A list of some of the books/audiobooks I have read, will read, or keep for reference.

This is just a list. I like to talk about most of the books listed or hear about any recommendations.

[q] = in the queue (reading or will read)

[r] = recommend

Computer Science

  • Introduction to the Theory of Computation, Michael Sipser
  • Introduction to Algorithms, Cormen, Leiserson, Rivent, and Stein
  • TAoCP: Fundamental Algorithms, Donald Knuth
  • Quantum Computing Since Democritus, Scott Aaronson
  • The Complexity Theory Companion, Lane A. Hemaspaandra and Mitsunori Ogihara
  • Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Michael A. Neilsen and Issac L. Chuang
  • Classical and Quantum Computation, Kitaev, Shen, and Vyalyi
  • Introduction to Modern Cryptography, Jonathan Katz and Yehuda Lindell
  • Communication Complexity and Applications, Anup Rao and Amir Yehudayoff


  • A Book of Abstract Algebra, Charles C. Pinter
  • A First Course in Graph Theory, Gary Chartrand and Ping Zhang
  • Principles of Mathematical Analysis, Walter Rudin
  • Curves for the Mathematically Curious, Julian Havil
  • Philosophical Perspectives on Infinity, Graham Oppy
  • Gödel’s Proof, Nagel, Newman, Hofstadter (edited)
  • The Best Writing on Mathematics 2013, Mircea Pitici [q]
  • The Cauchy-Schwarz Master Class, J. Michael Steele [q]


  • The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Feynman, Leighton, and Sands
  • A First Course in General Relativity, Bernard Schutz
  • Gravity, James B. Hartle
  • Lost in Math, Sabine Hossenfelder [r]


  • A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Ishmael, Daniel Quinn


  • Better Never to Have Been, David Benatar
  • The History of Philosophy, A.C. Grayling
  • An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics, Alexander Miller
  • The Oxford Handbook of Epistemology, Paul Moser (edited) [q]
  • Fear and Trembling, Søren Kierkegaard [q]


  • The Bible, NIV
  • Unreasonable Faith, James Fodor
  • Heaven and Hell, Bart D. Ehrman
  • How Jesus Became God, Bart D. Ehrman


  • Mistborn: The Final Empire, Brandon Sanderson [r]
  • Mistborn: The Well of Ascension, Brandon Sanderson
  • Mistborn: The Hero of Ages, Brandon Sanderson
  • The Way of Kings, Brandon Sanderson [q]


  • what if?, Randall Munroe
  • Quiet, Susan Cain
  • Waiting for Sunrise, Darcy DeAngelis
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman [r]
  • The Signal and the Noise, Nate Silver [r]
  • How to Invent Everything, Ryan North
Alex Hoover
Alex Hoover
Cryptography PhD Student

My research interests include provable security, lower bounds, structured encryption, and post-quantum security.