Ever since I was a kid, I used to read a lot. First came the comics, then the children's books, mystery and thriller novels. After that I read classics, young adult novels, and science fiction books. Gradually over the years, my interests shifted from fiction to non-fiction.

This is an attempt to keep a log of the books I've read over the years.

Being a Designer, I naturally have a soft corner for beautiful book covers. At times I have even bought different editions of the same book just because the book covers were irresistible. The Design of this page leans towards a more visual side – which is almost how actual bookshelves are.

This page is heavily inspired by Patrick Collison's Bookshelf and other similar reading lists by Aaron Swartz, Tiger Shen and Bill Gates. The data behind this page is from Goodreads, without which creating this page would not have been possible.

The top books in each genre are shown in a more prominent manner. Unrated books are the books which I haven't completed yet.

Over time, this page will (hopefully) be more detailed – where I not only list down the books I've read – but also write about the learnings from them.

Currently Reading

These days, I tend juggle between multiple books at the same time. If the book gets repetitive, or if my interest wanes, I switch to another book without guilt tripping myself about incomplete books. As long as I'm learning something new, it is fine.

I'm always on the lookout for interesting books to read. You can share your book recommendations on or Twitter.


Pieter Levels


David Epstein


Gabriel Weinberg

Marketing for Developers

Justin Jackson

Science & Technology

Broad category of books which includes topics like: Biology, Physics, Math, Sociology, Astronomy, and others.

My favourite kind of Science books are the ones where the author skilfully strikes a balance between in-depth explanation of the theories (with detailed footnotes and references), and simplicity and ease-of-understanding. Some great examples of such books are: Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, On Intelligence, and Whole Earth Discipline.

I also love reading about Technology, and it's impact on the world. Books about Computer Science, Internet, Robotics, Space, Energy, Artificial Intelligence are very fascinating.

On Intelligence

Jeff Hawkins

Silicon Mirage

Steve Aukstakalnis

What Are You Optimistic About

John Brockman

Six Degrees

Duncan J. Watts


Melanie Mitchell


Sandeep Jauhar


Lawrence D. Burns

Whole Earth Discipline

Stewart Brand

Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers

Robert M. Sapolsky


Matt Ridley


Nick Bostrom

The Age of Spiritual Machines

Ray Kurzweil

Journey to the Stars

Robert Jastrow

Science and the City

Laurie Winkless

Algorithms to Live By

Brian Christian

Joel on Software

Joel Spolsky


Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Dealers of Lightning

Michael A. Hiltzik

The Knowledge Illusion

Steven Sloman

How to Create a Mind

Ray Kurzweil


Philip E. Tetlock

The Selfish Gene

Richard Dawkins

The Road Ahead

Bill Gates

The Origin of Species

Charles Darwin

Digital Assassination

Richard Torrenzano

Rise of the Robots

Martin Ford

Who's in Charge

Michael S. Gazzaniga

The Human Age

Diane Ackerman

The Black Swan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Silicon Dragon

Rebecca Fannin


James Gleick

The Singularity is Near

Ray Kurzweil


Steven D. Levitt


Julian Assange

What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly

What Is Your Dangerous Idea

John Brockman

Data and Goliath

Bruce Schneier

Data and Goliath

Bruce Schneier


Adam Alter

The Upside of Stress

Kelly McGonigal

Catching Stardust

Natalie Starkey

Why We Sleep

Matthew Walker

Infinite Reality

Jim Blascovich

Master Algoritma

Pedro Domingos

Homo Deus

Yuval Noah Harari

The Inevitable

Kevin Kelly

Learning Virtual Reality

Tony Parisi

Business & Management

Business and Management is not something that I'm very good at. Hence, I love reading and learning more about it. I also think that these are really important skills to have further out in your career.

An obvious but hard hitting thing I've realised is that – real life experiences in business and management teach you way more than what a book might. The best way to learn how to manage a team isn't to read a 400 page book on it. It is to actually go ahead and do it.

Understanding Michael Porter

Joan Magretta

Managing Humans

Michael Lopp

The Innovator's Dilemma

Clayton M. Christensen

How Google Works

Eric Schmidt

Radical Candor

Kim Malone Scott


Liz Wiseman


Jason Fried

How starbucks changed the world

Marie Bussing-Burks

A World of Three Zeros

Muhammad Yunus

The Storyteller's Secret

Carmine Gallo

Measure What Matters

John Doerr

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People

Harvard Business School Press

HBR Guide to Getting the Mentoring You Need

Harvard Business School Press


Edward de Bono

A Weekend with Warren Buffett

Randy Cepuch

Flash Boys

Michael Lewis

Hatching Twitter

Nick Bilton

The Indigo Story

Shelley Vishwajeet

HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations

Nancy Duarte


Fun quote: “Some people make things happen. Some people watch things happen. And then there are those who wonder, 'What happened?'"

Fun fact: Did you know that clicking on the first link in the main text of a Wikipedia article, and then repeating the process for subsequent articles, would 97% of the time lead to it's Philosophy article.

Philosophy books tend to have the most fascinating titles, synopses and covers. So, I end up impulsively buying a lot of Philosophy books. The thing that is both interesting, and not-so-interesting about them is that they tend to be more about the questions rather than the answers.

The Less Wrong Sequences

Eliezer Yudkowsky

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman


Erin Niimi Longhurst

The View from the Cheap Seats

Neil Gaiman


Hermann Hesse

Gödel, Escher, Bach

Douglas R. Hofstadter

The Essential Chomsky

Noam Chomsky

The God Delusion

Richard Dawkins


Hector Garcia Puigcerver

The Art of War

Sun Tzu


Eliezer Yudkowsky

Plato at the Googleplex

Rebecca Goldstein

Free Software, Free Society

Richard M. Stallman


Marcus Aurelius

Against Intellectual Property

N. Stephan Kinsella

The Rational Optimist

Matt Ridley

21 Lessons for the 21st Century

Yuval Noah Harari


I used to read a lot of Psychology books back in college. I still very vividly remember reading about Stanford prison experiment and Milgram's experiment – and then spending weeks poring over the details about behavioral psychology over the internet.

Brownie points if the book connects psychology with some other interesting areas. For example: The Attention Merchants or Influence.

Cognitive biases, and mental models to think more rationally are a few things I enjoy learning about.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

The Attention Merchants

Tim Wu


Robert B. Cialdini

Everybody Lies

Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

The World Beyond Your Head

Matthew B. Crawford

The Organized Mind

Daniel J. Levitin

Is the Internet Changing the Way You Think

John Brockman

Do You Think What You Think You Think

Julian Baggini

The Cyber Effect

Mary Aiken

Lateral Thinking

Edward de Bono

Six Thinking Hats

Edward de Bono

Difficult Conversations

Douglas Stone


Nir Eyal

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg

Creativity, Inc.

Ed Catmull


Well written biographies are like good fiction books – having elements of character development and narrative arcs.

They are interesting because you get to read about how the person lived their lives, the decisions they made, and what impact it had on the world. Sometimes, I also read obituaries of famous people. I find them oddly inspiring.

Masters of Doom

David Kushner

Man's Search for Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

The Last Lecture

Randy Pausch

Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard P. Feynman

When Breath Becomes Air

Paul Kalanithi

Elon Musk

Ashlee Vance

Benjamin Franklin

Walter Isaacson

Godman to Tycoon

Priyanka Pathak-Narain

No Easy Day

Mark Owen


Kevin Poulsen

Self Improvement

I love self improvement books founded on solid research, rather than anecdotal experiences of the author. I usually end up leaving a lot of them midway because they fall in the category of could-have-been-a-blog-post. Essentially where central idea is introduced, and then re-iterated upon in dozens of different ways throughout the book.

Having said that, some of the books I've read (and enjoyed) in the past are:

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

The Start

Reid Hoffman

On Writing

Stephen King

Atomic Habits

James Clear

The Winner Effect

Ian H Robertson

What Got You Here Won't Get You There

Marshall Goldsmith

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Mark Manson


Adam M. Grant

The Headspace Guide to Meditation & Mindfulness

Andy Puddicombe


Greg McKeown

Deep Work

Cal Newport

Tools of Titans

Timothy Ferriss

Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Robert T. Kiyosaki

Humans of New York

Brandon Stanton


Surprisingly, I haven't have read as many books on Design as I would have liked to.

In a way, it is understandable. Most of my understanding and knowledge about Design comes from other non-long-form channels like podcasts, blogs, conversations with other Designers and actual on-job experience.

I'm planning to pick up books from Ashish Goel's excellent list and Fast Company's list of Design books soon.

Change by Design

Tim Brown

3D User Interfaces

Doug A. Bowman

About Face 3

Alan Cooper

Discussing Design

Adam Connor


Christina Beard

Thinking with Type

Ellen Lupton

100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know about People

Susan M. Weinschenk


Here are the few history books I've read over the years:


Yuval Noah Harari

Land of the Seven Rivers

Sanjeev Sanyal

The End of Power

Moisés Naím

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Jared Diamond

Science Fiction

I love Science Fiction books which portray the future as inspiring and exciting rather than dark and gloomy. For this reason, dystopian Science Fiction novels aren't my thing.

I usually love reading hard Science Fiction books (which focus more on being scientifically and logically accurate.) Arthur Clarke and Issac Asimov are two authors I really admire because of the way in which they blend the accuracies of science and technology with beautiful storytelling.

In the past, I also used to write Science Fiction short stories. One of the short stories I wrote on r/WritingPrompts a couple of years ago has an eerie resemblance to The Three Body Problem series Liu Cixin. The Three Body Problem wasn't even translated to English back then. Such an interesting coincidence.

I intend to write more Science Fiction stories in the near future! Will be exciting to share it with the world.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley


William Gibson

The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction

George Mann

The Dark Forest

Liu Cixin


Isaac Asimov

The Three

Liu Cixin


Arthur C. Clarke

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

The Martian

Andy Weir

I, Robot

Isaac Asimov

Snow Crash

Neal Stephenson


Arthur C. Clarke

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Douglas Adams

Life, the Universe and Everything

Douglas Adams

Chromosome 6

Robin Cook


Carl Sagan


Andy Weir

The Diamond Age

Neal Stephenson


Before the age of 19, almost all the books I read were fiction books. Good thing about reading fiction from a very young age is that it sets you up for a lifelong habit of reading.

It started with the comics of Tintin, Asterix and Archies – proceeded to reading dozens of simple books by Enid Blyton, RL Stine – gradually Hardy Boys and PG Wodehouse came in the picture – to be quickly replaced by the Harry Potter series – after which I moved to thrillers by Alistair MacLean, Steve Berry, Jack Higgins.

It might seem counterintuitive, but I've found that the lessons learnt from great fiction books are more deeply embibed than non-fiction books. Books like The Fountainhead, and Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality, Jonathan Livingston Seagull have probably taught me more than any non-fiction book has.


Irvine Welsh

Studies in Short Fiction

Douglas A. Hughes

Ice Station Zebra

Alistair MacLean

Beneath the Dark Ice

Greig Beck

The Fountainhead

Ayn Rand

Red Storm Rising

Tom Clancy

Train to Pakistan

Khushwant Singh

Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality

Eliezer Yudkowsky

A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens

The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Richard Bach

The Complete Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sophie's World

Jostein Gaarder

Deception Point

Dan Brown

The Da Vinci Code

Dan Brown

Angels & Demons

Dan Brown

Digital Fortress

Dan Brown

The Venetian Betrayal

Steve Berry

The Charlemagne Pursuit

Steve Berry

Where Eagles Dare

Alistair MacLean

Fear is the Key

Alistair MacLean

Degree of Guilt

Richard North Patterson

The Firm

John Grisham

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

J.K. Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee

Lord of the Flies

William Golding

Around the World in Eighty Days

Jules Verne

The Amber Room

Steve Berry


Robin Cook

The Bourne Identity

Robert Ludlum

Night Without End

Alistair MacLean

The Eagle Has Landed

Jack Higgins

Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less

Jeffrey Archer

To Cut a Long Story Short

Jeffrey Archer

Bad Company

Jack Higgins

Legion of the Damned

Sven Hassel

The Matarese Countdown

Robert Ludlum

The Odessa File

Frederick Forsyth

A Time to Kill

John Grisham

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson


Ken Follett


Stephen King

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

The Bancroft Strategy

Robert Ludlum

The Spy Who Came In from the Cold

John le Carré


Orhan Pamuk

Animal Farm

George Orwell

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Rosie Effect

Graeme Simsion

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

John Tiffany

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

J.K. Rowling