Bookshelf

A list of books I’ve enjoyed reading over the years, in the order I finished reading them.

Many of these books have had a tremendous impact on me. Whether they introduced a fresh perspective, originally seeded an idea, or brought to my attention something I’d already been contemplating, I can trace many of my core beliefs, patterns of thought, and overall worldview to reading some of these books.

My favourite books/ones which had an outsized influence on my thinking are in bold.

Recommendations are always welcome.

I highly recommend Ryan Holiday’s Reading List for book recommendations.

2020

  • 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

2019

  • 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

2018

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


2017

  • 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

2016

  • 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

2015

  • 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

  • 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
  • Harry Potter, J.K. Rowling
  • The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis