Books

Books influence the way I see the world, the way I think, and the way I live. I keep a readlist here, for my own recall.

2017

  1. Dark Debts, Karen Hall
  2. Next, Michael Crichton
  3. Travels with Charley: In Search of AmericaJohn Steinbeck
  4. Nausea, Jean Paul Sartre
  5. Designing Information: Human Factors and Common Sense in Information Design, Joel Katz
  6. Beautiful JavaScript, Anton Kovalyov
  7. Think: A Compelling Introduction to Philosophy, Simon Blackburn
  8. How to Think Like an Entrepreneur, Philip Delves Broughton
  9. The Myth of Sisyphus and Other EssaysAlbert Camus
  10. Violence: Six Sideways Reflections, Slavoj Žižek
  11. Ill Fares The Land, Tony Judt
  12. The Consolation of Philosophy, Boethius
  13. The Nature of Software Development, Ron Jeffries
  14. The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths, John Gray
  15. The Last Templar, Raymond Khoury

2016

  1. On Photography, Susan Sontag
  2. The Stranger, Albert Camus
  3. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, Steven D. Levitt
  4. The Filter Bubble: What the Internet is Hiding From You, Eli Pariser
  5. You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself, David McRaney
  6. What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets, Michael J. Sandel
  7. Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Charles Wheelan
  8. Finite and Infinite Games: A Vision of Life as Play and Possibility, James P. Coarse
  9. If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?: Advice for the Young, Kurt Vonnegut
  10. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg
  11. Killing Sacred Cows: Overcoming the Financial Myths That Are Destroying Your Prosperity, Garrett B. Gunderson
  12. You Are Not a Gadget, Jaron Lanier
  13. Automatic Wealth for Grads… and Anyone Else Just Starting Out, Michael Masterson
  14. The Internet Is Not the Answer, Andrew Keen
  15. All Your Worth: The Ultimate Lifetime Money Plan, Elizabeth Warren
  16.  How To Find Fulfilling Work, Roman Krznaric
  17. Pound Foolish: Exposing the Dark Side of the Personal Finance Industry, Helaine Olen
  18. Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Sherry Turkle
  19. Predictive AnalyticsEric Siegel
  20. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted WorldCal Newport
  21. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the WorldNiall Ferguson
  22. A Guide for the Perplexed, E.F. Schumacher
  23. Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry Into the Value of Work, Matthew Crawford
  24. The News: A User’s ManualAlain de Botton
  25. Social Physics, Alex Pentland
  26. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, Atul Gawande
  27. The End of Absence, Michael Harris
  28. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, Chris Hedges
  29. Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else, Geoff Colvin
  30. Don’t Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability, Steve Krug

2015

  1. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, Greg McKeown
  2. 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People, Susan M. Weinschenk
  3. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Atul Gawande
  4. How Proust Can Change Your Life, Alain de Botton
  5. My Life, Anton Chekov
  6. Truth: A Guide, Simon Blackburn
  7. How to Lie with Statistics, Darrel Huff
  8. Being Good: A Short Introduction to Ethics, Simon Blackburn
  9. Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche
  10. Lost At Sea: The Jon Ronson Mysteries, Jon Ronson
  11. Technopoly: The Surrender of Culture to Technology, Neil Postman
  12. Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away, Rebecca Goldstein
  13. Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
  14. Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business, Neil Postman
  15. Polio: An American Story, David M. Oshinsky
  16. Natural Acts: A Sidelong View of Science and Nature, David Quammen
  17. A Tour of Bones: Facing Fear and Looking for Life, Denise Inge
  18. The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
  19. First as Tragedy, Then as Farce, Slavoj Žižek

2014

  1. Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut
  2. Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, Cheryl Strayed
  3. A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold
  4. The Flight of the Iguana, David Quammen
  5. Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig

 

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