Showa 1926-1939

A History of Japan

Shigeru Mizuki

(In Progress)


Vol. 2: The Four Encounters

Osamu Tezuka


Tezuka does such a great job illuminating this complex story. However, Siddhartha’s abandonment of Yashodara and Rahula is tragic and a part of the Buddha story I struggle with.

Barefoot Gen

Book 1

Keiji Nakazawa


Harrowing autobiographical tale of atomic war centered around a boy’s life in Hiroshima in 1945. Worrisome parallels to modern times and oligarch-driven nationalism and militarism.

Dark Run

Mike Brooks

(In Progress)


Vol. 1: Kapilavastu

Osamu Tezuka


Excited to continue the series, but this volume was mostly setup for the rest of the story.

The Silence of Our Friends

The Civil Rights Struggle was Never Black and White

Long, Demonakos, Powell


This hit close to home. It feels like a sequel to March but breaks from the meta arc of the Civil Rights Movement to zoom in on two families (one white, one black) in Houston, TX.


A History of Music

Aoki, Boyle, and Jenkins

👎 Gave Up

I thought I’d really like this but the pacing is frenic and filled with too many forced jokes.

Hit Refresh

The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Satya Nadella


Great to hear from someone mid-process of turning a big ship around. Nadella also lays out the vision for Microsoft’s three big bets: Mixed Reality, AI, and Quantum computing.


A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm


As nuclear war re-enters the global lexicon, this is a brain-churning read.


So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson


A convicting read about how public shaming has made a comback on social media.


The Games People Play

Box Brown


A graphic novel was the perfect medium to tell this intriguing story of soviet Russia, Japan, and the US all colliding epic moment in video game history.

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt


Great book for understanding our current political climate from both sides.


John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell


This 3-part anthology leaves you speechless. Read my review of March.


Jeff Lemire


A group of kids find a dead superhero in the woods. I’m sold.

Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1



If you like Overwatch, you’ll enjoy the lore surrounding it.

Game Feel

A Game Designer's Guide to Virtual Sensation

Steve Swink

(Not Finished)


Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Richard Thaler

(Not Finished)


The Imposter's Handbook

A CS Primer for Self-Taught Programmers

Rob Conery


Excellent break down Computer Science concepts in simple terms.

Creativity, Inc.

Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Ed Catmull


Incredible insight into how a creative company keeps producing amazing stories.


How-to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Jake Knapp


Great collection of case studies where product teams buckle down for a week and try to improve their product.


Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

Cory Booker


Sen. Booker’s positivity is infectious and this book will make you want to get involved in politics.

The Lean Startup

How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Eric Ries

👎 Gave Up

Once I looked up his startup (imvu.com), a chat app with 3D avatars that do virtual grinding, I lost faith.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz

👎 Gave Up

Lost me when he talked about his “rough upbringing” in upper middle class San Diego.


This Idea Must Die

Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

John Brockman

(Not Finished)

The Martian

Andy Weir


Science the shit outta shit.

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

(Not Finished)

When to Rob a Bank

...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Jon Ronson


WARNING: After you read this book, you’ll think everyone is a psychopath.

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline


!!!MAX_NOSTALGIA!!! But will likely inform some of the next steps in user experience and computing.


Reinventing Comics

The Evolution of an Art Form

Scott McCloud

(Not Finished)

Understanding Comics

The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud


Weaving the Web

The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee


I feel that if you work on the Web, this is required reading.

Think Like a Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss

👎 Gave Up

I wanted to get better at writing, but I really hate when grammar nazis are condescending pieces of shit.


Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner