Reading List

Reading List

My reading journey started with the "classics" and has evolved to include everything from business, to spirituality, to neuroscience.

You can see what I'm reading next on my public reading list and make sure to share your recommendations with me.

Otherwise, check out my all-time favourite books, or browse my reading notes below.


The most influential books I've read:

Best books on the human condition:

Best classic fiction:

Best philosophy gems:


Reading Notes

Where I keep my thoughts on all the books I've read, as well as some good quotes from them.

The Big Picture – Carroll

I have to admit that I’m a massive Carroll fanboy. I think he is an extremely intelligent person and an expert communicator. I love his thinking, his books, and his podcast. “The truth is that the ground has disappeared beneath… Continue Reading

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Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility – Mcord

Patty Mcord did a good job writing this book, especially for her consulting career. It’s a good book but lacks a solid theory or structure towards what god leadership is. It’s more an abstraction of her learnings from growing Netflix.… Continue Reading

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21 Laws of Leadership

Maxwell is not one of my favourite authors. While he has a lot of good wisdom on leadership, his style of teaching is through highly marketed, over exaggerated framing. "Leadership is influence, nothing less, nothing more. But here are another… Continue Reading

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The Meaning of Human Existence – Wilson

This book is dangerous in that it promotes false logic and rationality. It’s the kind of fake news attitude that America has seen arise. Where flawed logic is not flawed thought. To get a quick sense of my thoughts of… Continue Reading

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The Moral Animal – Wright

The Moral Animal by Dawkins is a great all round read. However, not as in-depth on evolution as “the selfish gene” but probably enough for the general reader. Because it touches on so many ideas, it kind of jumps around… Continue Reading

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River Out of Eden – Dawkins

This was a really enjoyable read from Dawkins before he became the poster-child of atheism. However, if you are interested in learning more about evolution and DNA then I would recommend The Selfish Gene by Dawkins instead. It’s much more… Continue Reading

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Reinventing Organisations – Laloux

I think historically I’ve been very biased towards alternate leadership styles that set out to “break the mould”. However, having spent a lot of time reading and thinking about leadership, I think there is something fallacious about this idea. Reinventing… Continue Reading

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The Selfish Gene – Dawkins

Despite the poor rap that Dawkins has built over the years, this original work of his is a true classic. It is the foundation for much of the evolutionary science that came after it, and it really contains none of… Continue Reading

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The Human Side of Enterprise – McGregor

The Human Side of Enterprise is a classic business book that when taking it’s context into account, highlights some really useful things about the transition from pre-management to management to leadership. It’s not to be read looking for a model… Continue Reading

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Incognito – Eagleman

(Goodreads ・ Amazon) Incognito is what you get when Thinking Fast and Slow by Kahneman, and Free Will by Sam Harris, have book sex. Incognito by David Eagleman is a much more comprehensive and arguably better version of Sam Harris’… Continue Reading

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Demian – Hesse

Like all of Herman Hesse’s novels, after finishing it I sigh with despair and think to myself: “There is nothing left for me to contribute to literature. My career is done before it had a chance to begin.” Hesse is… Continue Reading

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Heart of Darkness – Conrad

There is only one quote you need to know from this Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: “The horror! The horror!” That is not to say that there is no value in this book, I actually think the opposite. But that one… Continue Reading

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Principles – Dalio

(Goodreads ・ Amazon) I respect Ray Dalio’s humility and honesty. You get the sense that he is an open, “enlightened” man who has seen the greater pattern in the world and lifted himself a little further away from the bopping… Continue Reading

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This Changes Everything – Klein

(Goodreads・Amazon) My personal prediction Humans are going to go through a rather lengthy and difficult learning experience that will likely last 60-200 years. We won’t change our behaviour in time to reach the 2C warming target. Even when we hit… Continue Reading

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Everything on Capitalism

This is the reading list that I followed when studying capitalism. Apart from the books listed here I read countless articles online but didn’t track them. 👌 Essential reads Capitalism: A very short introduction – This is the perfect place to… Continue Reading

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Factfullness – Rosling

(Goodreads ・ Amazon) So here lies the conundrum. The world isn’t as bad as we think it is. Quality of life is the best it has ever been in right across the globe. That’s not to say things aren’t still… Continue Reading

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Phi – Tononi

Phi: A voyage from the brain to the soulGiulio Tononi (Goodreads ・ Amazon) Ultimately, it’s a good read, despite being a little long and flourished with over-extravagant language. Big Takeaway The big takeaway that I got from reading this is… Continue Reading

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Postcapitalism – Mason

(Goodreads ・ Amazon) Fucking beautiful. Core Ideas Neoliberalism is unsustainable. Capitalism goes through 50 year “Kondratieff” cycles. The current one has stalled. Information-technology has zero-marginal costs. Non-market goods and services are taking over previous market niches. Inequality is rising and… Continue Reading

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Inventing the Future – Srnicek

(Goodreads ・ Amazon) The Four Demands Full automation – rather than fighting machines, aim for 100% automation of labour. This would mean the ability for wealth to grow without human labour needed. Our basic human needs would be fulfilled by machines.… Continue Reading

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Labor and Monopoly Capital – Braverman

(Goodreads・Amazon) An extremely thorough and diligent study on the effects of monopoly capitalism on human labour. I’m blown away by the depth and rigour that Braverman goes to in this exploration. He is truly a clear writer and sound thinker.… Continue Reading

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Capitalism and Freedom – Friedman

(Goodreads・Amazon) Not a recommended read. This lengthy book by Friedman feels more like multiple opinion pieces rather than accurate research. The crux of the book is about letting markets operate with minimum government intervention. He argues that this will reduce… Continue Reading

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century

(Goodreads・Amazon) I struggled 30% of the way through this before giving up and coming to terms with the fact that it wasn’t going to get any better. The content is great, it’s just that the author is an economist, not… Continue Reading

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Capitalism: A very short introduction

(Goodreads・Amazon) Notes Merchant capitalism – was the beginning of capitalism where merchants created corporations to split the risk of ship voyages to the indies to get spices to be sold in Europe. Wealth was created by exploiting a difference in cost… Continue Reading

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The Art Of Learning – Waitzkin

Goodreads | Amazon One of the most influential books that I’ve read. The Art of Learning is a beautifully simple book written with clarity. Not being an author by profession, Josh Waitzkin doesn’t try fluff his writing up. He gets… Continue Reading

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Why Buddhism is True – Wright

Goodreads | Amazon It took me over four months to read this book. With that being said, it’s still a decent book. Wright sets out to demonstrate that the core tenants of Buddhist Philosophy are a truer perception of reality.… Continue Reading

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The Death and Life of Great American Cities – Jacobs

Goodreads | Amazon This book is a classic. Jane Jacobs completed a massive feat for humanity; she ruthlessly observed, documented, and critiqued modern urban living from the street up. Despite being a journalist, she has become the most influential figure… Continue Reading

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Blink – Gladwell

Goodreads | Amazon Gladwell is the master of well written, average quality books. I don’t say this to be rude, rather sincere. He is an amazing writer, with a real talent for collecting and telling compelling stories related to a… Continue Reading

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Sirens of Titan – Vonnegut

Sirens is another beautiful novel by Vonnegut about where with more focus than ever before he pursues the contradictory absurdity of meaningful life. A novel that ironically makes you question whether a higher meaning in life would actually be a… Continue Reading

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Journey To The East – Hesse

This is an extremely beautiful short story by the master Hesse. In his usual magnificent proce, he aims to tell the untellable story. Partly an analogy of wisdom (untellable knowledge), this is a superb book that nods it’s head slightly… Continue Reading

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Slaughterhouse-Five – Vonnegut

Oh Vonnegut, how did I not discover you earlier 😍 Slaughterhouse-five is an astounding book about finding meaning in life.  “Well, here we are, Mr. Pilgrim, trapped in the amber of this moment. There is no why.” Or maybe it’s… Continue Reading

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Good City Form – Lynch

I appreciate this book for what it is, despite feeling that much more could have been covered with much less pages. Lynch, like other urban planners I recently read, enjoys rambling excessively about everything and describing in detail the obvious.… Continue Reading

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Walkable City – Speck

A frustratingly, mediocre book with some really good information in it. Speck, I love your ideas and mission, but please, stick to urban planning. Rather than spending the time reading this, just watch his Ted talk online which covers all… Continue Reading

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Utopia – More

This book by Thomas More is famous for coining the term “utopia – an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.” Unfortunately, that’s all it should be known for. The negative connotation that the term Utopia has,… Continue Reading

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Cultivating a reading list

One of the things that I am most proud of is that for the last three years I have read 40-60 books per year. I’m not a fast reader. I don’t skim read. I’m not reading short-fiction. One of the… Continue Reading

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Island – Huxley

I admire Huxley for his spirit, character, and intention. He is an author who relentlessly pursued the idea that mankind could structure itself better; that there was, if not an ideal state, a better state. Huxley is extremely well read… Continue Reading

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The Joy of Living – Mingyur

Goodreads – Amazon If you’re looking for a book to open the door into Buddhist philosophy for you, then The Joy of Living by Yongey Mingyur is a good place to start. It’s written well, covers the essentials, and isn’t… Continue Reading

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Euthyphro – Plato

This short read from Plato is an enjoyable dialogue between Socrates and Euthyphro on the nature of piety, morality, and virtue. The major idea to come out of this book is known as the Euthyphro Dilemma, which deals with the… Continue Reading

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Consciousness – Koch

(Goodreads・Amazon) Hands down this is the most influential book I read in 2017. Koch covers the basics of the latest neuroscience research in a very humble, non-assuming way. He weaves in his own personal story about his search for truth.… Continue Reading

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2017 Reading List

Despite feeling like I lost my focus in 2017, I actually ended up reading 50 books over the year. I’ll be writing a post about how I manage to read so much despite being a slow reader. Top Philosophy Consciousness… Continue Reading

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Rules for Radicals – Alinsky

At heart I am a radical. Alinksky showed me that. Rules for Radicals is a book on many things; how to motivate people, how to make decisions, but most importantly, it is a call to arms for the radical within us all.… Continue Reading

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The Little Prince

Few stories capture so simply the essence of the humble human heart. The Little Prince is a book that we should all read and remember, because it is one that defines what it means to be human. I read (and… Continue Reading

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Happiness – Matthieu Ricard

Ricard is my favourite Buddhist author by far. The voice in his books is one of light-hearted deep compassion. He is someone who I could imagine being an incredible friend and mentor. In his book, Happiness: A Guide to Developing Life’s… Continue Reading

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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… Continue Reading

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Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely

Predictably Irrational, is a series of experiments and stories that help highlight how irrational we are as human beings. My favourite takeaways were: Never mix social norms with market norms We are crazy for “FREE!” Restating our moral duty actually makes… Continue Reading

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Outliers – Gladwell

Gladwell writes with humility, heart and soul. He often briefly leaves his point to connect it to the grand scheme of life – as any good writer should, for if we don’t what is the point of writing? People that are… Continue Reading

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Tuesdays with Morrie – Albom

Sometime ago I wrote down a note: “I realised today that we’re no longer trying to communicate anything new. As humans, the core ideas of life and living are already explored at depth in books, plays, blogs and speeches. All we are trying… Continue Reading

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The Grand Inquisitor – Dostoevsky

This mini-story, part of the grand masterpiece The Brothers Karamazov, is a thought provoking inquisition into God and Religion. What makes Dostoevsky’s writing brilliant is it’s honest and clarity. Although he is a Christian himself, he has no qualms exploring the… Continue Reading

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The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky

A book about the impossibility of faith and yet the absolute necessity of it. The pinnacle of Dostoevsky’s writing and a classic that ranks amongst the best. Dostoevsky is a writer who wrote with honesty and clarity about the human experience. He was Christian, but had… Continue Reading

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Influence – Cialdini

Cialdini has produced the most comprehensive and quiet honestly useful textbook on the forces of influence. I intentionally do not call it a book because I do not think it one. Although extremely informative, Cialdini’s form of writing is bland, detached and borderline… Continue Reading

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Zero to One – Thiel

Thiel often talks with such extremes that you can’t be sure if even he believe what he “writes”. Yet every now and then he drops a line so poetically profound that you can’t help but applaud him. Despite coming across quite contradictory,… Continue Reading

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