What’s On My Bookshelf

This is my bookshelf.  I want to take this moment to highlight a few of my favorite books that I think are worth a second read.


The Family Meal by Ferran Adrià.  This book is great because each meal has an appetizer, entree, and dessert.  It has a picture of all the ingredients needed as well as pictures of each step in the process.

The 4-Hour Chef by Tim Ferriss.  This is actually a book about learning cleverly disguised as a cookbook.  The recipes in here are really simple.  The book is really about learning new skills.  It focuses on deconstructing and analyzing a skill in order to learn it as quickly as possible.  Of his three books, this one is probably my favorite.  The 4-hour Work-week is a good book about time management and prioritization.  The 4-Hour Body is more of a collection of hacks than a comprehensive fitness plan.  If you look at Tim, he’s not exactly an elite athlete.  Plus, I didn’t like the book because it focuses too heavily on supplements and drugs.

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How a Second Grader Beats Wall Street by Allan Roth.  It describes a simple passive investing portfolio.  The moral of the story is invest in index funds.  You can read my full book report here.

Influence by Robert Cialdini.  This is a psychology book on persuasion.  It details techniques on how to influence others, but more importantly, it shows how to defend ourselves against instinctual and reflective tendencies of the mine that allows us to be easily manipulated.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig.  Is this book about religion?  Is it about fixing motorcycles?  No.  It’s actually about writing.


Wall and Piece by Banksy.  I like how the title is a pun.  My friend Petey has a theory that banksy is actually more than one person.  That’s how no one has been able to discover his secret identity.

Various Calligraphy manuals.


I have a bunch of Batman and friends as well as X-Men.

Missing From My Bookshelf

The Art of War by Sun Tzu.  I let a coworker borrow this book.  She still has it.

The Game by Neil Strauss.  It’s a how to book, but it’s also a novel.  It’s very funny.  I recommend it.  I gave this book to a friend.  I will probably buy another copy to put on my bookshelf.




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