Books I love, grouped by topic.

Data & machine learning

For reinforcement learning - Sutton & Barto - Reinforcement Learning: An Introduction - 2nd Edition (in progress)

For neural networks - Deep Learning - Ian Goodfellow, Yoshua Bengio and Aaron Courville

For everything else (linear models, random forests etc) - Elements of Statistical Learning - Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani and Jerome Friedman and Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning - Christopher M. Bishop

The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World - Pedro Domingos

Python

Fluent Python - Luciano Ramalho

Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python - Brett Slatkin

Energy

Energy Transitions: History, Requirements, Prospects - Vaclav Smil

Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate - Vaclav Smil

The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money & Power - Daniel Yergin

Business

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks

Principles: Life and Work - Ray Dalio

The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz

The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success - William N. Thorndike

Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers

Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days - Jessica Livingston

Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried

Dharma books

The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita - Thich Nhat Hanh

Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment - Robert Wright

Everything else

Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg

The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid

Island - Aldous Huxley

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths


All the books I’ve read since May 2016

1 - What I Learned Losing A Million Dollars - Brendan Moynihan

2 - The Talent Code: Greatness isn’t born. It’s grown - Daniel Coyle

3 - As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

4 - Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton - Richard P Feynman

5 - The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert

Argues that the Earth is in the midst of a modern, man-made, sixth extinction.

6 - Euthyphro - Plato

Socrates and Euthyphro attempt to establish a definitive meaning for the word piety (virtue).

7 - The Luck Factor: The Scientific Study of the Lucky Mind - Richard Wiseman

8 - Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk - Peter L. Bernstein

Peter Bernstein argues that the notion of bringing risk under control is one of the central ideas that distinguishes modern times from the distant past.

9 - Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street - John Brooks

10 - Apology - Plato

The Socratic dialogue that presents the speech of legal self-defence, which Socrates presented at his trial for impiety and corruption.

11 - Distress - Greg Egan

12 - Meno - Plato

Socrates introduces positive ideas: the immortality of the soul and the theory of knowledge as recollection.

13 - Critical Thinking: Tools for Taking Charge of Your Professional and Personal Life - Richard Paul

14 - Seven Years in Tibet: My Life Before, During and After - Heinrich Harrer

Experiences in Tibet before the Communist Chinese People’s Liberation Army invaded Tibet in 1950.

15 - How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking - Jordan Ellenberg

Connects various economic and societal philosophies with basic mathematics and statistical principles.

16 - The Art of R Programming: A Tour of Statistical Software Design - Norman Matloff

17 - Dragon In The Land Of Snows: The History of Modern Tibet since 1947

18 - Energy Myths and Realities: Bringing Science to the Energy Policy Debate - Vaclav Smil

19 - Dhammapada

A collection of sayings of the Buddha in verse form.

20 - The Power of Myth - Joseph Campbell

Reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war.

21 - How to Get Rich - Felix Dennis

22 - The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers - Ben Horowitz

23 - Python: The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide! - Andrew Johansen

24 - Zero Zero Zero - Roberto Saviano

25 - Journey to the East - Hermann Hesse

26 - Python Machine Learning - Sebastian Raschka

27 - The Four Steps to the Epiphany - Steve Blank

Launched the Lean Startup approach to new ventures.

28 - Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried

29 - Meditations - Marcus Aurelius

The personal writings by the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius recording his private notes to himself and ideas on Stoic philosophy.

30 - Mahābhārata

One of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India - within it is the Bhagavad Gita.

31 - Buddhist Meditation - Kamalashila

32 - A Still Forest Pool: The Insight Meditation of Achaan Chah - Jack Kornfield

The quiet, intensive, and joyous practice of the forest monks of Thailand.

33 - Breath by Breath: The Liberating Practice of Insight Meditation - Larry Rosenberg

The Ānāpānasati Sutta is a discourse that details the Buddha’s instruction on using awareness of the breath as an initial focus for meditation.

34 - Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Successful Web Application - Jason Fried

35 - The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage - Ryan Holiday

What blocks our path actually opens one that is new and better.

36 - How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid

37 - The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (A Toltec Wisdom Book) - Don Miguel Ruiz

38 - Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion - Gary Vaynerchuk

39 - Content Machine: Use Content Marketing to Build a 7-figure Business With Zero Advertising - Dan Norris

40 - Maori Myth and Legend - A. W. Reed

41 - Phaedrus - Plato

Although ostensibly about the topic of love, the discussion in the dialogue revolves around the art of rhetoric and how it should be practiced.

42 - On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction - William Zinsser

43 - Island - Aldous Huxley

Huxley’s utopian counterpart to Brave New World.

44 - The Limits to Growth

A 1972 report on the computer simulation of exponential economic and population growth with a finite supply of resources.

45 - The Authority Mindset: Proven Principles For Establishing Yourself as an Expert in Any Industry - David Bame Jr.

46 - Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction - Philip Tetlock

47 - The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

48 - The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right - Atul GawandeA

A compelling argument for the checklist, which he believes to be the most promising method available in surmounting failure.

49 - The 7 Day Startup: You Don’t Learn Until You Launch - Dan Norriss

50 - The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success - William N. Thorndike

51 - Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable - Seth Godin

52 - Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport

53 - Blue Ocean Stragety - W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

54 - Tibet: A History - Sam Van Schaik

55 - The Miracle of Mindfulness: An Introduction to the Practice of Meditation - Thich Nhat Hanh

56 - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey

57 - Whatcha Gonna Do With That Duck?: And Other Provocations, 2006-2012 - Seth Godin

58 - Made to Stick: Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck - Chip and Dan Heath

59 - Yoga for the Stiffer Body: Inspirational Yoga Sequences Made Accessible for Real People - Lin Craddock

60 - Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It - Chris Voss

A former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations.

61 - Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future - Blake Masters and Peter Thiel

62 - Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity - David Allen

63 - Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action - Simon Sinek

64 - Ideas into Words: Mastering the Craft of Science Writing - Elise Hancock

65 - 59 Seconds: Think a little, change a lot - Richard Wiseman

66 - The Art of Work: A Proven Path to Discovering What You Were Meant to Do - Jeff Goins

67 - How Will You Measure Your Life? - James Allworth

68 - The Last Hours Of Ancient Sunlight: Waking up to personal and global transformation - Thom Hartmann

69 - The Bet: Paul Ehrlich, Julian Simon, and Our Gamble Over Earth’s Future - Paul Sabin

70 - This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate - Naomi Klein

71 - Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari

72 - A Path With Heart: The Classic Guide Through The Perils And Promises Of Spiritual Life - Jack Kornfield

73 - Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation - B. Alan Wallance and Brain HodelA

74 - The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - Eliyahu M. Goldratt

75 - Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur - Derek Sivers

76 - Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal

77 - Decisive: How to make better choices in life and work - Chip and Dan Heath

78 - Stress Test: Reflections on Financial Crises - Timothy Geithner

79 - Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days - Jessica Livingston

80 - Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy - Cathy O’Neil

81 - The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement - David Brooks

The building blocks of human flourishing in a multilayered, profoundly illuminating work grounded in everyday life. This is the story of how success happens, told through the lives of one composite American couple, Harold and Erica.

82 - The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance - Steven Kotler

83 - Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse

The spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha.

84 - A Joseph Campbell Companion: Reflections on the Art of Living - Joseph Campbell

85 - The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World - Pedro Domingos

86 - The Shallows: How the internet is changing the way we think, read and remember - Nicholas Carr

87 - The Path: What Chinese Philosophers Can Teach Us about the Good Life - Michael Puett and Christine Gross-Loh

88 - Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age - Paul Graham

89 - The Heart of Understanding: Commentaries on the Prajñaparamita - Thich Nhat Hanh

The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara describes how to train in the perfection of wisdom by seeing through the illusory nature of all things.

90 - Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow - Yuval Noah Harari

91 - Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions - Dan Ariely

92 - What They Don’t Teach You At Harvard Business School - Mark H. McCormack

93 - Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strageties - Nick Bostrom

94 - In My Own Way: Autobiography of Alan Watts

95 - The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life - Mark Manson

96 - The Happiness Hypothesis: Putting Ancient Wisdom to the Test of Modern Science - Jonathan Haidt

97 - Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism (Our Sustainable Future) - Ozzie Zehner

98 - Start Small, Stay Small: A Developer’s Guide to Launching a Startup - Rob Walling

100 - Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent - Ryan Holiday

101 - Do the Work - Steven Pressfield

101 - Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment - Robert Wright

An evolutionary & psychological perspective on Buddhism.

102 - Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions - Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths

How the simple, precise algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions.

103 - The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results: Achieve your goals with one of the world’s bestselling success books - Gary Keller

104 - Leonardo Da Vinci - Walter Isaacson

105 - The Medici Effect: Breakthrough Insights at the Intersection of Ideas, Concepts, and Cultures - Frans Johansson

106 - Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Don’t pay attention to what people say, only to what they do, and how much of their neck they are putting on the line.

107 - Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium - Seneca

108 - Benjamin Franklin: An American Life - Walter Isaacson

109 - Fluent Python - Luciano Ramalho

110 - Effective Python: 59 Specific Ways to Write Better Python - Brett Slatkin

111 - So Good They Can’t Ignore You - Cal Newport

112 - Walden - Henry David Thoreau

Part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and—to some degree—a manual for self-reliance.

113 - Sex at Dawn: The Prehistoric Origins of Modern Sexuality - Christopher Ryan & Cacilda Jethá

In opposition to what the authors see as the “standard narrative” of human sexual evolution, they contend that having multiple sexual partners was common and accepted in the environment of evolutionary adaptedness.

114 - The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life - Kevin Simler & Robin Hanson

Our brains are designed not just to hunt and gather, but also to help us get ahead socially, often via deception and self-deception. But while we may be self-interested schemers, we benefit by pretending otherwise.