Thoughts from some books I read in 2019 & 2020

For several years I’ve tried to maintain and share lists of every book I’ve read, primarily as a personal tool to reflect but also to proselytize things written by others that I’ve found insightful. In the past, I’ve ranked the books and written detailed reviews (here are 2016, 2017, and 2018 [part 2, 3], with more full reviews here).

Since I missed posting last year and don’t maintain rankings across years, I’ll instead share short things I learned from some of the books I read the last couple of years — categorized instead of ranked. (Order within category is semi-arbitrary). Disclaimer: I got lazy and so didn’t include or write thoughts about every one.

Science, Technology, & Society


Memoirs, Bios, and Essays

The powerful, must-read ones—among the best books I’ve read the last few years. Won’t share takeaways because you should just read them.

The fun ones.


Race, Economics, History, & Politics


Self-Help, Management, and Writing



I study CS/Econ and applications to socio-technical issues. Blog about books and technical issues. PhD Stanford, BS/BA UT Austin.