Reading List

One of my goals is to read as much as possible, as I realised that it is something that I love doing, and that will always be easily accessible to me due to its simplicity and low cost. Many philosophers have advised that we should want whatever it is in our power to have, because that is the fastest and surest way to contentment and happiness, and for me reading fits the bill perfectly. I’ve discussed in previous essays how reading is such an important thing, but I couldn’t possibly say it better than the ever-likeable Mark Twain:

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.

I follow this by modestly quoting myself:

You know what’s the really amazing thing about reading? It allows you to experience other people’s ideas and points of view, as well as other cultures without having to leave your front door. It’s almost like teleportation. Reading also works like a time machine. You get to have wonderful conversations with people who lived hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. I don’t think I really have to sell anyone on the benefits of reading, as it’s an obvious thing to anyone with a certain degree of intelligence. It’s a shame that the majority of the world prefers junk television shows to the incredible adventures that you can have while reading.

I don’t plan on reviewing the books that I read as such. After all, something that highly resonates with me you may find boring, and vice versa. The key point in listing these books is to help myself keep a list of what I’ve read (I know that there are tools for that, but this is not a terrible way either) and also to help others find new material to read. After all, if you’re reading this website, you’ll probably like some of what I read.

If you want books recommendations, you can find a list of Recommended Reading

January 2016

  • An Absent Mind – Eric Rill
  • Courage Under Fire – James Stockdale
  • The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
  • God is Not Great – Christopher Hitchens
  • Meditations – Marcus Aurelius
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig
  • On Desire –  William Braxton Irvine
  • A Guide to the Good Life –  William Braxton Irvine
  • Stoic Living for the Modern Soul – Dmitri Mandaliev
  • Negotiation – Brian Tracy
  • The Four Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

February 2016

  • Hitler – Ian Kershaw
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • Daily Rituals – Mason Currey
  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Pianist – Wladyslaw Szpilman
  • Steppenwolf – Hermann Hesse
  • The Motorcycle Diaries – Ernesto Che Guevara
  • The Art of Travel – Alain de Botton
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • I, Robot – Issac Asimov
  • Letters from a Stoic – Seneca the Younger

March 2016

  • The Creator’s Code – Amy Wilkinson
  • Travels in the Land of Serpents and Pearls – Marco Polo
  • The Dhammapada – Anonymous
  • Sketch, Doubtful, Incomplete Jottings – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy
  • Traffic – John Ruskin
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly – Rolf Dobelli
  • The Black Swan – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Letters from a Stoic – Seneca the Younger
  • If the Universe is Teeming with Aliens…Where is Everybody? – Stephen Webb
  • Anti-Fragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel – James Diamond
  • Status Anxiety – Alain De Botton
  • On Duties – Cicero

April 2016

  • The Establishment – Owen Jones
  • Circles of Hell – Dante
  • La Dieta Del Digiuno – Umberto Veronesi
  • The Trial – Franz Kafka
  • Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – Oscar Wilde
  • How to Use Your Enemies – Baltasar Gracián
  • The Fall of Icarus – Ovid
  • My Dearest Father – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Rendezvous with Rama – Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Wasp Factory – Iain Banks
  • How to Live (A Life of Montaigne) – Sarah Bakewell
  • The Defining Decade – Meg Jay
  • On the Shortness of Life – Seneca
  • Better Than Before – Gretchen Rubin
  • The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff

May 2016

  • The Songs of Distant Earth – Arthur C. Clarke
  • The Killer Inside of Me – Jim Thompson
  • A Really Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson
  • At Home – Bill Bryson
  • Secrets of Closing the Sale – Zig Ziglar
  • Hitch 22 – Christopher Hitchens
  • Private Dancer – Stephen Leather
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  • Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
  • Happiness by Design – Paul Dolan
  • How Not to Be Wrong – Jordan Ellenberg

June 2016

  • Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  • Zen to Done – Leo Babauta
  • Getting Real – 37 Signals
  • The One Minute Manager – Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • War! What Is It Good For? – Ian Morris

July 2016

  • Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson
  • Enchiridion of Epictetus – Arrian
  • On the Shortness of Life – Seneca
  • In Praise of Slow – Carl Honoré
  • How to Think Like an Entrepreneur – Phillip Delves Broughton
  • How to Stay Sane – Philippa Perry
  • What They Didn’t Teach You in Design School – Phil Cleaver
  • Deep Work – Cal Newport
  • The One Minute Manager – Kenneth H. Blanchard
  • The 4-Hour Body – Timothy Ferris
  • How to Worry Less About Money – John Armstrong
  • A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree – Kenkō
  • Socrates’ Defence – Plato

August 2016

  • Buddha in Blue Jeans - Twitter Sheridan
  • The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You - Johnny Truant
  • The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx
  • Take Control of Your Life - Rachel Rofé
  • Julius Caesar: A Life from Beginning to End
  • Caligula - Suetonius
  • The KICK ASS Writing Habits - David McGregor
  • The Way of the Superior Man - David Deida
  • Minimalism: The Life Altering Magic of Organizing, Simplifying & Decluttering Your Life - Ace McCloud

September 2016

Life, unfortunately, got in the way of my reading.

October 2016

Life continued to get in the way of my reading.

November 2016

Realised that reading is part of my life.

  • Buddha in Blue Jeans - Twitter Sheridan
  • Design to Grow: How Coco-Cola Learned to Combine Scale and Agility - David Butler & Linda Tischler
  • Work Rules: Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How You Live and Lead - Laszlo Bock
  • Nikola Tesla: Imagination and the Man That Invented the 20th Century - Sean Patrick
  • From Impossible to Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue - Aaron Ross & Jason Lemkin
  • The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More - Michael Bungay Stanier
  • Delivering Happiness: A Path To Profits, Passion, and Purpose - Tony Hsieh
  • Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

December 2016

  • Bad Habits No More - Steve Scott
  • The Art of War - Sun Tzu
  • Alibaba's World - Porter Erisman
  • Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

January 2017

  • Poor Economics - Ether Duflo & Abhijit V. Banerjee
  • The Upright Thinkers - Leonard Mlodinow
  • Move Up - Clotaire Rapaille and Andrés Roemer
  • Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari
  • Getting Real – 37 Signals
  • The Great Acceleration - Robert Colvile

February 2017

  • Head in the Cloud: Why Knowing Things Still Matters When Facts Are So Easy to Look Up - William Poundstone
  • Great CEOs are Lazy - M Schleckser
  • Stay Calm and Content (No Matter What Life Throws at You) - Cat Williams
  • The Enchiridion - Epictetus
  • Reinvent Yourself - James Altucher
  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek
  • In Praise of Idleness - Bertrand Russell

March 2017

  • The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt
  • The Geography of Thought - Richard E. Nisbett
  • Edison & The Electric Chair - March Essig
  • The Candy Machine - Tom Feiling
  • I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell - Tucker Max
  • Eat That Frog! - Brian Tracy
  • 10% Happier: How I tamed the Voice in My Head - Dan Harris
  • Decision Making: The Brick Choice - James Newell
  • On the Shortness of Life – Seneca
  • Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse
  • Status Anxiety – Alain De Botton

April 2017

  • Free Will - Sam Harris
  • Lying - Sam Harris
  • Waking Up: Searching for Spirituality Without Religion - Sam Harris
  • Great CEOs are Lazy - M Schleckser
  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek
  • From Impossible to Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue - Aaron Ross & Jason Lemkin

May 2017

  • Black Box Thinking - Matthew Syed
  • Zero to One - Peter Thiel
  • The Amazon Way - John Rossman
  • The Everything Store - Brad Stone
  • Sane - Mitchel Harper
  • Think Small - Owain Service & Roy Gallagher
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things - Ben Horowitz
  • Great CEOs are Lazy - M Schleckser

June 2017

  • Principles - Ray Dalio
  • The Enchiridion of Epictetus
  • Stealing Fire - Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

July 2017

  • Great CEOs are Lazy — M Schleckser
  • 24 Assets — Daniel Priestley
  • Deep Work — Carl Newport

August 2017

  • The Mindful Entrepreneur — Howard Finger and Joel Gerschman
  • On Desire — William Braxton Irvine
  • The Art of Extraordinary Confidence — Aziz Gazipura

September 2017

  • Maverick! — Ricardo Semler
  • The Seven Day Weekend — Ricardo Semler
  • Good to GREAT — Jim Collins
  • Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow — Yuval Noah Harari
  • Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble — Daniel Lyons
  • The Enchiridion of Epictetus — Epictetus
  • Start With Why — Simon Sinek
  • Deep Work — Carl Newport
  • The Intellectual Life — Antonin Sertillanges
  • From Impossible to Inevitable: How Hyper-Growth Companies Create Predictable Revenue — Aaron Ross & Jason Lemkin

October 2017

  • War! What Is It Good For? — Ian Morris
  • Great CEOs are Lazy — M Schleckser
  • 24 Assets — Daniel Priestley
  • A Guide to the Good Life — William Braxton Irvine
  • On Desire — William Braxton Irvine
  • Focus — Leo Babauta
  • The Girlfriend — Michelle Frances
  • Zero to One — Peter Thiel
  • On the Shortness of Life — Seneca
  • Courage Under Fire — James Stockdale
  • In Praise of Idleness — Bertrand Russell
  • Simple Logical Repeatable — Marianne Page

November 2017

  • Waking Up: Searching for Spirituality Without Religion — Sam Harris
  • On Desire — William Braxton Irvine
  • A Guide to the Good Life — William Braxton Irvine
  • Musonius Rtionsufus: Lectures and Sayings
  • The Meditations — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
  • Spartan Discipline: How to Develop Spartan Discipline, Unbreakable Mental Toughness, and Relentless Willpower — Dominic Mann
  • Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow — Yuval Noah Harari
  • Work Rules: Insights from Inside Google that Will Transform How You Live and Lead — Laszlo Bock
  • What Others Really Think About Account Managers — J. Walter Thompson
  • The Power of Time Perception — Jean Paul Zogby

December 2017

  • The Firm, The Story of McKinsey — Duff McDonald
  • It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be — Paul Arden
  • Principles — Ray Dalio
  • The Everything Store — Brad Stone
  • Zero to One — Peter Thiel
  • The Amazon Way — John Rossman
  • Lord of the Flies — William Golding
  • Outliers — Malcolm Gladwell
  • Siddhartha — Hermann Hesse
  • Negotiation — Brian Tracy
  • I Think Therefore I Am — Lesley Levene
  • Unwind — Dr. Michael Olpin & Sam Bracken
  • Getting Real — David Heinemeier Hansson, Jason Fried, and Matthew Linderman
  • Free Will — Sam Harris
  • Lying — Sam Harris
  • Open to Desire: The Truth About What the Buddha Taught — Mark Epstein
  • A Guide to the Good Life — William Braxton Irvine
  • In Praise of Idleness — Bertrand Russell
  • The Closers — Michael Connelly
  • Camino Island — John Grisham

January 2018

  • The Stoic Body — Philip Ghezelbash
  • Anti-Fragile — Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Tao of Seneca Vol. 1, 2, & 3 — Seneca (via Tim Ferris)
  • On the Shortness of Life — Seneca
  • A Cup of Sake Beneath the Cherry Tree – Kenkō
  • The Gentleman in the Parlour – W. Somerset Maugham
  • I Think Therefore I Am: All the Philosophy You Need to Know – Lesley Levene
  • Homo Deus, A Brief History of Tomorrow — Yuval Noah Harari
  • Mnemonica —Juan Tamariz
  • Start with Why – Simon Sinek
  • Zero to One – Peter Thiel

February 2018

  • Egypt’s Belle Epoque – Trevor Mostyn
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike – Phil Knight
  • Man's Search for Meaning - Victor Frankl
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas - Hunter S. Thompson
  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers - Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Maverick! — Ricardo Semler

March 2018

  • Principles - Ray Dalio
  • Concerning Theories of Personal Identity - Patrick Bailey
  • La Dieta Del Digiuno - Umberto Eco
  • The Seven Day Weekend - Ricardo Semler
  • Great CEOs are Lazy - M Schleckser
  • How to Think More about Sex - Alain de Botton
  • One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • The Consolation of Philosophy - Alain de Botton

April 2018

  • The Candy Machine - Tom Feiling
  • Principles - Ray Dalio
  • Career Break - Mark White

May 2018

  • Principles - Ray Dalio
  • The Firm, The Story of McKinsey — Duff McDonald
  • The Consolation of Philosophy - Alain de Botton
  • Start with Why - Simon Sinek

June 2018

  • The Airbnb Story - Leigh Gallagher
  • Great CEOs are Lazy - M Schleckser
  • Good to GREAT — Jim Collins
  • David and Goliath - Malcom Gladwell

July 2018

  • Lying - Sam Harris
  • The Republic - Plato
  • The Happiness Hypothesis - Jonathan Haidt