A list of books I’ve enjoyed over the years, in the order I finished reading them. This list helps me keep track of some ideas which have influenced me, and helps me mark the passage of time. My favourites are indicated with *. Recommendations are always welcome.

Some other reading lists I admire:


Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien

The Big Short, Michael Lewis

Tiger Woods, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict


Letters to a Young Scientist, Edward O. Wilson

Doing the Impossible, Arthur L. Slotkin

The Idea Factory, Jon Gertner

Freedom’s Forge, Arthur Herman

The Bomber Mafia, Malcolm Gladwell

The Education of an Idealist, Samantha Power

Flash Boys Not So Fast, Peter Kováč

Parting the Waters, Taylor Branch

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Count Down, Steve Olson

A Problem from Hell, Samantha Power

Whatever It Takes, Paul Tough

Privilege, Shamus Khan

The Privileged Poor, Anthony Abraham Jack

Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis

A Promised Land, Barack Obama

Dreams From My Father, Barack Obama

Brave Men, Ernie Pyle


Dune, Frank Herbert

War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

The Years That Matter Most, Paul Tough

The Order of Time, Carlo Rovelli

With the Old Breed, Eugene Sledge

Skunk Works, Ben Rich and Leo Janos

Exhalation*, Ted Chiang

Becoming, Michelle Obama

Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow

The Social Transformation of American Medicine, Paul Starr

The New New Thing, Michael Lewis

Flash Boys, Michael Lewis

Talking to Strangers, Malcolm Gladwell

Hackers and Painters, Paul Graham

Shoe Dog, Phil Knight

Working, Robert Caro

The Passage of Power, Robert Caro

The Book of Why, Judea Pearl and Dana Mackenzie

The Lessons of History, Will and Ariel Durant

The Second Mountain, David Brooks


Master of the Senate, Robert Caro

Means of Ascent, Robert Caro

Personal History, Katharine Graham

Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain

Understanding Power, Noam Chomsky

I Will Teach You To Be Rich, Ramit Sethi

The World of Yesterday, Stefan Zweig

The Path to Power, Robert Caro

Models of My Life, Herbert Simon

Mastery, Robert Greene

Difficult Conversations, Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen

The Power Broker, Robert Caro

The Laws of Human Nature, Robert Greene

Range, David Epstein

Principles, Ray Dalio

The Three Body Problem, Liu Cixin

In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Ondaatje

The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, Thomas Kuhn

Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman

The Ph.D. Grind, Philip Guo

The Hungry Brain, Stephan Guyenet

In the Plex, Steven Levy

The Idea Factory: Learning to Think at MIT, Pepper White

The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Gene, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee

The Person and the Situation, Lee Ross and Richard Nisbett

We Need to Talk, Celeste Headlee

Finding Meaning in an Imperfect World*, Iddo Landau


…yes, I really didn’t read many books this year…


Einstein, Walter Isaacson

The Laws of Medicine, Siddhartha Mukherjee

A Mind at Play, Jimmy Soni and Rob Goodman

The Way of Baseball, Shawn Green

The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis

Letters from a Stoic, Seneca the Younger

Seeking Wisdom, Peter Bevelin

A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking

The Big Picture, Sean Carroll

Stories of Your Life and Others*, Ted Chiang

Darwin: Portrait of a Genius, Paul Johnson

How We Die, Sherwin Nuland

Storm in a Teacup, Helen Czerski

The Outsider (L’Étranger), Albert Camus

The Pig That Wants to be Eaten, Julian Baggini

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, Chris Hadfield

Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari

Flowers For Algernon, Daniel Keyes

Birth of a Theorem (Théorème Vivant), Cédric Villani

A Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright

Poor Charlie’s Almanack, Charlie Munger

Deep Work*, Cal Newport

Complications, Atul Gawande

Here’s Looking at Euclid, Alex Bellos

Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

Hillbilly Elegy, J. D. Vance

Speak, Memory, Vladimir Nabokov

The Dictator’s Handbook, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and Alastair Smith


The Grapes of Math, Alex Bellos

Chaos Monkeys, Antonio García Martínez

Status Anxiety, Alain de Botton

Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

Burning the Days, James Salter

Managing Oneself, Peter Drucker

Rules for a Knight, Ethan Hawke

Our Town, Thornton Wilder

The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, Alain de Botton

On The Shortness of Life*, Seneca the Younger

When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Malcolm X and Alex Haley

The Consolations of Philosophy, Alain de Botton

Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg

Brave New World*, Aldous Huxley

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, Richard Feynman

1984, George Orwell

Man’s Search for Meaning*, Viktor Frankl

On The Move: A Life, Oliver Sacks

Fooled By Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Poke The Box, Seth Godin

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et le Papillon), Jean-Dominique Bauby

The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

How Will You Measure Your Life?, Clayton Christensen

Quiet*, Susan Cain

Stop Stealing Dreams, Seth Godin


Dreaming in Code, Scott Rosenberg

Zero To One*, Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Elon Musk*, Ashlee Vance

The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Mohsin Hamid

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia, Mohsin Hamid

Steve Jobs, Walter Isaacson

The Dip, Seth Godin

What The Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell

Blink, Malcolm Gladwell

The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell

David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell

2014 and earlier

To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee

If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, Italo Calvino

The Opposite of Loneliness, Marina Keegan

The Pacific, Hugh Ambrose

The Road, Cormac McCarthy

All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr

Life of Pi, Yann Martel

The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis