2011 reading list

Here is a (partial) list of the books I read in 2011. Not surprisingly, most of them are themed around randomness :). Would definitely recommend the top two books — most of the bunch in the top were pretty interesting reads. Btw, I am looking for a nice way to organize the books I have read — I want to be able to quickly add entries, assign tags, adaptively change priorities and maybe add my favorite quotes from the book as I read it. Any suggestions?


Christopher McDougall
Born to run : a hidden tribe, superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

Andrew Hunt, David Thomas
The pragmatic programmer : from journeyman to master

Raghavendra Gadagkar
Survival strategies : cooperation and conflict in animal societies

Gregory Roberts

Ramachandran, V. S.
A brief tour of human consciousness : from imposter poodles to purple numbers

Duncan Watts
Everything is obvious : once you know the answer / Duncan J. Watts.

Geoffrey Colvin
Talent is overrated : what really separated world-class performers from Everybody else

The pleasure of finding things out : the best short works of Richard Feynman

Jeffrey S. Rosenthal
Struck by lightning : the curious world of probabilities

Malcolm Gladwell
Blink : the power of thinking without thinking

Dan Gilbert
Stumbling on happiness

Joseph Hallinan
Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average

Leonard Mlodinow
The Drunkard’s walk : how randomness rules our lives

Shumeet Baluja
The Silicon Jungle: A Novel of Deception, Power, and Internet Intrigue

Viktor E. Frankl
Man’s search for meaning : an introduction to logotherapy

Edward Burger
Coincidences, chaos, and all that math jazz : making light of weighty ideas

Chris Anderson
The long tail : why the future of business is selling less of more

Gina Trapani
Lifehacker : 88 tech tricks to turbocharge your day / Gina Trapani.

Dan Brown
The lost symbol : a novel

Jeff Hawkins, Jeff,
On intelligence

Sandra Aamodt
Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys but Never Forget How to Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Life

Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers: The Story of Success

Hermann Hesse

Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Michael Lewis
Liar’s poker


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