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I’ve read the below books so far. The ones I found particularly worthwhile are in bold.

  • The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories (Ken Liu)

  • Everything I Want to Do Is Illegal (Joel Salatin)

  • Kitchen Confidential (Anthony Bourdain)

  • A Still Forest Pool (Ajahn Chah, compiled by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter)

  • Unconventional Success (David F. Swensen)

  • How to Read a Book (Mortimer J. Adler)

  • The Singapore Story (Lee Kuan Yew)

  • The Secret History (Donna Tartt)

  • The Evolution of Cooperation (Robert Axelrod)

  • Lean Analytics (Alistair Croll and Benjamin Yoskovitz)

  • World Order (Henry Kissinger)

  • Dune (Frank Herbert)

  • East of Eden (John Steinbeck)

  • Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker)

  • The Soul of a New Machine (Tracy Kidder)

  • Shoe Dog (Phil Knight)

  • The Stranger (Albert Camus)

  • The Idea Factory (Jon Gertner)

  • Cat’s Cradle (Kurt Vonnegut)

  • A Mathematician’s Apology (G. H. Hardy)

  • The Arabian Nights (translated by Husain Haddawy, edited by Muhsin Mahdi)

  • Pachinko (Min Jin Lee)

  • The Vital Question (Nick Lane)

  • Born Red (Gao Yuan)

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

  • The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho, translated by Alan R. Clarke)

  • Blood, Sweat, and Pixels (Jason Schreier)

  • The Language Instinct (Steven Pinker)

  • Hard Drive (James Wallace)

  • Breath from Salt (Bijal Trivedi)

  • Death’s End (Liu Cixin, translated by Ken Liu)

  • Zero to One (Peter Thiel with Blake Masters)

  • Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)

  • Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (Eliezer Yudkowsky)