My 2018 Reading List

Senthil Padmanabhan
2 min readDec 19, 2018

My 2018 non-fiction reading list included an eclectic list of topics ranging from history, politics, biographies, health, finance, personal development, and the future. The diversity in topics helped me gain deep insights into our world and brought a whole new perspective. Truly eye-opening.

  1. The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande— A simple tool at our disposal. We often take checklists for granted, but when put to proper use can be incredibly effective.
  2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari— A brilliant pragmatic overview of our History.
  3. Unshakable by Tony Robbins — A good read for folks like me, who are less interested in financial jargons and more interested in financial independence.
  4. Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven—A super quick read on how doing little things can make an impact on your life.
  5. Being Mortal by Atul Gawande— Empathy for the aged and self-lesson for aging gracefully.
  6. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers by Paul Hoffman— The lesser-known mathematical genius “Paul Erdős.”
  7. Fantasyland by Kurt Andersen— American politics in a nutshell.
  8. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari— A glimpse into the future. TL;DR: Hunger, famine, epidemic, and war will soon become problems of the past. Our future holds a whole new set of challenges.
  9. Hit Refresh by Satya Nadella— A biography that resonates a lot with software engineers.
  10. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss — Techniques that you can use in your day-to-day life that will make a difference.

I have already started curating my 2019 reading list. First one on the list is Factfulness. Looking forward to another insightful year.