Personal Reading List

Since the age of 14 I have owned a little black notebook in which I have kept a list of each book I’ve read each year. The prospect of being able to note each book down in my own ‘Book of Books’ once I’ve completed it has often been a good incentive to keep me reading, and I have also found it interesting to occasionally look back and see what I was reading at different times in my life.

I recently had a scare where I thought I had lost my Book of Books, and while it fortunately turned up eventually, it has prompted me to ‘back up’ the list. I always find it interesting to see what friends of mine have been reading, so I’ve chosen to keep my backup list here on this blog, for anyone who might be interested to have a look at it.

Note: I only list books which I have read cover-to-cover. This list will show the years in reverse-chronological order, but the books themselves ordered chronologically by the time of their completion within each year.

Currently Reading:

  • Economic Controversies by Murray N. Rothbard
  • Karl Marx and the Close of his System by Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk
  • Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed
  • Empire of the Deep by Ben Wilson
  • Poland: A History by Adam Zamoyski
  • Spike Milligan: The Biography by Humphrey Carpenter
  • Mortal Engines by Stanislaw Lem


  1. Appendix N by Jeffro Johnson
  2. No Treason No.6: The Constitution of No Authority by Lysander Spooner
  3. Our Enemy, The State by Albert Jay Nock
  4. The Skyscraper Curse by Mark Thornton
  5. The Myth of National Defense edited by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  6. Principles of Economics by Carl Menger
  7. The Man Versus the State by Herbert Spencer
  8. The Shadow Laughs by Walter B. Gibson
  9. Social Statics by Herbert Spencer
  10. Reflections on the Formation and Distribution of Wealth by A.R.J. Turgot
  11. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  12. The Red Menace by Walter B. Gibson
  13. The Principles of Economics by Frank A. Fetter
  14. Monty: His Part in My Victory by Spike Milligan


  1. The Failure of the ‘New Economics’ by Henry Hazlitt
  2. The Production of Security by Gustave de Molinari
  3. Defending the Undefendable by Walter Block
  4. Individualism and Economic Order by Friedrich von Hayek
  5. Liberalism by Ludwig von Mises
  6. Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock
  7. The Living Shadow by Walter B. Gibson
  8. The Ego and Its Own by Max Stirner
  9. Against Intellectual Property by Stephan Kinsella
  10. Left, Right, and the Prospects for Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  11. Education: Free and Compulsory by Murray N. Rothbard
  12. The Progressive Era by Murray N. Rothbard
  13. Essay on the Nature of Trade in General by Richard Cantillon
  14. Discourse on Voluntary Servitude by Étienne de la Boétie
  15. Study Guide: The Theory of Money and Credit by Robert P. Murphy
  16. Neuromancer by William Gibson (second reading)
  17. The Worldly Philosophers by Robert L. Heilbroner
  18. The Theory of Money and Credit by Ludwig von Mises
  19. Interventionism by Ludwig von Mises
  20. The Blue Spark by Lucas M. Engelhardt
  21. Austrian Macroeconomics by Roger W. Garrison
  22. Democracy: The God that Failed by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  23. The Philosophical Origins of Austrian Economics by David Gordon
  24. The Machinery of Freedom by David D. Friedman
  25. The Fortress of the Pearl by Michael Moorcock
  26. Letters to a Young Contrarian by Christopher Hitchens
  27. Conceived in Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  28. The Sailor on the Seas of Fate by Michael Moorcock
  29. The Weird of the White Wolf by Michael Moorcock
  30. Terrence Rattigan: A Biography by Geoffrey Wansell
  31. The Vanishing Tower by Michael Moorcock
  32. The Betrayal of the American Right by Murray N. Rothbard
  33. The Revenge of the Rose by Michael Moorcock
  34. Epistemological Problems of Economics by Ludwig von Mises
  35. Flashman and the Mountain of Light by George MacDonald Fraser
  36. A Scanner Darkly by Philip K. Dick
  37. The Bane of the Black Sword by Michael Moorcock
  38. Thanks A Lot Mr Kibblewhite: My Story by Roger Daltrey
  39. Valis by Philip K. Dick
  40. The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton
  41. I Am Alive and You Are Dead: A Journey Inside the Mind of Philip K. Dick by Emmanuel Carrère
  42. The Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus
  43. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
  44. Eyes of The Shadow by Walter B. Gibson


  1. Unanticipated Intertemporal Change in Theories of Interest by Robert P. Murphy
  2. On the Origins of Money by Carl Menger (I ended up studying and narrating an audiobook of this book during my Fellowship at the Mises Institute in the summer of 2017, and consequently read this book too many times to list in 2017)
  3. The Ethics of Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  4. A Short History of Man by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  5. Hitch-22 by Christopher Hitchens
  6. Science, Technology, and Government by Murray N. Rothbard
  7. Keynes The Man by Murray N. Rothbard
  8. The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth
  9. The Futurological Congress by Stanisław Lem
  10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  11. Solaris by Stanisław Lem


  1. Control or Economic Law by Eugen von Böhm-Bawerk
  2. Moscow Gold by Paul Anderson and Kevin Davey
  3. Human Action by Ludwig von Mises
  4. A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell (second reading)
  5. Economic Science and the Austrian Method by Hans-Hermann Hoppe
  6. What Has Government Done to Our Money? by Murray Rothbard
  7. The Case Against The Fed by Murray Rothbard
  8. The Ultimate Foundation of Economic Science by Ludwig von Mises
  9. The Austrian Theory of the Trade Cycle and other essays by various authors
  10. The Forgotten Depression by James Grant
  11. An Austrian Perspective on the History of Economic Thought by Murray N. Rothbard
  12. My Years with Ludwig von Mises by Margit von Mises
  13. Deflation and Liberty by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
  14. Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth by Ludwig von Mises
  15. Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure by Murray N. Rothbard
  16. Theory and History by Ludwig von Mises
  17. Chaos Theory by Robert P. Murphy
  18. The Austrian School of Economics by Eugen-Maria Schulak and Herbert Unterköfler
  19. Mises: The Last Knight of Liberalism by Jörg Guido Hülsmann
  20. Study Guide: Man, Economy and State by Robert P. Murphy
  21. Man, Economy, and State, with Power and Market by Murray N. Rothbard
  22. I, Pencil by Leonard Read
  23. For a New Liberty by Murray N. Rothbard
  24. Chaos Theory by Robert P. Murphy (second reading)
  25. A History of Money and Banking in the United States by Murray N. Rothbard
  26. Omnipotent Government by Ludwig von Mises
  27. Bureaucracy by Ludwig von Mises
  28. Neuromancer by William Gibson
  29. The Music of Erich Zann by H.P. Lovecraft
  30. The Call of Cthulhu by H.P. Lovecraft


  1. Event by Slavoj Žižek
  2. Protagoras by Plato
  3. Economics by Aristotle
  4. Fall from Grace by Fenton Bailey
  5. The Mohammed Code by Howard Bloom
  6. The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand
  7. Rooseveltcare: How Social Security is Sabotaging the Land of Self-Reliance by Don Watkins
  8. Fundamentals of Musical Composition by Arnold Schoenberg
  9. Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal by Ayn Rand
  10. Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World by Daniel Hannan
  11. Highly Confident by Jesse Kornbluth
  12. The New Road to Serfdom by Daniel Hannan
  13. Free Market Revolution by Yaron Brook and Don Watkins
  14. Philosophy: Who Needs It? by Ayn Rand
  15. How I Accidentally Started the Sixties by Howard Bloom
  16. Black Rednecks and White Liberals by Thomas Sowell
  17. The Housing Boom and Bust by Thomas Sowell
  18. A Conflict of Visions by Thomas Sowell
  19. Capitalism and Freedom by Milton Friedman
  20. The Right Nation by John Mickelthwait and Adrian Wooldridge
  21. Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand by Leonard Peikoff
  22. The Quest for Cosmic Justice by Thomas Sowell
  23. Meltdown by Tom Woods
  24. All Those Long Nights by Baker Legate (I proofread this in an early draft version, as the author is a friend of mine)
  25. The Physics of Finance by James Owen Weatherall
  26. The Economics and Politics of Race by Thomas Sowell
  27. A Personal Odyssey by Thomas Sowell
  28. Anatomy of the State by Murray Rothbard
  29. Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt
  30. The Law by Frédéric Bastiat


  1. Rommel? Gunner Who? by Spike Milligan
  2. Diamonds Are Forever by Ian Fleming
  3. Lost in the Funhouse – The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman by Bill Zehme
  4. The Invisible Hand by Adam Smith (unbeknownst to me at the time, these were excerpts from The Wealth of Nations republished in their own volume)
  5. What is History? by E.H. Carr
  6. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
  7. From Russia With Love by Ian Fleming
  8. The Rest is Noise by Alex Ross
  9. Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell
  10. Applied Economics by Thomas Sowell
  11. Economic Facts and Fallacies by Thomas Sowell
  12. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens (second reading)
  13. The Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  14. Parmenides by Plato
  15. The Symposium by Plato


  1. A History of the United States by Cecil Chesterton
  2. The Screen-writer’s Workbook by Syd Field
  3. The Go-Between by Harold Pinter
  4. A History of the World by Andrew Marr
  5. Founding Brothers by Joseph J. Ellis
  6. The American Dream by Jim Cullen
  7. The Declaration of Independence, The Articles of Confederation, and the Constitution of the United States of America
  8. American History by Paul S. Boyer
  9. Why Government is the Problem by Milton Friedman
  10. The Romantic Manifesto by Ayn Rand
  11. The Road to Serfdom by Friedrich von Hayek
  12. Instructions for American Servicemen in Britain (1942, historical document)
  13. Instructions for British Servicemen in Germany (1944, historical document)


  1. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Malory
  2. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  3. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  4. The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  5. Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh
  6. The 39 Steps by John Buchan
  7. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  8. The Elephant Man by Sir Fredderick Treeves
  9. Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  10. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking
  11. The Moon’s A Baloon by David Niven
  12. Adolf Hitler: My Part In His Downfall by Spike Milligan
  13. Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
  14. Live and Let Die by Ian Fleming
  15. Moonraker by Ian Fleming
  16. Poetics by Aristotle
  17. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (third reading)
  18. Animal Farm by George Orwell (third reading)
  19. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  20. Night of January 16th by Ayn Rand


  1. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
  3. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
  4. The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels (second reading)
  5. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne
  6. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  7. A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
  8. The Epic of Gilgamesh
  9. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  10. Pompeii by Robert Harris
  11. The Iliad by Homer
  12. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  13. A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov
  14. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  15. We The Living by Ayn Rand
  16. The Lost Stradivarius by J. Meade Falkner
  17. Eugene Onegin by Alexander Pushkin
  18. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
  19. Flatland by Edwin A. Abbott

2010 (June onwards):

  1. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  2. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  3. Royal Flash by George MacDonald Fraser
  4. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
  5. Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
  6. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  8. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  9. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  10. Flashman’s Lady by George MacDonald Fraser
  11. Blind Faith by Ben Elton
  12. The Trial by Franz Kafka