Reading List

What I Am Reading Now

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (recommended by friend Whitney Chen)

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Two Versions: V.1: The Sorrows of Young Werther V.2: The Sorrows of Young Werther


What I Read

** = SUPERSTAR – Recommended For General Reading

All books are linked to Amazon unless noted. I’ll link the free pdfs as I find them.


  1. **Becoming by Michelle Obama
  2. Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Jane Sherron De Hart
  3. Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World by Bob Goff
  4. A Well Behaved Woman: A Novel of the Vanderbilts by Therese Ann Fowler
  5. Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande
  6. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  7. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett & Dave Evans (recommended by friend Shimin Ooi)
  8. (Not going to give it a star, because it’s a targeted read and not evergreen content, but super relevant if you catch this by 2019 and are interested in marketing!)Performance Partnerships by Robert Glazer (the last main sections were actually incredibly insightful – the first were kind of very summaryish)
  9. A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
  10. ** Eisenhower in War and Peace by Jean Edward Smith
  11. The Design of Everyday Things by Donald A. Norman
  12. **Mind Gym: Achieve More by Thinking Differently by Sebastien Bailey (recommended by Shane Parrish)
  13. **The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van Der Kolk
  14. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (recommended by friend Whitney Chen)
  15. **Principles by Ray Dalio
  16. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Two Versions: V.1: The Sorrows of Young Werther V.2: The Sorrows of Young Werther

Books I Want To Read

The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (Two Versions: V.1: The Sorrows of Young Werther V.2: The Sorrows of Young Werther

Janesville: An American Story by Amy Goldstein

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In The End by Atul Gawande

Small Fry: A Memoir by Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller by Ron Chernow

The Cottagers: A Novel by Marshall N. Klimasewiski

The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir

How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence by Michael Pollan (recommended by friend Brian McSweeney)

Getting Things Done by David Allen (recommended by friend Goncalo Pimental)

Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Visual Intelligence by Amy Herman (recommended by friend Hilary Hamlet)

21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari (recommended by father)

LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media by P.W. Singer (recommended by friend Christopher Hume)

Descarte’s Error by Antonio Damasio

The Feeling of What Happens by Antonio Damasio

The Great Believers by Rebecca Mekkai

Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchel, and Helen Frankenthaler: Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art by Mary Gabriel (found on IG stories of @ronaldroz)

Blueprint: The Evolutionary Origins of a Good Society by Nicholas A. Christakis


  1. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
  2. ** A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
  3. Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  4. ** Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
  5. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
  6. HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Managing Yourself
  7. HBR’s 10 Must Reads On Strategy
  8. The Beautiful & Damned by Scott F. Fitzgerald
  9. Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognized and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder by Edward M. Hallowell, John J. Ratey
  10. The House of Usher by Edgar Allan Poe
  11. **The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment by Timothy Keller
  12. **Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  13. ** There There by Tommy Orange
  14. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis


  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. What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self edited by Ellyn Spragins
  18. 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
  19. The Challenge of the Disciplined Life: Christian Reflections on Money, Sex & Power by Richard J. Foster
  20. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (recommended by friend Genevieve)
  21. Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  22. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
  23. The Opposite of Loneliness by Marina Keegan
  24. ** When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
  25. ** Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
  26. ** Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance
  27. Nabokov’s Favorite Word is Mauve: What The Numbers Reveal About The Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing by Ben Blatt
  28. The Boy Who Loved Too Much: A True Story of Pathological Friendliness by Jennifer Latson
  29. Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller


  1. **The Unpublished David Ogilvy by David Ogilvy, Joel Raphaelson
  2. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  3. Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
  4. **Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
  5. **How Proust Can Change Your Life by Alain de Botton
  6. **In Search of Lost Time: Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust
  7. **Bible (NIV)
  8. ** Leonardo’s Notebooks: Writing and Art of the Great Master edited by Anna Suh
  9. *Chaos Monkeys by Antonia Garcia Martinez
  10. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  11. The Prodigal God by Timothy Keller
  12. **Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by William Finnegan
  13. *Blood, Brains, and Beer: Autobiography by David Ogilvy
  14. **Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  15. Ein Mein Manifesto by Eric Jarosinski
  16. **Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
  17. Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
  18. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  19. *Team Genius: The New Science of High-Performing Organizations by Michael Malone and Rich Karlgaard
  20. Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington
  21. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  22. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler, Cass R. Sunstein
  23. Who Needs the Fed by John Tamny
  24. Virtual Billions: The Genius, the Drug Lord, and the Ivy League Twins Behind the Rise of Bitcoin by Eric Geissinger
  25. The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane
  26. Get What’s Yours: The Secrets to Maxing Out Your Social Security by Laurence J. Kotlikoff

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