2017 Reading

By Alex Priest

By Alex Priest

Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster

Svetlana Alexievich

$29.00 $26.68

β˜… A remarkable book and a fantastic read alongside HBO's "Chernobyl" miniseries.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

$17.00 $15.64

Writing this from 2020, I unfortunately don't remember much about this bookβ€”other than that it was fairly good. In my notes I gave it 4/5.

The Upstarts: Uber, Airbnb, and the Battle for the New Silicon Valley

Brad Stone

$17.98 $16.54

Strange to read as an early Uber employee. Felt like this book was a missed opportunity to tell a more compelling story.

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Michael Chabon

$19.00 $17.48

β˜… Just such a delight. Can't recommend enough.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah Harari

$37.50 $34.50

β˜… If you've somehow managed to miss this one, please do pick it up. It's as good as they say.

Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis

J. D. Vance

$27.99 $25.75

I don't necessarily subscribe to the we-must-better-understand-poor-white-America hand-wringing by the political left. But this was a good read and certainly hit home for me as someone who grew up in rural Kentucky.

Uncommon Service: How to Win by Putting Customers at the Core of Your Business

Frances Frei and Anne Morriss

$35.00 $32.20

Read this while working with Frances Frei at Uber. Solid and useful stuff.

Wolf in White Van

John Darnielle

$17.00 $15.64

Another one I don't remember well (I'm writing this now in December 2020), but remember enjoying. 4/5.

The Gatekeepers: How the White House Chiefs of Staff Define Every Presidency

Chris Whipple

$18.00 $16.56

β˜… As a political nerd and a former Chief of Staff in the tech world, I loved this.

Leviathan Wakes

James S. A. Corey

$16.98 $15.62

β˜… The first in the fantastic Expanse series. If you like sci-fi at all, please pick this up.

The Vegetarian

Han Kang

$22.00 $20.24

This one didn't really work for me.

Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton's Doomed Campaign

Amie Parnes and Jonathan Allen


Kind of a sad, masochistic read. You can probably skip it unless you've been living under a rock since 2016.

10 Actual, Official LSAT Preptests Volume V: (preptests 62-71)

Law School Admission Council

$34.00 $31.28

I was studying for the LSAT, what can I say.

10 New Actual, Official LSAT Preptests: (preptests 52-61)

Law School Admission Council

$34.00 $31.28

I was studying for the LSAT, what can I say.

The LSAT Trainer: A Remarkable Self-Study Guide For The Self-Driven Student

Mike Kim

$64.99 $59.79

I was studying for the LSAT, what can I say.

Six Four

Hideo Yokoyama


I still struggle to get into Japanese fiction. For the most part, I enjoyed this, but the pacing is tough for me to really fall into the narrative.

Lincoln in the Bardo

George Saunders

$28.00 $25.76

β˜… Oh it is so, so, so good. Please read this.

The Selfishness of Others: An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism

Kristin Dombek

$13.00 $11.96

Was hoping to better understand some of the people I've met in Silicon Valley (and Trump)... this book wasn't quite the help I wanted it to be.

Caliban's War

James S. A. Corey

$17.99 $16.55

#2 in the Expanse. Start with "Leviathan Wakes".

Abaddon's Gate

James S. A. Corey

$17.99 $16.55

β˜… #3 in the Expanse. Start with "Leviathan Wakes".

Cibola Burn

James S. A. Corey

$17.99 $16.55

β˜… #4 in the Expanse. Start with "Leviathan Wakes".

Nemesis Games

James S. A. Corey

$17.99 $16.55

β˜… #5 in the Expanse. Start with "Leviathan Wakes".

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari

$37.50 $34.50

This wasn't quite as impressive to me as "Sapiens", so I'd skip.

Attached: The New Science of Adult Attachment and How It Can Help You Find--And Keep-- Love

Amir Levine and Rachel Heller

$17.00 $15.64

Moderately interesting primer on adult attachment theory.


Stephen King

$19.99 $18.39

Wanted to read this before seeing the movie, and I'm glad I did. But not my favorite King book.

The River of Consciousness

Oliver Sacks


β˜… Short, beautiful, posthumous book by one of the most incredible scientists and storytellers I've ever read.

The 5 Love Languages for Men: Tools for Making a Good Relationship Great

Gary Chapman

$15.99 $14.71

It's pretty predictable.

The Three-Body Problem

Cixin Liu

$27.99 $25.75

I know a lot of folks who loved this book. I was not one of them. Didn't hate it, but it didn't speak to me.