I am a compulsive consumer of information. Lack of focus comes as a undesirable side effect with this habit. Online reading turns into jumping from one webpage to another looking for the next fix. Thus, I decided to simplify my reading habits and choose mindful online reading.

Replacing a lot of online reading with real books was another conscious decision. I choose my books carefully after much deliberation and I would like to share that list with you. They've all inspired me in their own unique ways. I hope you get around to reading some of these.

IN 2018

  1. How to Turn Down a Billion Dollars: The Snapchat Story - Billy Gallagher
  2. How to Win: Lessons from the Premier League - The Secret Footballer
  3. Exit West: A Novel - Mohsin Hamid
  4. Women - Charles Bukowski
  5. Post Office - Charles Bukowski
  6. Peter Camenzind: A Novel - Hermann Hesse
  7. Wilderness Tips - Margaret Atwood
  8. Reasons to Stay Alive - Matt Haig
  9. Born to Run: The hidden tribe, the ultra-runners, and the greatest race the world has never seen - Christopher McDougall
  10. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck - Mark Manson
  11. The Journey to the East - Hermann Hesse
  12. Walk Through Walls: A Memoir - Marina Abramovic
  13. The Complete MAUS - Art Spiegelman

IN 2017

  1. Origin - Dan Brown
  2. Shoe Dog - Phil Knight
  3. Ego is The Enemy - Ryan Holiday
  4. A Clash of King (A Song of Ice and Fire) - George R.R. Martin
  5. A Game of Throne (A Song of Ice and Fire) - George R.R. Martin
  6. The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak
  7. Men Without Women - Haruki Murakami
  8. The Art of Living : The Classical Manual on Virtue, Happiness and Effectiveness - Epictetus
  9. Musafir Cafe - Divya Prakash Dubey
  10. The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupéry
  11. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie
  12. Murder on The Orient Express - Agatha Christie
  13. Predictably Irrational - Dan Ariely
  14. And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie
  15. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind - Yuval Noah Harari
  16. Midnight's Children - Salman Rushdie
  17. Last Man in Tower - Aravind Adiga
  18. The Song Machine : How to Make a Hit - John Seabrook
  19. A Farewell To Arms - Ernest Hemingway
  20. Harry Potter and The Cursed Child - J. K. Rowlin, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
  21. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World - Cal Newport
  22. As a Man Thinketh - James Allen

IN 2016

  1. When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  2. Malice - Keigo  Higashino
  3. Salvation Of  A Saint - Keigo Higashino
  4. The Devotion Of Suspect X - Keigo Higashino
  5. One Indian Girl - Chetan Bhagat
  6. The Book of Tea - Kakuzo Okakura
  7. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe - Douglas Adams
  8. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
  9. The Call Of The Wild - Jack London
  10. Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance -  Robert M. Pirsig
  11. The Girl With All The Gifts - M. R. Carey
  12. The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
  13. Catch - 22 - Joseph Heller
  14. The Silent Cry - Kenzaburo Oe
  15. Einstein: His Life and Universe - Walter Isaacson
  16. The Professor, The Banker, and The Suicide King - Michael Craig
  17. Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
  18. The Revenant - Michael Punke
  19. 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works - Dan Harris
  20. Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
  21. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand


IN 2015

  1. Into Thin Air - Jon Krakauer
  2. A Personal Matter (Audiobook) - Kenzaburo Oe
  3. The Martian (Audiobook) - Andy Weir
  4. Elon Musk : How The Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping Our Future - Ashlee Vance
  5. Antifragile : Things that Gain from Disorder - Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  6. The Elements of Style - William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White
  7. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakami
  8. Playing to Win - David Sarlin
  9. Boats on Land - A Collection of Short Stories - Janice Pariat
  10. How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid
  11. On Writing - Stephen King
  12. Jaya - An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata - Devdutt Patnaik
  13. How to Live On 24-Hours a Day - Arnold Bennett
  14. The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
  15. Hatching Twitter - Nick Bilton
  16. Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator - Ryan Holiday
  17. The Art of Asking: How I learned to stop worrying and let people help - Amanda Palmer
  18. 1Q84 - Haruki Murakami
  19. Men Without Women - Ernest Hemingway
  20. Shatranj Ke Khiladi (Hindi Edition) - Munshi Premchand
  21. Sex at Dawn: How We Mate, Why We Stray and What it Means for Modern Relationships -  Christopher Ryan






  1. On the Shortness of Life - Seneca
  2. Show Your Work - Austin Kleon
  3. One Year Lived - Adam Shepard
  4. Daily Rituals: Find Inspiration, and Get to Work - Mason Currey
  5. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius
  6. The Old Man and The Sea - Ernest Hemingway
  7. The Dharma Bums - Jack Kerouac
  8. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky
  9. The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time - Mark Haddon
  10. The Trial - Franz Kafka
  11. My Autobiography - Alex Ferguson
  12. The Geography of Bliss - Eric Weiner
  13. The One Skill - Leo Babauta
  14. War Is a Force that Gives Us Meaning - Chris Hedges
  15. Amsterdam - Ian McEwan
  16. Everything That Remains - Joshua Fields Millburn
  17. Running: The Autobiography - Ronnie O'Sullivan
  18. God Explained in a Taxi Ride - Paul Arden
  19. The Fall - Albert Camus
  20. The Outsider - Albert Camus


Much Earlier

  1. The Metamorphosis - Franz Kafka
  2. Narcopolis - Jeet Thayil
  3. The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau
  4. The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John le Carré
  5. After Dark - Haruki Murakami (I read most of the Murakamis back to back)
  6. Sputnik Sweetheart - Haruki Murakami
  7. A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami
  8. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Haruki Murakami
  9. Kafka on The Shore - Haruki Murakami
  10. Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  11. Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
  12. Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse
  13. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever - Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  14. Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
  15. A Moveable Feast - Ernest Hemingway


Notes on some of the books I have read

  1. Best Books I Read in 2014
  2. The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac | Book Review
  3. Illusions by Richard Bach | Haiku
  4. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse | Book Review
  5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami | Haiku
  6. Best Books I Read This Year (2013) 
  7. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami | Haiku
  8. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami | Haiku


Blogs I follow

  1. Zen Habits - I have now lost count of the number of times this blog has made my day. If there was just one blog I would recommend to you, this would be it.
  2. The Minimalists - These guys really drilled in me the concept of simple and minimal living even though I had always known about it. Their book 'Everything that remains' is also a book that I would recommend to you.
  3. Aeon Magazine - In this fast paced world of fast food articles, Aeon is slow journalism. They publish just one single, in depth, well researched article from the subject matter experts a day. Covering various genres, it is one of the best places to get an introduction on some new subject. 
  4. Mark Manson - Mark is a digital entrepreneur who has travelled the world and shares his experience in well written, insightful articles. No fluff, pure gold.