A continually updated list of my current favorite books. You can see a full list of my book ratings on my Goodreads account here.
- Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse
A book that very much defined my current philosophy, though perhaps not in the way that the book originally intended. A novel that I would recommend you read and take your own way, as it will be more likely to be rewarding in that manner.
- The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka
A nightmarish take on social rejection. Kafka is easily the master of translating our more complex, stronger fears into a base level. A fairly depressing book which is not for the faint of heart.
- The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Don’t let the cheesy title fool you. I prefer referring to the book by its original title, The Lives of the Dead, since I think it is much more revealing of the book’s true theme. This is an insane look at love and loss, honor and treason, heaven and hell, and much more. The only good book I read in high school.
- The Emperor of All Maladies, by Siddhartha Mukherjee
An epic history of cancer and the attempts to thwart it. Although it can be at times overwhelming (you can imagine that a novel which accounts the entire history of cancer research probably would) it is overall an immensely interesting read. Would definitely recommend to all those who are interested in the practice of medicine, but really anyone could find this fascinating.
- Godel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, by Douglas Hofstadter
Man, I did not know what was going on for a solid 70% of this book. And yet, I managed to learn so much about mathematics, nature, logic, music… a lot of that stuff I still utilize today. The best thing about this book is, in my opinion, the fact that everything only makes sense in the very last chapter (or, at least it did to me. Your mileage may vary?).
- Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
Before reading this book, I really never liked Steve Jobs. After reading this book, well… it’s complicated. What isn’t complicated is the genius of Isaacson’s writing; his impeccable attention to detail as well as his ability to convey deeper ideas from quotes or interviews is what really allows the legend of Jobs to come to life within the book’s pages.
- Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
What making a company is really like. What leaving a legacy really takes. What an incredible autobiography; I’m not sure if Knight had this ghostwritten, but if he did not then he did an absolutely outstanding job. The final chapter still gives me chills.