My Personal Canon of Books

Books you probably heard me rant about

Tal Benisty
1 min readOct 12, 2022

Recent favourites

  • Bonsai
    By Alejandro Zambra
  • This Is How You Lose The Time War
    by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone
  • The City & The City
    By China Miéville
  • The Dispossessed
    By Ursula K. Le Guin

All-time favourites

  • House of Leaves
    By Mark Z. Danielewski
  • The Contortionist Handbook
    By Craig Clevenger
  • Ficciones
    By Jorge Luis Borges
  • World War Z
    Max Brooks
  • Le Petit Prince
    By Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Cat’s Cradle
    By Kurt Vonnegut
  • Bluets
    By Maggie Nelson
  • Essays in Love
    By Alain de Botton

Old Favourites

  • Relish
    By Lucy Knisley
  • Portugal
    By Cyril Pedrosa
  • Daytripper
    By Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá
  • Pilules Bleues
    By Frederik Peeters
  • Invisible Cities
    Italo Calvino
  • There There
    By Tommy Orange
  • The Sellout
    By Paul Beatty
  • Survivor
    By Chuck Palahniuk
  • The Instructions
    By Adam Levin
  • I Play The Drums In A Band Called Okay
    By Toby Litt
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
    By Michael Chabon
  • Shantaram
    By Gregory David Roberts
  • A Beginner’s Guide to Japan
    By Pico Iyer
  • The Kindness of Strangers
    By Lonely Planet
  • The Art of Happiness
    By the 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler



Tal Benisty

Head of Design at Circles. Formerly at Nexar, Cruise, Collective Health, Cooper, Designit, and IDEO.