Top books

I like reading good books. Here are the top 40 that I enjoyed the most so far (list is updated only when I read a new book that I believe should go into top 40). Books are in alphabetical order, in 3 categories: Business, Life, and Fiction.

A few thoughts on reading: 1) don’t track the total number of books you read (it’s not a relevant metric at all – it’s just a vanity metric); 2) skim many books and dive deep only into what interests you; 3) it’s ok to not finish every book you start; 4) read more than one book at a time so that you can choose based on your mood.


BUSINESS – 19

Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don’t Make Sense (Rory Sutherland)

Antifragile (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)

Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)

Fooled by Randomness (Nassim Nicholas Tabel)

High Output Management (Andrew Grove)

How to win friends and influence people (Dale Carnegie)

Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion (Robert Cialdini)

Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely)

The Effective Executive (Peter Drucker)

The hard thing about the hard things (Ben Horowitz)

The Innovator’s Dilemma (Clayton M. Christensen)

The Lean Start-up (Eric Ries)

The score takes care of itself (Bill Walsh)

The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership (Jim Dether)

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions (Annie Duke)

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley

Skin in the Game (Nassim Taleb)

Startup Playbook (Sam Altman)

Zero to one (Peter Thiel)

LIFE – 15

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality (Anthony De Mello)

Ego is the enemy (Ryan Holiday) 

How will you measure your life (Clayton M. Christensen)

Letters from a stoic (Seneca)

Meditations (Marcus Aurelius)

Men’s search for meaning (Viktor Frankl)

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness

The Bed of Procrustes (Nassim Taleb)

The Headspace Guide to Meditation and Mindfulness 

The School of Life: An Emotional Education (Alain de Botton)

The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself (Michal Singer)

The Way to Love (Anthony de Mello)

Tools of Titans (Tim Ferriss)

Tribe of Mentors (Tim Ferriss)

FICTION – 6

1984 (George Orwell) 

Atlas Shrugged (Ayn Rand) 

Siddhartha (Herman Hesse)

The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

The Fountainhead (Ayn Rand)

The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)