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Quarantine Reading List

April 16, 2020 · 2 min read

In spite of these dire times, I’ve tried to make the most of the extra time by reading more. To my surprise, I have read more books in the past two-ish months than I have in my entire adult life. Like they say, “it’s never too late [to become a reader].”

Below are the books I have read, I am currently reading, and I wish to read while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
  • Close to the Machine by Ellen Ullman
  • Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World by Clive Thompson

In Progress

  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (HHGTTG book #2), by Douglas Adams


  • Artemis by Andy Weir
  • Recursion by Black Crouch
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
  • The War of Art: Break Through the Block and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
  • Foundation by Isaac Asimov
  • The Soul of a New Machine by Tracy Kidder
  • Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology by Ellen Ullman
  • The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993 by Jordan Mechner

If you have any suggestions you think I should add to my wishlist, please let me know!

Update (April 20, 2020)

Finished two of the books I was reading when I originally published this post. I also wanted to add a link to my Goodread’s “Want to Read” list which is a little more comprehensive than the Wishlist above.

Speaking of reading lists, I came across a super cool site today on Product Hunt: Good Books ( From their site:

6,500+ book recommendations from the most successful and interesting people in the world.

Cedric Amaya

Written by Cedric Amaya who is currently studying Computer Science in sunny California. You should follow him on Twitter.