Organized annually. Bolded books are recommends. Otherwise unordered. Does not include abandoned books, so I suppose anything listed is a light recommend.



  • Masters of Doom by David Kushner
  • Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre by Keith Johnstone
  • One From Many by Dee Hock
  • The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew by Lee Kuan Yew
  • Barbarian Days by William Finnegan
  • The Art of the Good Life by Rolf Dobelli
  • From Third World to First: 1965-2000 by Lee Kuan Yew
  • (reread) Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  • Softwar by Matthew Symonds
  • The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama
  • How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
  • Eleven Rings by Phil Jackson
  • Malcolm X by Manning Marable
  • The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
  • The Ride of a Lifetime by Robert Iger
  • Invested: Changing Forever the Way Americans Invest by Charles Schwab
  • Inspired by Marty Cagan
  • Range by David Epstein
  • Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco
  • Indonesia, Etc. Exploring the Improbable Nation by Elizabeth Pisani
  • The Paypal Wars by Eric Jackson


  • Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang
  • The Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow
  • Rhythm of War by Brandon Sanderson
  • Redshirts by John Scalzi
  • The Last Emperox by John Scalzi
  • The Secret Commonwealth by Philip Pullman
  • (reread) The Wheel of Time series (skipped 11 and 12) by Robert Jordan and finished by Brandon Sanderson
  • (reread) The Old Kingdom Chronicles by Garth Nix
  • The Calculating Stars series by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abraham
  • Children of Time series by Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • (reread) His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
  • Bobiverse series (1st til most recent) by Dennis Taylor


Note from Jan 2021: I suspect this list is incomplete. Maybe someday I’ll dig and investigate.


  • Finite and Infinite Games
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer
  • Thinking in Bets
  • Who Is Michael Ovitz?
  • Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World
  • Deep Simplicity
  • The Phoenix Project
  • Den of Thieves
  • Certain to Win
  • Unbroken
  • Sam Walton: Made in America


  • Seveneves
  • Fall, or Dodge in Hell
  • The Light Fantastic
  • The Color of Magic
  • Expanse series 1-7
  • Ancillary Justice, Sword, Mercy


Note from Jan 2021: For some reason I didn’t list fiction in 2018. Maybe someday I’ll dig and investigate.


  • 7 Powers: The Foundations of Business Strategy
  • Born a Crime
  • The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life
  • Bad Blood
  • Boyd: The Fighter Pilot who Changed the Art of War
  • Between the World and Me
  • Thinking in Bets
  • Algorithms to Live By
  • Poor Charlie’s Almanack
  • How Not To Be Wrong
  • Barbarians at the Gate: The Fall of RJR Nabisco
  • High Growth Handbook
  • Atomic Habits
  • Game Change
  • Measure What Matters
  • Only the Paranoid Survive
  • Principles: Life and Work
  • Reminisces of a Stock Operator
  • Sam Walton: Made in America
  • The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
  • The Art of Being Unreasonable
  • The Inner Game of Tennis
  • The Smartest Guys in the Room
  • Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
  • The House of Morgan
  • Born Standing Up
  • The Upside of Stress
  • Getting it Done: How to Lead When You’re Not in Charge