Reading Lists

I’m a firm believer in reading. It could even save lives. Often, my regret is only that I hadn’t started reading earlier. The power is in the experience it brings to us, which if not for the book we’d have a hard time collecting so many real life experiences. Reading magnifies human experience.

Reading helped me meet philosophers and Presidents, experience important historical moments, took me to places as far as an Orthodox Monastery in Syria and a Leper colony in Peru, giving me experiences that I wouldn’t had otherwise.

To explore the books I’ve read, want to read, or to keep up with my reading, connect with me on Goodreads.

When I started to read actively, I’d often search for important books in a particular genre. At that time, it the reading lists and recommendations of others that helped me. In fact, it will be an interesting exercise to trace the journey of how came upon to read each book that I’ve read. I decided to make my own reading lists so that it may help others find a recommendation or two useful.

I’ve made reading lists in the following genres:

  1. Personal Flourishing
  2. Knowing the World
  3. Politics and Leadership
  4. Philosophy
  5. Management
  6. Writing
  7. Young Readers (my personal favorites)
  8. Poems and Essays

Personal Flourishing

  1. Becoming Me by Michelle Obama
  2. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
  3. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  4. The Element by Ken Robinson
  5. Dreams From My Father by Barack Obama

Understanding the World Around Us

  1. Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
  2. From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple
  3. Glimpses of World History by Jawaharlal Nehru


  1. The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
  2. Thirteen Days by Robert Kennedy
  3. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman
  4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama


  1. In Search of Civilization by John Armstrong
  2. The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
  3. The Importance of Living by Lin Yutang
  4. An Intimate History of Humanity by Theodore Zeldin


  1. How Will Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen
  2. The Fuzzy and the Techie by Scott Hartley
  3. How Stella Saved the Farm by Chris Trimble and Vijay Govindarajan


  1. The Elements of Style by Edmund White and William Strunk Jr.
  2. On Writing Well by William Zinsser
  3. This Year You Write Your Novel by Walter Mosley

Young Reader

  1. My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durrell
  2. Paper Towns by John Green
  3. The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  4. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Poems and Essays

  1. The Prophet by Khalil Gibran
  2. Ten Poems to Change Your Life by Roger Housden
  3. Essays of Ralph Waldo Emerson
  4. Rumi – translated by Coleman Barks