Thomas Zhang


These are the books I’ve finished since I began keeping track in late 2017. Some of the topics I gravitate towards are: natural sciences, world history, magic realism, and life in the future.


The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Turtles All the Way Down John Green


A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
How to Win Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard Feynman
Our Final Invention James Barrat
What If? Randall Munroe
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking
What Do You Care What Other People Think? Richard Feynman
Six Easy Pieces Richard Feynman
Cosmos Carl Sagan
The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
The Happiness Hypothesis Jonathan Haidt
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger
Structures J.E. Gordon
The Last Lecture Randy Pausch
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
The Three-Body Problem Liu Cixin
East of Eden John Steinbeck
A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr.
Medical Firsts Robert E. Adler
The Disappearing Spoon Sam Kean
Mildred Pierce James M. Cain
Hyperion Dan Simmons
Sapiens Yuval Harari
The Design of Everyday Things Don Norman


Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
The Stranger Albert Camus
When Breath Becomes Air Paul Kalanithi
11-22-63 Stephen King
Frankenstein Mary Shelley
Pale Blue Dot Carl Sagan
Grid Systems in Graphic Design Josef Müller-Brockmann
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Art of War Sun Tzu
Nikola Tesla Sean Patrick
On the Road Jack Kerouac
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
The Forever War Joe Haldeman
Macbeth William Shakespeare
Economics in One Lesson Henry Hazlitt
All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Training for the New Alpinism Steve House & Scott Johnson
Northern Lights Philip Pullman
The Economy The Core Team
The World in a Grain Vince Beiser
Contact Carl Sagan
The Prophet Kahlil Gibran
Why We Sleep Matthew Walker
The First Three Minutes Steven Weinberg
Can’t Hurt Me David Goggins
Cloud Atlas David Mitchell
Third World Cities David Drakakis-Smith
Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro
Big Ideas in Brief Ian Crofton
Between the World and Me Ta-Nehisi Coates
Korea’s Twentieth-Century Odyssey Michael Edson Robinson
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
The Death of Ivan Ilyich Leo Tolstoy
On Airs, Waters, and Places Hippocrates
Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke
Planning for Sustainability Stephen M. Wheeler
The Subtle Knife Philip Pullman
The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman
The Sixth Extinction Elizabeth Kolbert
The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare
On the Shortness of Life Seneca
Watchmen Alan Moore


The Last Question Isaac Asimov
The War on Normal People Andrew Yang
When Corporations Rule the World David Korten
The Emperor of All Maladies Siddhartha Mukherjee
Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
The World As It Is Ben Rhodes
The World Without Us Alan Weisman
Laika Nick Abadzis
If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler Italo Calvino
The Writing Life Annie Dillard


Simulacron-3 Daniel F. Galouye
The Last of Us: American Dreams Neil Druckmann & Faith Erin Hicks
The Millionaire Next Door Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko
The Richest Man in Babylon George S. Clason