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 For academic papers, see my papers repo, which is probably outdated.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.


  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


  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