Cory's Reading List

Currently Reading/Wish List

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

Devil Take the Hindmost: A History of Financial Speculation

Edward Chancellor

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


Jason Fried

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

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Christopher McDougall

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

The Pale King

David Foster Wallace

Recently Read

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

Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds, Revised Edition

David C. Pollock

This is a very informative book not just about TCKs but for anyone going through a transition. These ideas are more relevant than ever in today's jetset world.

Added on December 29, 2015 3:10 PM

Game Programming Patterns

Robert Nystrom

This is a great book. It's very easy to understand. Great tips for "real" game design and a good mix of theory and application. Bob's a funny guy.

Added on December 5, 2015 7:11 AM

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel

David Wong

David Wong shows his new writing chops in this book, while still keeping his odd style. Not a bad story with some surprises too.

Added on October 22, 2015 10:43 PM

Forgive for Good

Frederic Luskin

What can I say. It's common sense really, the hard part is sticking to the plan.

Added on September 28, 2015 8:27 PM

Good Manners for Nice People Who Sometimes Say F*ck

Amy Alkon

She means well, but holy hell, she's a freaking cunt! This is more of a book about how to be obnoxious than one that isn't.

Added on August 15, 2015 11:51 PM

Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir

Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang IS an Asian American role model in a world where there are none. And by none I mean theres no one else who can represent this group of people as anything more than a stereotype. Inspiring!

Added on July 12, 2015 9:53 PM

Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 6: Finest Hour

Bryan Lee O'Malley

The last book in the remastered hardcover Scott Pilgrim series. Bryan Lee O'Malley brings a new level of artistry to the table for this last book. It brings a tear to my eye reading the ending.

Added on June 18, 2015 11:40 AM

Man Seeking Woman (originally published as The Last Girlfriend on Earth)

Simon Rich

Hilarious vignettes about relationships and stuff. I born in factory.

Added on June 12, 2015 7:03 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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