Reading List


“In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn’t read all the time – none, zero.” - Charlie Munger

This is a collection of short summaries of the books I read. They are alphabetically listed, so the genres range from psychology to sport and biographies without any order. It's a library of the main ideas that each book has to offer. Updated every time I finish a new one that's worth sharing.

When I read a book, I have to learn something from it. That's why you will find only little fiction on this list and why the topics range from A to Z and beyond.

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A Leg To Stand On by Oliver Sacks

A Leg To Stand On is a story of a doctor's experience from the of the patient-doctor relationship. Suddenly, Sacks finds himself in the shoes of a patient and experiences how it is to be treated as one.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

A practical guide full of great examples and stories on how to build better habits and stick to them. The applications range from daily life to business and work.

Black Box Thinking: The Surprising Truth About Success by Matthew Syed

A deep analysis into how failure causes success in multiple areas. Syed starts with aviation and healthcare, but later moves on to companies, sports and more. One of the best reads ever. Read the full book summary.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

The idea of Blink is that our intuition is a better way to think and make decisions than ruminating about them consciously. The knowledge and experience that we have can build an opinion or a decision in a blink and it might prove to be even better than the conscious one.

Do No Harm by Henry Marsh

A British brain surgeon on a quest to tell the story of his life as a doctor to an average reader. Offering descriptions of specific brain surgeries in amazing detail is one thing. But it’s the stories of near death, death and life of his patients that he focuses on and debates that are the added value in this book.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

A detailed insight into Elon Musk's story, life, thinking and business he's built. The book provides a great deal of information to be inspired from and appreciate Musk's work on so many various fields.

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World by Hans Rosling

The most eye-opening book about the current state of the world I've read. It teaches how to be critical about data that's presented to us in various different ways and how to interpret it to find out what the data wants us to know.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich by Ramit Sethi

Straight-forward advice about personal finance that everyone can start, even on an extremely (student-like) low income. What I particularly liked about it is that he expands beyond money and adds something of his own. That would be the automation of personal finances, even a radical view about spending and saving.

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown and Mark A. McDaniel

This books is exactly about what it says in the title. The authors scientifically examine the best learning techniques and how to do them. Throughout the book, they talk about the myths of successful learning and comment on the best alternative perspective.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

A story of two mindsets, fixed and growth mindset. The fixed one believes that it cannot improve nor can it change its characteristics. The growth mindset, however, believes that it can grow and improve even the most "static" qualities and attributes.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

A take on why success happens. It's based on the idea that one needs to put in 10,000 hours to achieve success. This is not the only factor however, we still have to take into account our culture, age and genes.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich by Tim Ferriss

Building a stable income with the least amount of work to live the life each of us wants. In Tim's case it's traveling the world and enjoying life without any restrictions.

The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to Mental Side of Peak Performance by Timothy Gallwey

Every game is composed of an outer one and an inner one. The only difference is that the inner one is played against oneself in one's mind. It's the inner game that's harder to master and harder to win.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat is a collection of patient stories, their neurological conditions and treatments. Sacks puts the conditions into perspective, offers an incredible insight into treatment, approach to patients and their behaviour in daily lives.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

A great deal of scientific questions proposed by ordinary people answered in a simple and humorous way. The science behind it ranges from physics, chemistry and biology all focused on the reader to understand them.