I started putting together a list of the books I've read along with basic ratings. Part of the idea is to remind myself of which ones are worth revisiting. Also, it's just fun to build the list. My rating systems is:

  • 1/4 - I actively recommend against this book. Do not waste your time.
  • 2/4 - Someone may get something out of it, but I didn't.
  • 3/4 - Pretty good. Glad I read it.
  • 4/4 - Really enjoyable and/or educational. Definitely recommended.
  • 5/4 - A reminder to myself to read this book again in the future.

A caveat with these ratings is that I'm making them now even for books I read decades ago. For example, I have "On A Pale Horse" by Piers Anthony as 4/4. I read that in middle school and remember really enjoying it. No idea if it would hold up today. But, that's half the fun of lists like this.

I've got a bunch more that I'll add over time. Until then, here's the first version of the list.

TitleAuthorRating
1984George Orwell4/4
2001: A Space OdysseyArthur C Clarke4/4
Adventures of Huckleberry FinnMark Twain3/4
Adventures of Sherlock HolmesSir Arthur Conan Doyle4/4
All Marketers Are Liars: The Power of Telling Authentic Stories in a Low-Trust WorldSeth Godin3/4
Art and Fear - Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of ArtmakingDavid Bayles and Ted Orland3/4
Art of War, TheSun Tzu3/4
Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinSilence Dogood3/4
Basic WoodworkingEditors of Sunset Books4/4
Bearing an HourglassPiers Anthony3/4
Being a Green MotherPiers Anthony3/4
Blue Ocean StrategyW. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne5/4
Brand Against the MachineJohn Morgan3/4
Brave New WorldAldous Huxley4/4
Cat's CradleKurt Vonnegut3/4
Catching Fire: The Second Book of the Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins3/4
Children of the SkyVernor Vinge4/4
ContactCarl Sagan4/4
Conversion MarketingBryan Heathman1/4
Crush ItGary Vaynerchuk5/4
CryptonomiconNeal Stephenson4/4
Curve of the FutureEdward Passerini4/4
Diamond AgeNeal Stephenson5/4
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?Philip K Dick3/4
Don't Make Me Think - A Common Sense Approach to Web UsabilitySteve Krug5/4
Down and Out In the Magic KingdomCory Doctorow3/4
Duck Tape MarketingJohn Jantsch5/4
DuneFrank Herbert5/4
E-Myth RevisitedMichael E. Gerber5/4
Ender's GameOrson Scott Card4/4
EnoughPatrick Rhone3/4
EonGreg Bear3/4
Fahrenheit 451Ray Bradbury4/4
Fire Upon the DeepVernor Vinge4/4
Forever War, TheJoe Halderman3/4
Forge of God, TheGreg Bear3/4
FoundationIsaac Asimov3/4
Four Hour WorkweekTimothy Ferris5/4
Fourty-eight Laws of PowerRobert Greene2/4
FrankensteinMary Shelley4/4
Free Prize InsideSeth Godin3/4
Free: The Future of a Radical PriceChris Anderson3/4
Get Things DoneDavid Allen5/4
Get Things Done LiveDavid Allen5/4
Getting to YesRoger Fisher and William Ury3/4
Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, TheStieg Larsson3/4
Handmaid's Tale, TheMargaret Atwood3/4
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Book 2)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Book 4)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Book 6)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Book 1)J.K. Rowling3/4
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Book 3)J.K. Rowling3/4
Have Space-Suit Will TravelRobert A Heinlein3/4
Head First JavaKathy Sierra and Bert Bates3/4
Hitch Hiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas Adams4/4
How to Stay Motivated - The Goals ProgramZig Ziglar5/4
How to Stay Motivated: Developing the Qualities of SuccessZig Ziggler4/4
How to be a Programmer: A Short, Comprehensive, and Personal SummaryRobert L. Read3/4
Hunger Games, TheSuzanne Collins3/4
I Will Teach You To Be RichRamit Sethi3/4
I, RobotIsacc Asimov.4/4
Ignore EverybodyHugh MacLeod4/4
Incredible Secret Money Machine II, TheDon Lancaster5/4
Information Dashboard Design - The Effective Visual Communication of DataStephen Few5/4
Intelligent Entrepreneur, TheBill Murphy2/4
Lost World, TheMichael Crichton3/4
Magic of Thinking Big, TheDavid Schwartz5/4
Marketing for MillionsCanfield, Eker, Assaraf, Mandossian1/4
MasteryRobert Greene3/4
MeditationsMarcus Aurelius2/4
Mockingjay: The Final Book of The Hunger GamesSuzanne Collins3/4
NeuromancerWilliam Gibson5/4
On the RoadJack Kerouac3/4
On a Pale HorsePiers Anthony4/4
Paradox of Choice, The: Why More Is LessBarry Schwartz5/4
Pep Talk, The: A Football Story About The Business Of WinningKevin Elko and Robert L. Shook2/4
Postman, TheDavid Brin4/4
Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby An Agile PrimerSandi Metz3/4
Pragmatic Programer, The: From Journeyman to MasterDave Thomas | Andy Hunt5/4
Purple CowSeth Godin3/4
Quiet - The Power of IntrovertsBy Susan Cain5/4
Ready Player OneErnest Cline5/4
Referral Engine: Teaching Your Business to Market ItselfJohn Jantsch5/4
ReworkJason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson3/4
Rich Dad, Poor DadRobert Kiyosaki5/4
Richest Man in BabylonGeorge Clason5/4
Scanner Darkly, APhilip K Dick3/4
Secrets of the Millionaire MindT. Harv Eker5/4
Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R. Covey3/4
Slaughterhouse FiveKurt Vonnegut4/4
Snow CrashNeal Stephenson4/4
Speaker for the DeadOrson Scott Card3/4
Starship TroopersRobert A Heinlein5/4
Stranger in a Strange LandRobert A Heinlein5/4
Stumbling on HappinessDaniel Gilbert3/4
ThunderstruckErik Larson4/4
To Kill a MockingbirdHarper Lee5/4
Unemployed MillionnaireMatt Morris1/4
Walden; or, Life in the WoodsHenry David Thoreau5/4
War of Art; Winning the Inner Creative BattleSteven Pressfield3/4
Wielding a Red SwordPiers Anthony3/4
With a Tangled SkeinPiers Anthony3/4
Wind Through the Keyhole, TheStephen King4/4
Wool Omnibus (vol. 1-5 - The Silo Saga)Hugh Howey4/4
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle MaintenanceRobert M. Pirsig3/4
Zero HistoryWilliam Gibson3/4