2016 Reading List

Listing out all the books I read this year makes me very proud, however to paraphrase Michelangelo:

If you knew how long this took me, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. 

I’m actually a slower than average reader (I measure it regularly), so this achievement of reading 60 books in a year, is more a reflection of time management and introverted social life.

Instead of giving a blurb about each book for an unknown number of readers, I thought my time would be better spent grouping them and highlighting a few best.

Top Fiction:

  1. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoyevski
  2. The Plague – Albert Camus
  3. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  5. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen

Top Philosophy:

  1. On the Suffering of the World – Schopenhauer
  2. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  3. The Fastidious Assassins (The Rebel) – Albert Camus
  4. Beyond Religion – Dalai Lama

Top Buddhism:

  1. The Buddhist Path to Simplicity – Christina Feldman
  2. Becoming Enlightened – Dalai Lama
  3. Touching Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh

Top Happiness:

  1. Happiness: Developing Life’s Most Important Skill – Mattieu Riccard
  2. Happiness: A Philosophers Guide – Frederic Lenoir
  3. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama

 


Books Read in 2016

  1. Zero to One – Peter Thiel
  2. The Republic – Plato
  3. Phaedrus – Plato
  4. How Proust Can Change your Life – Alain De Botton
  5. His Essential Wisdom – Dalai Lama
  6. Becoming Enlightened – Dalai Lama
  7. Stages of Meditation – Dalai Lama
  8. Beyond Religion – Dalai Lama
  9. The Art of Happiness – Dalai Lama
  10. The Buddhist Path to Simplicity – Christina Feldman
  11. Colorless – Haruki Murakami
  12. An Anthropologist on Mars – Oliver Sacks
  13. The Pilgrimage – Paulo Coelho
  14. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
  15. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
  16. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera
  17. Sense and Sensibility – Jane Austen
  18. To the Lighthouse – Virginia Woolf
  19. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  20. The Stranger – Albert Camus
  21. The Fall – Albert Camus
  22. Northanger Abbey – Jane Austen
  23. Walden – Henry David Thoreau
  24. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  25. Useful Work vs Useless Toil – William Morris
  26. Nature – Ralph Waldo Emerson
  27. On Solitude – Michel de Montaigne
  28. The Lamp of Memory – John Ruskin
  29. The Fastidious Assassins (The Rebel) – Albert Camus
  30. The Plague – Albert Camus (re-read)
  31. The Communist Manifesto – Karl Marx & Friedrich Engels
  32. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  33. Outliers – Gladwell
  34. Tuesdays with Morrie – Albom
  35. The Brothers Karamazov – Dostoevsky
  36. Influence – Cialdini
  37. Essays – George Orwell
  38. 4 Hour Work Week – Tim Ferris
  39. Siddhartha – Herman Hesse
  40. Buddha – Deepak Chopra
  41. On the Suffering of the World – Schopenhauer
  42. The 1001 Arabian Nights (Book 1)
  43. The 1001 Arabian Nights (Book 2)
  44. The Little Prince – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  45. Happiness: Life’s most important skill – Mattieu Riccard
  46. Happiness: A Philosophers Guide – Frederic Lenoir
  47. Candide – Voltaire
  48. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Movie Script)
  49. North and South – Elizabeth Gaskell
  50. Anthem – Ayn Rand
  51. Little Book of Contentment – Leo Babauta
  52. Buddhism Without Beliefs –  Stephen Batchelor
  53. Search Inside Yourself – Chade-Meng Tan
  54. Touching Peace – Thich Nhat Hanh
  55. Teachings on Love – Thich Nhat Hanh
  56. Unto This Last – John Ruskin
  57. The Enchiridion – Epictetus
  58. Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals – Kant
  59. Courage – Osho
  60. Unwritten – Jack Delosa

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Sebastian Kade, Founder of Sumry and Author of Living Happiness, is a software designer and full-stack engineer. He writes thought-provoking articles every now and then on sebastiankade.com

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