My Reading List of 2014

“Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.” –Henry David Thoreau

This year I put an extra effort to read as much as I could and I was handsomely rewarded by the insights and experiences these authors shared with me.

I can not encourage reading enough. If you have trouble picking up the habit of reading every night, get any of these books and put it on your bedside counter. I can promise that you won’t be able to put it down.

The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World

by Daniel Yergin

Pirate Latitudes

by Michael Crichton

The Racketeer: A Novel

by John Grisham


by Marcus Aurelius

Letters from a Stoic

by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Kenobi: Star Wars

by John Jackson Miller

The Night Circus

by Erin Morgenstern

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing, and Advertising

by Ryan Holiday

The Zero Marginal Cost Society: The Internet of Things, the Collaborative Commons, and the Eclipse of Capitalism

by Jeremy Rifkin

Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

by Mark Greaney

The Future of Life

by Edward Wilson

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

by Carol Dweck

Change by Design: How Design Thinking Transforms Organizations and Inspires Innovation

by Tim Brown

The Wise Man’s Fear: The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two

by Patrick Rothfuss

The Harlem Hellfighters

by Max Brooks

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

by Mason Currey

The Commanding Heights : The Battle for the World Economy

by Daniel Yergin

As a Man Thinketh

by James Allen

Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less

by Sam Carpenter

The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

by Michio Kaku

Wherever You Go, There You Are

by Jon Kabat-Zinn

The Diamond Age

by Neal Stephenson

Smartcuts: How Hackers, Innovators, and Icons Accelerate Success

by Shane Snow

Cool Gray City of Love: 49 Views of San Francisco

by Gary Kamiya

The Choose Yourself Stories

by James Altucher

The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves

by Matt Ridley

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb


by R. J. Palacio

The Goldfinch: A Novel

by Donna Tartt

Capital in the Twenty-First Century

by Thomas Piketty

Flash Boys

by Michael Lewis

The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

by Ryan Holiday

The Magic of Thinking Big

by David J. Schwartz

The Mating Mind: How Sexual Choice Shaped the Evolution of Human Nature

by Geoffrey Miller

The 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks than Others Do in 12 Months

by Brian P. Moran

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

by Seth Godin

The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

by Michael Lewis

Sh*t My Dad Says

by Justin Halpern

Do the Work

by Steven Pressfield

The Four Steps to the Epiphany: Successful Strategies for Products that Win

by Steven Gary Blank

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-By-Step Guide for Building a Great Company

by Steve Blank

A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888–1889

by Frederic Morton

Star Wars Volume 1: In the Shadow of Yavin

by Brian Wood

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World

by Tracy Kidder

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story

by Michael J. LEWIS

The 48 Laws of Power

by Robert Greene

The Maltese Falcon

by Dashiell Hammett

A Short History of Nearly Everything: Special Illustrated Edition

by Bill Bryson

City of Thieves: A Novel

by David Benioff

The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

Life’s Operating Manual: With the Fear and Truth Dialogues

by Tom Shadyac

My Life as an Experiment: One Man’s Humble Quest to Improve Himself by Living as a Woman, Becoming George Washington, Telling No Lies, and Other Radical Tests

by A. J. Jacobs

Thinking, Fast and Slow

by Daniel Kahneman

Next Generation Democracy: What the Open-Source Revolution Means for Power, Politics, and Change

by Jared Duval

The Quarter-Life Breakthrough

by Adam Smiley Poswolsky

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo

by Tom Reiss

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

by Jonah Berger

What books do you recommend that I add for 2015?

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