What I’ve Been Reading

Books I’ve read, complete since 2016 (and whatever I could remember of 2015). If I read it more than once, it appears more than once. I’m not sure why I decided to post this publicly.

2015

  • A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgress
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly
  • Armidillo
  • A Rough Guide to the Future – Christopher Lovelock
  • Fundamentals of Ethics
  • The Four Hour Work Week – Tim Ferriss
  • The Four Hour Body – Tim Ferriss
  • Fluent Forever – Gabriel Wyner
  • The Most Good You Can Do – Peter Singer
2016
  • The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins
  • Thinking Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
  • Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  • The Obstacle is the Way – Ryan Holiday
  • Ego is the Enemy – Ryan Holiday
  • Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
  • The black Swan – Nicholas Taleb
  • The Art of Learning – Joshua Waitzkin
  • The Four Hour Chef – Tim Ferriss
  • Vagabonding – Rolf Potts
  • Tribes – Seth Godin
  • The Purple Cow – Seth Godin
  • #AskGaryVee – Gary Vaynerchuck
  • The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman
  • Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  • The Twits – Roald Darhl
  • The dispatcher – John Scalzi
  • The Effective Altruism Handbook – Various
  • Zero to one – Peter Thiel
  • Gratitude -Oliver Sacks
  • Deep Work – Cal Newport
  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (1) – Eleizer Yudkowsky
  • HJPEV and the Professor’s Games (2) – Eleizer Yudkowsky
2017
  • HJPEV and the Shadows of Death (3) –  Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • HJPEV and the Phoenix’s Call (4) –  Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • HJPEV and the Last Enemy (5) –  Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • HJPEV and the Philosopher’s Stone (6) – Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • David and Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! – Richard Feynman
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You – Cal Newport
  • Rationality from AI to Zombies Book I: Map and Territory –  Eliezer Yudkowsky
  • Do Human Kinds Best Days Lie Ahead – Matt Ridley, Malcolm Gladwell, Steven Pinker & Alain de Botton
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Leif Babin & Jocko Willink
  • The Art of Learning – Josh Watzkin
  • The First 20 Hours – Josh Kaufman
  • The Lean Startup – Eric Ries
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari
  • Rework – David Heinemeier Hansson & Jason Fried
  • Drive – Daniel Pink
  • Anything You Want – Derek Sivers
  • The Course of Love – Alain DeBotton
  • Vagabonding – Rolf Potts
  • A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra) by Barbara Oakley
  • The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  • Mastery by Robert Green
2018
  • On Writing Well – William Zinsser
  • The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin
  • Becoming a Straight A Student – Cal Newport
  • How to Win at College – Cal Newport
  • 7 Must Know Strategies to Learn Anything Faster – Scott Young
  • Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss
  • Other Minds: The Octopus and the Evolution of Intelligent Life – Peter Godfrey-Smith
  • A Slim Guide to Semantics – Paul Elborne
  • Consciousness: The Science of Subjectivity – Antti Revonsuo
  • Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
  • Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Insident – Eoin Colfer
  • Mind: a Brief Introduction – John R Searle
  • The Making of a Philosopher – Colin McGuinn
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams (Movie edition)
  • Conspiracy – Ryan Holiday
  • Strategy: an Introduction to Game Theory – Joel Watson
  • A very short introduction to Global Economic History – Robert C. Allen
  • Herland – Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Poetry of the Universe: a Mathematical Exploration of the Cosmos – Robert Osserman
  • The Art of Learning – Josh Waitzkin
2019
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
  • The Restaurant at the End of the Universe  – Douglas Adams
  • Life, the Universe and Everything  – Douglas Adams
  • So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish  – Douglas Adams
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! – Richard Feynman
  • An Introduction to Decision Theory – Martin Peterson
  • The Art of Learning – Joshua Waitzkin
  • Radical Markets – Eric Posner and Glen Weyl
  • Normative Uncertainty – William MacAskill
  • Wittgenstein – A.C. Grayling  (Past Masters Series)
  • The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
Last updated 22/4/2019

Reading Recommendations for 2016

Every year I read a few books, most come endorsed by a few trusted sources. In 2016 I read 22 books in total, and started countless more. Here are 6 that I thought were the most brilliant.

Thinking Fast and Slow By Daniel Kahneman The story of two fictional systems in our brain, illuminating insights into human cognition, especially the heuristics and biases we all posses. See summary here.

Ego is the Enemy By Ryan Holiday A Very short guide to understanding and combating ego at every stage of success. See summary here.

The Art of Learning By Joshua Waitzkin Josh takes you through how he mastered Chess and then Tai Chi Push Hands, and his overarching method for true mastery of any endeavor. See summary here.

The Selfish Gene By Richard Dawkins A comprehensive introduction to evolutionary biology. See summary here.

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality By Eleizer Yudkowsky Harry is re-imagined as an intelligent and scientifically literate student of Hogwarts, using the scientific method to discover just how this “magic” stuff works. Begin reading here.

Deep Work By Cal Newport Why working deeply and without distraction is both becoming increasingly rare and valuable, and strategies for implementing the concept of Deep Work into your life. See summary here.

I also recommend checking out some of the other books I read in 2016, especially Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari, The black Swan by Nicholas Taleb, The Four Hour Chef by Timothy Ferriss, Vagabonding by Rolf Potts, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

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