A list of books I have read recently and would recommend checking out!

Good Books:

Research Methods, Design, and Analysis (Good reference books):

The coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers by Johnny Saldaña

Designing with Data: Improving the User Experience with A/B Testing by Rochelle King, Elizabeth F. Churchill & Caitlin Tan

Quantifying User Experience: Practical Statistics for User Research (2nd Ed.) by Jeff Sauro & James R. Lewis

Observing the User Experience: A Practitioner's Guide to User Research (2nd Ed.) by Elizabeth Goodman, Mike Kuniavsky, & Andrea Moed

The Psychology of Survey Response by Roger Tourangeau, Lance J. Rips, & Kenneth Rasinski

Scale Development: Theory and Applications (2nd Edition) by Dr. Robert F. DeVellis

Improving Survey Questions: Design and Evaluation by Floyd J. Fowler, Jr.


On Writing Well:

The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker

Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish your Thesis, Book, or Article by Howard S. Becker

Tricks of the Trade: How to Think about your Research While You're Doing It by Howard Becker

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser


Psychology and personality:

The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt

Moments, Attachment and Formations of Selfhood: Dancing with the Now by Kelly Forrest

Man and His Symbols by Carl Jung (reread this 10 years after my first introduction to Jung)

Misbehaving: The Making of Behavioral Economics by Richard H. Thaler

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Emotional Design by Don Norman


Sociology & Anthropology:

The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure by Victor Turner

The Rites of Passage by Arnold van Gennep



Mind, Self, & Society by George Herbert Mead (re-read)


Religion and History:

Rites and Symbols of Initiation: The Mysteries of Birth and Rebirth by Mircea Eliade

The Book of Symbols: Reflections on Archetypal Images by the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism (ARAS)

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn


Science, Technology, & Society:

Yearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia by Fred Davis

How We Became PostHuman: Virtual Bodies in Cybernetics, Literature, and Informatics by N. Katherine Hailes

The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging by Margaret Lock

The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice by Annemarie Mol


Social Networks:

Connected: How Your Friends' Friends' Friends Affect Everything You Feel, Think, and Do by Nicholas A. Christakis & James H. Fowler

Understanding Social Networks: Theories, Concepts, and Findings by Charles Kadushin

Social Structures by John Levi Martin

Identity and Control by Howard White

Reassembling the Social: An Introduction to Actor-Network-Theory by Bruno Latour

Networked: The New Social Operating System by Lee Rainie & Barry Wellman

Social Capital: A Theory of Social Structure and Action by Nan Lin



Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson


Literature and Philosophy:

Dawn by Octavia E. Butler

Dune by Frank Herbert

Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert

Children of Dune by Frank Herbert

Heretics of Dune by Frank Herbert

Chapterhouse: Dune by Frank Herbert

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

The City & The City by China Miéville


(slowly updating - tons to add)