“I read my eyes out and can’t read half enough…the more one reads the more one sees we have to read.” — John Adams

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” — Stephen King

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.” Fran Lebowitz

“If you want to think long-term, you can’t spend all day reading things that train your brain to twitch.” — Jason Zweig

I have always loved reading, whether it’s for pleasure, learning, work, school, or some combination of all of these.

I decided to use this page to track the notable books I’ve consumed, and to recommend titles others might enjoy.

To help me better remember what I’ve learned, I typically write Book Notes entries for those I especially like.

Note: This list, which I’m starting in Sept. 2018, is obviously incomplete. But I will endeavor to work back through the years to cover many of the best books I’ve read. This is just a start…


  1. “The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires,” by Tim Wu. Book Notes entry is here.
  2. “The Other One Percent: Indians in America,” by Sanjoy Chakravorty, Devesh Kapur and Nirvikar Singh. Book Notes entry is here.
  3. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind,” by Yuval Noah Harari. Book Notes entry is here.
  4. “Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World,” by Shadi Hamid
  5. “How to Retire with Enough Money: And How to Know What Enough Is,” by Teresa Ghilarducci
  6. “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death, and hope in a Mumbai undercity,” by Katherine Boo
  7. “Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World,” by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope.
  8. “Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup,” by John Carreyrou


  1. “Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion,” by Sam Harris. Book Notes entry is here.
  2. “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution,” by Walter Isaacson. Book Notes entry is here.
  3. “The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century,” by George Friedman. Book Notes entry is here.
  4. “The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail,” by Clayton Christensen. Book Notes entry is here.
  5. “The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon,” by Brad Stone. Book Notes entry is here.
  6. “An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions,” by Jean Drèze and Amartya Sen
  7. “Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter,” by Thomas Cahill
  8. “The Curse of the Mogul: What’s Wrong with the World’s Leading Media Companies,” by Jonathan A. Knee and Bruce C. Greenwald
  9. “The Circle,” by Dave Eggers
  10. “The Barbell Prescription: Strength Training for Life After 40,” by Jonathon M Sullivan and Andy Baker
  11. “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain,” by Gregory Berns
  12. “Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count,” by Richard E. Nisbett
  13. “The Golden Tap: The Inside Story of Hyper Funded Indian Startups,” by Kashyap Deorah
  14. “How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading,” by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren
  15. “The Windup Girl,” by Paolo Bacigalupi


  1. “Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets,” by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Book Notes entry is here.
  2. “The Dog Stars,” by Peter Heller. Book Notes entry is here.
  3. “Never Eat Alone…and Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time,” by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz. Book Notes entry is here.
  4. “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World,” by Cal Newport. Book notes entry is here.
  5. “Den of Thieves,” by James B. Stewart. Book Notes entry is here.
  6. “Purity,” By Jonathan Franzen. Book Notes entry is here.
  7. 2015

  1. “Asian Godfathers,” by Joe Studwell. Book Notes entry is here.
  2. “The Orphan Master’s Son: A Novel,” by Adam Johnson. Related blog post here.
  3. “The One Thing,” by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan. Book Notes entry is here.
  4. “A Little History of The World,” by Ernst Gombrich


  1. “The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently…and why,” by Richard Nisbett
  2. “Singapore: The air-conditioned nation; essays on the politics of comfort and control, 1990-2000,” by Cherian George
  3. “Parasites Like Us,” by Adam Johnson. Related blog post here.

And further back…

  1. “Netherland,” by Joseph O’Neill
  2. “Why Calories Count: From Science to Politics,” by Marion Nestle and Malden Nesheim
  3. “Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training,” by Mark Rippetoe and Lon Kilgore. Related blog post here.

  4. “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson.
  5. “Guns, Germs and Steel,” by Jared Diamond.
  6. “Other Voices, Other Rooms,” by Truman Capote. Capote-related blog posts here and here.
  7. “The Sportswriter” and “Independence Day,” by Richard Ford.
  8. “Fever Pitch,” by Nick Hornby.
  9. “A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius,” by Dave Eggers