What I’m Reading

Susan is Reading:

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2017 Reading List:


  1. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
  2. ** Kick Kennedy: The Charmed Life and Tragic Death of the Favorite Kennedy Daughter by Barbara Leaming
  3. The Making of Donald Trump by David Cay Johnston
  4. The Focused Leader by Daniel Goleman
  5. ** Age of Discovery by Ian Goldin and Chris Kutarna
  6. Emma by Jane Austen
  7. Different Bodies, Different Minds: The Body Specificity of Language and Thought by Daniel Casasanto, Department of Psychology, The New School for Social Research; Neurobiology of Language Department
  8. ** The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (recommended by friends Max and Sewon)
  9. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Bruce Patton, Roger Fisher, and William Ury
  10. Multi-electrode Array Technologies for Neuroscience and Cardiology by Micha E. Spira and Aviad Hai
  11. ** Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal (recommended by friend Milan)
  12. On the Government of the Living: Lectures at the College de France: 1979 – 1980 and Oedipal Knowledge by Michel Foucault
  13. ** Personal Renewal an imploring and inspirational speech by John W. Gardner
  14. Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesLean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses by Eric Ries
  15. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  16. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  17. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  18. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan (recommended by friend Max)
  19. In Sickness and in Power by David Owen
  20. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  21. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  22. Oration on the Dignity of Man by Pico della Mirandola
  23. Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf
  24. The Player of Games (Culture) by Iain M. Banks
  25. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
  26. The Counterlife by Philip Roth
  27. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  28. Physics and Beyond by Werner Heisenberg (recommended by friend Sewon, will read if I can find a physical copy nearby)
  29. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh

Books Recommended by Me:


Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley


Deep Work: Rules for a Focused Success in a Distracted World

Genre: Productivity, #Lifehacks


Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life

Genre: Memoir

Pulitzer Prize winner and included in The President’s (Barack Obama) Summer Reading List


Blood, Brains, & Beer: The Autobiography of David Ogilvy

Genre: Autobiography

Gives more context in the life and the formation of the literary and advertising genius’ thoughts throughout the years of his life. Witty with tons of spark, like any notes by Ogilvy.


Team Genius: The New Science of High Performing Organizations by Michael Malone and Rich Karlgaard – Great read for the modern day go getter and passionate team builder.

The books I’ll read over and over again:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: For the ultimate romantic purist

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis:  One of the greatest Christian writers I’ve ever had the fortune to stumble on.

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (Lydia Davis Translation) – the first volume of a book of life.

The Unpublished David Ogilvy by Ogilvy & Friends & Co. – advice for life in tiny compact private and public notes written by Ogilvy or folks in relation to Ogilvy. Wit Level: High.

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