Here are a list of books, in no particular order, which I value. It may be of interest to someone who broadly shares my interests, and be of no interest to everyone else. For the time being, I will list only a few books, and keep adding bits in the next few months. Let me stress this bit: this list is in no particular order.
I believe that good books have to be read not just once but several times. With suitable gaps, each re-reading helps in comprehension, especially non-fiction books that deal with fundamental principles and ideas.
These days you can get soft copies of any book that you wish to read. I have nearly completely given up on reading hard copies. This way I can read them on all my devices — smartphone, laptop and desktop. For .epub format books, I use Calibre on my desktop, and on my smartphone I use READera — an excellent program for reading all formats.
I have a soft copy library of around 20,000 books. If I am able to read just one percent of them, I’d be satisfied. Many of the books recently added to my library are sourced from Library Genesis.
Please feel free to write to me atanudey at gmail.com with your comments and questions.
Most recent update: May 15, 2022.
Economics and Political Economy
- Human Action by Ludwig von Mises. 1949.
- Universal economics by Armen A. Alchian and William R. Allen. 1967.
- Road to Serfdom by Friedrich A. Hayek.
- The Limits of Liberty by James M. Buchanan.
- The Calculus of Consent by James M. Buchanan.
- Man, Economy and State by Murray Rothbard.
- Anarchy, State and Utopia by Robert Nozick.
- The Great Escape by Angus Deaton.
- Arguments for Liberty edited by Aaron Ross Powell & Grant Babcock.
- Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse. 1922.
- Shogun by James Clavell. 1975.
- The Razor’s Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. 1944.
Science & Technology
- The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins.
- Cosmos by Carl Sagan.
- Life, Death and Meaning: Key Philosophical Readings on the Big Questions. Edited by David Benatar.
- Last Chance to See by Douglas Adams.
- For the Time Being by Annie Dillard.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman.