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"if you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking" — Haruki Marukami"Reading after a certain age diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking" — Albert Einstein
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Book (current reads highlighted)TypeRecommendedNotes
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Bury My Heart at Wounded KneeNative American HistoryDanielle
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The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell (Audible)Folklore & MythologyNeal Stephenson
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The Holy Bible (English Standard Version)Religion
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Freedom by Jonathan FranzenModern FictionDaria, Ray, Erik
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Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung ChangHui Wu
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The Mind Illuminated by CuladasaKanjun
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Evolution of BeautyElizabeth
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Footprints in the Snow: The Autobiography of a Chinese Buddhist MonkBuddhismMom
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From Third World to First WorldKanjun
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The Wind Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
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Titan by Ron ChernowDaria
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Andrew Carnegie by David NasawDaria
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The House of Morgan by Ron ChernowDaria
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The Alchemist by Paolo CoelhoDan
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True Love: A Practice for Awakening the Heart by Thich Nhat HanhSpirituality
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Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen
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Make Up, Don't Break Up: Finding and Keeping Love for Singles and CouplesRelationshipsEmily
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Radical Markets by Tyler Cowen
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Pachinko by Min Jin LeeMichelle
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Love in the Time of Cholera
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McDonald's: The Business Behind the Golden ArchesJohn Danner
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The Idealist's Survival Kit: 75 Simple Ways to Avoid BurnoutJen
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Noonday Demon by Andrew SolomonMental Health
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Community by Peter BlockDan Morse
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The Game by Neil StraussModern Dating CultureAatash
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Guide to The Good LifeSpiritualityArram
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7 Habits of Highly Effective PeopleAlice
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15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership by Jim DethmerLeadershipAgape
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Why Buddhism is True by Robert WrightMaura
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Superintelligence by Nick BostromAITom, Arram
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Surfing with Sartre by Aaron JamesPhilosophyDaria
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The PowerTiffany Ho
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Positive Discipline by Jane NelsonParenting, Early Childhood DevelopmentAlanna Beebe
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Half the SkyTina
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The Screwtape Letters by CS LewisSpiritualityChristina Li
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Amartya SenSpiritualityChristina Li
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Toddler Brain by Laura JanaEarly ChildhoodLaura Jana
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The Longevity Diet by Valter LongoLongevityKanjun
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Destiny DisruptedHistory of IslamChristina Li
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Difficult Conversatons by Douglas StoneErika Ji
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The PrizeDustin
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Empire of the Summer MoonDustin
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The book on rental property investing by brandon turnerEmily
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Ready Player OneScience FictionDan
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The Silk Roads: A New History of the World by Peter FrankopanHistory
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Ethical Life Fundamental ReadingsScott Wu
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Deep Simplicity: Bringing Order to Chaos and ComplexityCharlie Munger
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Ice Age by John and Mary GribbinCharlie Munger
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How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe's Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It by Arthur HermanCharlie Munger
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The Power of Myth by Joseph CampbellFolklore & Mythology
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Models of My Life by Herbert SimonCharlie Munger
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Work Rules! by Laszlo BockPeople OpsDaria
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A Matter of Degrees: What Temperature Reveals About the Past and Future of Our Species, Planet, and Universe by Gino SegreCharlie Munger
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Andrew Carnegie by Joseph Frazier WallCharlie Munger
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The Third Chimpanzee: The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared DiamondCharlie Munger
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Living Within Limits: Ecology, Economics, and Poplulation Taboos by Garrett HardinCharlie Munger
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Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron ChernowCharlie Munger
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The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So PoorCharlie Munger
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Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters by Matt RidleyCharlie Munger
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Three Scientists and Their Gods: Looking for Meaning in an Age of Information by Robert WrightCharlie Munger
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Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy GroveCharlie Munger
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Technological Revolutions and Financial Capital: The Dynamics of Bubbles and Golden Ages by Carlota PerezEconomic HistoryShilpi
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Age of AmbitionKanjun
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Another Country by James BaldwinRaceJulia
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Color of Law: The Forgotten History by Richard RothsteinHistoryIsaac Rosenberg
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ParentpowerEarly Childhood Education
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The Story FactorStorytellingAndrew
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Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Land by Lauret SavoyHistoryJess
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Blueprint for Revolution: How to Use Rice Pudding, Lego Men, and Other Nonviolent Techniques to Galvanize Communities, Overthrow Dictators, or Simply Change the WorldActivismKara
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My Documents by Alexandra ZambraJess
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The Warmth of Other SunsHistory of Migration
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What I Talk About When I About Running by Haruki MurakamiEdSurge Summer List
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Street of Eternal HappinessChinaKenn Ross
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The History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand RussellEdSurge Summer List
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A Little Life by Hanya YanagiharaFiction
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Happy City by Charles MontgomeryUrban DesignKroner
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Story of Philosophy by Will DurantHistory of Philosophy
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The Forty Rules of Love by Elif ShafakLoveIbrahim
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Kid Letters to President ObamaEdSurge Summer List
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Machine Platform Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Andrew McAfee and Erik BrynjolfssonAutomation & AI
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Dark Money Koch Brothers
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Radical CandorManagement / CommuniationKanjun, Arram
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Designing Interactions from IDEOProduct Design
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The Honourable Schoolboy by John La CarreHistory of Hong Kong, Fiction
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Running Lean by Ash MauryaEducation
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More than Good DeedsGlobal PovertyLevy
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End of PovertyGlobal PovertyLevy
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White Man's BurdenGlobal PovertyLevy
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The Vital QuestionEnergyBill Gates
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Emile, or On Education by RousseauEducation
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Preschool in Three Cultures Revisited: China, Japan, and the United States (Kindle)Early Education
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The Moon and SixPence by W. Somerset MaughamJosh Fost
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The Awesome Country and the Middle KingdomKenn Ross
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Who's Afraid of the Big Bad DragonKenn Ross
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Asia's CauldronKenn Ross
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Kissinger On ChinaKenn Ross
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Looking Down on Human Intelligence by Ian DrearyLearningStephen Kosslyn
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Beijing ConsensusKenn Ross
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