Future Anthem's 2024 recommended reading list

Posted by Jake Chody, Head of Product Marketing on January 03 2024

Here we are folks, another year, another installation of Future Anthem’s highly anticipated recommended reading list. As a company filled to the brim with bookworms, we couldn’t be happier to kick-start 2024 with our list of first-class reads. 

Last year, our talented team here at Anthem showcased 30 great books, this year we’re taking a step further by delivering ten more for your reading pleasure.  

Not sure where to begin with our exhaustive list? Let us help you out with a handful of chosen titles to get you going, starting with A History of the World by renowned journalist and broadcaster Andrew Marr. This insightful book explores the great change-makers of history and the events that shaped societies. If you’re a history buff, we can guarantee you’ll enjoy this one. 

Last year we told you to read Anthony Kiedis’ Scar Tissue, a truly incredible book exploring the turbulent life of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers’ frontman. This year we’ve got another great musical autobiography for you, Dave Grohl: The Storyteller.  This man’s career has seen him part of some of the greatest bands on earth including Nirvana, Queens of the Stone Age and of course the Foo Fighters.  

Fancy a heartwarming tale of unexpected friendship? Fredrick Backman’s A Man Called Ove is for you. This story follows a grumpy yet loveable man whose solitary world is turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door. Well worth a read. 

If you want a story with meaning, try Who Moved My Cheese? This book focuses on dealing with change in work and life, emphasizing the importance of being able to adapt to change to succeed. 

Our final suggestion just has to be one related to Future Anthem... Before Machine Learning Volume 1 - Linear Algebra for A.I: The Fundamental Mathematics for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence. Give this one a read and who knows, you could be working alongside our talented Data Scientists one day!  

Happy reading!  

The 2023 recommended reading list in full:

Fiction books




The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie

A Man Called Ove

Fredrik Backman

All the Light We Cannot See

Anthony Doerr

Lord of the Rings - single-volume

J.R.R. Tolkien

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Stephen King

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Charlie Mackesy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

A Thousand Splendid Suns

Khaled Hosseini

Where the Crawdad's Sing 

Delia Owens


Non-Fiction books




Before Machine Learning Volume 1 - Linear Algebra for AI: The Fundamental Mathematics for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Jorge Brasil

For richer, for poorer: Confessions of a Player 

Victoria Coren

A history of the world

Andrew Marr

Atomic Habits

James Clear

Billion Dollar Whale 

Tom WrightBradley Hope

Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art

James Nestor

Daring Greatly

Brené Brown

Dave Grohl: The Storyteller - Unveiling the Life and Music of a Rock Legend

Matthew P Mruczek

Diddly Squat - A Year on the Farm

Jeremy Clarkson

Don't Believe Everything You Think

Joseph Nguyen

Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone: 2023’s most original murder mystery

Benjamin Kiedis


Ted Chiang

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 

J.K. Rowling

How Google Works

Eric Schmidt, 
Jonathan Rosenberg

How to Own the Room: Women and the Art of Brilliant Speaking

Viv Groskop

The War of Don Emmanuel's Nether Parts

Louis de Bernières

Surrounded by Idiots: The Four Types of Human Behaviour (or, How to Understand Those Who Cannot be Understood

Thomas Erikson


Hector Garcia Puigcerver, Francesc Miralles, Meik Wiking

Inner Engineering: A Yogi's Guide to Joy


Lessons in Chemistry

Bonnie Garmus

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success 

Carol S. Dweck

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions

Dan Ariely

Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics

Tim Marshall

Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption

Stephen King

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Yuval Noah

The Code Breaker: Jennifer Doudna, Gene Editing, and the Future of the Human Race

Walter Isaacson

The Culture Map: Breaking Through the Invisible Boundaries of Global Business

Erin Meyer

The Diary of a CEO, Steven Bartlett 

Steven Bartlett

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life

Mark Manson

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Adam M. Grant

We Were Liars 

E. Lockhart

Who moved my cheese

Spencer Johnson, 
Kenneth H. Blanchard