Books are the training weights of the mind.
— Epictetus

Reading is the ultimate skill. You can spend a lifetime reading and will not remember everything you read but what will change in the process is how you think. So your thinking will impact everybody you meet in your lifetime.

The essentials:

  1. Manual for Living by Epictetus LINK
  2. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius LINK
  3. The Lessons of History Ariel Durant and Will Durant LINK
  4. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari LINK
  5. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl LINK
  6. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin LINK
  7. Discipline Equals Freedom: Field Manual by Jocko Willink LINK
  8. The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant LINK
  9. Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Charlie Munger LINK
  10. The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason LINK
  11. About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior by Colonel David H. Hackworth LINK
  12. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanith LINK
  13. Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life by  Eric Greitens LINK
  14. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking LINK
  15. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson LINK
  16. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie LINK
  17. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman LINK
  18. The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene LINK
  19. This is Water by David Foster Wallace LINK
  20. The Art of War Sun Tzu LINK
  21. The Armed Forces Officer Edition U. S. Department Of Defense LINK
  22. Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai by Yamamoto Tsunetomo LINK

 

And many more:

  1. Foundation Isaac Asimov
  2. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies by Jared Diamond
  3. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
  4. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  5. The Decision Book: Fifty Models for Strategic Thinking Krogerus, Mikael
  6. Draft No. 4: On the Writing Process McPhee, John
  7. The Lone Samurai: The Life of Miyamoto Musashi by William Scott Wilson
  8. The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
  9. The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone
  10. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg
  11. Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility McCord, Patty
  12. 10% Happier by Dan Harris
  13. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
  14. Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  15. Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti by Krishnamurti, Jiddu
  16. The Ascent of Money: A Financial History of the World Ferguson, Niall
  17. University of Berkshire Hathaway: 30 Years of Lessons Learned from Warren Buffett & Charlie Munger at the Annual Shareholders MeetingBY Pecaut, Daniel
  18. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow
  19. The Champion's Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Afremow, Jim, PhD
  20. Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin
  21. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely
  22. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  23. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products by Nir Eyal
  24. The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created
  25. Brave New World: Aldous Huxley
  26. “12 Rules For Life”, by Jordan Peterson
  27. Antifragile: Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  28. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  29. The Hundred Rules of War by Tsukahara Bokuden
  30. Zero to One: Blake Masters and Peter Thiel
  31. Freakonomics: Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt
  32. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Douglas Adams
  33. Man's Search for Meaning: Viktor Frankl
  34. Moneyball: Michael L. Lewis
  35. The Fountainhead: Ayn Rand
  36. The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Ben Horowitz
  37. The Selfish Gene Richard Dawkins
  38. Foundation Isaac Asimov
  39. Neuromancer William Gibson
  40. Musashi: An Epic Novel of the Samurai Era
  41. Black Swan Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  42. Beyond Band of Brothers, by Dick Winters
  43. Fooled by Randomness Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  44. How The Mind Works Steven Pinker
  45. How to Wind Friends and Influence People Dale Carnegie
  46. Power of Habit Charles Duhigg
  47. Selfish Gene Dawkins
  48. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People Stephen Covey
  49. Shoe Dog Phil Knight
  50. Singularity is Near Kurzwell
  51. Steve Jobs Walter Isaacson
  52. The Blank Slate Steven Pinker
  53. The Language Instinct Steven Pinker
  54. Why Buddhism is True Robert Wright
  55. A Short History of Nearly Everything Bill Bryson
  56. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk Peter L. Bernstein
  57. Beating the Averages P. Graham
  58. Better Atul Gawande
  59. Cosmos Carl Sagan
  60. Deep Work Cal Newport
  61. Dune Frank Herbert
  62. Einstein Walter Isaacson
  63. Good Calories, Bad Calories Gary Taubes
  64. Influence Robert Cialdini
  65. Nonviolent Communication Marshall Rosenberg
  66. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  67. Principles by Ray Dalio
  68. The Peripheral William by Gibson
  69. The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt
  70. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  71. Understanding Media by Marshall McLuhan
  72. Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson
  73. Quiet by Susan Cain
  74. A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
  75. A Beautiful Mind by Sylvia Nassar
  76. Abundance by Peter Diamandis
  77. Accidental Empires by Robert X. Cringely
  78. Antifragile (Taleb) by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  79. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  80. Buffett by Lowenstein
  81. Capital in the 21st Century Thomas Piketty
  82. Checklist Manifesto Atul Gawande
  83. Contact by Carl Sagan
  84. Creativity, Inc. Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull
  85. Crossing the Chasm Geoffrey Moore
  86. Da Vinci by Isaacson
  87. Elements by Euclid
  88. Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance
  89. Empire by Hardt & Negri
  90. Essentialism McKeown
  91. Dune (Dune Chronicles) by Frank Herbert
  92. Exponential Organizations Michael Malone, Salim Ismail, and Yuri van Geest
  93. Finding My Virginity Richard Branson
  94. Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World Jack Weatherford
  95. Getting to Yes Roger Fisher and William Ury
  96. High Output Management Grove
  97. Homo Deus Hariri
  98. How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  99. How To Win Friends Dale Carnegie
  100. How We Got To Now Steven Johnson
  101. Innovators’ Solution Clayton M. Christensen and Michael E. Raynor
  102. Jobs Isaacson
  103. Lessons from History Ariel Durant and Will Durant
  104. Moral Letters to Lucilius Seneca
  105. Napoleon the Great Andrew Roberts
  106. New Studies in Philosophy, Politics, Economics & the History of Ideas F. A. Hayek
  107. On China Henry Kissinger
  108. On Shortness of Life + Letters from a Stoic Seneca
  109. On the Shortness of Life Seneca the Younger
  110. On Writing Stephen King
  111. Originals Adam Grant
  112. Origins of Political Order Fukuyama
  113. Our Mathematical Universe Max Tegmark
  114. Pattern Recognition William Gibson
  115. Perceptions and Misperceptions Jervis
  116. Power and Knowledge Foucault
  117. Practical Reflection J. David Velleman
  118. Pre-Suasion Robert Cialdini
  119. Prometheus Rising Robert Anton Wilson
  120. Propaganda Edward Bernays
  121. Quantum and the Lotus Matthieu Ricard
  122. Quiet: The Power of Introverts Susan Cain
  123. Ready Player One Ernest Cline
  124. Realism and the Aim of Science Karl Popper
  125. Red Notice Bill Browder
  126. Reflections on the Human Condition Eric Hoffer
  127. Republic Plato
  128. Search Inside Yourself Chade-Meng Tan
  129. Seneca’s letters Seneca the Younger
  130. Seveneves Neal Stephenson
  131. Shock Doctrine Naomi Klein
  132. Sociology of Philosophies Randall Collins
  133. Start with Why Simon Sinek
  134. Strategy of Conflict Schelling
  135. Structures, or Why Things Don't Fall Down J.E. Gordon
  136. Success Equation Michael J. Mauboussin
  137. Superforecasting Dan Gardner and Philip E. Tetlock
  138. Swimming Across and High Output Management Andy Grove
  139. Team of Rivals Doris Kearns Goodwin
  140. Temporary Autonomous Zone Peter Lamborn Wilson
  141. That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Not Seen Frédéric Bastiat
  142. The Attention Merchants Tim Wu
  143. The Black Swan (Taleb) Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  144. The Caves of Steel Isaac Asimov
  145. The China Study T. Colin Campbell and Thomas M. Campbell
  146. The Company: A Short History of a Revolutionary Idea Adrian Wooldridge and John Micklethwait
  147. The Corrections Franzen
  148. The Daily Stoic Ryan Holiday
  149. The Demon Haunted World C. Sagan
  150. The Enterprise of Law Bruce L. Benson
  151. The Essays of Warren Buffett: Lessons for Investors and Managers Warren Buffett
  152. The Extended Phenotype Richard Dawkins
  153. The Fabric of Reality David Deutsch
  154. The God Delusion Richard Dawkins
  155. The God Particle Leon Lederman
  156. The Golden Notebook Doris Lessing
  157. The Human Condition Hannah Arendt
  158. The Importance of Living Lin Yutang
  159. The Inner Game of Tennis Timothy Gallwey
  160. The Intelligent Investor Benjamin Graham
  161. The Lean Startup Eric Ries
  162. The Media Equation Byron Reeves
  163. The Miracle of Mindfulness Tich Naht Hanh
  164. The Misbehavior of Markets: A Fractal View of Financial Turbulence
  165. Benoit Mandelbrot and Richard L. Hudson
  166. The Monk who Sold His Ferrari Robin Sharma
  167. The Monkeywrench Gang Abbey
  168. The Most Important Thing Howard S. Marks
  169. The Organised Mind Daniel Levitin
  170. The Outsiders S. E. Hinton
  171. The People in the Trees Hanya Yanagihara
  172. The Philosophy of Science Boyd
  173. The Power of Habit Duhigg
  174. The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell
  175. The Power of Now Eckhart Tolle
  176. The Score Takes Care of Itself Bill Walsh
  177. The Second World War Churchill
  178. The Secret Of Our Success Joseph Henrich
  179. The Senses Considered James J. Gibson
  180. The Silk Roads Peter Frankopan
  181. The Skeptical Environmentalist Bjørn Lomborg
  182. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions Thomas Kuhn
  183. The Three Body Problem Liu Cixin
  184. The Truth Neil Strauss
  185. The Way of Chuang Tzu Thomas Merton
  186. Tibetan Book of Living and Dying Sogyal Rinpoche
  187. To Engineer Is Human Henry Petroski
  188. Tools of Titans Timothy Ferriss
  189. Tribe Sebastian Junger
  190. Trust me, I’m Lying Ryan Holiday
  191. Why Zebras Don’t get Ulcers Robert Sapolsky
  192. Zen Mind Shunry Suzuki
  193. A Wealth of Common Sense: Why Simplicity Trumps Complexity in Any Investment Plan by Ben Carlson
  194. Shenzhen Superstars – How China’s smartest city is challenging Silicon Valley by Johan Nylander
  195. Managing Stress: Principles and Strategies for Health and Well-Being by Brian Luke Seaward
  196. The Origin of Wealth: The Radical Remaking of Economics and What it Means for Business and Society by Eric D. Beinhocker
  197. What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful by Marshall Goldsmith, Mark Reite
  198. Augustine's Laws, Sixth Edition by Chairman and CEO, Lockheed Martin Corporation N. Augustine
  199. The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  200. Wealth & Wisdom: Timeless Quotations and Comments About Money and Investing by George B. McAuliffe III, James Grant
  201. The Birth of Plenty: How the Prosperity of the Modern World was Created by William J. Bernstein
  202. China in World History, Third Edition by Samuel Adrian M. Adshead
  203. A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age by Jimmy Soni, Rob Goodman
  204. The Warren Buffett Portfolio: Mastering the Power of the Focus Investment Strategy by Robert G. Hagstrom
  205. Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and the Art of Living by Krista Tippett
  206. The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life by Kevin Simler, Robin Hanson
  207. Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  208. The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
  209. Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages by Carlota Perez
  210. The Way of Zen by Alan W. Watts
  211. George C. Marshall: Rubrics of Leadership by Stewart W. Husted
  212. Money: The Unauthorised Biography by Felix Martin
  213. The Way of Men by Jack Donovan
  214. A History of Civilizations by Fernand Braudel
  215. One Mission: How Leaders Build A Team Of Teams by Chris Fussel
  216. The Enigma of Reason by Hugo Mercier
  217. Good People: The Only Leadership Decision That Really Matters by Anthony Tjan
  218. Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson's Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark
  219. Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups—Timeless Advice from an Angel Investor Who Turned $100,000 into $100,000,000 by Jason Calacanis
  220. Predictably Irrational, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dr. Dan Ariely
  221. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk by Peter L. Bernstein
  222. The 33 Strategies Of War (The Robert Greene Collection) by Robert Greene
  223. The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musash
  224. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey
  225. The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter T. Leeson
  226. The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age by James Dale Davidson
  227. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West
  228. Conversations with Major Dick Winters: Life Lessons from the Commander of the Band of Brothers by Cole C. Kingseed
  229. The Science of Fear: How the Culture of Fear Manipulates Your Brain by Daniel Gardner
  230. 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans by Karl Pillemer Ph.D
  231. “The Psychology of Human Misjudgment” speech at Harvard Law School by Charles T. Munger