“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies… The man who never reads lives only one.” -George R. R. Martin

After giving up my dream to build a huge, personal library, I also gave up the idea of building a giant book list, a list of books to read or books I have read. I felt like I was reading just to get books on the list instead of for the joy of reading.

It’s been years, but I’m making the leap to lists again.

This one below is the list of books I’d like to read. I’m not making any promises. I won’t feel cheated if I die without reading them. But I’m interested in them.

(Maybe I also have this hope that friends and family, when searching for the perfect gift for me, will think to check this list.)

  • Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
  • Made to Stick by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
  • The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen
  • The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Willpower by Roy Baumeister and John Tierney
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen
  • The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
  • Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
  • Adopted For Life by Russell Moore
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by┬áRobert M. Pirsig
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Zorba the Greek by Nikos Kazantzakis
  • S. by Slavenka Drakulic
  • The Lost Boy by Dave Pelzer
  • A Man Named Dave by Dave Pelzer
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

This list below here includes all the books over 50 pages that I’ve read since May 6, 2014, in reverse chronological order:


  • Choose Yourself by James Altucher
  • The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson

Before 2016

  • Family to Family by Jerry Pipes and Victor Lee
  • This I Believe edited by Jay Allison and Dan Gediman
  • Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer
  • Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  • A Grief Observed by C. S. Lewis
  • Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller
  • Maus II by Art Spiegelman
  • Lying by Sam Harris
  • In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
  • Maus I by Art Spiegelman