Reading is an incredibly important for personal development. It provides us with opportunities to learn from the experience of others. If we choose to only learn from our experience then the hard won lessons of others will be lost to us.

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – Georges R. R. Martin.

For a long time, I would only read non-fiction, even favouring textbooks over other non-fiction. Looking back, I see this was a mistake, now I embrace more general non-fiction books and a large variety of fiction.

Below, I have provided a list of books that I would recommend others to read. I have provided links to where you can buy the books on Amazon and download from Audible.

 – Link to Amazon.co.uk  US Flag – Link to Amazon.com  Audible – Link to Audible

The links below are affiliate links, this means I will receive a small amount of money if you buy through my link, it doesn’t cost you anything but will help pay for my next book.

Educational books

A short history of nearly everything – Bill Bryson ( US Flag)

Algorithms to Live By – Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths ( US Flag)

An astronaut’s guide to life on Earth – Christmas Hadfield ( US Flag)

Becoming THE expert – John W. Hayes ( US Flag)

Black box thinking – Matthews Syed ( US Flag)

Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future – Ashlee Vance ( US Flag)

Like a Virgin: Secrets they won’t teach you in business school – Richard Branson ( US Flag)

Man’s Search For Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl ( US Flag)

The 4-Hour Body – Tim Ferris ( US Flag)

The 4-Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris ( US Flag)

The Goal – Eliyahu M. Goldratt ( US Flag)

The Motivation Hacker – Nick Winter ( US Flag)

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win – Gene Kim ( US Flag)

The Snowball – Alice Schroeder ( US Flag)

Tools of Titans – Tim Ferris ( US Flag)

Books for fun

For my list of books that I’ve read for enjoyment, I’ve switched it around and I’m listing by the author. This will avoid tonnes of entries by the same author.

Iain M. Banks – Consider Phlebas ( US Flag)

Max Brooks – World War Z

Philip K. Dick – The Man in the High Castle ( US Flag)

Alexandre Dumas

  • The Count of Monte Cristo ( US Flag)
  • The Man in the Iron Mask ( US Flag)

Peter F. Hamilton

  • Pandora’s Star ( US Flag)
  • Judas Unchained ( US Flag)
  • The Reality Dysfunction ( US Flag)
  • The Neutronium Alchemist ( US Flag)
  • The Naked God ( US Flag)
  • The Dreaming Void ( US Flag)
  • The Temporal Void ( US Flag)
  • The Evolutionary Void ( US Flag)

Thomas’s Harris – Silence of the Lambs ( US Flag)

Joseph Heller – Catch-22 ( US Flag)

Damien Lewisham – Zero Six Bravo ( US Flag)

George R. R. Martin

  • A Game of Thrones ( US Flag)
  • A Clash of Kings ( US Flag)
  • A Storm of Swords ( US Flag)
  • A Feast for Crows ( US Flag)
  • A Dance with Dragons ( US Flag)

Stephens Moss

  • Fear the Sky ( US Flag)
  • Fear the Survivors ( US Flag)
  • Fear the Future ( US Flag)

George Orwell

  • 1984 ( US Flag)
  • Animal Farm ( US Flag )

Terry Pratchett

  • The Colour of Magic ( US Flag)
  • The Light Fantastic ( US Flag)
  • Equal Rites ( US Flag)
  • Mort ( US Flag)
  • Sourcery ( US Flag)
  • Wyrd Sisters ( US Flag)
  • Guards! Guards! ( US Flag)
  • Eric ( US Flag)
  • Moving Pictures ( US Flag)
  • Reaper Man ( US Flag)
  • Witches Abroad ( US Flag)
  • Small Gods ( US Flag)
  • Lords and Ladies ( US Flag)
  • Men at Arms ( US Flag)
  • Soul Music ( US Flag)
  • Interesting Times ( US Flag)
  • Maskerade ( US Flag)
  • Feet of Clay ( US Flag)
  • Hogfather ( US Flag)
  • Jingo ( US Flag)
  • The Last Continent ( US Flag)
  • Carpe Jugulum ( US Flag)
  • The Fifth Elephant ( US Flag)
  • The Truth ( US Flag)
  • Thief of Time ( US Flag)
  • The Last Hero ( US Flag)
  • The Amazing Maurice And His Educated Rodents ( US Flag)
  • Night Watch ( US Flag)
  • The Wee Free Men ( US Flag)
  • Monstrous Regiment ( US Flag)
  • A Hat Full of Sky ( US Flag)
  • Going Postal ( US Flag)
  • Thud! ( US Flag)
  • Wintersmith ( US Flag)
  • Making Money ( US Flag)
  • Unseen Academicals ( US Flag)
  • I Shall Wear Midnight ( US Flag)
  • Snuff ( US Flag)
  • Raising Steam ( US Flag)
  • The Shepherd’s Crown ( US Flag)

Alastair Reynolds – Revelation Space ( US Flag)

Daniel Suarez

  • Daemon ( US Flag)
  • Freedom ( US Flag)
  • Kill Decision ( US Flag)

James Thurber –  The Secret Life of Walter Mitty ( US Flag)

Andy Weir – The Martian ( US Flag)

On the stack

The 4-Hour Chef – Tim Ferris ( US Flag)