Reading List

Thanks to so many friends, co-workers, and mentors for recommending some stellar books. I’d fallen out of the habit of reading in college but never forgot to write titles down, so the real backlog is far FAR longer than this…

Current#

  • A New Earth, Eckhart Tolle
  • Atmasiddhi, Shrimad Rajchandra

Upcoming#

  • Sapiens, Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Argumentative Indian, Amartya Sen
  • Karna, Ranjit Desai
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel, Jared Diamond

Read#

  • An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, Hank Green (Aug ‘20)
  • Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life, Hector Garcia & Francesc Miralles (Aug ‘20)
  • Stop Reading The News, Rolf Dobelli (Jul ‘20)
I reduced my news consumption out of exhaustion a couple years ago, but I didn't think about it constructively enough. Dobelli's series of theses don't just encourage you to stop reading the news, but rather focus on reading specifically constructive, contextual, and focused content. Far too often, mainstream news is the opposite of all of that. Reinvigorated my drive to keep my reading habit going strong, and made my decision to reduce news consumption more proactive and conscious. Also made me realize how much my brain fuels a desire for shortform, quick, easy content after a few years of lots of internet, not enough books.
Reminded me that everyone, even the seemingly ordinary have stories to tell, sometimes you just have to gently draw them out. That's an art I hope to learn. This book gave me a glimpse into the culture and history of 90s Bombay, a time of change for the city, which I found particularly interesting. Also, its just an incredibly captivating narrative nonfiction.
  • Zero to One, Peter Thiel (2019)
  • Story of Your Life, Ted Chiang (2018)
  • Elon Musk, Ashlee Vance (2017)
  • Starship Troopers, Robert Heinlein (2016)
  • Perfume, Patrick Suskind (2016)
  • The Elephant Vanishes, Haruki Murakami (2015)
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad (2015)
  • 1984, George Orwell (2014)
  • Flowers for Algernon, Daniel Keyes (2014)
  • Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (2014)
  • Hamlet, William Shakespeare (2013)
  • Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card (2013)
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe (2013)
  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald (2013)
  • Odyssey, Homer (2013)
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley (2013)
  • The Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (2012)
  • The Republic, Plato (2012)
  • I, Robot, Isaac Asimov (2012)
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel (2012)
  • The Giver, Lois Lowry (2011)
  • Night, Elie Wiesel (2011)
  • Tangerine, Edward Bloor (2010)
  • Harry Potter (1-7), J.K. Rowling (2010)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Kate DiCamillo (2007)
  • Project Mulberry, Linda Sue Park (2007)

Podcasts#