A collection of my favorite reads, in the shape of books or longform articles.


The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt
An introduction to the theory of constraints, which tought me to remember the bigger picture.
Getting things done by David Allen
A bit dated, but the ideas are timeless.
The Daily Stoic by Ryan Holiday
A great introduction to stoicism with bite-sized daily shorts.
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy
A short, beautifully illustrated book about friendship and our lace in the world.
Salt Fat Acid Heat by Samin Nosrat
This book changed the way I think about flavor & cooking.


Subtract by Derek Sivers
When encountered with a problem, take a step back and try to solve it by removing something instead of adding.
Write plain text files by Derek Sivers
The benefits of writing & keeping human-readable plain text files.
In Praise of the Gods by Simon Sarris
If all decisions would be made rationally, our world would be gray.
De-Atomization is the Secret to Happiness by Nat Eliason
How our current society is shaping our expectations of happiness the wrong way.
A blog post is a very long and complex search query to find fascinating people and make them route interesting stuff to your inbox by Henrik Karlsson
On the beauty of blogging and the open web.
Parse, don't validate by Alexis King
How the right types & data structures keeps your code focussed.
Functional Programming is not weird: you just need some new patterns by Cameron Price
Why it's hard to judge a new programming paradigm objectively as we cling onto our roots.
Small Functions considered Harmful by Cindy Sridharan
A contrarian take that favors large classes and functions over small.
Fast Software, the Best Software by Craig Mod
How fast software gets out of our way.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design by Dave Akin
Aerospace grade engineering laws that can be applied to any shape of design.
Introducing Eager Design by Marcello Duarte
Unfortunately only available as slides, this was a highly influential talk that changed the way I look at large problems.
The Grug Brained Developer
A satirical take on how we've taken on so much complexity in modern programming.

This section was inspired by Hans Pagel.