I’ve been reading more than ever over the last five years, and I get a lot of questions about what I recommend. So here’s my official book list.
I’ll give one sentence about what each is about, but I won’t try to sell it to you. The sell is simply that I’ve read a couple hundred books over the last several years, and these are my ordered recommendations.
- Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior — My favorite book on the merging of Evolutionary Psychology with marketing and personality.
- The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature — This book taught me more science about human evolution and human nature than any other.
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow — An unmatched look at the history, present, and future of humanity.
- The Real Internet of Things — My book on the future of the Internet of Things and how it’ll merge with society.
- Naked Economics — This book completely changed what I understood economics to be, and I’m now fascinated with it as a result.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck — A short, spectacular work on the most important lesson of all: worry less about what others think of you.
- Models: Attract Women Through Honesty — I was surprised by how good this book is—both in how it’s written and in the way it stresses honesty and a lack of manipulation as its central tenets. Think of it less as a dating book, and more as as a book on becoming comfortable with yourself.
- The Dictator’s Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics — A stunning education into real-world politics that you can’t unlearn once you are exposed to it.
- Hamilton — A remarkable biography that taught me more about America than I’d learned any other way.
- Ready Player One: An unspeakably fun journey for anyone who lived through—or is a fan of—the eighties geek scene.
- The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: A Novel of the Singularity: My long-time favorite story around the singularity and its fantasy-injected possibilities.
- Lexicon: A brilliant blend of hacking, psychology, and fantasy.
- Kill Decision: A novel-based exploration of numerous non-fiction concepts, with miniature drones being the centerpiece.
- The Graveyard Book: Supposedly a children’s book, but enough fun for 10 adults put together.
- Red Queen
- Wisdom of Psychopaths
- The Graveyard Book
- Getting things done
- The Sense of Style
- The Gift of Fear
- The Elements of Style
- Misquoting Jesus
- 21 lessons for the 21st century
- The war on normal people
- Skin in the game
- The Bed of Procrustes
- Naked Statistics
- Homo Deus
- The Dictator’s Handbook
- Thinking Fast and Slow
- The Righteous Mind
- Fooled by Randomness
- Flowers for Algernon
- Algorithms to Live By
- The Power of Less
- The Checklist Manifesto
- Extreme Ownership
- So Good They Can’t ignore you
- If you don’t like my fiction selections because they’re not as refined as my nonfiction selections, I preemptively agree with you. Let me know what I should read to improve the list.
- It’s harder than you think to put books in order like this, especially as you start going down in the list. If it helps, consider it a recommendation of what order to read them in, not a hard statement of ultimate objective quality.
- Please send any recommendations. I’d love to improve the list!