Here are some books I have.
This is not an exhaustive list of everything I've read, but a selection of ones I thoroughly enjoyed. These books taught me something new, challenged my existing assumptions, or were at least a pleasure to read. Ones I personally felt were exceptional are denoted with this symbol: ★.
The Count of Monte Cristo ★
Educated - A Memoir ★
Raised in a survivalist Mormon household in Idaho, Tara Westover first stepped into a classroom at the age of 17. Beyond documenting her journey into becoming educated, this memoir provides a much needed perspective on life in America, and the importance of education in bridging our divide.The Righteous Mind
This book communicates the role our most basic instincts play in worsening the divide between people of differing views - our desire to "feel right" can lead to actions of intellectual dishonesty and get in the way of the Truth.Lolita ★
Designing Data-Intensive Applications
Incredibly useful book on backend architecture - offers a thorough discussion of distributed systems and useful information about emerging technologies, with pointers on where to go for more if you want to learn one in-depth.Moonwalking With Einstein
Joshua Foer takes us through his journey into the World Memory Championships - from observing to learning the craft and putting it to use as a competitor. While he doesn't teach techniques in-depth, he brings them to the spotlight and offers a unique perspective of these incredible feats of memory.The Little Prince ★
When Breath Becomes Air ★