Below is our recommended reading list, sorted by author’s last name. I do not make any money from recommending these books. Don’t buy books (or anything, really) from Amazon.


Buddhism / Mindfulness

Digital / Computer Science / AI



  • Masters of Doom by David Kushner

General Non-fiction

  • Tribe of Mentors by Tim Ferriss
  • The Coddling of the American Mind by Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff
  • Everything by Sam Harris
  • Everything by Christopher Hitchens
  • An Incomplete Education by Judy Jones
  • Doing Good Better by William MacAskill
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson
  • Everything by Andrew Solomon
  • The Art of War by Sun Tzu


  • The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson
  • The Primal Connection by Mark Sisson
  • The Case Against Sugar – Gary Taubes
  • Good Calories, Bad Calories – Gary Taubes
  • Why We Get Fat – Gary Taubes


  • Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham

Psychology / Mental Health

  • Altered Traits by Daniel Goleman
  • Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
  • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
  • Lost Connections by Johann Hari
  • An Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison
  • The Noonday Demon by Andrew Solomon
  • Psychology textbook by Rose M. Spielman


  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  • Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays
  • The Road to Character by David Brooks
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli
  • Self-Reliance and Other Essays by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Beyond Good and Evil by Nietzsche
  • The Republic by Plato
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • King James Bible


  • The Inferno by Dante
  • Faust by Goethe
  • Poems That Make Grown Men Cry by Anthony Holden
  • Poems That Make Grown Women Cry by Anthony Holden
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman


  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
  • The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
  • Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man by Christopher Hitchens
  • The Prince by Machiavelli
  • The 9/11 Commission Report by the National Commission On Terrorist Attacks
  • Common Sense by Thomas Paine
  • On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
  • The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers


  • Deep Work by Cal Newport

Religion / Philosophy

  • The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
  • King James Bible

Relationships / Attraction

  • The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman
  • The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
  • The Man’s Guide to Women by John Gottman
  • The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work by John Gottman
  • Models by Mark Manson

Science / Biology

  • Sperm Wars by Robin Baker
  • The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  • The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins
  • The Greatest Show on Earth by Richard Dawkins

Writing & Speaking

  • TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
  • Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark
  • The Sense of Style by Steven Pinker