A copy of Rohan Alexander’s bookshelf. Below is a non-exhaustive list of books I’ve read or am currently reading. Also includes audiobooks and podcasts to which I am currently listening.
“Where to shove a book, it’s not a little thing. You’re telling the world what to value, who to value.” - Penny, The Magicians (Season 4, Episode 7: The Side Effect)
Currently Reading * The Drunkard's Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow * The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis * Statistical Rethinking: A Bayesian Course with Examples in R and Stan by Richard McElreath * A First Course in Bayesian Statistical Methods by Peter D. Hoff * The Murderbot Diaries: Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells * Paying the Land by Joe Sacco * Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism by Safiya Umoja Noble * The Comic Book Story of Baseball: The Heroes, Hustlers and History-making Swings (and Misses) of America's National Pastime by Alexander C. Irvine, Tomm Coker, & C. P. Smith
Audiobooks * A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab * The Stormlight Archive: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Podcasts * Dungeons & Daddies * Not Another D&D Podcast * Burn It All Down * Hello From The Magic Tavern * The Flop House * My Brother, My Brother, and Me * Learning Bayesian Statistics * Homecoming * Hot Takedown * Effectively Wild
Books I've Read At One Point or Another
Fiction * Green Grass, Running Water by Thomas King * Holes by Louis Sachar * Lord of the Flies by William Golding * Timbuktu by Paul Auster * Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift * The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald * To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee * The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky * The Complete Short Stories: Volume One by Roald Dahl * Owls in the Family by Farley Mowat * Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut * Bluebeard by Kurt Vonnegut * Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut * Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut * A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving * The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini * JPod by Douglas Coupland * The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri * Blindness by Jose Saramago * The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood * The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion * The Wars by Timothy Findley * Les Miserables by Victor Hugo * The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski * The Natural by Bernard Malamud * Magic Time by W.P. Kinsella * Completely Unexpected Tales by Roald Dahl
Fantasy * The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien * The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien * Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer * Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling * Stardust by Neil Gaiman * The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman * Neverwhere by Nail Gaiman * Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson * The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster; illustrated by Jules Feiffer * The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett * The Light Fantastic by Terry Pratchett * Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke * The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern * The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski * Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski * The Witcher: Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski * Redwall series by Brain Jacques * Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift * The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue * The Dark Tower I by Stephen King * Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson * Mistborn: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson * Mistborn: The Hero of Ages by Brandon Sanderson * The Stormlight Archive: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson * The Stormlight Archive: Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson * Shades of Magic: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab * The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss * The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Wise Man's Fear by Patrick Rothfuss
Sci-Fi * Dune Series by Frank Herbert * Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer * Skyward by Brandon Sanderson (YA) * Starsight by Brandon Sanderson (YA) * Foe by Iain Reid * Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley * Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut * The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut * Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut * Galapagos by Kurt Vonnegut * The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy in Five Books by Douglas Adams * The Chrysalids by John Wyndham * Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick * The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury * A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess * The Martian by Andy Weir * The Murderbot Diaries: All Systems Red by Martha Wells * The Murderbot Diaries: Artificial Condition * The Institute by Stephen King * 1984 by George Orwell * Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne * Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson * Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Graphic Novels & Comics * Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples * Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Taki Soma, and Valentine De Landro * Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra * Essex County by Jeff Lemire * Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen * Watchmen by Alan Moore; illustrated and lettered by Dave Gibbons; and coloured by John Higgins * Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson * Mouse Guard by David Petersen * Sandman by Neil Gaiman * I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura * March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin; art by Nate Powell * The Case of the Missing Men (Hobtown Mystery #1) by Kris Bertin; illustrated by Alexander Forbes * Locke & Key by Joe Hill; illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez * The Arrival by Shaun Tan; * Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn; illustrator Cliff Chiang; colorist Matthew Wilson; lettering Jared K. Fletcher * The Woods by James Tynion IV; artist Michael Dialynas * The Fixer by Joe Sacco
Children's * Le Chandail de Hockey (The Hockey Sweater) by Roch Carrier * The Magic Hockey Skates by Allen Morgan; illustrated by Michael Martchenko * Matthew and the Midnight Tow Truck by Allen Morgan; illustrated by Michael Martchenko * Matthew and the Midnight Turkeys by Allen Morgan; illustrated by Michael Martchenko * Matthew and the Midnight Money Van by Allen Morgan; illustrated by Michael Martchenko * Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton * The Paperbag Princess by Robert Munsch; illsutrated by Michael Martchenko * 50 Below Zero by Robert Munsch; illsutrated by Michael Martchenko * Thomas' Snowsuit by Robert Munsch; illsutrated by Michael Martchenko * I have to Go! by Robert Munsch; illsutrated by Michael Martchenko * Mortimer by Robert Munsch; illsutrated by Michael Martchenko * The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka; illustrated by Lane Smith
Non-Fiction * Alone Against the North: An Expedition into the Unknown by Adam Shoalts * Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand * Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl * What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe * The Dog Who Wouldn't Be by Farley Mowat * Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain * Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (audiobook) * Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
Data, Algorithms, and Media * Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O'Neil * Design Justice: Community-Led Practices to Build the Worlds We Need by Sasha Costanza-Chock * Automating Inequality by Virginia Eubanks * A Geology of Media by Jussi Parikka
Data/Info Viz * Design for Information by Isabel Meirelles * Information is Beautiful by David McCandless * The Best American Infographics 2014 By Gareth Cook, Nate Silver, Wendy MacNaughton, et al.
Baseball * Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis * The Shift: The Next Evolution in Baseball Thinking by Russell A. Carleton and Jeff Passan * The MVP Machine: How Baseball's New Nonconformists Are Using Data to Build Better Players by Ben Lindbergh and Travis Sawchik * Smart Baseball: The Story Behind the Old Stats That Are Ruining the Game, the New Ones That Are Running It, and the Right Way to Think About Baseball by Keith Law * The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports by Jeff Passan * Future Value: The Battle for Baseball's Soul and How Teams Will Find the Next Superstar by Eric Longenhagen and Kiley McDaniel