Recommendations


Books
Consider supporting your local indie bookstore by purchasing your paperbacks through them.

(The links below will take you to Amazon, which is a particularly good resource for ebooks and audiobooks. If you buy via these links, I’ll receive a small affiliate fee, taken out of Amazon’s cut of the sale. If you’re keen to try out Amazon’s audiobook platform, Audible, you can get a free month-long trial here. If you would like to see all of these books in one place on Amazon, here’s my book list on their platform.)


Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War
by Mary Roach

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies
by Nick Bostrom

The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
by Kevin Kelly

Infomocracy: Book One of the Centennial Cycle
by Malka Older

Overcomplicated: Technology at the Limits of Comprehension
by Samuel Arbesman

The Circle
by Dave Eggers

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
by Ed Yong

The Sparrow
by Mary Doria Russell

Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed
by Jared Diamond

How Music Works
by David Byrne

The Three-Body Problem
by Liu Cixin

All The Single Ladies: Unmarried Women and the Rise of an Independent Nation
by Rebecca Traister

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
by Yuval Noah Harari

Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things
by Jenny Lawson

No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies
by Naomi Klein

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy
by Cathy O’Neil

The Guns of the South
by Harry Turtledove

Ruled Britannia
by Harry Turtledove

Connectography: Mapping the Future of Global Civilization
by Parag Khanna

The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr

The Water Knife
by Paolo Bacigalupi

The Forever War
by Joe Haldeman

Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs
by Melody Petersen

The Gene: An Intimate History
by Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Peace War
by Vernor Vinge

The Song Machine: Inside the Hit Factory
by John Seabrook

Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right
by Jane Mayer

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself
by Sean Carroll

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
by Tim Wu

Thoughts on Design
by Paul Rand

Alas, Babylon
by Pat Frank

Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat
by Bee Wilson

The Man in the High Castle
by Philip K. Dick

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
by Yuval Noah Harari

The Handmaid’s Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Revelation Space
by Alastair Reynolds

An Economic History of the World Since 1400
by Donald J. Harreld

The Egg
by Andy Weir

Ancillary Justice
by Ann Leckie

The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
by Jon Ronson

Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit
by Daniel Quinn

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations that Made the Modern Worlds
by Steven Johnson

From Bacteria to Bach and Back: The Evolution of Minds
by Daniel C. Dennett

House of Suns
by Alastair Reynolds

Nexus
by Ramez Naam

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
by Jon Ronson

The 48 Laws of Power
by Robert Greene

Teeth: The Study of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health
by Mary Otto

The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century’s Online Pioneers
by Tom Standage

Sundiver
by David Brin

American Gods
by Neil Gaiman

Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline

Thinking With Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, and Students
by Ellen Lupton

Stories of Your Life and Others
by Ted Chiang

Permission Marketing
by Seth Godin

Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Bombs Away
by Harry Turtledove

Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Investor’s Road Trip
by Jim Rogers

Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction
by Derek Thompson

Odd Girl Out
by Rachel Simmons

Fantasyland: How American Went Haywire: A 500-Year History
by Kurt Andersen

Understanding Wall Street, 5th Edition
by Jeffrey Little

The Name of the Wind
by Patrick Rothfuss

Everything That Remains
by The Minimalists

Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability and Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
by Geoffrey West

Artemis
by Andy Weir

Pushing Ice
by Alastair Reynolds

Practicing Mindfulness: An Introduction to Meditation
by Professor Mark Muesse


Not Books
Some other things I’ve recommended, alongside all the books I can’t stop telling people about.


17776 (web-based multimedia fiction)
by Jon Bois

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History (podcast)
by Dan Carlin

Icarus (Netflix documentary)

Bojack Horseman (Netflix cartoon series)

The Butterfly Effect (podcast)
by Jon Ronson

Robinhood (mobile app)

Longreads Best of 2017 (web-based reading list)