How Reading 1 Book a Week Changed My Life

I began reading books as a regular habit since January 2015. The habit was inculcated by the love of books as well as by Amazon’s book recommendation algorithms. Over last 3.5 years I have read more than 160 non fiction books! They truly changed my life.

In first year nothing much changed externally but I began to change internally. I became happier and more positive. In next 2.5 years I became Vice President of Paytm (One of India’s largest Unicorn Startups) and a speaker at multiple conferences including the prestigious SXSW Edu conference.

Thanks to these books my son transformed from a naughty child who used to run away from studies to a child who builds iOS apps at the age of 8 and who built Arduino based robots with me when he was 6 years old.

I do not remember all books or their content but the little I still remember has changed my life. I did augment them with YouTube videos about them and also by observing their applicability in the real world. Recently I have also reduced my frequency of completing a book due to lack of time.

Today I want to share the names of these books (compiled from my Amazon account’s order history — Updated till May 2019) :

  1. The Back of the Napkin
  2. The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand
  3. Visual Language for Designers: Principles for Creating Graphics that People Understand
  4. Blah Blah Blah: What To Do When Words Don’t Work
  5. Unfolding the Napkin: The Hands-On Method for Solving Complex Problems with Simple Pictures
  6. Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines, and boosting productivity
  7. How Google Works
  8. The Lean Startup: How Constant Innovation Creates Radically Successful Businesses
  9. Show and Tell: How Everybody Can Make Extraordinary Presentations
  10. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
  11. Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers
  12. Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
  13. Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want
  14. Zero to One: Note on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future
  15. Lateral Thinking
  16. How to Build a Billion Dollar App: Discover the secrets of the most successful entrepreneurs of our time
  17. Simplicity
  18. The Hard Thing about Hard Thing: Building a Business When There are No Easy Answers
  19. All Marketers Tell Stories: The Underground Classic That Explains How Marketing Really Works — and Why Authenticity Is the Best Marketing of All
  20. Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising
  21. Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck
  22. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload
  23. Running Lean
  24. High Output Management
  25. Only the Paranoid Survive
  26. Visual Teams: Graphic Tools for Commitment, Innovation and High Performance
  27. Lean Analytics
  28. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever
  29. Microinteractions
  30. Remote: Office Not Required
  31. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
  32. Extreme Programming Explained: Embrace Change
  33. Kanban from the Inside
  34. Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change)
  35. Level Up! The Guide to Great Video Game Design
  36. The Secret of Childhood
  37. The Discovery of the Child
  38. The Montessori Method
  39. Hire Like a Boss: The Ultimate Guide to Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Interns and New Employees for Startup CEOs : 50 Pages
  40. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World
  41. Mastering the VC Game: A Venture Capital Insider Reveals How to Get from Start-up to IPO on Your Terms
  42. Fuzzy Logic: The Revolutionary Computer Technology That Is Changing Our World
  43. Game Programming Patterns
  44. The Icon Handbook
  45. The Illusion of Life : Disney Animation
  46. The Art of Game Design
  47. The Timeless Way of Building
  48. A Pattern Language
  49. Conceptual Blockbusting
  50. The Doodle Revolution: Unlock the Power to Think Differently
  51. Thinking with a Pencil
  52. Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Corporation
  53. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  54. The Checklist Manifesto : How to Get Things Right
  55. Art of Social Media: Power Tips
  56. The Effective Engineer: How to Leverage Your Efforts In Software Engineering to Make a Disproportionate and Meaningful Impact
  57. Strategy that Works: How Winning Companies Close the Strategy-to-Execution Gap
  58. The 48 Laws Of Power
  59. The Design of Everyday Things
  60. RC Series Bundle: Understanding Media
  61. Understanding Comics
  62. Drawn to Life: 20 Golden Years of Disney Master Classes: Volume 1: The Walt Stanchfield Lectures
  64. The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company
  65. Delivering Happiness
  66. Creativity Inc.
  67. Thinking, Fast and Slow
  68. Clean Code
  69. Change by Design
  70. Buyology: How Everything We Believe About Why We Buy is Wrong
  71. Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form
  72. Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels
  73. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
  74. Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World
  75. The Game Believes in You
  76. The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work
  77. Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable
  78. Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content
  79. Tribes: We need you to lead us
  80. Sprint
  81. The Long Tail: How Endless Choice is Creating Unlimited Demand
  82. Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers
  83. Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth
  84. Ogilvy on Advertising
  85. The Clean Coder
  86. Draw to Win: A Crash Course on How to Lead, Sell, and Innovate With Your Visual Mind
  87. Design Patterns
  88. Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code
  89. Theory of Fun for Game Design (2nd edition)
  90. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t
  91. Learning As Fun
  92. Essentialism
  93. Living with Complexity
  94. A Creator’s Guide to Transmedia Storytelling: How to Captivate and Engage Audiences across Multiple Platforms
  95. Visual Workplace/Visual Thinking: Creating Enterprise Excellence through the Technologies of the Visual Workplace
  96. The 5 AM Revolution: Why High Achievers Wake Up Early and How You Can Do It, Too
  97. The Pomodoro Technique: A Quick Start Guide To Be Productive, Manage Time And Get Things Done (Time Management, Productivity, Get Things Done)
  98. Arduino: Complete Beginners Guide For Arduino — Everything You Need To Know To Get Started (Arduino 101, Arduino Mastery)
  99. Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide
  100. Free: The Future of a Radical Price
  101. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution
  102. The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
  103. Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? How to drive your career and create a remarkable future
  104. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century
  105. The Corporate Blogging Book
  106. Everything I Know
  107. Contagious: Why Things Catch On
  108. Visual Finance: The One Page Visual Model to Understand Financial Statements and Make Better Business Decisions
  109. To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing, and Influencing Others
  110. An Introduction to General Systems Thinking
  111. The Master Motivator
  112. Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think
  113. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9–5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich
  114. Lean vs Agile vs Design Thinking: What you really need to know to build high-performing digital product teams
  115. Youtility: Why Smart Marketing Is about Help Not Hype
  116. The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way
  117. Frames of Mind: The Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  118. Reading in a Participatory Culture: Remixing Moby-Dick in the English Classroom (Language & Literacy)
  119. User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development
  120. A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It’s Everyone’s Business
  121. Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom
  122. The Mythical Man-Month, Anniversary Edition: Essays On Software Engineering
  123. APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur-How to Publish a Book
  124. The Curiosity Cycle (Second Edition): Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion
  125. Mindset — Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential
  126. Mindstorms
  127. Taiichi Ohnos Workplace Management: Special 100th Birthday Edition (Mechanical Engineering)
  128. A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)
  129. The Language and Thought of the Child
  130. The Unschooled Mind: How Children Think and How Schools Should Teach
  131. Changing Minds: The Art And Science of Changing Our Own And Other People’s Minds
  132. The Homeschooling Handbook
  133. Experience And Education
  134. UX for Lean Startups: Faster, Smarter User Experience Research and Design
  135. Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success
  136. Mind in Society: Development of Higher Psychological Processes
  137. Design For Kids: Digital Products for Playing and Learning
  138. The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Basic Skills)
  139. Free to Make: How the Maker Movement is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, and Our Minds
  140. Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
  141. Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences
  142. Presentation Zen Design
  143. The Startup Way: How Entrepreneurial Management Transforms Culture and Drives Growth
  144. Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative
  145. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined
  146. Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play
  147. Open Source Leader
  148. On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction
  149. Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder
  150. Event Design Handbook: Systematically Design Innovative Events using the #EventCanvas
  151. Making Ideas Happen: Overcoming the Obstacles Between Vision and Reality
  152. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change
  153. Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
  154. The Pumpkin Plan: A Simple Strategy to Grow a Remarkable Business in Any Field
  155. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  156. The ABCs of How We Learn: 26 Scientifically Proven Approaches, How They Work, and When to Use Them
  157. Make It Stick
  158. You, Your Child and School
  159. Introduction to Mathematical Thinking
  160. TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking: Tips and tricks for giving unforgettable speeches and presentations
  161. The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything
  162. Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology
  163. Agile Product Management with Scrum: Creating Products that Customers Love
  164. Social Movements for Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change
  165. Principles: Life and Work
  166. The Four Steps to the Epiphany
  167. An Introduction to Stock and Options
  168. Term Sheets & Valuations: A Line by Line Look at the Intricacies of Term Sheets & Valuations
  169. Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea that Drives 10x Growth
  170. Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City
  171. Grouped: How small groups of friends are the key to influence on the social web (Voices That Matter)
  172. Blockchain: Ultimate guide to understanding blockchain, bitcoin, cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the future of money
  173. Decode and Conquer: Answers to Product Management Interviews
  174. How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed
  175. Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think
  176. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
  177. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
  178. Purpose, Incorporated: Turning Cause Into Your Competitive Advantage
  179. Presto Sketching: The Magic of Simple Drawing for Brilliant Product Thinking and Design
  180. The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love and Work Better To Live More