2017 Reading List

Reading (well, mostly listening to audiobooks) more and taking notes was one of the activities that helped enrich my life and make 2016 one of my best years yet. I plan to expand on that again this year. So without further ado, here’s a list of books I plan to read in 2017, broken up into categories that make sense to me, in no particular order other than books I’ve read before are at the top of each section and have an asterisk:


  • *Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
  • *1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
  • Candide, ou l’Optimisme - Voltaire
  • Metro 2033 - Dmitry Glukhovsky
  • Call of Cthulhu and Other Stories - H. P. Lovecraft
  • Twelve Angry Men - Reginald Rose
  • Blood of Elves - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Time of Contempt - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Baptism of Fire - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Tower of Swallows - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Lady of the Lake - Andrzej Sapkowski
  • The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
  • Men and Machines : Ten Stories of Science Fiction - anthology edited by Robert Silverberg


  • *Elixir in Action - Saša Jurić
  • The Pragmatic Programmer - David Thomas & Andrew Hunt
  • Code Complete, Second Edition - Steve McConnell
  • Game Programming Patterns - Robert Nystrom
  • Seven Languages in Seven Weeks - Bruce Tate
  • Seven More Languages in Seven Weeks - Bruce Tate

Other Non-Fiction

  • *Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise - K Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
  • *The Brain Audit: Why Customers Buy (And Why They Don’t) - Sean D’Souza
  • *Deep Work - Cal Newport
  • *The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy
  • *The Willpower Instinct - Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D.
  • *Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman
  • *Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • *Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • *Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant
  • *The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin
  • *Anything You Want - Derek Sivers
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Tao Te Ching - Lao Tzu
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson
  • The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon
  • After The Ashes: Surviving The Coming Nuclear War - Tarl Warwick
  • Occult Memetics: Reality Manipulation - Tarl Warwick
  • Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl
  • The War of Art - Steven Pressfield
  • Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It - Gabriel Wyner
  • The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956 - Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
  • Modern Man in Search of A Soul – Carl Jung
  • Mastery - Robert Greene
  • Dangerous - Milo Yiannopoulos
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! - Richard P. Feynman
  • The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor - Mark Schatzker
  • The Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
  • Algorithms to Live By - Brian Christian, Tom Griffiths
  • Ego Is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday
  • Vagabonding - Rolf Potts
  • Creativity, Inc. - Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace
  • Maps Of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief – Jordan B. Peterson
  • The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster - Darren Hardy
  • Peace Is Every Step - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Bold - Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler

I’m always looking for more recommendations, too! Send me an email (eric@ericdykstra.me) if you have a recommendation or just want to chat about books!


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