Reading List

What I am reading now:

Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari

2017 Reading List:


All books are linked to Amazon unless noted! I’ve tried linking the free pdfs as I find them.

  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 (link to article)
  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 (free article link)
  14. ** Shoe Dog by Phil Knight **
  15. Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
  16. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds
  17. Oration on the Dignity of Man by Pico della Mirandola
  18. Moments of Being by Virginia Woolf
  19. What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self edited by Ellyn Spragins
  20. 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
  21. The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex & Power by Richard J. Foster
  22. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (recommended by friend Genevieve)
  23. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  24. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  25. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  26. In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir by Dick Cheney
  27. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter Frankopan (recommended by friend Max)
  28. In Sickness and in Power: Illness In Heads of Government during the last 100 years
    by David Owen (link to pdf)
  29. The Player of Games (Culture) by Iain M. Banks
  30. Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
  31. The Counterlife by Philip Roth
  32. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
  33. Physics and Beyond by Werner Heisenberg (recommended by friend Sewon, will read if I can find a physical copy nearby)
  34. Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder by Evelyn Waugh
  35. Bernice Bobs Her Hair by F. Scott Fitzgerald (link to pdf)
  36. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert Caro

Books I Recommend (Generally):


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.


Books to read over and over again:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte: For the ultimate romantic purist

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust (Lydia Davis Translation)

The Unpublished David Ogilvy by Ogilvy & Friends & Co.


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