2020 Reading List

We’re officially in 2020 and continuing the tradition from the years past, I will publish a continually evolving list of books that I am reading at the moment or have finished reading since the year started.

Currently Reading

  • Anatomy for Runners, Jay Dicharry

Finished Reading

  • Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy
  • Fast Track Triathlete, Matt Dixon

If you’re looking for more book recommendations or just curious about the books I read in the previous years, take a look at my other reading lists.

And, of course, if there’s a book that you find really interesting, intriguing or useful, and feel that I’d be missing out if I didn’t read it, drop your recommendation in the comments.

2019 Reading List

Continuing the tradition from the last year, I published, on this page, an evolving list of books that I was reading in 2019.

One of my personal goals in 2018 was to read at least one book each month. 2018, for me, was quite a roller-coaster ride and the only time I could initially purpose into reading time was the 1-hour commute to and from work. While it’s a decent stretch of time to read, for most of the year, the stresses of the (former) job, inflexible office timings and the rush hour traffic on trains, made it rather inconvenient to focus or read. However, I tried my best to stay strong to the resolve and persisted. At the end of the year, not only did I meet my goal but was also able to, especially in the last few months, read a couple more books than I had originally targeted.

For 2019, I set my goal to read more books than the year before while still keeping one book a month as the baseline to fall back on. This year, not only was I able to achieve this goal but also able to double the number of books I read through out the year – this, despite my now shorter commute and excluding the days of summer when I biked to work! In addition, I was able to get much more value out of the experience as I focused on reading about topics of interest like personal finance, physics, fitness and sleep, etc. interspersed with novels, non-fiction and other reading.

With the year wrapped up, here’s the final 2019 reading list.

Finished Reading

  • Milk and Honey, Rupi Kaur
  • Beat The Bank, Larry Bates
  • The Big Picture, Sean Carroll
  • The Book of Why, Judea Pearl
  • In a Dark, Dark Wood, Ruth Ware
  • The Fault In Our Stars, John Green
  • The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  • Thieves of Bay Street, Bruce Livesey
  • A Noise Downstairs, Linwood Barclay
  • For the Love of Physics, Walter Lewin
  • How Not To Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg
  • Economics in One Lesson, Henry Hazlitt
  • The Wealthy Barber Returns, David Chilton
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson
  • Fear: Trump in the White House, Bob Woodward
  • Sapiens: A Brief History of Mankind, Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Knowledge Illusion, Steven Sloman, Philip Fernbach
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, Michael Wolff
  • If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face, Alan Alda
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Charles Wheelan
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams, Matthew Walker
  • Game Changers: Stories of the Revolutionary Minds Behind Game Theory, Rudolf Taschner
  • The 3 Simple Rules of Investing, Michael Edesess, Kwok L. Tsui, Carol Fabbri, George Peacock
  • Chancing It: The Laws of Chance and How They Can Work For You, Robert Matthews, Larry Gonick
  • Millionaire Teacher: The Nine Rules of Wealth You Should Have Learned in School, Andrew Hallam

I was reading the following two great books as the year wrapped up, and would continue to read them in 2020:

  • Fast Track Triathlete, Matt Dixon
  • Eat That Frog, Brian Tracy

If you’re curious about other books that I am reading or have read, feel free to check out any of my other reading lists. I would like to close this page with a quote that I strongly relate to:

I’m not saying that you have to be a reader to save your soul in the modern world. I’m saying it helps.

Walter Mosley

2018 Reading List

One of my personal resolutions in 2018 was to read at least one book each month. To track my progress, I started an evolving list of books  that I was reading or had finished reading.

With 2018 wrapped up, here’s the final list:

  • The Girl On The Train, Paula Hawkins
  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree, Ric Barker
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini
  • Seven Brief Lessons on Physics, Carlo Rovelli
  • Outliers: The Story of Success, Malcolm Gladwell
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robert Sloan
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century, Yuval Noah Harari
  • Brief Answers to the Big Questions, Stephen Hawking
  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D.
  • What Do You Care What Other People Think?, Richard P. Feynman
  • How To Lie with Statistics, Darrell Huff (author), Irving Geis (illustrator)
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, Charles Wheelan
  • Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, John Carreyrou
  • Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction, Philip E. Tetlock, Dan Gardner

The only unfinished book that would go on to my next year’s list is “The Capital Markets: Evolution of the Financial Ecosystem” by Gary Strumeyer and Sarah Swammy, Ph.D. Given that this book is also quite informative and also quite relevant to my current job role, I expect to keep referencing this book for some time to come and build domain knowledge in Capital Markets. Maybe, textbooks and reference books should also get a special mention on the future reading lists!

That said, with 2018 coming to a wrap, I want to say that I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited greatly from reading this assortment of books. Happy new year to all of you. I already have a few good books lined up for the next year but your recommendations are welcome

Stay tuned for the 2019 reading list!