I am a reader and appreciate getting recommendations from other book people.

Here are my favorite and most influential books in no particular order:

  1. Dune, by Frank Herbert
  2. 1984, by George Orwell
  3. The Player of Games, by Iain Banks
  4. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
  5. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, by Robert Cialdini
  6. The Diamond Age: or, A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, by Neal Stephenson
  7. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
  8. Starting Strength, by Mark Rippetoe
  9. The Stand, by Stephen King
  10. The Elements of Style, by William Strunk and E.B. White
  11. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
  13. Dracula, by Bram Stoker

And these are kids’ books, but I still count them:

  1. Matilda, The BFG, The Witches, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, all by Roald Dahl
  2. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton Juster
  4. Scary Stories Treasury, by Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell

For those of you on Goodreads, here’s the list.