Books


Welcome to my digital bookshelf

Here you'll find every book I've read, more or less, along with a rating of 1-10 how strongly I recommend each book. Some books might be missing from this list, since I only started it a few years back and had to rely on memory for past books I read. For the same reason, some books might be missing dates or ratings or other info. If you want, try sorting by: rating, latest, or alphabetical. Or try looking at these categories: biography, business, fiction, foreign, literature, non-fiction, and theory.

Raison d'être

Do you wonder why this page exists? A great treasure in my reading life has been thumbing through other digital bookshelves such as sivers/books, gatesnotes, as well as a few others, but primarily those. And ever since I was introduced to the concept I knew I'd someday want to build one myself. So consider this a way to pay it forward?

195 Results


1Q84

1Q84

Haruki Murakami
Literature
May 2017
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan Peterson
Theory
7/10 - Mar 2019
1984

1984

George Orwell
Literature
9/10 - May 2014
A Streetcar Named Desire

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams
Literature
May 2011
Art

Art

Yasmina Reza
Foreign
May 2010
Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Aroused: The History of Hormones and How They Control Just About Everything

Randi Hutter Epstein
Nonfiction
7/10 - Jun 2019
The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence

Josh Waitzkin
Biography
7/10 - May 2014
As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

William Faulkner
Literature
May 2011
Atlas Shrugged

Atlas Shrugged

Ayn Rand
Literature
Aug 2014
Beowulf

Beowulf

J.R.R. Tolkein (translator)
Literature
May 2010
The Bell Ringers

The Bell Ringers

Henry Porter
Fiction
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Walter Isaacson
Biography
9/10 - Feb 2017
The Big Short: inside the doomsday machine

The Big Short: inside the doomsday machine

Michael Lewis
Nonfiction
Aug 2010
Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

Bottled & Sold: The Story Behind Our Obsession with Bottled Water

Peter H. Gleik
Nonfiction
Aug 2010
Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut
Literature
Brave New World

Brave New World

Alduous Huxley
Literature
Aug 2011
Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction

Buddha at the Apocalypse: Awakening from a Culture of Destruction

Kurt Spellmeyer
Theory
Aug 2019
Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware Right Now, Every Day

Buddhism Plain and Simple: The Practice of Being Aware Right Now, Every Day

Steve Hagen
Theory
9/10 - Dec 2013
Cat's Cradle

Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut
Literature
Aug 2008
Catch 22

Catch 22

Joseph Heller
Literature
May 2014
The Catcher in the Rye

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger
Literature
The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

The Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

Olivia Fox Cabane
Business
9/10 - May 2014
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream

Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream

James Altucher
Business
8/10 - Aug 2014
A Clash of Kings

A Clash of Kings

George R.R. Martin
Fiction
Mar 2014
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Robert C. Martin
Nonfiction
8/10
Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

Conscious: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind

Annaka Harris
Nonfiction
7/10 - Jun 2019
Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

Theodore Zeldin
Business
4/10 - Apr 2014
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon
Fiction
Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Ed Catmull
Business
8/10 - Oct 2015
Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment

Fyodor Dostoevsky
Literature
Oct 2014
The Crucible

The Crucible

Arthur Miller
Literature
Aug 2010
Cryptonomicon

Cryptonomicon

Neal Stephenson
Literature
Mar 2019
The Da Vinci Code

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown
Fiction
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Mason Currey
Nonfiction
7/10 - Aug 2014
A Dance with Dragons

A Dance with Dragons

George R.R. Martin
Fiction
Mar 2014
The Dark Elf Trilogy

The Dark Elf Trilogy

R.A. Salvatore
Fiction
Death on the Nile

Death on the Nile

Agatha Christie
Fiction
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport
Theory
8/10 - Dec 2017
The Dharma Bums

The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac
Literature
Apr 2017
The Divine Comedy

The Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri
Literature
Don Quixote

Don Quixote

Miguel de Cervantes
Literature
Sep 2014
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink
Business
7/10 - Aug 2014
Dune

Dune

Frank Herbert
Fiction
Aug 2014
Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson
Biography
8/10 - Aug 2014
Elantris

Elantris

Brandon Sanderson
Fiction
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Ashlee Vance
Biography
8/10 - Aug 2015
Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card
Fiction
Ender's Shadow

Ender's Shadow

Orson Scott Card
Fiction
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Daniel Goleman
Nonfiction
8/10 - Jan 2015
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon

Brad Stone
Business
7/10 - Nov 2016
Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury
Literature
Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

Eric Schlosser
Nonfiction
7/10 - Aug 2008
Farewell, My Lovely

Farewell, My Lovely

Raymond Chandler
Fiction
Apr 2017
A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows

George R.R. Martin
Fiction
Feb 2014
The Fine Art of Small Talk

The Fine Art of Small Talk

Debra Fine
Business
4/10 - May 2014
First Rider's Call

First Rider's Call

Kristen Britain
Fiction
Frankenstein

Frankenstein

Mary Shelley
Literature
Dec 2009
A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

George R.R. Martin
Fiction
Feb 2014
The Giver

The Giver

Lois Lowry
Fiction
May 2006
Good Poems

Good Poems

Garrison Keillor (editor)
Literature
The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game

Hermann Hesse
Literature
Sep 2019
The Great Book of Amber

The Great Book of Amber

Roger Zelazny
Fiction
Aug 2009
The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald
Literature
Dec 2010
Guns, Germs, Steel

Guns, Germs, Steel

Jared Diamond
Nonfiction
9/10 - Dec 2017
Hackers & Painters

Hackers & Painters

Paul Graham
Theory
9/10 - Sep 2016
Hamlet

Hamlet

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2012
Happier

Happier

Tal Ben-Shahar
Nonfiction
7/10 - Apr 2015
The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Jonathan Haidt
Theory
10/10 - May 2014
Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World

Haruki Murakami
Literature
Oct 2016
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling
Fiction
Hero of Ages

Hero of Ages

Brandon Sanderson
Fiction
Jul 2015
The High Lord

The High Lord

Trudi Canavan
Fiction
The High Window

The High Window

Raymond Chandler
Fiction
Apr 2017
The Hobbit

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkein
Fiction
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari
Theory
9/10 - May 2019
Hoot

Hoot

Carl Hiaasen
Fiction
Hound of the Baskervilles

Hound of the Baskervilles

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Fiction
The House of the Scorpion

The House of the Scorpion

Nancy Farmer
Fiction
The House on Mango Street

The House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros
Literature
May 2008
How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie
Business
7/10
Huis Clos

Huis Clos

Jean-Paul Sartre
Foreign
Hyperion

Hyperion

Dan Simmons
Fiction
The Icewind Dale Trilogy

The Icewind Dale Trilogy

R.A. Salvatore
Fiction
The Inflamed Mind

The Inflamed Mind

Edward Bullmore
Nonfiction
5/10 - Jul 2019
Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Thomas Pynchon
Literature
Dec 2018
The Illustrated Man

The Illustrated Man

Ray Bradbury
Literature
In His Own Write

In His Own Write

John Lennon
Fiction
Mar 2016
In the Plex

In the Plex

Steven Levy
Business
6/10 - Jan 2015
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Robert Cialdini
Business
8/10 - Sep 2014
John

John

Cynthia Lennon
Biography
7/10 - Oct 2014
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
Literature
Aug 2013
Kafka on the Shore

Kafka on the Shore

Haruki Murakami
Literature
Nov 2016
L'Etranger

L'Etranger

Albert Camus
Foreign
The Last Wish

The Last Wish

Andpzej Sapkowski
Fiction
Le Petit Prince

Le Petit Prince

Antoine de St. Exupery
Foreign
The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries
Business
6/10 - Jul 2015
Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson
Biography
8/10 - Aug 2019
Light in August

Light in August

William Faulkner
Literature
Aug 2010
Lincoln the Unknown

Lincoln the Unknown

Dale Carnegie
Biography
10/10 - Mar 2019
The Lion in Winter

The Lion in Winter

James Goldman
Literature
Aug 2009
Lolita

Lolita

Vladimir Nabokov
Literature
Jun 2014
Look Homeward, Angel

Look Homeward, Angel

Thomas Wolfe
Literature
Mar 2016
Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies

William Golding
Literature
May 2009
Lord Valentine's Castle

Lord Valentine's Castle

Robert Silverberg
Fiction
Macbeth

Macbeth

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2010
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die

Chip & Dan Heath
Nonfiction
9/10
The Magician's Guild

The Magician's Guild

Trudi Canavan
Fiction
Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankyl
Theory
8/10 - Sep 2014
Mastery

Mastery

Robert Greene
Nonfiction
8/10 - May 2015
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2008
Mindset

Mindset

Carol Dweck
Nonfiction
7/10 - May 2014
Mistborn

Mistborn

Brandon Sanderson
Fiction
Jul 2015
Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Herman Melville
Literature
Sep 2014
A Moveable Feast

A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway
Literature
Feb 2018
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2008
Mystic and Rider

Mystic and Rider

Sharon Shinn
Fiction
Mystic River

Mystic River

Dennis Lehane
Fiction
May 2005
The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind

Patrick Rothfuss
Fiction
Jun 2014
Never Let Me Go

Never Let Me Go

Kazuo Ishiguro
Literature
Mar 2019
Night

Night

Elie Wiesel
Literature
Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood

Haruki Murakami
Literature
Sep 2016
The Novice

The Novice

Trudi Canavan
Fiction
Of Mice and Men

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck
Literature
The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway
Literature
On a Wave

On a Wave

Thad Ziolkowski
Biography
On the Road

On the Road

Jack Kerouac
Literature
Aug 2013
One Hundred Years of Solitude

One Hundred Years of Solitude

Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Literature
Othello

Othello

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2012
The Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz
Nonfiction
9/10 - Aug 2014
The Pearl

The Pearl

John Steinbeck
Literature
The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman
Business
10/10 - Apr 2016
Pipe Dreams

Pipe Dreams

Kelly Slater
Biography
Player Piano

Player Piano

Kurt Vonnegut
Literature
May 2018
Post Office

Post Office

Charles Bukowski
Literature
Mar 2015
The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg
Nonfiction
7/10 - Sep 2014
Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach
Theory
8/10 - Jan 2015
A Raisin in the Sun

A Raisin in the Sun

Lorraine Hansberry
Literature
Ready, Player One

Ready, Player One

Ernest Cline
Fiction
Dec 2017
The Remains of the Day

The Remains of the Day

Kazuo Ishiguro
Literature
May 2019
Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2009
A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf
Theory
9/10 - Oct 2019
Sapiens

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari
Nonfiction
10/10 - Jul 2017
The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter

Nathaniel Hawthorne
Literature
Aug 2010
Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Robin Campbell (translator)
Theory
8/10 - Aug 2013
A Separate Peace

A Separate Peace

John Knowles
Literature
Seveneves

Seveneves

Neal Stephenson
Literature
Apr 2017
Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Hermann Hesse
Literature
Jan 2018
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

J.R.R. Tolkien (translator)
Literature
Dec 2009
Slaughterhouse-Five

Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut
Literature
Aug 2008
So Good They Can't Ignore You

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport
Business
9/10 - Mar 2015
Sons and Lovers

Sons and Lovers

D.H. Lawrence
Literature
Jan 2015
Sorrows of Young Werther

Sorrows of Young Werther

Johann von Goethe
Literature
Feb 2018
The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner
Literature
Aug 2010
Stardust

Stardust

Neil Gaiman
Fiction
Mar 2017
Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf

Hermann Hesse
Literature
Apr 2018
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson
Biography
9/10 - Aug 2014
A Storm of Swords

A Storm of Swords

George R.R. Martin
Fiction
Mar 2014
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson
Literature
The Subterraneans

The Subterraneans

Jack Kerouac
Literature
Sep 2018
The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

Ernest Hemingway
Literature
Jan 2015
The Symposium

The Symposium

Plato (translated by Walter Hamilton)
Theory
6/10 - Oct 2019
A Tale of Two Cities

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
Literature
Aug 2011
The Tempest

The Tempest

William Shakespeare
Literature
May 2011
Ten Little Indians

Ten Little Indians

Agatha Christie
Fiction
May 2006
Their Eyes Were Watching God

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
Literature
May 2009
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference

Malcolm Gladwell
Nonfiction
6/10 - Oct 2014
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Jon Meacham
Biography
8/10 - Feb 2018
To Have or To Be

To Have or To Be

Erich Fromm
Theory
7/10 - Jan 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee
Literature
The Trial

The Trial

Frank Kafka
Literature
Oct 2014
Tribes

Tribes

Seth Godin
Business
7/10 - Jan 2015
Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer

Henry Miller
Literature
The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Neil Strauss
Biography
8/10 - Oct 2015
Venture Deals

Venture Deals

Brad Feld
Business
7/10
Vineland

Vineland

Thomas Pynchon
Literature
May 2019
The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen

Alan Watts
Theory
9/10 - Aug 2019
Well of Ascension

Well of Ascension

Brandon Sanderson
Fiction
Jul 2015
A Wild Sheep Chase

A Wild Sheep Chase

Haruki Murakami
Literature
Feb 2018
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Roy Baumeister
Nonfiction
8/10 - Aug 2014
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Haruki Murakami
Literature
Jul 2016
The Wise Man's Fear

The Wise Man's Fear

Patrick Rothfuss
Fiction
Jun 2014
Women

Women

Charles Bukowski
Literature
Feb 2015
Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte
Literature
Dec 2009
Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

Your Memory: How It Works and How to Improve It

Kenneth Higbee
Nonfiction
9/10 - Aug 2013
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig
Theory
8/10 - Oct 2018
Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice

Shunryu Suzuki
Theory
8/10 - Jul 2019
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Charles Seife
Nonfiction
8/10
Zero to One

Zero to One

Peter Thiel
Business
9/10 - May 2015
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
Literature
May 2011

Quotes

"Books, like friends, should be few and well chosen" - Samuel Johnson

"I cannot remember the books I've read any more than the meals I've eaten; even so, they have made me" - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Tat Tvam Asi" - Chandogya Upanishad