We live in a utopia of content abundance. This is highly underappreciated! While the natural intuition is that new, fresh information is the most valuable, it's often the opposite: fresh information often has too much noise to be useful. Along those lines, this saying has become a favourite of mine: "If you want new ideas, read old books"

I've read maybe half of these, and I usually tend to skim. Maybe I'm impatient, but the optimal amount of books to give up on is definitely non-zero.

There are some books I thought were good or insightful. Those I've marked with a blue circle.

● means good

Zinsser, William On Writing Well
Camp, Jim Start with No
Sonmez, John Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual
Anders, Charlie Jane All the Birds in the Sky
Wood, Alistair Ukulele for Dummies
Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Smith, Emily Esfahani The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters
Aurelius, Emperor Of Rome Marcus Meditations
Palmer, Ada Too Like the Lightning (Terra Ignota)
Pigliucci, Massimo How to Be a Stoic
Brontë, Emily Wuthering Heights
Dasseos, Steven On The Shortness of Life - Lucius Seneca
Chambers, Becky A Closed and Common Orbit
Howey, Hugh Wool
Junger, Sebastian Tribe
Elffers, Robert Greene; Joost The 48 Laws of Power
Bradbury, Ray Dandelion Wine
Speed, Harold The Practice and Science of Drawing (Dover Art Instruction)
Duckworth, Angela Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance: Angela Duckworth
Aciman, André Call Me by Your Name
Holiday, Ryan The Obstacle Is the Way
Schreier, Jason Blood, Sweat, and Pixels
Pink, Daniel H When
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Fooled by Randomness
Voss, Chris Never Split the Difference
Harris, Sam Lying
Sáenz, Benjamin Alire Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
jwendler 5/3/1
Nosrat, Samin Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Saunders, George Lincoln in the Bardo
Strout, Elizabeth Anything Is Possible
Hamid, Mohsin Exit West
Irvine, Elizabeth Consciousness as a Scientific Concept: A Philosophy of Science Perspective
Frankl, Viktor Man's Search for Meaning
Liu, Cixin The Three-Body Problem
Camus, Albert The Fall
Kalanithi, Paul When Breath Becomes Air
Greer, Andrew Sean Less
Ness, Patrick Release
Greene, Robert The Laws of Human Nature
Rovelli, Carlo Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
Irvine, William B. A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Epictetus Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions)
Chiang, Ted Stories of Your Life and Others
Liu, Ken The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Larson, Rich Tomorrow Factory
Newport, Cal So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
Stone, Douglas Difficult Conversations
Meadows Thinking in Systems
Review, Harvard Business Emotional Intelligence
Rovelli, Carlo Reality Is Not What It Seems
Farnsworth, Ward The Practicing Stoic
SUE JOHNSON, DR. Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas The Bed of Procrustes
Palmer, Ada Seven Surrenders
Hill, Napoleon & Gold, August & Fotinos, Joel The Think and Grow Rich Success Journal
Sapkowski, Andrzej The Last Wish (The Witcher Book 1)
Leader, Darian Why Can't We Sleep?: Understanding Our Sleeping and Sleepless Minds
Brown, Cupcake A Piece of Cake
James, William Psychology / Briefer Course
Marks, Howard The Most Important Thing Illuminated: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor (Columbia Business School Publishing)
Spiegelhalter, David The Art of Statistics: Learning From Data
Hägglund, Martin This Life
Epstein, David Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World
Carnegie, Dale How To Win Friends and Influence People
La Rochefoucauld, François duc de Reflections; or Sentences and Moral Maxims
Storr, Will The Science of Storytelling: Why Stories Make Us Human, and How to Tell Them Better
Johnstone, Keith Impro: Improvisation and the Theatre
Peterson, Jordan B. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Heraclitus Fragments
Pollan, Michael Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
Tzu, Sun & trans.) The Art of War
Cent, 50 The 50th Law
Krishnamurti Total Freedom: The Essential Krishnamurti
Adams, Scott How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life
Holiday, Ryan Ego Is the Enemy
Holiday, Ryan Stillness Is the Key
Newport, Cal Digital Minimalism
Pink, Daniel H. To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others
Clear, James Atomic Habits: Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results
Carse, James Finite and Infinite Games
Parrish, Shane The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts
Becky Chambers To Be Taught, If Fortunate
Leslie, Ian Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It
Livingston, Gordon Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now
Cialdini, Robert Pre-Suasion
Gibran, Kahlil The Prophet
Enns, Blair A Win Without Pitching Manifesto
Unknown Poor Charlie's Almanack
Bevelin, Peter Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin To Munger
Kyle, Sam Playing the Long Game: How to Create Long Term Success in a "Right Now" World
Bennett, Arnold How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
Gendlin, Eugene T. Focusing
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Hard, Robin Epictetus: Discourses, Fragments, Handbook
Ahrens, Sönke How to Take Smart Notes: One Simple Technique to Boost Writing, Learning and Thinking – for Students, Academics and Nonfiction Book Writers
Adyashanti Falling into Grace Insights on the End of Suffering
Coyne, Shawn The Story Grid: What Good Editors Know
Cowen, Tyler Stubborn Attachments: A Vision for a Society of Free, Prosperous, and Responsible Individuals
McKeown, Greg Essentialism
Flowers, Joseph Campbell; Bill D. Moyers; Betty S. The power of myth
Feynman, Richard P. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!": Adventures of a Curious Character
Cialdini, Robert B. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
Unknown Details Mens Style Manual
Adyashanti The Most Important Thing
Chayka, Kyle The Longing for Less
Rippetoe, Mark Practical Programming for Strength Training
Corey, James S.A. Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse)
McKenna, Jed Spiritual Enlightenment - The Damnedest Thing
Gracián, Baltasar The Art of Worldly Wisdom
Sisson, Mark The New Primal Blueprint
Wilczek, Frank A Beautiful Question
McIntyre Ph.D., Marie G. Secrets to Winning at Office Politics: How to Achieve Your Goals and Increase Your Influence at Work
Bernstein, Peter L. Against the Gods: The Remarkable Story of Risk
Thomas H. Cormen, Charles E. Leiserson, Ronald L. Rivest, Clifford Stein Introduction to Algorithms, Third Edition
Chodron, Pema When Things Fall Apart
Gray, Charles "Hornblower" Labyrinths
Unknown 1998 Collected Fictions
Miyamoto, Musashi, 1584-1645 Book of Five Rings (with commentary)
Gupta, Kapil Direct Truth
Gupta, Kapil A Master's Secret Whispers: For Those Who Abhor the Noise and Seek the Truth About Life and Living
W.Hamming, Richard The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn
Forsyth, Mark The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase
Heinrichs, Jay Thank You for Arguing (Revised and Updated)
Gupta, Kapil Atmamun: The Path To Achieving The Bliss Of The Himalayan Swamis. And The Freedom Of A Living God.
Ravikant, Kamal Live Your Truth
Deida, David The Way of the Superior Man
Saint-exupery, Antoine de Wind, Sand and Stars
Tokitsu, Kenji Miyamoto Musashi: His Life and Writings (Book of Five Rings)
thixson Krishnamurti The Book Of Life.doc
Suzuki, Shunryu Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind
Herbert, Frank Dune Messiah
Herbert, Frank Dune: The Gateway Collection
Lutz, William Doublespeak (Rebel Reads)
Jiang, Jia Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection
Susskind, Leonard The Theoretical Minimum: What You Need to Know to Start Doing Physics
Rovelli, Carlo The Order of Time
Gowers, Timothy Mathematics: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions)
Brooks, John Business Adventures
Iger, Robert The Ride of a Lifetime
Holiday, Ryan & Hanselman, Stephen The Daily Stoic
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Siu, Ralph Gun Hoy The Craft of Power
Trungpa, Chögyam The Collected Works of Chögyam Trungpa: Volume Eight
Rinpoche, Sakyong Miphan Turning the Mind Into an Ally
Richards, Chet Certain to Win
Trott, Dave Predatory Thinking: A masterclass in out-thinking the competition
Greene, Robert Mastery
Brown, Peter C. Make It Stick
Unknown Tao Te Ching Red Pine
Mack, Gary & Casstevens, David Mind Gym: An Athlete's Guide to Inner Excellence
Maggio, Rosalie How to Say It, Third Edition: Choice Words, Phrases, Sentences, and Paragraphs for Every Situation
Navarro, Joe What Every BODY is Saying
Hanh, Thich Nhat The Art of Communicating
Williams, John D. The Compleat Strategyst: Being a Primer on the Theory of Games of Strategy
Initiates, Three The Kybalion
Brown, Pierce Red Rising
Homer The Iliad: (The Stephen Mitchell Translation)
Girard, Rene & Williams, James G. I See Satan Fall Like Lightning
Rao, Venkatesh Be Slightly Evil: A Playbook for Sociopaths
Brown, Pierce Golden Son
Unknown The Boron Letters
GIRARD, RENÉ The Girard Reader
Rumelt, Richard Good Strategy/Bad Strategy
Thoreau, Henry David Walden and Civil Disobedience
Seng-ts'an & Clark, Richard B. Hsin-Hsin Ming
Rao, Venkatesh Tempo: timing, tactics and strategy in narrative-driven decision-making
Sukel, Kayt The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance
Cuddy, Amy Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges
Christian, Brian Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Durant, Will The Lessons of History
Davidson, James Dale & Rees-Mogg, William The Sovereign Individual: Mastering the Transition to the Information Age
Postman, Neil Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business (20th Anniversary Edition)
McDowell, Gayle Laakmann Cracking the Coding Interview: 189 Programming Questions and Solutions 6th Edition
Seligman, Martin E. P. What You Can Change ... And What You Can't*
Kaufman, Josh The Personal MBA
Brennan-Jobs, Lisa Small Fry
Stephenson, Neal Snow Crash
Seneca, Lucius Annaeus Moral Letters to Lucilius / Letters from a Stoic (Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium)
Hesse, Hermann Narcissus and Goldmund
McCarthy, Cormac Blood Meridian
Sedgewick, Robert & Wayne, Kevin Algorithms: Part I (Fahad Batla's Library)
URSULA K, LE GUIN The Left Hand Of Darkness
Sacks, Oliver Gratitude
Ringer, Robert Winning Through Intimidation
Kreider, Tim We Learn Nothing
Weinberg, Gerald M. Becoming a Technical Leader: An Organic Problem-Solving Approach
Drucker, Peter Ferdinand Managing Oneself
Miller, Alice The Drama of the Gifted Child
Franklin, Benjamin The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Caro, Robert A The power broker : Robert Moses and the fall of New York
Christensen, Inger alphabet (New Directions)
Language, A Pattern A Pattern Language
Alexander, Christopher Notes on the Synthesis of Form (Harvard Paperbacks)
Lakoff, George & Johnson, Mark Metaphors We Live By
Jaynes, Julian The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind
Sivers, Derek Derek Sivers (2020)
Deutsch, David The Beginning of Infinity
Lewis, C.S. Inner Ring
Tufte, Edward Envisioning Information
Yogananda, Paramahansa Autobiography of a Yogi (The Complete Edition)
Charan, Ram What the CEO Wants You to Know, Expanded and Updated
Palaver, Wolfgang René Girard's Mimetic Theory (Studies in Violence, Mimesis, & Culture)
Pollan, Michael How to Change Your Mind
Mello, Anthony de Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality
P.B.Osinga, Frans Science, Strategy and War: The strategic theory of John Boyd
Hesse, Hermann Siddhartha
Tchaikovsky, Adrian Children of Time
Richardson, Robert D. Jr. Emerson: The Mind on Fire
Dalio, Ray Principles
Schopenhauer, Arthur Essays and Aphorisms
Design Design Patterns: Elements of Reusable Object-Oriented Software (1994)-1
Descartes, René Discourse on the Method of Rightly Conducting One's Reason and of Seeking Truth in the Sciences
Gottlieb, Anthony The Dream of Reason
Liu, Cixin The Wandering Earth
Steven, Pressfield, The War of Art
Haidt, Jonathan The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion
Italo Calvino Invisible Cities
Schopenhauer, Arthur Counsels and Maxims
Goggins, David Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
Jung, C. G. The Red Book: A Reader's Edition
Kierkegaard, Soren Either/Or: A Fragment of Life
Feynman, Richard P. Six Easy Pieces
Abbott, Edwin A. Flatland
Homer & Powell, Barry B. The Odyssey
Jorgenson, Eric The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness
Rippetoe, Mark & Kilgore, Lon Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training
Ruhlman, Michael Ruhlman's Twenty: 20 Techniques, 200 Recipes, a Cook's Manifesto
Emerson, Ralph Waldo Delphi Complete Works of Ralph Waldo Emerson (Illustrated) (Delphi Poets Series)
Murakami, Haruki What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
Neil, Drew Practical Vim, Second Edition
Kishimi, Ichiro The Courage to be Disliked: The Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself, change your life and achieve real happiness
Larson, Will An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
Goldratt, Eliyahu M. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Kim, Gene & Behr, Kevin & Spafford, George The Phoenix Project
Jaynes, E. T. Probability Theory the Logic of Science
Owens, Delia Where the Crawdads Sing
Unknown The-Origins-of-Virtue-Human-Instincts-and-the-Evolution-of-Cooperation-
Watts, Alan The Book: On the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are
Swartz, Aaron The Boy Who Could Change the World
Krishnamurti Think on These Things
Huang, Taoist Master Alfred The Complete I Ching - 10th Anniversary Edition
Voltaire Candide (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Unknown Your Brain on Porn
Morris, Edmund Edison
Varian, Hal R Intermediate Microeconomics
Osho Osho, Books I have Loved
Blofeld, John The Zen Teaching of Huang-Po: On the Transmission of Mind
Wong, Eva Lieh-tzu
Pascarelli, Emil F. Dr. Pascarelli's complete guide to repetitive strain injury: what you need to know about RSI and carpal tunnel syndrome
Euclid The first six books of the Elements of Euclid
Grove, Andrew S. Only the Paranoid Survive
Lakoff, George Don't Think of an Elephant!: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate
Demarco, Tom Slack: Getting Past Burnout, Busywork, and the Myth of Total Efficiency
DeMarco, Tom Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams (3rd Edition)
Zen, Presentation Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (2nd ed)
Bacon, Francis The Essays or Counsels, Civil and Moral
Mello, Anthony de & Stroud, J. Anthony The Way to Love: The Last Meditations of Anthony de Mello
Hazlitt, Henry Economics in One Lesson
Dixit, Avinash Microeconomics: A Very Short Introduction
Machiavelli, Niccolo The Prince
Unknown The Princeton Companion to Mathematics
Kleon, Austin Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
Duke, Annie Thinking in Bets
Baker, Shawn The Carnivore Diet
Unknown The Carnivore Cookbook 1 1
Thiel, Peter & Masters, Blake Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
Feynman, Richard P. The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen-Scientist
Miller, Madeline The Song of Achilles
Polya, G. How to Solve It (Princeton Science Library)
Silvera, Adam They Both Die at the End
Batchelor, Stephen Buddhism without Beliefs
Ousterhout, John A Philosophy of Software Design
Brett Slatkin Effective Python: 90 Specific Ways to Write Better Python, 2nd Edition
Psyd, Sally M. Winston & Seif, Martin N. Phd Overcoming Unwanted Intrusive Thoughts: A CBT-Based Guide to Getting Over Frightening, Obsessive, or Disturbing Thoughts
Elaine N. Marieb, Katja Hoehn Human Anatomy and Physiology
Huxley, Aldous Brave New World
Machiavelli, Niccolo Discourses on Livy (Oxford World's Classics)
Grant, Adam Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Horowitz, Ben The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
Snyder, Timothy Bloodlands
Gawande, Atul Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
Yourcenar, Marguerite Memoirs of Hadrian
Durant, Will The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time
Peterson, Jordan B. Beyond Order
Herlihy, Maurice The Art of Multiprocessor Programming, 2nd Edition
Henrich, Joseph The Secret of Our Success: How Culture Is Driving Human Evolution, Domesticating Our Species, and Making Us Smarter
Compilers Principles, Techniques, and Tools 2nd Edition
Lansing, Alfred Endurance
Lane, Nick The Vital Question: Why Is Life the Way It Is?
Root-Bernstein, Robert Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People
Smart, Nigel Cryptography: An Introduction
Gallwey, W. Timothy The Inner Game of Tennis
Kleppmann, Martin Designing Data-Intensive Applications
Jackall, Robert Moral Mazes: The World of Corporate Managers
Unknown Images of Organization
Unknown Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Dawkins, Richard The Blind Watchmaker
Kuran, Timur Private Truths, Public Lies. The Social Consequences of Preference Falsification (1997, Harvard University Press)
Taleb, Nassim Nicholas Statistical Consequences of Fat Tails
Desconocido Heartstopper
Simmons, Dan Hyperion
Larson, Will Staff Engineer: Leadership beyond the management track
Richardson, Bailey & Huynh, Kevin & Sotto, Kai Elmer Get Together: How to build a community with your people
Crawford, Matthew B. World Beyond Your Head : On Becoming an Individual in an Age of Distraction (9780374708443)
Kaufman, Josh How to Fight a Hydra: Face Your Fears, Pursue Your Ambitions, and Become the Hero You Are Destined to Be
Saavedra, Miguel De Cervantes & Grossman, Edith & Bloom, Harold Don Quixote
Kidder, Tracy The Soul of a New Machine
Alexander, Caroline The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition
Père, Alexandre Dumas The Count of Monte Cristo
Henri, Robert The Art Spirit
Glass, Robert L. Addison Wesley - Facts and Fallacies of Software Engineering
Mechner, Jordan The Making of Prince of Persia: Journals 1985-1993
Waldrop, M. Mitchell The Dream Machine
Sacks, Oliver On the Move
Plutarch & Stadter, Philip A. & Waterfield, Robin Greek Lives
Pueblo, Yung Inward
Wilde, Oscar,Frankel, Nicholas The Uncensored Picture of Dorian Gray
Hamilton, Edith Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, 75th Anniversary Illustrated Edition
Newton, Sir Isaac The Principia: Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Caplan, Bryan The Case against Education
Gordon, J.e. Structures: Or Why Things Don't Fall Down
Feynman, Richard P. The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
Cole, K. C Something incredibly wonderful happens : an intimate biography of Frank Oppenheimer
Mitchell Stephen Bhagavad Gita
Eknath Easwaran The Bhagavad Gita (Classics of Indian Spirituality)
Miller, Madeline Circe
Roth, Benjamin & Ledbetter, James & Roth, Daniel B. The Great Depression: A Diary
Eghbal, Nadia Working in Public
Karl Popper The Open Society and Its Enemies
The American frugal housewife dedicated to those who are not ashamed of economy by Child, Lydia Maria American Frugal Housewife, The
Kenneth, Clark The Nude, a Study in Ideal Form
Tsu, Lao Tao Te Ching
Hunt, Andrew;Thomas, David The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master
Clarke, Larry Tulsa
Basho, Matsuo On Love and Barley: Haiku of Basho (Classics)
Osnos, Evan Age of Ambition
Mumford, Lewis Technics and civilization
Fitzgerald, F. Scott Tender is the Night
Aaronson, Scott Quantum Computing since Democritus
Foundatio, Point Whole Earth Catalog
Sillitoe, Alan The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
Goldstein, Rebecca Incompleteness: The Proof and Paradox of Kurt Gödel [Great Discoveries]
Thomas, Elizabeth Marshall The Old Way
Finnegan, William Barbarian Days
Frankfurt, Harry On bullshit
Hardy, Godfrey Harold A Mathematician's Apology
McPhee, John A Sense of Where You Are: Bill Bradley at Princeton
Klosterman, Chuck But What If We're Wrong?
Steves, Rick Rick Steves Europe Through the Back Door 2018
Eggers, Dave A Heartbreaking Work Of Staggering Genius: A Memoir Based on a True Story
McConnell, Steve Code Complete
Kushner, David Masters of Doom
Klinkenborg, Verlyn Several Short Sentences About Writing
Pema Chödrön The Wisdom of No Escape
Goldsmith, Marshall & Reiter, Mark What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful
Tan, Shaun The Arrival
Lawrence, T.E. The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
Egan, Greg The Clockwork Rocket
Koster, Raph A Theory of Fun
Polya, G. How to Solve It
Root-Bernstein, Robert Scott Discovering, Inventing and Solving Problems at the Frontiers of Scientific Knowledge
Deutsch, David The Fabric of Reality
Olson, Jeff The Slight Edge
Wolfe, Tom The Right Stuff
Mongan, John Programming Interviews Exposed
Assange, Julian Cypherpunks