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?

61 Results - sorted by rating


The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Jonathan Haidt
Theory
10/10
Lincoln the Unknown

Lincoln the Unknown

Dale Carnegie
Biography
10/10
The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman
Business
10/10
Sapiens

Sapiens

Yuval Noah Harari
Nonfiction
10/10
1984

1984

George Orwell
Literature
9/10
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Walter Isaacson
Biography
9/10
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
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
Guns, Germs, Steel

Guns, Germs, Steel

Jared Diamond
Nonfiction
9/10
Hackers & Painters

Hackers & Painters

Paul Graham
Theory
9/10
Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

Yuval Noah Harari
Theory
9/10
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 Paradox of Choice

The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz
Nonfiction
9/10
A Room of One's Own

A Room of One's Own

Virginia Woolf
Theory
9/10 - Oct 2019
So Good They Can't Ignore You

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport
Business
9/10
Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson
Biography
9/10
The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen

Alan Watts
Theory
9/10
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
Zero to One

Zero to One

Peter Thiel
Business
9/10
Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream

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

James Altucher
Business
8/10
Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Robert C. Martin
Nonfiction
8/10
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
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
Einstein: His Life and Universe

Einstein: His Life and Universe

Walter Isaacson
Biography
8/10
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
Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

Daniel Goleman
Nonfiction
8/10
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Robert Cialdini
Business
8/10
Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson
Biography
8/10
Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankyl
Theory
8/10
Mastery

Mastery

Robert Greene
Nonfiction
8/10
Radical Acceptance

Radical Acceptance

Tara Brach
Theory
8/10
Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Robin Campbell (translator)
Theory
8/10
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Jon Meacham
Biography
8/10
The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

The Truth: An Uncomfortable Book About Relationships

Neil Strauss
Biography
8/10
Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength

Roy Baumeister
Nonfiction
8/10
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig
Theory
8/10
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
Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea

Charles Seife
Nonfiction
8/10
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos

Jordan Peterson
Theory
7/10
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
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
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
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Mason Currey
Nonfiction
7/10
Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Daniel Pink
Business
7/10
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
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
Happier

Happier

Tal Ben-Shahar
Nonfiction
7/10
How to Win Friends and Influence People

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie
Business
7/10
John

John

Cynthia Lennon
Biography
7/10
Mindset

Mindset

Carol Dweck
Nonfiction
7/10
The Power of Habit

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg
Nonfiction
7/10
To Have or To Be

To Have or To Be

Erich Fromm
Theory
7/10
Tribes

Tribes

Seth Godin
Business
7/10
Venture Deals

Venture Deals

Brad Feld
Business
7/10
In the Plex

In the Plex

Steven Levy
Business
6/10
The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries
Business
6/10
The Symposium

The Symposium

Plato (translated by Walter Hamilton)
Theory
6/10 - Oct 2019
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
The Inflamed Mind

The Inflamed Mind

Edward Bullmore
Nonfiction
5/10
Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

Conversation: How Talk Can Change Our Lives

Theodore Zeldin
Business
4/10
The Fine Art of Small Talk

The Fine Art of Small Talk

Debra Fine
Business
4/10

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