2020 Reading List
So many books, so little time - Frank Zappa
Reading is easily my most powerful practice. Through books I’ve learned from history’s greatest teachers, traveled through time and space, and had my world view turned on its head time and time again.
I’ve always been reactive in selecting which books to read, but this year I want to change that. For me, curating this list is like creating my own self education curriculum.
My criteria for choosing books has evolved over time. Here’s how I made this list:
- The older the better.
- What are areas of weakness?
- What are my strengths and how can I double down on them?
- What books have others recommended?
- What are the foundational texts in an industry/genre?
- What do I want to learn more about?
I wonder how my criteria will change this time next year…
**books I’ve dropped
Health and Fitness
- Antifragile - Nassim Taleb**
- The Black Swan - Nassim Taleb
- Debt: The First 5,000 Years - David Graeber
- The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
Stories of Your Life and Others - Ted Chiang The Last Question - Isaac Asimov The Last Answer - Isaac Asimov
- Don Quixote - Miguel De Cervantes Saavedra**
- The Iliad - Homer
- Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson
- The Sandman - Neil Gaiman
Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro
- On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous - Ocean Vuong
The Mezzanine - Nicholson Baker
- Meditations - Marcus Aurelius**
- Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche
The Art of War - Sun Tzu
- The Republic - Plato
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant - Eric Jorgenson Striking Thoughts - Bruce Lee On the Shortness of Life - Seneca
The Lessons of History - Will Durant
- Why Nations Fail - Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
- Guns, Germs and Steel - Jared Diamond
Biographies and Memoirs
When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi Just Kids - Patti Smith Creativity Inc. - Ed Catmull The Ride of a Lifetime - Robert Iger The Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth - Chris Hadfield I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Can’t Hurt Me - David Goggins Total Recall - Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Leonardo Da Vinci - Walter Issacson
What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami Promise Me, Dad - Joe Biden
Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion - Robert B. Cialdini
- Algorithms to Live By - Brian Christian
- Knowledge And Decisions - Thomas Sowell
- Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger - Peter Bevelin
- The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell
- The Courage to Be Disliked - Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
- Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality - Anthony De Mello
- The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying - Sogyal Rinpoche
Art and Writing
- The Gift - Lewis Hyde
The War of Art - Steven Pressfield On Writing Well - William Zinsser The Elements of Eloquence - Mark Forsyth
- On Photography - Susan Sontag
- Impro - Keith Johnstone
Bird by Bird - Anne Lamott Your Music and People - Derek Sivers
Science and Technology
- The Emperor of All Maladies - Siddhartha Mukherjee**
- The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace Wells**
- Silent Spring - Rachel Carson
- The Making of the Atomic Bomb - Richard Rhodes
- Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems, and the Economic World - Kevin Kelly
The Future of Humanity - Michio Kaku
- Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth - Buckminster Fuller
Tribes - Seth Godin Get Together - Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh & Kai Elmer Sotto Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell Inspired - Marty Cagan