Reading List

My ever-growing reading list 📚

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Risk Disclaimer

Please read the Risk Disclaimer before reading this post.


I am constantly hearing about interesting books in podcasts, from friends, other developers and traders, on forums etc.

I have a tendency to quickly find them on Goodreads and hit the “Want to read” button. As a result, my Goodreads profile has gotten a bit out of hand!

I spent some time this evening (8 December 2019) going through the entire list and picking out the books I want to read the most.

The categorised lists are below in alphabetical order.

June 2020 Update

I finally bit the bullet and got an Audible subscription! Now I can listen to books while I clean the house.

Here are the books I read / listened to in June:

  1. The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield.

Trading Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Al BrooksReading Price Charts Bar by Bar: The Technical Analysis of Price Action for the Serious TraderTim Hamilton (one of my trading friends) recommended this book to our trading group, and so it is high on my priority list.Goodreads
Alex Nekritin, Walter PetersNaked Forex: High-Probability Techniques for Trading Without IndicatorsI’m curious about the content of this book, someone I know read it as the base for his approach to FX trading.Goodreads
Alexander ElderCome Into My Trading Room: A Complete Guide to TradingThis is high on my priority list.Goodreads
Alexander ElderThe New Trading for a Living: Psychology, Trading Tactics, Risk Management, and Record-KeepingThis is high on my priority list.Goodreads
Andreas ClenowFollowing the Trend: Diversified Managed Futures TradingThis is high on my priority list.Goodreads
Atul GawandeThe Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things RightPaul Wallace recommends this constantly, so I am currently reading it.GoodreadsJuly 2019
Clive LambertCandlestick Charts: An introduction to using candlestick chartsThis is high on my priority list.Goodreads
Courtney D. SmithHow to Make a Living Trading Foreign Exchange: A Guaranteed Income for LifeGoodreads
Curtis FaithWay of the Turtle: The Secret Methods that Turned Ordinary People into Legendary Traders: The Secret Methods that Turned Ordinary People into Legendary TradersGoodreads
Edwin LefèvreReminiscences of a Stock OperatorI started this book ages ago but lost steam. I think reading it from the beginning again would be a good idea.Goodreads
Garth FriesenBite the Ass Off a Bear: Getting In and Standing Out On a Hedge Fund Trading FloorThis was recommended on Steven Goldstein and Mark Randall’s podcast.Goodreads
Gregory ZuckermanThe Man Who Solved the Market: How Jim Simons Launched the Quant RevolutionGoodreads
Jack D. SchwagerHedge Fund Market WizardsGoodreads
Jack D. SchwagerMarket Wizards: Interviews With Top TradersGoodreads
Jack D. SchwagerStock Market Wizards: Interviews with America’s Top Stock TradersGoodreads
Jack D. SchwagerThe Little Book of Market Wizards: Lessons from the Greatest TradersGoodreads
Jack D. SchwagerThe New Market Wizards: Conversations with America’s Top TradersGoodreads
James SurowieckiThe Wisdom of CrowdsGoodreads
Jim Paul, Brendan MoynihanWhat I Learned Losing a Million DollarsI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
John J. MurphyTechnical Analysis of the Financial MarketsI have heard that this is the bible of technical analysis.Goodreads
Linda Bradford RaschkeTrading Sardines: Lessons in the Markets From a Lifelong TraderThis book sounds fantastic!Goodreads
Michael W. CovelThe Complete TurtleTrader: How 23 Novice Investors Became Overnight MillionairesGoodreads
Mike BellafioreHow to Become a 7 Figure TraderGoodreads
Mike BellafioreOne Good Trade: Inside the Highly Competitive World of Proprietary TradingA couple of my trading friends have recommended that I read this.Goodreads
Mike BellafioreThe Playbook: An Inside Look at How to Think Like a Professional TraderA couple of my trading friends have recommended that I read this too.Goodreads
Nassim Nicholas TalebFooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the MarketsGoodreads
Nick RadgeUnholy Grails - A New Road to WealthGoodreads
Robert MenschelMarkets, Mobs & Mayhem: A Modern Look at the Madness of CrowdsGoodreads
Steve NisonBeyond Candlesticks: New Japanese Charting Techniques RevealedGoodreads
Steve NisonJapanese Candlestick Charting Techniques: A Contemporary Guide to the Ancient Investment Techniques of the Far EastGoodreads
Steven DrobnyInside the House of Money: Top Hedge Fund Traders on Profiting in a Global MarketGoodreads
Van K. TharpEight Edges You Must Have: Your Written Trading PlanGoodreads
Van K. TharpTrade Your Way to Financial FreedomGoodreads
Van K. TharpVan Tharp’s Definitive Guide To Position SizingGoodreads

Business Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Ash MauryaRunning Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That WorksGoodreads
Avinash K. Dixit, Barry J. NalebuffThe Art of Strategy: A Game Theorist’s Guide to Success in Business and LifeGoodreads
Ben HorowitzThe Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy AnswersGoodreads
Brant Cooper, Patrick VlaskovitsThe Entrepreneur’s Guide to Customer Development: A cheat sheet to The Four Steps to the EpiphanyMalan Joubert lent this to me, and I never gave it back to him. Sorry Malan, I will post it back to Cape Town once I have read it!Goodreads
Cal NewportSo Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You LoveGoodreads
Chris GuillebeauThe \$100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New FutureGoodreads
Clarke ChingRolling Rocks Downhill: Accelerate Agile using Goldratt’s TOCNeil Kidd recommended this to me.Goodreads
Clayton M. ChristensenThe Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do BusinessGoodreads
Daniel H. PinkDrive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsMashooq Badar recommended this to me.Goodreads
Donella H. MeadowsThinking in Systems: A PrimerGoodreads
Eliyahu M. Goldratt, Jeff CoxThe Goal: A Process of Ongoing ImprovementNeil Kidd recommended this to me.Goodreads
Eric RiesThe Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesI’ve read this before (it was the first book Jess ever bought for me), but I would like to read it again.Goodreads
Frederick P. Brooks Jr.The Mythical Man-Month: Essays on Software EngineeringGoodreads
Gary VaynerchukCrush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your PassionI love Gary Vaynerchuk’s style in his videos, so I am keen to see what his book is like.Goodreads
H. William DettmerGoldratt’s Theory of ConstraintsGoodreads
James KerrLegacy: What the All Blacks Can Teach Us About the Business of LifeSteve Lydford recommended this to me.Goodreads
Jason Fried, David Heinemeier HanssonReworkI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
John C. MaxwellThe 360 Degree Leader: Developing Your Influence from Anywhere in the OrganizationGoodreads
Manny Medina, Max Altschuler, Mark KosoglowSales Engagement: How The World’s Fastest Growing Companies are Modernizing Sales Through Humanization at ScaleGoodreads
Marcus Buckingham, Curt CoffmanFirst, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do DifferentlyGoodreads
Marshall Goldsmith, Mark ReiterWhat Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More SuccessfulGoodreads
Mary Lynn Manns, Linda RisingFearless Change: Patterns for Introducing New IdeasGoodreads
Matthew Dixon, Brent AdamsonThe Challenger Sale: Taking Control of the Customer ConversationGoodreadsJanuary 2020
Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble, Gene KimAccelerate: The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology OrganizationsChristopher Bimson recommended this to me.Goodreads
Peter F. DruckerThe Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things DoneGoodreads
Peter Thiel, Blake MastersZero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the FutureCarl Anderson recommended this to me.Goodreads
Ray DalioPrinciples: Life and WorkI enjoy Ray Dalio’s videos and am excited to read this book.Goodreads
Roger Fisher, William Ury, Bruce PattonGetting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving InGoodreads
Steven Kotler, Jamie WhealStealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and WorkGoodreads
Timothy FerrissThe 4-Hour WorkweekGoodreads
Timothy FerrissTribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the WorldGoodreads
Tom DeMarco, Timothy R. ListerPeopleware: Productive Projects and TeamsGoodreads
W. Chan Kim, Renée MauborgneBlue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition IrrelevantGoodreads

General Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Benjamin HoffWinnie-The-Pooh: The Tao of Pooh & the Te of PigletGoodreads
Chris HadfieldAn Astronaut’s Guide to Life on EarthGoodreads
James WallmanStuffocationCarl Anderson recommended this to me.Goodreads
John LeetDarkpoolGoodreads
Nassim Nicholas TalebAntifragile: Things That Gain from DisorderGoodreads
Nassim Nicholas TalebThe Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly ImprobableGoodreads
Terry Pratchett, Stephen BaxterThe Long EarthJess bought this for me and I have yet to read it.Goodreads
Thom BrooksBecoming BritishI love living in England, so I am excited to read this.Goodreads
Viktor E. FranklMan’s Search for MeaningGoodreads
Yuval Noah HarariSapiens: A Brief History of HumankindGoodreads

Personal Finance Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
David SawyerReset: How to Restart Your Life and Get F.U. Money: The Unconventional Early Retirement Plan for Midlife Careerists Who Want to Be HappyNeil Kidd recommended this to me.Goodreads
Scott PapeThe Barefoot Investor: The Only Money Guide You’ll Ever NeedNeil Kidd recommended this to me.Goodreads

Psychology Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Dan ArielyPredictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our DecisionsGoodreads
Daniel KahnemanThinking, Fast and SlowGoodreads
Mark DouglasTrading in the Zone: Master the Market with Confidence, Discipline, and a Winning AttitudeI will read this again when I have a bit more trading experience.Goodreads
Maxwell MaltzPsycho-Cybernetics, Updated and ExpandedGoodreads
Terence WattsWarriors, Settlers & Nomads: Discovering Who We Are & What We Can Be: Discovering Who We Are and What We Can BeKeith Tunstall recommended this to me.Goodreads
W. Timothy GallweyThe Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak PerformanceThis was recommended on Steven Goldstein and Mark Randall’s podcast.Goodreads

Science Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Alastair I.M. RaeQuantum Physics: A Beginner’s GuideGoodreads
Brian GreeneThe Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate TheoryGoodreads
Chad OrzelHow to Teach Quantum Physics to Your DogGoodreads
J.P. McEvoy, Oscar ZárateIntroducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic GuideGoodreads
Neil deGrasse TysonAstrophysics for People in a HurryGoodreads

Self Improvement Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Andy HuntPragmatic Thinking and Learning: Refactor Your WetwareDavid Hall recommended this to me.Goodreads
Andy PuddicombeThe Headspace Guide to Meditation & MindfulnessGoodreads
Ash AmbirgeThe Middle Finger Project: Trash Your Imposter Syndrome and Live the Unf*ckwithable Life You DeserveGoodreads
Dale CarnegieHow to Stop Worrying and Start LivingGoodreads
Dale CarnegieHow to Win Friends and Influence PeopleI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
Dale CarnegiePublic Speaking and Influencing Men in BusinessGoodreads
Dale CarnegieThe Art of Public SpeakingGoodreads
David GogginsCan’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the OddsGoodreads
James ClearAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesGoodreads
Jocko Willink, Leif BabinExtreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and WinSandro Mancuso recommends this book.Goodreads
Kerry SpackmanWinner’s Bible: Rewire your Brain for Permanent ChangeSome of the guys in my trading group have recommended this to me.Goodreads
Mark MansonThe Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good LifeI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
Matthew SyedBounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of SuccessGoodreads
Patrik EdbladThe Self-Discipline Blueprint: A Simple Guide to Beat Procrastination, Achieve Your Goals, and Get the Life You WantGoodreads
Robert GreeneMasteryMashooq Badar recommended this to me.Goodreads
Shunryu SuzukiZen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and PracticeGoodreads
Stephen R. CoveyThe 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal ChangeI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
Timothy FerrissThe 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming SuperhumanGoodreads
Timothy FerrissThe 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good LifeGoodreads
Timothy FerrissTools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class PerformersGoodreads

Software Development Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
Alexander ShvetsDesign Patterns Explained SimplyGoodreads
Andy Hunt, Dave ThomasThe Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to MasterGoodreads
Eric EvansDomain-Driven Design: Tackling Complexity in the Heart of SoftwareGoodreads
Eric Freeman, Kathy Sierra, Bert Bates, Elisabeth RobsonHead First Design PatternsGoodreads
Erich Gamma, Ralph Johnson, John Vlissides, Richard HelmDesign Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented SoftwareGoodreads
Floyd MarinescuDomain-Driven Design QuicklyI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
Henrik KnibergScrum and XP from the TrenchesGoodreads
Jon SkeetC# in DepthGoodreads
Kent BeckTest Driven Development: By ExampleGoodreads
Kevlin Henney97 Things Every Programmer Should Know: Collective Wisdom from the ExpertsGoodreads
Martin FowlerRefactoring: Improving the Design of Existing CodeGoodreads
Michael C. FeathersWorking Effectively with Legacy CodeGoodreads
Pedro Moreira Santos, Marco Consolaro, Alessandro Di GioiaAgile Technical Practices DistilledGoodreads
Robert C. MartinAgile Software Development, Principles, Patterns, and PracticesGoodreads
Robert C. MartinClean ArchitectureGoodreads
Robert C. MartinClean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software CraftsmanshipI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads
Sandi Metz, Katrina Owen99 Bottles of OOPGoodreads
Sandro MancusoThe Software Craftsman: Professionalism, Pragmatism, PrideI’ve read this before and would like to read it again.Goodreads

Stoicism Books

AuthorTitleCommentsLinksDate Started ReadingDate Finished Reading
MeditationsMarcus AureliusPaul Wallace recommended this to me.Goodreads
Ryan HolidayStillness Is the KeyDoron Dusheiko recommended this to me.Goodreads
SenecaLetters from a StoicGoodreads
SenecaOn the Shortness of LifeGoodreads


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Scott Edwards
Engineering Manager / Lead Software Engineer

Lead software engineer, engineering manager, and beginner guitarist. I also have a strong interest in long-term investing.