Quite generally, the familiar, just because it is familiar, is not cognitively understood. The commonest way in which we deceive either ourselves or others about understanding is by assuming something as familiar, and accepting it on that account; with all its pros and cons, such knowing never gets anywhere, and it knows not why. Subject and object, God, Nature, Understanding, sensibility, and so on, are uncritically taken for granted as familiar, established as valid, and made into fixed points for starting and stopping. While these remain unmoved, the knowing activity goes back and forth between them, thus moving only on their surface. Apprehending and testing likewise consist in seeing whether everybody's impression of the matter coincides with what is asserted about these fixed points, whether it seems that way to him or not.
Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit §31
Behold the superfluous! They are always sick; they vomit their gall and call it a newspaper. They devour each other and cannot even digest themselves.
Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra, On The New Idol
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - Neil Postman
Hate Inc. : Why Today's Media Makes Us Despise One Another - Matt Taibbi
The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America - Daniel J. Boorstin
Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media - Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
The News: A User's Manual - Alain de Botton
Public Opinion - Walter Lippman
Simulacra and Simulation - Jean Baudrillard, translated by Sheila Faria Glaser
The Society of the Spectacle - Guy Debord, translated by Ken Knabb.
Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man - Marshall McLuhan
The Big Machine - Robert Jungk
Desert Solitaire - Edward Abbey
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism - Edward E. Baptist
Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India - Shashi Tharoor
Capital, Volume 1 and Gundrisse - Karl Marx. I found it fulfulling to read these in coordination with David Harvey's lectures, linked here for Capital and Gundrisse. I enjoyed the Ben Fowkes translation of Capital and the Martin Nicolaus translation of Gundrisse.
The Jakarta Method - Vincent Bevins
The Outlaw Bank: A Wild Ride Into the Secret Heart of BCCI - Jonathan Beaty & S.C. Gwynne
Mediations - Marcus Aurelius, translated by Martin Hammond
Norse Mythology - Neil Gaiman
The Odyssey - Homer, translated by Emily Wilson
The Conspiracy Against the Human Race - Thomas Ligotti
The Affirmation of Life: Nietzsche on Overcoming Nihilism - Bernard Reginster
Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography - Julian Young
Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist - Walter Kaufmann
The Portable Nietzsche - Published by Penguin, Kaufmann's translation, notes, and curated selection of works makes this an excellent resource.
Phenomenology of Spirit - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
My personal highlights
Antifragile - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Crowds and Power - Elias Canetti
Future Shock - Alvin Toffler
Deep Work - Cal Newport
Your Brain at Work - David Rock
What all "management" books should really be.
The Cost of Loyalty: Dishonesty, Hubris, and Failure in the U.S. Military - Tim Bakken
Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession - U.S. Strategic Studies Institute
The Manager's Path - Camille Fournier
Turn the Ship Around! : A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders - L. David Marquet
Brian Cantrill's Software Values Trilogy
Recommendations below include all sequels, if applicable.
Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
Eisenhorn - Dan Abnett
Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan
Mallmann on Fire - Francis Mallmann
Oaxaca: Home Cooking from the Heart of Mexico - Bricia Lopez, with Javier Cabral
Tartine: A Classic Revisited - Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson
Tartine All Day: Modern Recipes for the Home Cook - Elisabeth Prueitt
Tartine Bread - Chad Robertson and Eric Wolfinger
Carl Griffith's 1847 Oregon Trail Sourdough Starter
The Sifter - Food research and historical cookbooks
The King's College Cambridge Undergraduate Reading Lists
St. John’s College Great Books Reading List
Artvee - Browse and download high-resolution, public domain artworks.