Bronte3.822002
Père GoriotHonoré de Balzac3.821997
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain3.802002
The Catcher in the RyeJ.D. Salinger3.792001
Eugénie GrandetHonoré de Balzac3.792003
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into ValuesRobert M. Pirsig3.761974
Madame BovaryGustave Flaubert3.652004
ConfessionsJean-Jacques Rousseau3.612003
Lettres persanesMontesquieu3.54
The DirectorDavid Ignatius3.432015


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The Kingkiller ChroniclePatrick Rothfuss4.552007
The Lord of the RingsJ.R.R. Tolkien4.472005
A Song of Ice and FireGeorge R.R. Martin4.452005
Harry PotterJ.K. Rowling4.441997
MistbornBrandon Sanderson4.432006
Harry Potter and the Methods of RationalityEliezer Yudkowsky4.382015
DiscworldTerry Pratchett4.322001
The Dark TowerStephen King4.27
His Dark MaterialsPhilip Pullman4.25
The Last Wish - SagaAndrzej Sapkowski4.21993
The Chronicles of NarniaClive Staples Lewis4.242002
The City & The CityChina Mieville3.912009
The Broken EmpireMark Lawrence3.872011

Historical Fiction

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Lonesome DoveLarry McMurtry4.471999
The HelpKathryn Stockett4.45
The Book ThiefMarkus Zusak4.36
All the Light We Cannot SeeAnthony Doerr4.312014
The Pillars of the EarthKen Follett4.292002
Kane and AbelJeffrey Archer4.272004
EmmaJane Austen3.992003
Sophie's World: A Novel About the History of PhilosophyJostein Gaarder and Paulette Moller3.881996


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
I Hope They Serve Beer In HellTucker Max3.512006


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Sherlock HolmesArthur Conan Doyle4.301998
The Murder of Roger AckroydAgatha Christie4.202006
The EightKatherine Neville4.17
Memory ManDavid Baldacci4.052015
The Girl on the TrainPaula Hawkins3.882015
The Da Vinci CodeDan Brown3.792006

Science Fiction

NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams4.38
Ready Player OneErnest Cline4.312011
Ender's Game - SagaOrson Scott Card4.301994
The Player of GamesIain M. Banks4.261997
The Fifth Sacred ThingStarhawk4.251994
HyperionDan Simmons4.211989
The Diamond AgeNeal Stephenson4.192000
Dune ChroniclesFrank Herbert4.192006
FoundationIsaac Asimov4.132004
Snow CrashNeal Stephenson4.022000
Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury3.972006
Little BrotherCory Doctorow3.942008


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
House of LeavesMark Z. Danielewski4.132000
DraculaBram Stoker3.981986
FrankensteinMary Shelley, Maurice Hindle3.752003


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
The Queen's GambitWalter Tevis4.11
The Bone PeopleKeri Hulme4.061986
Cat's EyeMargaret Atwood3.921998
Xeelee SequenceStephen Baxter3.691992
Ghost FleetP.W. Singer and August Cole3.622015
Future CrimesMarc Goodman3.421990


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse DiseaseMichael Greger, M.D.4.542015
Overcoming Gravity: A Systematic Approach to Gymnastics and Bodyweight Strength (2nd edition)Steven Low4.32016
Convict ConditioningPaul Wade4.132012
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon GreatnessScott Jurek, Steve Friedman3.952012
8 Weeks to Optimum HealthAndrew Weil3.86


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, ConstructionChristopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein, Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King and Shlomo Angel4.381977
How Buildings Learn: What Happens After They're BuiltStewart Brand4.321995
Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web UsabilitySteve Krug4.242014
The Design of Everyday ThingsDonald Norman4.182002
The Art of Looking SidewaysAlan Fletcher4.102001


NameAuthorGoodreads RatingYear Published
Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden WondersJoshua Foer4.242016


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