Reading List

An assortment of books on a shelf.

This is a reading list of books I have read or that I am currently reading. I include a quick description of each and links for additional information.

  • Class by Paul Fussell

    • Date Completed: In Progress
    • Fussell breaks down social classes by addressing behaviors, actions, and mentalities. It’s a humorous and eye-opening read that has the well-cited sources of a college paper.
    • Here’s the Amazon page for more details.
  • The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron

    • Date Completed: In Progress
    • A workbook for discovering and channeling inner creativity. I’ve started a morning journal, as advised by this book. The whole text guides readers through a 12-week self-enforced course to stimulate the creative mind. Originally, I borrowed this from the library but bought a copy to keep up with the timeline for the course.

  •  Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss

    • Date Completed: July 2018
    • This book includes life advice from a wide range of experts in different fields. Whatever you seek advice on, it’s probably applicable to at least on of the mentors offering advice in this book.

  • Tools of Titans by Timothy Ferriss

    • Date Completed: July 2018
    • A solid read for soul-searchers looking for practical inspiration from big names. It’s like a buffet for finding exercises and habits to enhance your lifestyle. Major points include increasing personal confidence and learning to embrace the art of saying ‘no.’

  • Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey

    • Date Completed: In Progress
    • A classic must-read in circles of National Park Service employees. The author worked as a seasonal ranger at Arches National Monument, now Arches National Park, in Utah and chronicles his time in the desert.

  • Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson

    • Date Completed: 5/21/18
    • A short story with a big ego that is heralded as a go-to for professionals experiencing change in their work lives. It felt like a fable for people looking for how to handle change in stride.

  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

    • Date Completed: 5/21/18
    • Timothy Ferriss breaks down the stigma of a typical work-life relationship. He provides advice and personal stories for how to pursue any dream or interest. A majority of the book focuses on remote work options, which is best-suited for people with flexible careers.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō

    • Date Completed: In Progress
    • I purchased this book on the recommendation of a close friend. Marie Kondō’s fame stems from her ability to change habits in regards to clutter. A good reference for those looking to reduce their number of personal belongings for increased mental clarity.

  • Real Money Answers for Every Woman by Patrice Washington

    • Date Completed: 4/19/18
    • Okay, maybe the title isn’t that great. Patrice Washington lays out a common issues women face when trying to sort out their personal finances. This is a guide to realistically tackling financial terms and concepts without being bored to death.

  • Work It by Carrie Kerpen

    • Date Completed: 3/30/18
    • A compilation of advice and stories from big names in business that makes you feel as if you have an A-list team of mentors. It includes highlighted advice sprinkled throughout the book, on every topic from investments to building your own network of advocates.

  • Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

    • Date Completed: 3/14/18
    • An easy read with advice from self-proclaimed ‘rule-breakers’ Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, developers of the open-source programming framework Ruby on Rails. It gives inspiration for getting started in business for people, like me, who overthink business plans and development.

  • Women Who Don’t Wait in Line by Reshma Saujani

    • Date Completed: 3/12/18
    • Reshma Saujani chronicles the successes and failures that brought her to become a leader in the tech community and a role model for women.

  • Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • A quick read and platform to gain insight into the inner workings of creative mastermind David Lynch. This book convinced me to make an effort to pursue training in Transcendental Mediation because of how meditation has influenced his life.

  • Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • The founder of CD Baby, Derek Sivers, offers the story to how he started a business by creating a platform to distribute independent music. A short read about business that provides perspective on how to chase interests and solve problems.

  •  The Complete Idiot’s Guide: Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s by Susan Shelly McGovern and Sarah Young Fisher

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • A cut and dry reference book for easily confused financial terms and concepts. The assumption that you know absolutely nothing about finance is helpful for learners who wish to avoid feelings of insecurity.
    • Here’s the Amazon page for more details.
  • Flip the Switch by Jez Rose

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • An exploration of the behavioral psychology and habit formation. Jez Rose provides helpful exercises throughout the book for specific habits readers wish to change, improve, or create.

  • Coding for Dummies by Nikhil Abraham

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • This book is focused mostly on web development. It offers a general overview of coding terms and free web resources.

  • #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • I grabbed this at the library out of curiosity. Who better to learn about confidence in business than Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal? Granted, the business eventually filed for bankruptcy under her supervision but the inspiration might still be relevant.

  • Girl Code by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser

    • Date Completed: February 2018
    • Labelled as a ‘young adult’ book, but still provides some good advice for girls learning to code. Sophie Houser and Andrea Gonzales talk about their experiences in the tech industry and how Girls Who Code provided a platform for them to combat stigmas surrounding women.

  • The Art of Stopping Time by Pedram Shojai

    • Date Completed: January 2018
    • A book with daily activities for making the most of spare time through meditation and reflection. I did not follow the book’s suggested format of completing one activity a day for a year. I skipped around and took notes on practices I hope to repeat in the future.