Reading List

Books that I’ve read, in chronological order, some with comments.


House of God (Samuel Shem)

It was a great read and comparing it to my limited hospital experience sadly many things ring true. I recommend this book to all new medical students and hope they take it seriously.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work (Jason Fried, DHH)

Feels a bit like an extension to Rework. Good content and very concise.

Inside Apple (Adam Lashinsky)

Found this book while tidying up. Not recommended - I prefer Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs instead. On a side note, it may be interesting to check out the recent book of Steve Jobs’ daughter for different perspective (Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs).

Being Mortal (Atul Gawande)

A great read about how our society and healthcare system fail at dealing with the growing challenges of “treating” the elderly.

Bad Blood (John Carreyrou)

Crazy story and well written. Hard to put down this book. Finished in a few days.

Complications (Atul Gawande)

Interesting read even (or especially?) for someone with a medical background like me.

Rework (Jason Fried, DHH)

Super concise, these guy’s to-the-point mentality really shines through. Heavily recommended.

The Personal MBA (Josh Kaufman)

Condensed and to the point. Great read for non-business people like me.

Benjamin Franklin (Walter Isaacson)

Would have loved to meet this guy (Franklin, not Isaacson) in person, he seems to have been quite entertaining. I’d like to emphasize his Advice to a Friend on Choosing a Mistress.

Principles (Ray Dalio)

Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker)

A must-read for everyone who sleeps.


The Black Swan (Nassim Nicholas Taleb)

Hatching Twitter (Nick Bilton)

Quite entertaining read about the early stages and intrigues of Twitter.

Outliers (Malcolm Gladwell)

Losing My Virginity (Richard Branson)

Made in America (Sam Walton)

Not as interesting as the reviews might suggest. I found it rather light on facts.

Delivering Happiness (Tony Hsieh)

A great read and Tony Hsieh’s humor really resonates with me.

The Upstarts (Brad Stone)

The Everything Store (Brad Stone)

Shoe Dog (Phil Knight)

Awesome and captivating book focusing on Phil Knight’s “not-so-obvious” and emotional challenges of growing his business, Nike.

Deep Work (Cal Newport)

A must-read for everyone who wants to get stuff done.


The 7 Day Startup (Dan Norris)

Not that rich in content. You could summarize it by saying “ship your product fast and gather feedback”.

Zero to One (Peter Thiel)

So Good They Can’t Ignore You (Cal Newport)

Originals (Adam Grant)

Sherlock Holmes Books (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle)

A great read! Especially fun to discover all the hidden references after watching the series with Benedict Cumberbatch.

High Price (Carl Hart)

A really interesting and arguably more realistic perspective on drug usage.