2016 Reading List

Listing out all the books I read this year makes me very proud, however to paraphrase Michelangelo:

If you knew how long this took me, it wouldn't seem so wonderful at all. 

I'm actually a slower than average reader (I measure it regularly), so this achievement of reading 60 books in a year, is more a reflection of time management and introverted social life.

Instead of giving a blurb about each book for an unknown number of readers, I thought my time would be better spent grouping them and highlighting a few best.

Top Fiction:

  1. The Brothers Karamazov - Dostoyevski
  2. The Plague - Albert Camus
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  5. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen

Top Philosophy:

  1. On the Suffering of the World – Schopenhauer
  2. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
  3. The Fastidious Assassins (The Rebel) - Albert Camus
  4. Beyond Religion - Dalai Lama

Top Buddhism:

  1. The Buddhist Path to Simplicity - Christina Feldman
  2. Becoming Enlightened - Dalai Lama
  3. Touching Peace - Thich Nhat Hanh

Top Happiness:

  1. Happiness: Developing Life's Most Important Skill - Mattieu Riccard
  2. Happiness: A Philosophers Guide - Frederic Lenoir
  3. The Art of Happiness - Dalai Lama

 


Books Read in 2016

  1. Zero to One - Peter Thiel
  2. The Republic - Plato
  3. Phaedrus - Plato
  4. How Proust Can Change your Life - Alain De Botton
  5. His Essential Wisdom - Dalai Lama
  6. Becoming Enlightened - Dalai Lama
  7. Stages of Meditation - Dalai Lama
  8. Beyond Religion - Dalai Lama
  9. The Art of Happiness - Dalai Lama
  10. The Buddhist Path to Simplicity - Christina Feldman
  11. Colorless - Haruki Murakami
  12. An Anthropologist on Mars - Oliver Sacks
  13. The Pilgrimage - Paulo Coelho
  14. The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho
  15. Life of Pi - Yann Martel
  16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Milan Kundera
  17. Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
  18. To the Lighthouse - Virginia Woolf
  19. Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
  20. The Stranger - Albert Camus
  21. The Fall - Albert Camus
  22. Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
  23. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
  24. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  25. Useful Work vs Useless Toil - William Morris
  26. Nature - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. On Solitude - Michel de Montaigne
  28. The Lamp of Memory - John Ruskin
  29. The Fastidious Assassins (The Rebel) - Albert Camus
  30. The Plague - Albert Camus (re-read)
  31. The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
  32. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  33. Outliers – Gladwell
  34. Tuesdays with Morrie – Albom
  35. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky
  36. Influence – Cialdini
  37. Essays – George Orwell
  38. 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
  39. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  40. Buddha - Deepak Chopra
  41. On the Suffering of the World – Schopenhauer
  42. The 1001 Arabian Nights (Book 1)
  43. The 1001 Arabian Nights (Book 2)
  44. The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  45. Happiness: Life's most important skill - Mattieu Riccard
  46. Happiness: A Philosophers Guide - Frederic Lenoir
  47. Candide - Voltaire
  48. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Movie Script)
  49. North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
  50. Anthem - Ayn Rand
  51. Little Book of Contentment - Leo Babauta
  52. Buddhism Without Beliefs -  Stephen Batchelor
  53. Search Inside Yourself - Chade-Meng Tan
  54. Touching Peace - Thich Nhat Hanh
  55. Teachings on Love - Thich Nhat Hanh
  56. Unto This Last - John Ruskin
  57. The Enchiridion - Epictetus
  58. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals - Kant
  59. Courage - Osho
  60. Unwritten - Jack Delosa

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Sebastian Kade, Founder of Sumry and Author of Living Happiness, is a software designer and full-stack engineer. He writes thought-provoking articles every now and then on sebastiankade.com

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