2020 Reading challenge


Taking lessons from 2019, I set out to make a list of books I wish to read by the end of 2020. I created a 2020 challenge shelf on Goodreads for this purpose. I started out with some books from a Ask HN thread, but got books from a few other sources including Derek Sivers's book list.


  1. Good Omens
  2. The Master and Margarita
  3. The Brothers Karmaazov
  4. Anna Karenina
  5. The Three-Body Problem
  6. Solaris
  7. The Count of Monte Cristo
  8. Moby Dick, or, the Whale

Non Fiction

  1. Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superatheletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
  2. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
  3. On Writing well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
  4. So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passing in the Quest for Work You Love
  5. A Guide to Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
  6. The War of Art: Break Through The Blocks & Win Your Inner Cerative Battles
  7. The Myth of Sisyphus
  8. Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media
  9. Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
  10. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquire Into Values
  11. Principles: Life and Work
  12. What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
  13. Letters to a Young Poet
  14. The Slight Edge
  15. Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
  16. The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Transform the World
  17. The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable


  1. The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
  2. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software
  3. The Algorithm Design Manual
  4. Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer's Guide to Launching a Startup