Books

This is my ever-growing collection of books under various categories but mostly from science, philosophy, psychology, startup and business. To see my notes on some of the completed books, click on the book’s name.


NameAuthorStatusPagesTypeWhy?
The God DelusionRichard DawkinsTBR374Non-FictionPhilosophyScienceFrom Sam Harris Tweet
Red Notice: A True Story Of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight For JusticeBill BrowderTBR380BusinessHistoryNon-Fiction
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosJordan B PetersonTBR448Non-FictionPsychology
1984George OrwellCompleted423Fiction
21 Lessons for the 21st CenturyYuval Noah HarrariTBR372HistoryNon-Fiction
7 Powers: The Foundations of Business StrategyHamilton Wright HelmerTBR210BusinessNon-Fiction
A Brief History of TimeStephen HawkingCompleted212HistoryNon-FictionScience
A Fire Upon the DeepVernor VingeTBR613Fiction
A History of Western PhilosophyBertrand RussellTBR906HistoryNon-FictionPhilosophy
A Mathematician's ApologyG H HardyCompleted153MathematicsNon-FictionPhilosophy
A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information AgeJimmy SoniTBR384BiographyComputer ScienceHistoryNon-FictionScienceTechnology
A Profile of Mathematical LogicHoward DeLongTBR336MathematicsNon-FictionPhilosophy
AccelerandoCharles StrossTBR415Fiction
Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the MilitaryNeil deGrasse TysonTBR576HistoryNon-FictionScienceTechnology
Antifragile: Things That Gain From DisorderNN TalebStarted650BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionPhilosophy
Anything You WantDerek SiversTBR90BusinessNon-FictionStartup
Appearance and RealityF H BradleyTBR349Non-FictionPhilosophy
Astrophysics for People In a HurryNeil deGrasse TysonTBR224Non-FictionScience
At Home in the Universe: The Search for the Laws of Self-Organization and ComplexityStuart A KauffmanTBR336BiologyEvolutionNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad OnesJames ClearTBR319Non-FictionProductivityPsychologySelf-Help
Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley StartupJohn CarreyrouTBR352BusinessNon-FictionStartup
Becoming an Academic Writer: 50 Exercises for Paced, Productive, and Powerful WritingPatricia GoodsonTBR225Non-FictionWriting
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the EndAtul GawandeTBR282HealthMedicineNon-FictionScience
Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and StalinTimothy SnyderTBR524HistoryNon-Fiction
Blueprint: How DNA makes us who we areRobert PlominTBR380BiologyEvolutionGeneticsNon-FictionScience
Brave New WorldAldous HuxleyStarted311Fiction
Catching Fire: How cooking made us humanRichard W. WranghamTBR309HistoryNon-FictionScience
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software CraftsmanshipRobert C MartinTBR434Computer ScienceNon-FictionTechnology
Cognitive SurplusClay ShirkyTBR256BusinessNon-FictionPsychologyScience
Complexity: A Guided TourMelanie MitchellTBR349MathematicsNon-FictionScience
Connectome: How the Brain's Wiring Makes Us Who We AreSebastian SeungTBR359BiologyNon-FictionPsychology
The Underground RailroadColson WhiteheadTBR322FictionFrom @mredwards tweet
SiddharthaHerman HesseTBR152Non-FictionPhilosophy
Man's Search for MeaningViktor E FranklTBR165HistoryNon-FictionPhilosophyPsychologySelf-Help
Consciousness: Confessions of a Roman ReductionistChristof KochTBR184BiologyNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
Conspiracy: Peter Thiel, Hulk Hogan, Gawker, and the Anatomy of IntrigueRyan HolidayTBR331BusinessHistoryNon-Fiction
Courage: The Joy of Living DangerouslyOshoTBR193Non-FictionPhilosophyPsychologySelf-Help
Science and The Modern WorldAlfred North WhiteheadTBR224Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
Skin in the game: The Hidden Asymmetries in Daily LifeNN TalebTBR272BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionPhilosophyPsychology
Darwin Among the Machines: The Evolution of Global IntelligenceGeorge DysonTBR304BiologyComputer ScienceEvolutionHistoryNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Work in a Distracted WorldCarl NewportStarted296Non-FictionProductivitySelf-Help
Possible Minds: 25 ways of looking at AIJohn BrockmanTBR320Computer ScienceNon-FictionPhilosophyTechnology
Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human BrainAntónio R. DamásioTBR336Non-FictionPhilosophyPsychologyScience
Direct Truth: Uncompromising, Non-Prescriptive Truths to the Enduring Questions of LifeKapil GuptaTBR91Non-FictionPhilosophySelf-Help
Discourses and Selected WritingsEpictetusTBR276Non-FictionPhilosophy
Don QuixoteCervantesTBR1023Fiction
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century EconomistKate RaworthTBR384BusinessEconomicsNon-Fiction
Dresden Files SeriesJim ButcherTBRFiction
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates UsDaniel H PinkStarted256Non-FictionPsychologyScience
Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independenceJacob Lund Fisker + 2TBR240EconomicsNon-FictionSelf-Help
Ender's GameOrson Scott CardTBR324Fiction
Endless Forms Most BeautifulSean B CarrollStarted331BiologyEvolutionGeneticsNon-FictionScienceInspired from a song by the Acapella Science YouTube Channel
Enlightenment NowSteven PinkerStarted543Non-FictionScience
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessGreg McKeownTBR260BusinessNon-FictionProductivitySelf-HelpRecommended by Thomas Frank
Everybody is Wrong About GodJames A LindsayTBR224Non-FictionPhilosophy
Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You ThinkHans RoslingTBR341EconomicsHistoryNon-FictionPsychologyScience
Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?Bill McKibbenTBR291Non-FictionScience
Flatland: A Romance of Many DimensionsEdwin A AbbottTBR96Fiction
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal ExperienceMihaly CsikszentmihalyiTBR303Non-FictionPsychologySelf-HelpRecommended by Doctor Mike
FoundationIsaac AsimovTBR244Fiction
Genius: The Life and Science of Richard FeynmanJames GleickTBR531BiographyNon-FictionScience
Gentlemen Bastard SeriesScott LynchTBR2240Fiction
Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to SuccessAdam M GrantTBR320BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
Godel's ProofErnest Nagel and James R NewmanStarted160MathematicsNon-Fiction
Godel, Escher, Bach – An Eternal Golden BraidDouglas R. HofstadterStarted777Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
Goliath: The 100 Year War Between Monopoly Power and DemocracyMatt StollerTBR608BusinessEconomicsHistoryNon-Fiction
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human SocietiesJared DiamondTBR425HistoryNon-FictionScience
Hacker's DelightHenry S Warren JrTBR320Computer ScienceNon-FictionTechnology
Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of HumanityJamie MetzlTBR352BiologyNon-FictionScience
Harry Potter: Complete SeriesJK RowlingCompleted4224Fiction
HeartquakeVijayakarthikeyanTBR160Fiction
Hierarchy In the Forest: The Evolution of Egalitarian BehaviourChristopher BoehmTBR304BiologyNon-FictionScience
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming ProductsNir EyalTBR256BusinessNon-FictionStartupTechnology
How To Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique To Boost Writing, Learning and ThinkingSonke AhrensReading178Non-FictionNotes-Taking
How to Win Friends And Influence PeopleDale CarnegieStarted342Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
How to Write a Book: An 11-Step Process to Build Habits, Stop Procrastinating, Fuel Self-Motivation, Quiet Your Inner Critic, Bust Through Writer's Block, & Let Your Creative Juices FlowDavid KadavyTBR48Non-FictionWriting
How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final ChapterSherwin B NulandTBR320HealthNon-FictionScience
HyperionDan SimmonsTBR482Fiction
Infinite JestDavid Foster WallaceTBR1088Fiction
Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the UniverseSteven H StrogatzTBR360MathematicsNon-FictionScience
Influence: The Psychology of PersuasionRobert Cialdini320
Jurassic ParkMichael CrichtonTBR480Fiction
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of The Mount Everest DisasterJon KrakauerTBR368HistoryNon-FictionFrom Sam Harris' book recommendation prompt tweet
Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary UnderbellyAnthony BourdainTBR312BiographyNon-Fiction
Let's Talk MoneyMonika HalanTBR204BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionSelf-Help
Light of the Stars: Alien Worlds and the Fate of the EarthAdam FrankTBR272Non-FictionScience
Lightbringer SeriesBrent WeeksTBR3586Fiction
Love and Math: The Heart of Hidden RealityEdward FrenkelTBR292MathematicsNon-FictionScience
Mindset: The New Psychology of SuccessCarol S DweckTBR276Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful ActsCarol Tavris + 1TBR304Non-FictionPsychologyScience
Mistborn: Final EmpireBrandon SandersonCompleted541Fiction
Mistborn: Hero of AgesBrandon SandersonCompleted572Fiction
Mistborn: Shadows of SelfBrandon SandersonTBR407Fiction
Mistborn: The Alloy of LawBrandon SandersonReading336Fiction
Mistborn: The Bands of MourningBrandon SandersonTBR534Fiction
Mistborn: Well of AscensionBrandon SandersonCompleted590Fiction
Naive SuperErlend LoeCompleted194Fiction
Narrative and Numbers: The Value of Stories in BusinessAswath DamodaranTBR296BusinessEconomicsNon-Fiction
NeuromancerWilliam GibsonTBR271Fiction
Night Angel SeriesBrent WeeksTBR2064Fiction
NOW: The Physics of TimeRichard A MullerTBR368Non-FictionScience
Old Man and The SeaErnest HemingwayTBR96Fiction
One Two Three . . . Infinity: Facts and Speculations of ScienceGeorge GamowTBR352MathematicsNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
OrlandoVirginia WolfTBR228Fiction
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our DecisionsDan ArielyTBR400BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionPsychology
Principles: Life and WorkRay DalioTBR592BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionSelf-Help
Public Speaking for SuccessDale CarnegieTBR464Non-FictionSelf-Help
Raven's ShadowAnthony RyanTBR1843Fiction
Red Rising SeriesPierce BrownTBR2748Fiction
SanctionRoman McClayStarted750Fiction
Sapiens: A Brief History of HumankindYuval Noah HarrariStarted443HistoryNon-FictionScience
Science and Technology in World History: An IntroductionJames E McClellan + 1Started496HistoryNon-FictionScience
SevenevesNeal StephensonTBR880Fiction
Shape Up: Stop Running in circles and ship work that mattersRyan Singer + 1TBRBusinessNon-FictionStartup
🐦Show your work!: 10 ways to share your creativityAustin KleonCompleted224BusinessNon-FictionProductivitySelf-Help
Snow CrashNeal StephenosnTBR559Fiction
Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and WorkSteven KotlerTBR304BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
Stories of Your Life and OthersTed ChaingTBR281Fiction
Stormlight ArchivesBrandon SandersonTBR3829Fiction
Storm of SteelErnst JungerTBR289HistoryNon-FictionSam Harris Liked it
Strange Medicine: A Shocking History of Real Medical Practices Through the AgesNathan BelofskyTBR213HealthHistoryMedicineNon-FictionScience
Super Pumped: The Battle for UberMike IsaacTBR387BusinessNon-FictionStartup
Supersizing the Mind: Embodiment, Action, and Cognitive ExtensionAndy ClarkTBR286Non-FictionPhilosophyPsychologyScience
Tau ZeroPoul AndersonTBR190Fiction
The 4-Hour WorkweekTim FerrisTBR308BusinessNon-FictionSelf-Help
The 48 Laws of PowerRobert GreeneTBR452BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The Algebraic Mind: Integrating Connectionism and Cognitive ScienceGary F MarcusTBR240Computer ScienceNon-FictionPsychology
The Ape that Understood the UniverseSteve Stewart-WilliamsTBR378Non-FictionPsychologyScience
The Astonishing Hypothesis: The Scientific Search for the SoulFrancis CrickTBR317Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinBenjamin FranklinCompleted143BiographyHistoryNon-Fiction
The Bed of Procrustes: Philosophical and Practical AphorismsNN TalebTBR128BusinessNon-FictionPhilosophyPsychology
The Beginning of InfinityDavid DeutschStarted496Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe ItselfSean CarrollTBR480Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly ImprobableNN TalebTBR366BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionPhilosophy
The Book of Humans: The Story of How We Became UsAdam RutherfordTBR272BiologyHistoryNon-FictionScience
The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and EffectJudea PearlTBR432Computer ScienceNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's MindJonah BergerTBR288BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The CEO FactorySudhir SitapatiTBR272BusinessNon-FictionStartup
The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviours That Transform Ordinary People into World Class LeadersElena Botelho +2TBR288BusinessNon-Fiction
The Character of Physical LawRichard FeynmanTBR192MathematicsNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Complete Story of CivilizationWill Durant + 1TBR13971HistoryNon-FictionPhilosophy
The Courage To Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change your Life and Achieve Real HappinessIchiro KishimiTBR288Non-FictionPhilosophyPsychologySelf-Help
The Decipherment of Linear BJohn ChadwickTBR164HistoryNon-Fiction
The Deed of Paksenarrion SeriesElizabeth MoonTBR1040Fiction
The Demon Accords SeriesJohn ConroeTBRFiction
The Demon Cycle SeriesPeter V BrettTBR3902Fiction
The Descent of ManCharles DarwinTBRBiologyEvolutionNon-FictionScience
The Design of Everyday ThingsDonald A NormanTBR240BusinessDesignNon-FictionPsychology
The Double HelixJames D WatsonTBR143BiologyHistoryNon-FictionScience
The Elephant in the BrainKevin Simler + 1Completed319Non-FictionPsychologyScience
The Emperor of All Maladies: The Biography of CancerSiddhartha MukherjeeReading571HistoryMedicineNon-Fiction
The End is Always Near: Apocalyptic Moments, from the Bronze Age Collapse to Nuclear Near MissesDan CarlinTBR288HistoryNon-Fiction
The End of Everything (Astrophysically Speaking)Katie MackTBR240Non-FictionScience
The Essays of Warren Buffet: Lessons for Corporate AmericaWarren BuffetTBR312BusinessNon-FictionStartup
The Extended MindAndy ClarkTBRComputer ScienceNon-FictionPsychology
The Fabric of Reality: The Science of Parallel Universes — and Its ImplicationsDavid DeutschTBR400Non-FictionScience
The Feynman Lectures on PhysicsRichard FeynmanTBR1552MathematicsNon-FictionScience
The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of HumanityByron ReeseTBR320Computer ScienceNon-FictionScience
The Great Mental Moedels: General Thinking ConceptsShane ParrishStarted197Non-FictionPsychology
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyDouglas AdamsTBR216Fiction
The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and SocietyNorbert WienerTBR200Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change OthersTali SharotTBR244Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The Intelligent InvestorBenjamin GrahamTBR640BusinessEconomicsNon-FictionStartup
The Joy of Game Theory: An Introduction to Strategic ThinkingPresh TalwalkerTBR155BusinessEconomicsNon-Fiction
The Joy of X: The Guided Tour of Math, from One to InfinitySteven H StrogatzTBR336MathematicsNon-FictionScience
The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Doors of StonePatrick RothfussTBRFiction
The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Name of the WindPatrick RothfussCompleted664Fiction
The Kingkiller Chronicles: The Wise Man's FearPatrick RothfussCompleted898Fiction
The Language Instinct: How the Mind Creates LanguageStephen PinkerTBR448Non-FictionScience
The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful BusinessesEric RiesTBR299BusinessNon-FictionStartup
The Lessons of HistoryWill Durant + 1TBR119HistoryNon-FictionPhilosophy
The Lonely City: Adventures in the Art of Being AloneOlivia LiangTBR336BiographyNon-FictionPsychology
The Lord of the Rings: Complete SeriesTolkienStarted1137Fiction
The Machine StopsE.M. FosterTBR48Fiction
The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11Lawrence WrightTBR469HistoryNon-FictionFrom Sam Harris's tweet
The Magic of Thinking BigDavid J SchwartzTBR320BusinessNon-FictionSelf-Help
The Making of a Manager: What to do when everyone looks to youJulie ZhuoTBR288BusinessNon-FictionStartup
The Mathematics of Love: Patterns, Proofs, and the Search for the Ultimate EquationHannah FryTBR128MathematicsNon-FictionPsychologyScience
The Messy Middle: Finding Your Way Through the Hardest and Most Crucial Part of Any Bold VentureScott BelskyTBR413Non-FictionPsychologyScience
The Mind of ManNigel CalderTBR288BiologyNon-FictionPsychologyScience
The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the UniverseChristopher W. AlexanderTBR636DesignNon-FictionPhilosophy
The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary ResultsGarry Keller + 1TBR240BusinessNon-FictionProductivitySelf-Help
The Order of TimeCarlo RovelliTBR240Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Path of Least Resistance: Learning to Become the Creative Force in Your Own LifeRobert FritzTBR320BusinessNon-FictionSelf-Help
The Personal MBA: Master the Art of BusinessJosh KaufmanStarted470BusinessNon-Fiction
The Pleasures of ProbabilityRichard IssacTBR244MathematicsNon-FictionScience
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and BusinessCharles DuhiggTBR375BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The Power of Moments: Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary ImpactChip Heath + 1TBR320BusinessNon-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The Psychology of Computer ProgrammingGerald A WeinbergTBR292Computer ScienceNon-FictionPsychology
The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 years as CEO of the Walt Disney CompanyRobert IgerTBR272BiographyBusinessNon-FictionStartup
The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionJonathan HaidtTBR419Non-FictionPhilosophyPsychology
The Selfish GeneRichard DawkingStarted385BiologyEvolutionGeneticsNon-FictionScience
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st CenturySteven PinkerStarted322Non-FictionWriting
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective PeopleStephen R CoveyTBR368Non-FictionProductivityPsychologySelf-Help
The Shadow Campaigns SeriesDjango WexlerTBRFiction
The Social Leap: The New Evolutionary Science of Who We Are, Where We Come From, and What Makes Us HappyWilliam Von HippelTBR294EvolutionNon-FictionPsychologyScience
The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas S KuhnTBR226HistoryNon-FictionPhilosophyScience
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckMark MansonCompleted224Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
The Three Body Problem Liu CixinTBR399Fiction
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After WarmingDavid Wallace-WellsTBR310Non-FictionScience
The Wakening SeriesJonathan RenshawTBR712Fiction
The World of Mathematics: A Four Volume SetJames Roy NeumanTBR2576MathematicsNon-Fiction
Theirs Not To Reason Why SeriesJean JohnsonTBRFiction
Thinking, Fast and SlowDaniel KahnemanTBR499Non-FictionPsychologyScience
Time Reborn: From the Crisis in Physics to the Future of the UniverseLee SmolinTBR335Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
Total Freedom: The Essential KrishnamoorthyJiddu KrishnamoorthyTBR370Non-FictionPhilosophySelf-Help
Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self DelusionJia TolentinoTBR303Non-FictionWriting
Turing's Cathedral: The Origins of the Digital UniverseGeorge DysonTBR505HistoryNon-FictionScience
Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal WorldRutger BregmanTBR262EconomicsHistoryNon-FictionPhilosophy
Vision: A Computational Investigation Into the Human Representation and Processing of Visual InformationDavid MarrTBR397BiologyComputer ScienceNon-FictionScience
What Doesn't Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic GrowthStephen JosephTBR288Non-FictionPsychology
What Everybody is SayingJoe NavarroTBR250Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
What is Life?Erwin SchrodingerStarted194Non-FictionPhilosophyScience
When Breath Becomes AirPaul KalanithiStarted208BiographyMedicineNon-Fiction
Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of InnovationSteven JohnsonTBR326BusinessHistoryNon-FictionPsychologyScience
Where the Money Was: The Memoirs of a Bank RobberWillie SuttonTBR464BiographyNon-Fiction
Why Everyone (Else) Is a Hypocrite: Evolution and the Modular MindRobert KurzbanTBR274Non-FictionPsychologyScience
Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and DreamsMatthew WalkerStarted406HealthNon-FictionScienceSelf-Help
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human StrengthRoy F Baumeister + 1TBR291Non-FictionPsychologySelf-Help
Your Hidden Superpowers: How the Whole Truth of Failure Can Change Our LivesBecca NorthTBR312Non-FictionSelf-Help
Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to build the FuturePeter ThielStarted224BusinessNon-FictionStartup
The Conquest of HappinessBertrand RussellTBR183Non-FictionPhilosophySelf-HelpFrom a tweet