Reads

Starting June 2019, I maintain a list of the books that I read. This makes me more accountable, and I occasionally point friends to this website. Books that I particularly liked are marked with the symbol.

  • Glenn Gould Peter F. Ostwald
  • American Prometheus Kai Bird & Martin J. Sherwin
  • A Mathematician’s Apology G. H. Hardy
  • The Art of Game Design Jesse Schell
  • The Righteous Mind Jonathan Haidt
  • A Line in the Sand James Barr
  • The Hidden Life of Trees Peter Wohlleben
  • The Everything Store Brad Stone
  • What It Takes Stephen A. Schwarzman
  • Waterlog Roger Deakin
  • Radical Candor Kim Scott
  • Secrets of Sand Hill Road Scott Kupor
  • The Better Angels of Our Nature Steven Pinker
  • The Book of Joy Dalai Lama & Desmond Tutu
  • The Artist’s Way Julia Cameron
  • The New Turing Omnibus A. K. Dewdney
  • Brief Answers To The Big Questions Stephen Hawking
  • The Republic Plato
  • Becoming Steve Jobs B. Schlender & R. Tetzeli
  • Principles Ray Dalio
  • Nonviolent Communication Marshall B. Rosenberg
  • The Shepherd’s Life James Rebanks
  • The Challenger Customer Nick Toman
  • Everything is Negotiable Gavin Kennedy
  • Sprint Jake Knapp
  • Trillion Dollar Coach Schmidt, Rosenberg & Eagle
  • River in the Darkness Masaji Ishikawa
  • Growth Vaclav Smil
  • The Invention of Nature Andrea Wulf
  • Burning the Days James Salter
  • On Writing Well William Zissner
  • Endure Alex Hutchinson
  • Creativity Inc Ed Catmull
  • The Anarchy William Dalrymple
  • Peace is Every Step Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Strangest Man Graham Farmelo
  • The Art of Doing Science and Engineering Richard Hamming
  • The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn
  • Born to Run Christopher McDougall
  • That Will Never Work Marc Randolph
  • Letters from a Stoic Seneca

May 2020

  • Einstein Walter Isaacson
  • Letters from a Stoic Seneca

April 2020

  • Thinking Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman

March 2020

  • From Eros to Gaia Freeman Dyson
  • The Mechanics of Flight A. C. Kermode
  • How to Be Right James O’Brien
  • Civilization and its Discontents Sigmund Freud

February 2020

  • Alone on the Wall Alex Honnold
  • 13.8 John Gribbin

January 2020

  • Bad Blood John Carreyrou
  • The Wisdom of Insecurity Alan Watts
  • Quantum Computing since Democritus Scott Aaronson

December 2019

  • Peter Munk Donald Rumball
  • The Man Who Loved Only Numbers Paul Hoffman
  • The E-Myth Revisited Michael E. Gerber
  • Genius James Gleick
  • Range David Epstein

November 2019

  • Letters to a Young Artist Julia Cameron
  • Barking Up the wrong Tree Eric Barker
  • Man’s Search for Meaning Viktor Frankl
  • Only the Paranoid Survive Andy Grove

October 2019

  • The Climate Issue The Economist
  • My Inventions and Other Writings Nikola Tesla
  • Hooked Nir Eyal
  • Ego Is the Enemy Ryan Holiday
  • Essays1 of Paul Graham

September 2019

  • Long walk to freedom, Vol. 2 Nelson Mandela
  • The Lean Startup Eric Ries
  • Swimming Across Andy Grove

August 2019

  • On the shortness of life Seneca
  • Screw it, let’s do it Richard Branson
  • Why are We Waiting? Nicolas Stern
  • An edited life Anna Newton

July 2019

  • The defining decade Meg Jay
  • Does accent matter? John Honey
  • Mindset Carol Dweck
  • The pleasure of finding things out Richard Feynmann

June 2019

  • The rise of modern Japan W. G. Beasley


These books stood out from my years at university:
  • Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy
  • Zen mind, beginner’s mind Shunryu Suzuki
  • Judging Edward Teller Istvan Hargittai
  • The Innovator’s Dilemma Clayton Christensen
  • How will you measure your life? Clayton Christensen
  • Instrumental James Rhodes
  • Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
  • Meditations Marcus Aurelius
  • Mindfulness M. Williams & D. Pennman
  • The happiness advantage Shawn Achor
  • Wabi Sabi Andrew Juniper
  • Essentialism Greg McKeown
  • Think and Grow Rich Napoleon Hill
  • Smartcuts Shane Snow
  • Surely you’re joking, Mr. Feynman! Richard Feynman
  • The Glenn Gould Trilogy Paul Hoffman
  • The Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
  • The Power of Full Engagement J. E. Loehr & T. Schwartz
  • The Big Leap Gay Hendricks

  1. Do Things that Don’t Scale, Before the Startup, Change Your Name, Life is Short, Relentlessly Resourceful, A Student’s Guide to Startups, How Not to Die, Hiring is Obsolete, The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups, Startup = Growth