Irene Chen

Reading List

I like to share what I’m reading to keep me motivated. For academic papers, see my papers repo, which is probably outdated. Below are books I’ve read.

Books I’ve especially loved are marked with an asterik.


  1. Conversations with Friends, Sally Rooney
  2. Three Body Problem, Cixin Liu*
  3. Text Me When You Get Home, Kayleen Schaefer
  4. Winners Take All, Anand Giridharadas
  5. Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl*
  6. The Heart, Maylis de Kerangal*
  7. Less, Andrew Greer
  8. Midnight’s Children, Salman Rushdie*
  9. The Idiot, Elif Batuman*
  10. Heartburn, Nora Ephron*
  11. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott*
  12. The Red Book, Deborah Copaken Kogan*


  1. Everything I Never Told You, Celeste Ng*
  2. Neon in Daylight, Hermione Hoby
  3. I’ll be Gone in the Dark, Michelle McNamara
  4. Sourdough, Robin Sloan
  5. Surprise Me, Sophie Kinsella
  6. Eligible, Curtis Sittenfeld
  7. The Power, Naomi Alderman*
  8. Just the Funny Parts, Nell Scovell*
  9. The Immortalists, Chloe Benjamin
  10. Bad Blood, John Carreyrou*
  11. Her Body and Other Parties, Carmen Maria Machado*
  12. Crazy Rich Asians, Kevin Kwan
  13. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish*
  14. Factfulness, Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund, and Ola Rosling
  15. Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved, Kate Bowler
  16. I, Robot, Isaac Asimov
  17. Circe, Madeline Miller*
  18. The Silence of the Girls, Pat Barker
  19. Siblings Without Rivalry, Adele Faber and Ealine Mazlish*
  20. Who Gets What – and Why, Alvin E. Roth
  21. Private Citizens, Tony Tulathimutte
  22. Dept. of Sepculation, Jenny Offill*
  23. Am I There Yet?, Mari Andrew
  24. A Life of Adventure and Delight, Akhil Sharma
  25. Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi
  26. Asymmetry, Lisa Hallisday*