Books to be Read

Non-Fiction

  • Alfred Russell Wallace – The Malay Archipelago
  • Andrew Grove (András István Gróf) – High Output Management
  • Anton Z. Capri – From Quanta to Quarks: More Anecdotal History of Physics
  • Ashcroft & Mermin – Solid State Physics
  • Chanakya – Arthashastra
  • Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast & Slow
  • Douglas Hofstadter – Gödel, Escher, Bach
  • Edward Tufte – Beautiful Evidence
  • Gary Hamel – Competing for the Future (business)
  • Jeff Liker – The Toyota Way (business)
  • Michael Batty – Cities & Complexity
  • Michael Lewis – Moneyball
  • Michael Lewis – The Big Short
  • Nate Silver – The Signal & The Noise
  • Nick Lane – Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life
  • Noam Chomsky – Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, Syntactic Structures
  • Olivia Judson – Dr. Tatiana’s Sex Advice to All Creation
  • Paul Volcker and Toyoo Gyohten – Changing Fortunes
  • Peter Drucker – The Effective Executive (business)
  • Peter Matthiessen – The Tree Where Man Was Born
  • Rahul Sarpeshkar – Ultra Low Power Bioelectronics: Fundamentals, Biomedical Applications, and Bio-inspired Systems
  • Rebecca Skloot – The Secret Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Richard G. Klein – The Human Career
  • Rosario Mantegna, H. Stanley – Introduction to Econophysics: Correlations and Complexity in Finance
  • Richard Dawkins – The Selfish Gene
  • Richard Levins & Richard Lewontin – The Dialectical Biologist, Biology Under the Influence: Dialectical Essays on Ecology, Argriculture, and Health
  • Thomas Kuhn – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions
  • Uri Alon – Introduction to Systems Biology
  • V.S. Naipaul – The Enigma of Arrival

Fiction

  • Aravind Adiga – The White Tiger
  • Catherynne Valente – Silently and Very Fast
  • Edwin A. Abbott – Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions
  • Farish A. Noor – What Your Teacher Didn’t Tell You
  • Iain Banks – Culture Series – later books are better written
  • Iain Banks – Against a Dark Background – easier way to start Banks because it’s one book as opposed to the entire Culture series
  • James Joyce – Everything!
  • Jorge Luis Borges – Collected Short Stories
  • Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness
  • Mark Lawrence – The Broken Empire series
  • Neal Stephenson – Anathem
  • Nikolai Gogol – The Nose
  • Peter Watts – Blindsight
  • Robert Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land
  • Roy Bradbury – The Illustrated Man
  • Rhie Won-bok – Korea Unmasked: In Search of the Country, the Society and the People
  • Thomas Pynchon – Gravity’s Rainbow
  • Ursula K. Le Guin – The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Victor Hugo – Les Misérables
  • Yasunari Kawabata – Palm-of-the-Hand Stories

Poems

  • Ezra Pound – The Cantos

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