The Reading List
Ever since I was a kid, I remember have an intense interest in books. I’d scour the library for books covering a variety of topics. I can’t say I read them all, but books have remained a part of my identity. They’re an opportunity to learn from the people you admire, to live the experiences you may never have. I always have a book on hand and a queue of books ready to ready.
I believe you should read books that will help you become the person you want to be.
Below are my book recommendations by category. If you’re interested, take a look at my entire reading list.
Keep in mind is: If you start a book and don’t enjoy it, don’t force yourself to finish it. Stop reading it and pick up another book.
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Biographies and Memoirs
First They Killed My Father by Luong Ung
The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris
“Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”: Adventures of a Curious Character by Richard Feynman
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance
Losing My Cool: Love, Literature, and a Black Man’s Escape from the Crowd by Thomas Chatterton Williams
Good to Great by Jim Collins
What Makes Sammy Run? by Budd Schulberg
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Kafka On the Shore by Haruki Murakami
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
After Dark by Haruki Murakami
Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
The Stranger by Albert Camus
Ham on Rye by Charles Bukowski
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
I Will Teach You To Be Rich by Ramit Sethi
The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley & William D. Danko
Breakthrough Advertising by Eugene Schwartz
Cashvertising by Drew Eric Whitman
Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdani
Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It by Kamal Ravikant
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