I love reading books. Books are fun. Books allow you to escape and experience another world, another perspective, another way of life. Books can challenge your preconceptions and educate you. Many of my conversations just happen to veer into book recommendations.

This is a list of my favourite books that I've read over the past 22 years. I want to make this yearly tradition, where I look back and list the books I've enjoyed the most. Since I have to start somewhere, this list will include my all time favourites, and may be added to as I remember titles.

The list is divided into two sections: Productive (you gonna learn something) and Pleasure (you gonna experience something). Some may span the gap, but I will only include them in the list that best fits how I see the book. This list is highly curated and is presented in alphabetical order. Instead of providing links to elsewhere on the internet, I encourage you to search for these books online yourself or at your local bookstore.

Productive

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018, Yuval Noah Harari)
  • A Brief History of Nearly Everything (2003, Bill Bryson)
  • Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions (2016, Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths)
  • Creative Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration (2014, Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull)
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win (2015, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin)
  • Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverence (2016, Angela Duckworth)
  • High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way (2017, Brendon Burchard)
  • Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2015, Yuval Noah Harari)
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People (1936, Dale Carnegie)
  • Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning (2014, Mark A. McDaniel and Peter C. Brown)
  • Man's Search For Meaning (1946, Viktor Frankl)
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (2011, Joshua Foer)
  • Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It (2016, Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz)
  • Outliers: The Story of Success (2008, Malcolm Gladwell)
  • Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success (2017, Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness)
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking (2012, Susan Cain)
  • Rich Dad Poor Dad (2000, Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter)
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2011, Yuval Noah Harari)
  • Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity (2016, Charles Duhigg)
  • The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything = Have Everything (2016, Neil Pasricha)
  • The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses (2011, Eric Ries)
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business (2012, Charles Duhigg)
  • The Signal and the Noise: Why Most Predictions Fail – but Some Don't (2012, Nate Silver)
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life (2016, Mark Manson)
  • The Talent Code: Greatness Isn't Born. It's Grown. (2009, Daniel Coyle)
  • The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (2000, Malcolm Gladwell)
  • The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds (2016, Michael Lewis)
  • Thinking Fast and Slow (2011, Daniel Kahneman)
  • Unplug: A Simple Guide to Meditation for Busy Sceptics and Modern Soul Seekers (2017, Suze Yalof Schwartz)
  • What the Other Dog Saw: And Other Adventures (2009, Malcolm Gladwell)
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values (1974, Robert M. Pirsig)

Pleasure

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989, John Irving)
  • A Romance on Three Legs (2008, Katie Hafner)
  • A Walk in the Woods (1997, Bill Bryson)
  • Animal Farm (1945, George Orwell)
  • Black Swan Green (2006, David Mitchell)
  • Born a Crime (2016, Trevor Noah)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (1953, Ray Bradbury)
  • I am the Messenger (2002, Markus Zusak)
  • Lord of the Flies (1954, William Golding)
  • Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949, George Orwell)
  • Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (2016, Phil Knight)
  • Slaughterhouse-Five (1969, Kurt Vonnegut)
  • Story of Your Life (1998, Ted Chiang)
  • The Book Thief (2005, Markus Zusak)
  • The Catcher in the Rye (1951, J. D. Salinger)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime (2003, Mark Haddon)
  • The Handmaid's Tale (1985, Margaret Atwood)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979, Douglas Adams)
  • The God of Small Things (1997, Arundhati Roy)
  • The King in the Window (2005, Adam Gopnik)
  • The Left Hand of Darkness (1969, Ursula K. Le Guin)
  • The World According to Garp (1978, John Irving)
  • Watchmen (1987, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons)
  • V for Vendetta (1989, Alan Moore)

What now?

There are so many books I want to read. There are so many more books that I don't know about yet. Please send me recommendations if you feel that I would enjoy a title!