This page lists favorite books I’d like to remember and recommend. For a list filtered and organized through the lens of the five classical elements, please see the Elemental Story Suggestions post.

Science/Historic Fiction

Three Body Problem trilogy by Liu Cixin

Ball Lightening by Liu Cixin

MaddAddam trilogy by Margaret Atwood

The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester


Contact by Carl Sagan

The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

Starman Jones by Robert A. Heinlein

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Philosophy and History

Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark: On the theory that the most fundamental substrate of all is numbers and mathematics.

Drinking Water: A History by James Salzman: On drinking water environmental science, history, and policy.

Simply Electrifying by Craig R. Roach: On human use of electricity; science, history, and policy.

Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations by David R. Montgomery: On agriculture and its relationship with soil health; science, history, and policy.

The Great Influenza by John M. Barry: On the 1918 Influenza; science, history.

Language Families of the World by John McWhorter: On human language science and history, with an audiobook spoken by the eloquent author.

Intelligence in Nature by Jeremy Narby: Entertaining and educational, fairly comprehensive book on one aspect of Mind in Nature.

Hyperobjects by Timothy Morton: Technical philosophy textbook about an important context on human perception and place, the scale of hyperobjects.

Ghost in the Wires by William L. Simon, Kevin Mitnick: Impressive and captivating storytelling of Kevin Mitnick’s historic hacking exploits.

Environmental Ethic

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer: #1 book I share if only one book can be recommended.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George


Restoration Agriculture by Mark Shepard

Farming the Woods by Steve Gabriel and Dr. Ken Mudge

Silvopasture by Steve Gabriel

Trees of Power by Akiva Silver

It Will Live Forever by Beverly R. Ortiz, Raye Santos, Julia F. Parker

Spirituality and Mysticism

Animal Speak by Ted Andrews: On accessible and practical shamanism.

Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen by Tenzin W. Rinpoche: Practical Tibetan Buddhist exercises for wellness and mystical progress.

The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying by Sogyal Rinpoche

The Kybalion by the Three Initiates

The Stellar Man by John Baines

Be Here Now by Ram Dass

Tao Te Ching


The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Teachings of Don Juan by Carl Castaneda

What do you think?