I love making lists. This page contains lists of books that I am reading, books that have read and recommend, my comfort books, and will add any other category that I can later think of!
You might also want to see my “year-in-books” series from the previous years:
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- The Almanac of Naval Ravikant: This is a collection of various tweets and interviews of Naval Ravikant, compiled and structured by his friend Eric Jorgenson. It is a self-help book and based on where you stand on this genre, you will either find it full of pearls of wisdom or cliche quotes! I see a lot of Linkedin influencers using the content from this book (at times without any credits!). The book is available for free online on the official website, but if you need a paperback you can get it from Amazon.
- Masters Of Scale: The author has a podcast by the same name and the book has fragments of interview recordings from the actual podcast. It does a good job of inspiring you using a collection of anecdotical success stories, but take that with a pinch of salt due to the strong survivorship bias here.
- Weekend Wodehouse: This is a superb collection of some of the finest work of P.G. Wodehouse, consisting of short stories, passages from novels, and a few prefaces. This can be a perfect introduction to the comic genius of Wodehouse for someone who is not aware of it, but it also serves as a fun bedside book to be enjoyed slowly. A word of caution though – PG Wodehouse is a writer from the early 20th century when folks didn’t give much thought to political correctness, so you might come across words or passages that do not align with your beliefs.
Recommendations – Fiction
- Anxious People
- A Man Called Ove
- Goodbye Mr. Chipps
- A Prisoner Of Birth
Recommendations – Non Fiction
- How Not To Be Wrong
- Never Lost Again
- When Breath Becomes Air
- A World Undone
- The Making Of A Manager
- Zero To One
- Freedom At Midnight
- Integration Of The Indian States
A comfort book is a book that, whenever it is re-read, transports you to moments of calm in your own life. These are the books that I have read in the past, which I can turn to when I am mentally drained and nothing that I read could hold my attention or help me escape from the reality.
- Byomkesh Bakshi
- Sherlock Holmes
- Tales of Winnie The Pooh
- Harry Potter
I don’t think twice when it comes to a book from any of the following authors. When I don’t have the inclination to spend time selecting a book, I just randomly pick anything written by them.
- Agatha Christie
- PG Wodehouse
- Ruskin Bond