books i want to read

Cover of Getting the Love You Want.

ICYMI, a thread about ❤️ and lifelong partnership.

And I can’t believe I forgot to plug my favorite couples book of all time at the end of my thread.

“Getting the Love You Want” by Harville and Helen Hendrix:…

Cover of Pixar Storytelling.


“Pixar Storytelling” is one of my favorite screenwriting books. It’s not specific to animation. All screenwriters can benefit from reading it. It breaks down storytelling techniques and principles using Pixar films. So helpful.

Cover of Love of Country: A Hebridean Journey.

Recommended by Gemma Tracey over lunch.

Cover of Confessions of the Fox.

Recommended by Gemma Tracey over lunch.

Cover of What White People Can Do Next.

Ta-da! Delighted to share the cover for #WhatWhitePeopleCanDoNext. WWPCDN is full of surprises and I think this cover alludes to that so beautifully. I love it so much 💜


Cover of What Can a Body Do?.

My book is out today! If you find yourself having a body—or rather, being a body—it might be for you. Can I tell you some stories and ideas in it? They start with the question packed into the cover design itself: +

Cover of Brag Better.
Cover of The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water.

Recommended by Jenny, who’s just read and enjoyed it.

Cover of How To Be Alone.


this blew up so: 1. I wrote a book called How To Be Alone, I recommend buying it from indie bookstores, ideally Black owned indie bookstores. 2. KEEP WEARING UR MASKS AND STAYING INSIDE. Even if we feel like gaslit losers, at least we know we’re not alone.

Cover of Long Walk to Freedom.
Cover of Black and British: A Forgotten History.

CN Lester:

This is a very good day to buy a copy of the award-winning “Black and British: A Forgotten History” by David Olusoga. And if you’ve already read it, buy it for somebody else. First 5 people to reply here get a copy:

Cover of We.

@alexwlchan I liked [On the Beach] but found it so uptight! It was an interesting portrait of 1950’s Australian mores. I recommend “We” by Yevgenii Zamyatin

Cover of Abandoned America: The Age of Consequences.

One of a series of photo books by the author.

They’re @abandonedameric on Twitter.

Cover of Felix Ever After.

I’m not sure who retweeted this into my feed, but check out the amazing launch video:

my kidlit trans and enby fam came together for a #DontRushChallenege to help me celebrate Felix Ever After’s release!!

Felix has: -a trans, queer, Black MC -a whole lot of self-love -summer art camp rivalry -a happy ending 💖

buy Felix Ever After here:… (video)

Cover of Built.

@alexwlchan Have you read Built by @RomaTheEngineer? Seems like it might be a good time to!

Cover of How You Stand, How You Move, How You Live: Learning the Alexander Technique to Explore Your Mind-Body Connection and Achieve Self-Mastery.

Recommended by David MacIver.

Cover of How to Take Smart Notes.
Cover of Chinese Characters: Their Origin, Etymology, history, classification and signification.
Cover of The Other Greek.

I found a preview in Google Books while looking for something else.

Seems more like an academic textbook; over $250!

Cover of Remote Stations.

I saw a review of this in an issue of Rail magazine (see photo from 25 Nov 2019).

Cover of The Origins of Unfairness.

I’m currently reading “The Origins of Inequality” and honestly I can’t think of a more on brand book for me to be reading than “Here is how to use mathematics to understand gender”.

Just had a massive “Oh shit that’s what’s going on” moment reading this book. About 60% through so thoughts still gathering, but I think this book is going to get rated “strongest recommend” when I’m done.

OK, so I’ve just finished reading “The Origins of Unfairness” by Cailin O’Connor. Here’s a little thread about it.

First off: Strong recommend. Requires a little bit of maths, and it would help if you’ve some exposure to theorising about gender but it’s reasonably gentle on both

Cover of Unfamiliar Underground.

Spotted in Blackwells in Oxford.

Cover of The Emotion Machine.

Recommended by somebody in the support group.

Cover of Transgender Health.

Recommended by Kathy.

Cover of The Heart of the Buddha's Teaching.

Cited by Mike Schur as inspiration for Chidi’s speech in The Good Place:

Preparing for [the finale of The Good Place], I went back to that stuff, and I read more about Buddhism and Hinduism, which are wonderful.

I read this book that I’m holding now, The Heart of the Buddha’s Teaching, by Thich Nhat Hanh, who’s a Vietnamese guy. I think he might have won the Nobel Peace Prize? If not he should have – ah, he was nominated by Martin Luther King Jr. for the Nobel Peace Prize and apparently didn’t win.

Cover of How to Understand Your Gender.

I’ve borrowed a copy from David MacIver, which he lent me a while back when I was figuring out more gender stuff.

The recommendation from him and Alex is to skim it for interesting, but I may not need to read it all in detail.

Cover of the princess saves herself in this one.

I spotted this with Jenny in the Bookshop on the Water, by King’s Cross.

Cover of Not Forgetting The Whale.
Cover of All the Birds in the Sky.

Recommended by Emily Meredith

Cover of Paul Takes the Form of A Mortal Girl.

Recommended by somebody in the #genderfluid channel in the LGBTQ in Tech Slack. “Reading Paul Takes the Form of a Mortal Girl and loving it. I will report back when finished as well, but I assume you will all have bought it by the end of reading this sentence. You are welcome.”

Cover of Rewriting the Rules.

Recommended by David MacIver

Cover of Gender Outlaw.

Mentioned by somebody in the #genderfluid channel in the LGBTQ in Tech Slack.

Cover of From Ace to Ze.

Spotted at Julia G’s house.

Cover of Building Git.

Seems like this could be a great bit of research for my Git plumbing workshop at ACCU.

Cover of How to Win Friends and Influence People.

“an absolutely wonderful book I wished I’d read 10 or 15 years before I did” ~

Cover of Masters of the Post.
Cover of Equity, Exclusion and Everyday Science Learning.

Suggestion of Sarah Barnes:

Having a nice coffee and reading @emilyadawson’s excellent book. (Thanks @QMLibrary!)

Cover of Clouds Cannot Cover Us.

Of course I want to read Jay’s poetry!

Cover of British Rail Designed 1948-1997.
Cover of Unicorn.

I was lucky enough to be sent an advance copy of @Glamrou’s “Unicorn” - it’s out in October this year, and you should not only add it to your pre-order list, but make sure to get another copy for any young queer person/queer youth group you know:

Cover of Life Isn’t Binary.

CN Lester:

@XTaffi and @megjohnbarker have written a book that explores all kinds of false divisions, including the increasing harmful ‘non-binary vs. binary’ binary (what a mouthful): They explain it better than I can - read!

Cover of Exhalation.

Recommended by a bookseller in Blackwells Oxford when I was buying the latest Becky Chambers novella (August 2019).

Cover of Speeches that Changed the World.
Cover of The C Programming Language.
Cover of A Poem for Every Night of the Year.
Cover of A Poem for Every Day of the Year.
Cover of The Little Book of Lionel Blue.
Cover of High Performance Python: Practical Performant Programming for Humans.
Cover of The Seabird’s Cry.
Cover of Mathematics of Public Key Cryptography.
Cover of The Invisible Orientation: An Introduction to Asexuality.
Cover of Taking German Further.
Cover of Do Not Alight Here: Walking London's Lost Underground and Railway Stations.
Cover of Uncle Silas.
Cover of Becoming: Sex, Second Chances, and Figuring Out Who the Hell I am.
Cover of Introduction to Algebra.
Cover of 200 Twenty-Minute Meals.
Cover of Algebra and Geometry.
Cover of The Hitchhiker's Guide to Python: Best Practices for Development.
Cover of Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Finding Peace in a Frantic World.
Cover of Codes: An Introduction to Information Communication and Cryptography.
Cover of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Cover of The Pooh Cook Book.
Cover of Chernobyl Prayer: A Chronicle of the Future.
Cover of Calendrical Calculations.
Cover of Focusing.

David: “I promise I’m not inviting you to join my cult by recommending this”

Cover of Shady Characters: Ampersands, Interrobangs and other Typographical Curiosities.
Cover of Berlitz Essential Russian.
Cover of The Mathematics of Logic.
Cover of London's Lost Rivers.
Cover of Make Games with Python.
Cover of 500 Lines Or Less.
Cover of Seven Languages in Seven Weeks.
Cover of Human Resources Management.
Cover of Protecting Information: From Classical Error Correction to Quantum Cryptography.
Cover of Burnout.

Danielle Leong:

“I’m reading “Burnout” by @emilynagoski and never have my twitter habits been so called out before

Cover of The Bridge.

Jonathan Whiteland:

Great post! Are you familiar with Iain Banks’ “The Bridge”? I read it on one of my last visits to Edinburgh and the bridges.

Cover of The Organized Mind.

Rob Smallshire:

Have you read The Organised Mind by Daniel Levitin? It’s pretty good on this stuff.

[this stuff] = managing life-admin type tasks

Cover of Death’s End.

Schrodinger’s Kitten:

Have you read death’s end trilogy, cixin liu? Big ideas and Chinese (though obvs I read in translation)

i really loved reading something set in a culture I know little about. the history of the 60s with the translators notes was fascinating, and the author just introduced it like we all know about struggle sessions. (warning: first chapter is traumatic, it gets less so)

Cover of Set Theory and Logic.

I won’t lie, I’m unlikely to pick up a maths textbook again – but noting this as one in case I do. It’s “short, good enough, and […] very cheap rather than the best choice ever” ~ David MacIver

Cover of The House Plant Expert.

James Wong:

The Houseplant Expert by Dr DG Hessayon is hands down the best houseplant book out there.

Taught me all I know from age 8. Still never been beaten.

(He’s basically the Attenborough of gardening)

Cover of Flavour.

Fiona Longmuir:

Everything I’ve made from this book has been unbelievable. Bought a copy for my mum because I love it so much. DO IT.

Cover of Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking.
Cover of The Insider's Guide to Technical Writing.
Cover of Defying Hitler.

Mar Hicks:

Read This Book About Nazis: Defying Hitler (and all the ways to fail at it)

Cover of Sexuality and Social Justice in Africa.

I took a photo of this in Homerton Library, in Hackney.

Cover of How to Fold It.