With so little time (< 30000 days) and so many books (> 10^8), I think it’s important to spend time on books that are great — not good — great.  Here are a list of books that I think are worth reading.  If you think I’m missing something here, great!  Let me know so I can read it!


Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell
Blink, Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels, and the Business of AIDS, Elizabeth Pisani
The World Is Flat, Thomas L. Friedman
Influence, Robert B. Cialdini
An Illustrated Short History of Progress, Ronald Wright
The Innovator’s Dilemma, Clayton M. Christensen
Crossing the Chasm, Geoffrey A. Moore
The Shallows, Nicholas Carr
The Mythical Man-Month, Frederick P. Brooks, Jr.
Peopleware, Tom DeMarco and Timothy Lister
What Women Want, Paco Underhill
How To Lie With Statistics, Darrell Huff
Delivering Happiness, Tony Hsieh
All Marketers are Liars, Seth Godin
The Long Tail, Chris Anderson
Predictably Irrational, Dan Ariely
How Many Friends Does One Person Need?, Robin Dunbar
Viral Loop, Adam L. Penenberg
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin
The Medici Effect, Frans Johansson
Evil Plans, Hugh MacLeod
Sex At Dawn, Christopher Ryan and Cacilda Jetha
Microcosm, Carl Zimmer
Denialism, Michael Specter
Talent Is Overrated, Geoff Colvin
Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance, Atul Gawande
Fooled By Randomness, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Black Swan, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Amy Chua
Fortune’s Formula, William Poundstone
The Checklist Manifesto, Atul Gawande
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg
Lessons on Old Age, Cicero


How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
Using Your Brain — For a Change, Richard Bandler
Comedy Writing Secrets, Mel Helitzer and Mark Shatz
Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger, Peter D. Kaufman
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch
The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue Excellence, Tom Peters
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, Tina Seelig
The Art of Powerful Conversation, Stuart Knight
The 4-Hour Workweek, Timothy Ferriss
Seeking Wisdom, Peter Bevelin
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life, Scott Adams


Buffett: The Making of an American Capitalist, Roger Lowenstein
The Age of Turbulence, Alan Greenspan
Damn Right!: Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger, Janet Lowe
Models of My Life, Herbert A. Simon
Grinding It Out: The Making Of McDonald’s, Ray Kroc
The Emperor of All Maladies, Siddhartha Mukherjee
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman, Richard Feyman
Einstein: His Life and Universe, Walter Isaacson


The Intelligent Investor, Benjamin Graham
Common Stocks and Uncommon Profits, Phillip Fisher
Investment Valuation, Aswath Damodaran
When Genius Failed: The Rise and Fall of Long-Term Capital Management, Roger Lowenstein
The Smartest Guys in the Room, Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind
Value Investing, Glen Arnold
Competitive Strategy, Michael E. Porter
How to Read a Financial Report, John A. Tracy
Liar’s Poker, Michael Lewis
The Big Short, Michael Lewis
The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success, William N. Thorndike
The Most Important Thing, Howard Marks
The Warren Buffett Way: Investment Strategies of the World’s Greatest Investor, Robert G. Hagstrom
Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street, John Brooks


Probability Theory: The Logic Of Science, E. T. Jaynes
Effective C++: 55 Specific Ways to Improve Your Programs and Designs, Scott Meyers
Introduction to Algorithms, Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein
Foundations of Statistical Natural Language Processing, Chris Manning and Hinrich Schütze
Data Mining Techniques: For Marketing, Sales, and Customer Relationship Management, Gordon S. Linoff and Michael J. A. Berry


The Art and Science of Cold Reading, Tradecraft
The Bed of Procrustes, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Lessons in the Fundamentals of Go, Kageyama
The Book of Awesome, Neil Pasricha