Reading List

Biographies and Memoirs

  1. Albert Einstein by Walter Isaacson
  2. The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
  3. Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda (half)
  4. Benjamin Franklin by Edmund Morgan (half)
  5. Built from Scratch by Marcus and Blank
  6. Death of a King by Tavis Smiley
  7. Dream Big by Cristiane Correa
  8. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and … by Ashlee Vance
  9. Gandhi by Louis Fischer
  10. Henry Kissinger by Walter Isaacson
  11. Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
  12. The Last Man Who Knew Everything by Andrew Robinson
  13. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
  14. Losing my Virginity by Richard Branson
  15. Malcolm X by Manning Marable
  16. Memories, Dreams, Reflections by Carl G. Jung
  17. On Writing: A Memoir on the Craft by Stephen King
  18. Orphic Paris by Henri Cole
  19. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  20. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  21. Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  22. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Economics and Entrepreneurship

  1. The 4 Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
  2. The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau
  3. Antifragile by Nassim Taleb
  4. Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for New … by Derek Sivers
  5. The Art of Strategy by Avinash Dixit
  6. The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb
  7. Borrowing Brilliance by David Kord Murray
  8. Built to Last by Collins and Porras
  9. Buzzmarketing: Get People to … by Mark Hughes
  10. Contagion by Jonah Berger
  11. Crossing the Chasm by Geoffrey Moore
  12. Data Driven by Chavez, O’Hara, and Vaidya
  13. The Entrepreneur Mind by Kevin Johnson
  14. First, Break All the Rules by Buckingham and Coffman
  15. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb
  16. Freakonomics by Levitt and Dubner
  17. Good to Great by Jim Collins
  18. Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday
  19. The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
  20. Hooked by Nir Eyal
  21. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  22. The Industries of the Future by Alex Ross
  23. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen 
  24. The Knowledge Economy by Roberto Mangabeira Unger 
  25. The Lean Startup by Eric Ries 
  26. The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
  27. The New Rules of Marketing & PR by David M. Scott
  28. One Up on Wall Street by Peter Lynch
  29. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  30. Principles by Ray Dalio (partial)
  31. Propaganda by Edward Bernays
  32. Real Estate 101 by Gary Eldred
  33. Rocket Fuel by Wickman and Winters
  34. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being … by Charles Duhigg
  35. Think Like a Freak by Levitt and Dubner
  36. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (partial)
  37. Work Rules by Laszlo Bock
  38. Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Diet and Nutrition

  1. The Blood Sugar Solution by Mark Hyman (partial)
  2. The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
  3. The China Study by Campbell and Campbell (half)
  4. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  5. The End of Illness by David Agus
  6. Super Immunity by Joel Fuhrman
  7. Use Your Brain to Change Your Age by Daniel G. Amen

Fiction and Literature

  1. 1984 by George Orwell
  2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
  3. Always Astonished by Fernando Pessoa
  4. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon
  5. Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner
  6. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  7. Anton Chekhov: The Complete Short Novels by Pevear, R. and Volokhonsky, L.
  8. Anton Chekhov: Selected Stories translated by Ann Dunnigan
  9. The Art of Fiction by Ayn Rand
  10. Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  11. Big Sur by Jack Kerouac
  12. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  13. Blindness by Jose Saramago
  14. Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
  15. Book of Dreams by Jack Kerouac
  16. The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa
  17. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting by Milan Kundera
  18. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  19. Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
  20. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  21. Choke by Chuck Palahniuk
  22. The Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
  23. The Circle by Dave Eggers
  24. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  25. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
  26. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  27. Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, … by Cynthia Ozick
  28. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  29. Demian by Hermann Hesse
  30. Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis
  31. The Elements of Style by Strunk and White (referenced often)
  32. The Essential Tales of Anton Chekhov by Richard Ford
  33. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  34. The Fall by Albert Camus
  35. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson
  36. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
  37. The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
  38. Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  39. Grand Central Winter by Lee Stringer
  40. Hadji Murat by Leo Tolstoy
  41. Hamlet by Shakespeare
  42. Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow
  43. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  44. Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg: The Letters (half)
  45. King Lear by Shakespeare
  46. Leaving the Sea: Stories by Ben Marcus
  47. Letter to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke
  48. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  49. The Lusíads by Luis Vaz de Camões
  50. The Pale King by David Foster Wallace
  51. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  52. Quack This Way by Bryan A. Garner
  53. Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose
  54. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  55. Seeing by Jose Saramago
  56. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  57. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
  58. The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
  59. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Rober L. Stevenson
  60. A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never do Again by David Foster Wallace
  61. The Stranger by Albert Camus
  62. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  63. Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  64. Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck
  65. The Trial by Franz Kafka
  66. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
  67. The Tunnel by William H. Gass
  68. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  69. Walden by Thoreau
  70. The Western Canon by Harold Bloom
  71. Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig


  1. Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen
  2. Borges: Selected Poems edited by Alexander Coleman
  3. Carlos Drummond De Andrade: Multitudinous Heart
  4. The Complete Works of Alberto Caeiro by Fernando Pessoa
  5. Conflict by Norman Fischer
  6. Escape This Crazy Life of Tears: Japan by Norman Fischer
  7. The Flame by Leonard Cohen
  8. Forbidden Words by Eugénio de Andrade
  9. Let Us Compare Mythologies by Leonard Cohen
  10. Luís De Camões: Selected Sonnets translated by William Baer
  11. Matsuo Basho by Makoto Ueda
  12. Message by Fernando Pessoa
  13. Nature by Norman Fischer
  14. Play the Piano Like a Percussion Instrument … by Charles Bukowski
  15. The Poetry of Jorge de Sena: A Bilingual Selection
  16. Sailing Alone Around the Room by Billy Collins
  17. Untitled Series: Life as it Is by Norman Fischer
  18. what’s in a name by Ana Luísa Amaral

History and Political/Social Science

  1. The Art of War by Sun Tzu (two different translations)
  2. The Coming Anarchy by Robert Kaplan
  3. The Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels
  4. The Condemnation of Blackness by Muhammad (half)
  5. Human Nature and Conduct by John Dewey
  6. A Nation of Immigrants by John F. Kennedy
  7. The One Percent Doctrine by Ron Suskind
  8. The Political Writings by John Dewey; edited by Morris, D. and Shapiro, I.
  9. The Square and the Tower: Networks and Power… by Niall Ferguson
  10. The US Constitution and Other Writings by Canterbury Classics (half)

Psychology and Science

  1. Behave by Robert Sapolsky
  2. The Cannabis Encyclopedia by Jorge Cervantes
  3. Consciousness and the Brain by Stanislas Dehaene
  4. Lacan by Lionel Bailly
  5. Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets
  6. Nudge by R. H. Thaler and C.R. Sunstein
  7. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  8. Scale by Geoffrey West
  9. The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  10. Tales from Both Sides of the Brain by Michael Gazzaniga (partial)
  11. Teaming with Fungi by Jeff Lowenfels
  12. Teaming with Microbes by Jeff Lowenfels
  13. Teaming with Nutrients by Jeff Lowenfels
  14. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  15. We, The Divided Self by Rhonda Johnson and John G. Watkins
  16. The Writer and Psychoanalysis by Edmund Bergler

Philosophy, Spirituality, and Self-help

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  2. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
  3. The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
  4. The Book of Secrets by Deepak Chopra
  5. Buddha’s Brain by Rick Hanson
  6. Candide by Voltaire
  7. Choose Yourself by James Altucher
  8. The Collected Works of Arthur Schopenhauer (partial)
  9. A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
  10. The Dhammapada by Fronsdal
  11. The Doors of Perception by Aldous Huxley
  12. Emptiness Dancing by Adyashanti
  13. Experience by Norman Fischer (finished, and rereading)
  14. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide … by Don Miguel Ruiz
  15. Gödel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
  16. Heaven is for Real by Vincent and Burbo
  17. How to Change Your Mind by Michael Pollan
  18. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of … by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  19. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  20. Mastery by Robert Greene
  21. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  22. The Nature of Consciousness by Rupert Spira
  23. Nature, Addresses, Lectures by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  24. The Noble Eightfold Path by Bhikkhu Bodhi
  25. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday
  26. Perfectly Yourself by Matthew Kelly
  27. Plain and Simple by Steve Hagen
  28. The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci
  29. Pragmatic Thinking & Learning by Andy Hunt
  30. Psychotherapy East and West by Alan Watts
  31. Self-Reliance by Ralph W. Emerson
  32. Spiritual Enlightenment Now: The Damndest Thing by Jed McKenna
  33. Spiritually Incorrect Enlightenment by Jed McKenna
  34. The Starfish and the Spider by Brafman and Beckstrom
  35. Taking our Places: The Zen Path … by Norman Fischer
  36. Understanding the Heart by Minh Niem
  37. The Way of Zen by Alan Watts (skipped the history section)
  38. Wellbeing by Rath and Harter
  39. What the Buddha Taught by Walpola Rahula
  40. Wittgenstein: A Very Short Introduction by A.C. Grayling
  41. Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  42. Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Reps and Senzaki

Art and Other

  1. Dada and Surrealism: A Very Short … by David Hopkins (partial)
  2. Grapefruit by Yoko Ono
  3. How Music Works by David Byrnes (majority)
  4. Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  5. Screenplay by Syd Field
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