Books

Recommended reading

Spirituality, philosophy, & psychology

  • The Bhagavad Gita - Stephen Mitchell (Translator)
  • The Bhagavad Gita - Eknath Easwaran (Translator)
  • Tao Te Ching - Stephen Mitchell (Translator)
  • The Shiva Purana - J. L. Shastri (Translator)
  • The Life of Milarepa - Tsangnyön Heruka, Lobsang P. Lhalungpa (Translator)
  • Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Indian Philosophy - Richard King
  • Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind - Shunryu Suzuki
  • The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious - Carl Jung
  • The Black Books - Carl Jung
  • The Red Book - Carl Jung
  • Thus Spoke Zarathustra - Friedrich Nietzsche, Walter Kaufmann (Translator)

Science, mathematics, & linguistics

  • Mathematics for the Nonmathematician - Morris Kline
  • The Alignment Problem - Brian Christian
  • Music, Language, and the Brain - Aniruddh D. Patel
  • Quantum: A Guide for the Perplexed - Dr. Jim Al-Khalili
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams - Matthew Walker PhD
  • The Language Instict - Stephen Pinker
  • Sapiens - Yuval Noah Harari

Programming

  • The Pragmatic Programmer - David Thomas, Andrew Hunt
  • The Alignment Problem: Machine Learning and Human Values - Brian Christian

Music

  • The Theory and Practice of Tone-Relations - Percy Goetschius
  • Analog Days - Trevor Pinch, Frank Trocco

Non-Fiction

  • Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
  • David and Goliath - Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Perennial Philosophy - Aldous Huxley
  • 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos - Jordan B. Peterson
  • Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life - Jordan B. Peterson

Fiction

  • The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Island - Aldous Huxley
  • After Many a Summer Dies the Swan - Aldous Huxley
  • Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

Poetry

  • The Collected Works of W. B. Yeats Vol. 1
  • Spring and All - William Carlos Williams
  • Ahead of All Parting - Rainer Maria Rilke
  • Nine Horses - Billy Collins

To get list

  • Carl Jung Collected Works
  • Karl Blossfeldt: Masterworks
  • Homo Deus - Yval Noah Harari
  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yval Noah Harari
  • The Peter Principle - Laurence J. Peter, Raymond Hull
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death - Neil Postman
  • The Elements of Typographic Atyle - Robert Bringhurst
  • Introduction to Post-Tonal Theory - Joseph N. Strauss

Recommended by friends

  • Myth = Mithya - Devdutt Pattanaik
  • Old Path White Clouds - Thich Nhat Hanh
  • Teaching Yoga Adjusting Asana - Melanie Cooper
  • Stoner - John Williams
  • Confessions - Leo Tolstoy
  • Breaking Open the Head - Daniel Pinchbeck
  • Anything by Kurt Godel