Cory's Reading List

Currently Reading/Wish List

Design Principles of Metal-Cutting Machine Tools

F. Koenigsberger

Precision Machine Design

Alexander H. Slocum

Exact Constraint

Douglass L. Blanding

We Can Remember It for You Wholesale

Philip K. Dick

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?

Philip K. Dick

Starship Troopers

Robert A. Heinlein

The Go Programming Language

Alan A. A. Donovan

The Toyota Way

Jeffrey K. Liker

Dealing with Darwin

Geoffrey A. Moore, Ph.D.

Crossing the Chasm

Geoffrey A. Moore

The Innovator's Solution


Children of the Fleet

Orson Scott Card

The Organization Man

William H. Whyte


John Kay

Lost in Math

Sabine Hossenfelder


Robert Coram

Certain to Win

Chet Richards

Liber Novus

C. G. Jung

Code Complete, 2nd Edition

Steve Mcconnell

Programming Pearls

Jon Bentley

The Gulag Archipelago Volume 1

Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn

Permanently Suspended

Anthony Cumia

How to Invent Everything

Ryan North

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy

Thomas J. Stanley

Asset Allocation: Balancing Financial Risk, Fifth Edition

Roger C. Gibson

Global Investing: The Professional's Guide to the World Capital Markets

Roger Ibbotson

The Trouble With Prosperity: A Contrarian's Tale of Boom, Bust, and Speculation

James Grant

Minding Mister Market:: Ten Years on Wall Street with Grant's Interest Rate Observer

James Grant

Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending in America from the Civil War to Michael Milken

James Grant

Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend

James L. Grant

Winning the Loser's Game, Seventh Edition: Timeless Strategies for Successful Investing

Charles D. Ellis

Capital Ideas: The Improbable Origins of Modern Wall Street

Peter L. Bernstein

Once in Golconda: A True Drama of Wall Street 1920-1938

John Brooks

Where Are the Customers' Yachts?: or A Good Hard Look at Wall Street

Fred Schwed

A Fool and His Money: The Odyssey of an Average Investor

John Rothchild

Common Sense on Mutual Funds: Fully Updated 10th Anniversary Edition

John C. Bogle

A Random Walk Down Wall Street: Completely Revised and Updated Edition

Burton G. Malkiel

The Theory of Interest (Illustrated)

Irving Fisher

The Intelligent Asset Allocator: How to Build Your Portfolio to Maximize Returns and Minimize Risk

William J. Bernstein

Security Analysis: Principles and Techniques

Benjamin Graham

Tunnel in the Sky

Robert A. Heinlein

Just Kids

Patti Smith

Hacker's Delight (2nd Edition)

Henry S. Warren

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

Michael Lewis

Compilers: Principles, Techniques, and Tools (2nd Edition)

Alfred V. Aho

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Alice Schroeder

Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition

Jon Erickson

The Investor's Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and Everything in Between

William J. Bernstein

Bluetooth Essentials for Programmers

Albert S. Huang

Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness

William Styron

The Turning Wheel

Philip K. Dick

Inherit the Stars

James P. Hogan

Beautiful Code: Leading Programmers Explain How They Think


Becoming Steve Jobs: The Evolution of a Reckless Upstart into a Visionary Leader

Brent Schlender

The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel (Revised Edition) (Collins Business Essentials)

Benjamin Graham

The Book of the SubGenius : The Sacred Teachings of J.R. 'Bob' Dobbs

J.R. Dobbs

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

Recently Read

Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert A. Heinlein

I read this book because it's where the word "Grok" comes from. Valentine Michael Smith is the first human born on Mars. He comes back to Earth and starts a sexy space cult. Weird and creepy book imo

Added on January 2, 2018 8:28 PM

The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

William J. Bernstein

This is an amazing book. If you are interested in breaking into finance or investing and don't know where to start, read this book.

Added on October 10, 2017 7:56 PM

What the Hell Did I Just Read: A Novel of Cosmic Horror (John Dies at the End)

David Wong

John Dies at the End 3! There are some cool twists in this book. It raises so many more questions and answers none... Guh

Added on October 8, 2017 12:03 AM

This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It (John Dies at the End)

David Wong

I have to admit, I was a bit disappointed by this follow up to John Dies at the End at first. I gave it another read now that the third book is coming out and it really grew on me.

Added on October 8, 2017 12:03 AM

The Martian

Andy Weir

God DAMN this is such a good book.

Added on August 22, 2017 3:06 PM

Debugging the Development Process: Practical Strategies for Staying Focused, Hitting Ship Dates, and Building Solid Teams

Steve Maguire

Meh. It's another book that I found on a table at work. Its got good tips for managing software developers which I do agree is important.

Added on August 18, 2017 4:28 PM

Startup: A Silicon Valley Adventure

Jerry Kaplan

I found this on a table at work. Its a story about a tablet pc startup in the late 80s early 90s and all the corporate espionage that comes with the territory. I was unexpectedly drawn into the story.

Added on August 14, 2017 5:33 PM

Adaptive Code via C#: Agile coding with design patterns and SOLID principles (Developer Reference)

Gary McLean Hall

This is an /okay/ book about design patterns and SCRUM. It's a little to specific to .NET but there are some good summaries about dependency injection and stuff

Added on August 3, 2017 9:25 PM

This Side of Paradise

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Amory Blaine is a douchy kid who goes to Princeton to find himself. He grows up and loses his friends, inheritance, and girl and then realizes at the climax that he is a douche. Old books are weird.

Added on May 24, 2017 7:27 PM

Exceptional C Style: 40 New Engineering Puzzles, Programming Problems, and Solutions

Herb Sutter

Not for beginners but a good follow up. The template stuff went over my head but he elaborates on some nice topics...

Added on April 7, 2017 5:28 PM

The Art of War (Barnes & Noble Classics (Paperback)) (Paperback) - Common

Edited by Dallas Galvin, Translated by Lionel Giles, Introduction by Dallas Galvin By (author) Sun Tzu

Eh, what can I say? Its the Art of War.

Added on September 21, 2016 11:41 AM

Bruce Lee: Fighting Spirit

Bruce Thomas

A frank, compelling biography. I think it really captures what Bruce Lee stood for. So much wasted potential...

Added on August 19, 2016 10:39 PM

C Coding Standards: 101 Rules, Guidelines, and Best Practices

Herb Sutter

This is a good book for all those neat tips and tricks for dealing with C++. Not for beginners though.

Added on August 11, 2016 7:26 PM

Cubed: The Secret History of the Workplace

Nikil Saval

I'm not sure what I was expecting here but I got a somewhat dense history of workspace architecture and anthropology. Enlightening. Fuck workkkk

Added on August 11, 2016 7:26 PM

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success

Julie Lythcott-Haims

I admit, I read this to make myself feel better. But it does present some interesting perspective on what it means to be an adult.

Added on August 11, 2016 7:25 PM

The Beautiful and Damned: A Twentieth Century Classic

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Jesus H. Christ. What a sad, terrifying book about really obnoxious people. I guess things don't change after all.

Added on June 20, 2016 5:43 PM

Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling: Career Strategies for Asians

Jane Hyun

I was curious about the bamboo ceiling. While there are some good tips in this book, I'm not really convinced that the solutions she writes are specific to Asian people.

Added on June 3, 2016 1:20 PM

Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software

Erich Gamma

Its a textbook, so its gonna be dry. But this is a brilliant book for learning software engineering techniques. Read this now and stop being such a scrub.

Added on April 13, 2016 3:36 PM

Off the Wall: Death in Yosemite

Michael P. Ghiglieri

Fascinating and morbidly captivating. This is strangely relaxing bedtime reading.

Added on March 7, 2016 6:54 PM

The Book of CSS3: A Developer's Guide to the Future of Web Design

Peter Gasston

This is a good reference that I started reading a while ago and just finished now. Its really dry...

Added on January 11, 2016 5:47 PM

Cory's favorite types of books...

...are old science fiction, and really convoluted comedy books (fictional or otherwise). In particular, he enjoys John Dies at the End by David Wong.

Books are awesome

Slackers should totally read a lot of books. It sounds kind of counterintuitive, but actually it's quite useful. For instance, you can pretend to read a book on the beach and then accidentally on purpose fall asleep on the beach. A book can also be used to avoid talking to someone who would take a lot of effort to talk to. This is because the fact that you have a book open and grimacing at it makes it seem like you are working hard when in reality, you are thinking about ice cream. Sometimes if you are sitting in the right place, people will take a picture of you doing this, thinking you are famous and super smart.

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