Books Recommended to Me by People I Admire

A Canticle for Leibowitz

  • Stu

An Introduction to Buddhism, Dalai Lama

  • Raki: “Seeking spiritual path to figure out my purpose of existence.”

Artists Way

  • Paulina

Awaken the Giant Within -Tony Robbins

  • Saygin: “An awareness that the power is within - to create the most valuable life.”

Brothers Karamazov

  • Stu: “Enjoyable, dense and heavy. It has everything you need to know in life.”

Catch 22

  • Stu

Dark Tower series -Steven King

  • TB

Decameron by Boccaccio.

  • Kama: “You would never guess it was written in the 1300’s. The plague section is gruesome, and the stories hold up brilliantly. That’s my fave from the Classics bin.”

Doors of Perception -Aldous Huxley

  • Raki: “I want to experiment, study, and see how our mind/brain works.”

Don Quixote

  • Stu: “The humor and self-awareness feels like a contemporary novel but it was written hundreds of years ago. Uses humor and absurdity to comment on life’s pursuits.”

Dune (especially the books written by his Brian Herbert + Kevin J Anderson)

  • TB

Everything is F’d - Mark Manson

  • DRU: “Book about hope.”

Evolution of Desire

  • Amy M

Fighting for Your Marriage

  • Karen D

For Those I Loved -Martin gray

  • SCW: “Best life story i’ve ever read - ups and downs - survival, thriving, everything in between.”

Gene Keys

  • Ash

Gentleman in Moscow -Amor Towles (audio version)

  • Fern: “The main character handles problems with grace - like a gentleman.”

Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett

  • Kama: Just delightful in every conceivable way.

High Performance Habits

  • Daniella: “I listened to this for the first time on audiotape last year and I think about this one line a lot ‘if you leave your growth to randomness you’re destined for mediocrity”"

Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World -Haruki Murakami

  • Stu


  • Cliff

Homo Sapiens

  • Saygin: “Tells the story of human history and how we have evolved from an ape in a philosophical and deeply researched, investigative manner.”

Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

  • Sheefra: “Most impactful book on my life. Shows how we got to be this way.”

Long Walk to Freedom -Nelson mandela

  • SCW: “A remarkable man who stuck to his convictions and stepped into greatness.”

Jack Reacher series -Lee Childs

  • TB

Marcus Aurelius

  • MHM

Mass Pursuasion Method

  • Cliff

Of Love and Other Demons

  • Karen G

One is The World -Richard Haass.

  • Brad C: “An explanation of the world in a thoughtful, comprehensive and accessible way.”

Predictably Irrational

  • Daniella: “I love behavioral economics and this is such a fascinating non-fiction read. I blew through it and I think about it to this day.”

Radical Acceptance

  • JB

Robot & Foundation series -Asimov

  • TB


  • SCW


  • Sagyin: “The life Buddha and how he became the wise soul.”
  • Andrew R: “Huge impact on me in terms of accepting moments in life, and trying to reach personal nirvana.”

Social Engineering. The Science of Human Hacking

  • Cliff

Still Life with Woodpecker

  • JPR

The Ages of Globalization -Jeffrey Sachs

  • Kama: “Provides so much context and foundation for understanding what is happening in our world. It’s history, but the narratives he provides and threads he weaves together are next level. I gravitate to the macro, so this was especially nerd boner inducing for me.” (LOL Kama -JRO)

The Bodhi Tree Grows in L.A.: Tales of a Buddhist Monk in America -Bhante Walpola Piyananda

  • Fern: “Short story life lessons”

The Body Keeps the Score

  • Meli

The Celestine Prophecy: An Adventure

  • Ash

The Continuum Concept: In Search Of Happiness Lost

  • Sheefra

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

  • Sheefra
  • DRU

The Fran Lebowitz Reader

  • Daniella: “If I’m on a desert island I think I’d want a laugh. This one made me laugh aloud.”

The Forty Rules of Love -Elif Shafak

  • Saygin: “Rumi’s life as if you’re there with him - feeling his love and suffering and what he’s been through”

The Hive

  • Ash ?

The Innovators Spirit

  • Paul G

The Magus

  • JPR

The Subtle Art of not Giving a F" -Mark Manson

Unbearable Lightness of Being

  • Stu: “Impeccable job at breaking down a guy’s different relationships, and capturing the “we’ve all thought that” type of inner monologues. Quick read.”

Way of the Peaceful Warrior -Dan Milkman.

  • Sheefra: “Puts you into the flow state, that magic state, letting it unfold.”

What I Talk about When I Talk about Running: A Memoir -Haruki Murakami (audio book version)

  • Fern: “A meditation on preparation and quiet dedication.”

Where the Crawdads sing

  • Sheefra: “Yummy amazing book. Coming of age. Murder mystery, its fun. Puts you into what what it would be like to live on the land.

Wine Simple

  • Kruck

World War Z

  • Kama: “I have watched the movie a thousand times and finally picked up the book. It is a collection of recollections on which the movie is based. Fantastic shit, and if you still think you’re having a bad day after, you weren’t paying attention.”

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

  • JPR

JRO’s Book Recommendations

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JRO’s “To Read” Queue

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