6 Feb 2022

List of Favorite Books Ever

The full list is on Goodreads.

It's so incredibly hard to make a selection. And my preferences change over time!

1. Non Fiction

1.1 Total Recall

You probably did something right if you were a world champion bodybuilding, a tier 1 actor, and a governor.

1.2 Open

The most personal biography I've ever read. It made me realise even top stars doubt themselves. The only other book which shows this vulnerability was Meditations by Marcus Aurelius (which was never intended to be read lest himself).

1.3 The Beginning of Infinity

Finally an optimistic book about the future!

1.4 Man's Search for Meaning

1.5 The Way of the Superior Man

Because life is more than work alone.

1.6 Wild Company: The Untold Story of Banana Republic

Best inspiration if you ever want to build a business with your spouse.

2. Fiction

2.1 The Bonfire of Vanities

So deep, so real. Not just a good guys versus bad guys story, but real people.

2.2 The Secret History

This one strongly resonated with me when I was a student.

2.3 The Shadow of the Wind

Such a magical story. Re-reading it now to find that magic again.

2.4 A Gentleman in Moscow

A story which makes you smile. The protagonist is the best person in the world you'll ever meet.

2.5 Shōgun

Rough to get through the first few chapters, but after that the characters become larger than life and the story full of surprises.

2.6 Grand Hotel Europa

Only in Dutch, English coming soon

2.7 Cryptonomicon

Similar to Shogun it's rough in the beginning, but it's great when you read a book and all the pieces of the puzzle come together so magically at the end.

2.8 1Q84

yes, with a Q

Weird, but nevertheless, I just couldn't put it down

2.9 Wild Swans

If you want to understand how China became what it is today, this is a good first step