Reading List

What I Am Reading Now

The Social Contract and Discourses by Jean – Jacques Rousseau

There There by Tommy Orange


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. Built to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies by Jim Collins
  2. ** A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis – I think everyone should read this, religious or not.
  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

Books I Want To Read

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


  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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