Favourite books

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These are some of the books I have read. I have a goodreads.com profile. This listing is not meant to be exhaustive. Most educational material, manuals and children's literature I have read are not included.

Adam Smith

  • 1759: The Theory of Moral Sentiments ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1776: An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations ⭐⭐⭐

Adolf Hitler

  • 1925–26: Mein Kampf

Alan Moore

  • 2005: V for Vendetta ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Aldous Huxley

  • 1932: Brave New World ⭐⭐

Alexandre Dumas

  • 1844–45: The Count of Monte Cristo ⭐⭐⭐⭐

d'Artagnan

  • 1844: The Three Musketeers ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1847–50: The Vicomte of Bragelonne: Ten Years Later
    • The Man in the Iron Mask ⭐⭐⭐

Anne Frank

  • 1947: The Diary of a Young Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bergsveinn Birgisson

  • 2010: Svar við bréfi Helgu ⭐⭐⭐

Bernie Sanders

  • 2016: Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bill Maher

  • 2005: New Rules: Polite Musings from A Timid Observer ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bill Nye

  • 2014: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: Everything All at Once: How to Unleash Your Inner Nerd, Tap Into Radical Curiosity, and Solve Any Problem ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Bram Stoker

  • 1897: Dracula ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brian Cox

  • 2009: Why Does E=mc²? (And Why Should We Care?) ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: Human Universe ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: Forces of Nature ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Carson McCullers

  • 1940: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter ⭐⭐⭐

Charles Darwin

  • 1859: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Charles Dickens

Novels

  • 1836–7: The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1837–9: Oliver Twist; or, the Parish Boy's Progress ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1838–9: The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby ⭐⭐
  • 1840–1: The Old Curiosity Shop ⭐⭐
  • 1841: Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty
  • 1842–4: The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit
  • 1846–8: Dealings with the Firm of Dombey and Son: Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation
  • 1849–50: The Personal History, Adventures, Experience and Observation of David Copperfield the Younger of Blunderstone Rookery ⭐⭐
  • 1852–3: Bleak House ⭐⭐
  • 1854: Hard Times – For These Times ⭐⭐
  • 1855–7: Little Dorrit ⭐⭐
  • 1859: A Tale of Two Cities ⭐⭐
  • 1860–1: Great Expectations ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1864–5: Our Mutual Friend ⭐⭐
  • 1870, unfinished: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Novellas

  • 1843: A Christmas Carol. In Prose. Being a Ghost Story of Christmas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1844: The Chimes: A Goblin Story of Some Bells that Rang an Old Year Out and a New Year In ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1845: The Cricket on the Hearth: A Fairy Tale of Home ⭐⭐
  • 1846: The Battle of Life: A Love Story
  • 1848: The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain, A Fancy for Christmas-Time ⭐⭐

Charlotte Brontë

  • 1847: Jane Eyre: An Autobiography ⭐⭐⭐

Chris Hedges

  • 2002: War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2008: I Don't Believe in Atheists ⭐⭐
  • 2010: Death of the Liberal Class ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: Unspeakable ⭐⭐⭐

Christopher Hitchens

  • 1995: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2001: Letters to a Young Contrarian ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Non-Believer ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Hitch-22: A Memoir ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Arguably: Essays ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Morality ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Daniel Defoe

  • 1719: Robinson Crusoe ⭐⭐⭐

David Mitchell

  • 2004: Cloud Atlas ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Edgar Allan Poe

  • 1966: The Complete Stories and Poems ⭐⭐

Einar Már Guðmundsson

  • 1993: Englar alheimsins ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Elizabeth Warren

  • 2014: A Fighting Chance ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ernest Hemingway

  • 1926: The Sun Also Rises ⭐⭐
  • 1929: A Farewell to Arms ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1940: For Whom the Bell Tolls ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1952: The Old Man and the Sea ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1964: A Moveable Feast ⭐⭐⭐

F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • 1925: The Great Gatsby ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1934: Tender Is the Night ⭐⭐

Frans de Waal

  • 2005: Our Inner Ape: A Leading Primatologist Explains Why We Are Who We Are ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2013: The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates ⭐⭐⭐

Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • 1866: Crime and Punishment ⭐⭐⭐

Gabriel García Márquez

  • 1967: Cien años de soledad

George Orwell

  • 1933: Down and Out in Paris and London ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1935: A Clergyman's Daughter ⭐⭐
  • 1938: Homage to Catalonia ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1945: Animal Farm ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1949: Nineteen Eighty-Four ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

George R. R. Martin

  • 1996: A Game of Thrones ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: A Clash of Kings ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: A Storm of Swords ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2005: A Feast for Crows ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: A Dance with Dragons ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Gillian Flynn

  • 2012: Gone Girl ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Glenn Greenwald

  • 2014: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Halldór Laxness

  • 1934–35: Sjálfstætt fólk ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1943–46: Íslandsklukkan ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Harper Lee

  • 1960: To Kill a Mockingbird ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: Go Set a Watchman ⭐⭐⭐

Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • 1852: Uncle Tom's Cabin; or, Life Among the Lowly ⭐⭐⭐

Herman Melville

  • 1851: Moby-Dick; or, The Whale ⭐⭐

Hillary Clinton

  • 2013: Hard Choices ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: What Happened ⭐⭐⭐

Huldar Breiðfjörð

  • 1998: Góðir Íslendingar ⭐⭐⭐

Ian Kershaw

  • 1998: Hitler 1889–1936: Hubris ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: Hitler 1936–1945: Nemesis ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2015: To Hell and Back: Europe 1914–1949 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

J. D. Salinger

  • 1951: The Catcher in the Rye ⭐⭐

J. K. Rowling

  • 2012: The Casual Vacancy ⭐⭐⭐

Harry Potter

  • 1997: The Philosopher's Stone ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1998: The Chamber of Secrets ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: The Prisoner of Azkaban ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2000: The Goblet of Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2003: The Order of the Phoenix ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2005: The Half-Blood Prince ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Deathly Hallows ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • 1937: The Hobbit, or There and Back Again ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: The Fellowship of the Ring ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: The Two Towers ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1955: The Return of the King ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1977, posthumous: The Silmarillion ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007, posthumous: The Children of Húrin ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jane Austen

  • 1813: Pride and Prejudice

Jean-Jacques Rousseau

  • 1762: The Social Contract ⭐⭐⭐

Jeremy Scahill

  • 2013: Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: The Assassination Complex: Inside the Government's Secret Drone Warfare Program ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

John Steinbeck

  • 1935: Tortilla Flat ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1936: In Dubious Battle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1937: The Red Pony ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1937: Of Mice and Men ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1939: The Grapes of Wrath ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1945: Cannery Row ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1947: The Pearl ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1952: East of Eden ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1954: Sweet Thursday ⭐⭐
  • 1961: The Winter of Our Discontent ⭐⭐
  • 1962: Travels with Charley: In Search of America ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Jon Stewart

  • 2010: Earth (The Book): A Visitor's Guide to the Human Race ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Joseph Heller

  • 1961: Catch-22 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ken Kesey

  • 1962: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Khaled Hosseini

  • 2003: The Kite Runner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: A Thousand Splendid Suns ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Lawrence Lessig

  • 2004: Free Culture: How Big Media Uses Technology and the Law to Lock Down Culture and Control Creativity ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Republic, Lost: How Money Corrupts Congress—and a Plan to Stop It ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Leo Tolstoy

  • 1865–67: War and Peace ⭐⭐⭐

Louisa May Alcott

  • 1868–69: Little Women ⭐⭐

Margaret Atwood

  • 1985: The Handmaid's Tale ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Margaret Mitchell

  • 1936: Gone with the Wind ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mark Twain

Tom Sawyer/Huckleberry Finn

  • 1876: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1884: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • circa 1884, unfinished: Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer among the Indians ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1894: Tom Sawyer Abroad ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1896: Tom Sawyer, Detective ⭐⭐⭐

Novels

  • 1881: The Prince and the Pauper ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1889: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1892: The American Claimant ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1894: Pudd'nhead Wilson ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1896: Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1916, posthumous: The Mysterious Stranger ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Nonfiction

  • 1872: Roughing It ⭐⭐
  • 1883: Life on the Mississippi ⭐⭐

Short stories

  • 1876: A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage ⭐⭐
  • 1904: Extracts from Adam's Diary: Translated from the Original Ms. ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1906: Eve's Diary ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1984: The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Mary Shelley

  • 1818: Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Michael Wolff

  • 2018: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Michio Kaku

  • 2004: Parallel Worlds: A Journey Through Creation, Higher Dimensions, and the Future of the Cosmos ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2008: Physics of the Impossible: A Scientific Exploration Into the World of Phasers, Force Fields, Teleportation, and Time Travel ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Physics of the Future: How Science Will Shape Human Destiny and Our Daily Lives by the Year 2100 ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Misha Glenny

  • 2019: Putin: Prisoner of Power ⭐⭐⭐

Naomi Klein

  • 1999: No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2014: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Neil deGrasse Tyson

  • 2004: Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2007: Death by Black Hole: And Other Cosmic Quandaries ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Space Chronicles: Facing the Ultimate Frontier ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2017: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Noam Chomsky

  • 1988: Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1999: Profit Over People: Neoliberalism and Global Order ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2003: Hegemony or Survival: America's Quest for Global Dominance ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2006: Failed States: The Abuse of Power and the Assault on Democracy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Hopes and Prospects ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oscar Wilde

  • 1890: The Picture of Dorian Gray ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1895: The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People ⭐⭐

Piper Kerman

  • 2010: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison ⭐⭐⭐

Ray Bradbury

  • 1953: Fahrenheit 451 ⭐⭐⭐

Richard Dawkins

  • 1976: The Selfish Gene (2006, 3rd edition) ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2004: The Ancestor's Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Life ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2006: The God Delusion ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • 1886: Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ⭐⭐⭐

Sam Harris

  • 2006: Letter to a Christian Nation ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2011: Lying ⭐⭐⭐
  • 2012: Free Will ⭐⭐⭐

Simon Sebag Montefiore

  • 2003: Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2016: The Romanovs 1613–1918 ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen Colbert

  • 2012: America Again: Re-becoming the Greatness We Never Weren't ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen Hawking

  • 1988: A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Stephen King

  • 1977: The Shining ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1986: It ⭐⭐⭐

Suzanne Collins

  • 2008: The Hunger Games ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2009: Catching Fire ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2010: Mockingjay ⭐⭐⭐

Sylvia Plath

  • 1963: The Bell Jar ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Tim Marshall

  • 2015: Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics ⭐⭐⭐

Timothy Snyder

  • 2017: On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 2018: The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Trevor Noah

  • 2016: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Upton Sinclair

  • 1906: The Jungle ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  • 1926–27: Oil! ⭐⭐⭐

Vicky Ward

  • 2019: Kushner, Inc.: Greed. Ambition. Corruption. The Extraordinary Story of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Victor Hugo

  • 1831: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame ⭐⭐⭐
  • 1862: Les Misérables ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Vladimir Nabokov

  • 1955: Lolita ⭐⭐

William Faulkner

  • 1930: As I Lay Dying

William Golding

  • 1954: Lord of the Flies ⭐⭐⭐

William Goldman

  • 1973: The Princess Bride ⭐⭐⭐

William Powell

  • 1971: The Anarchist Cookbook ⭐⭐