This year has been great if I look it from reading’s perspective. I’ve not always been curious regarding different topics at the same time, but things were distinctly separate in 2020. It happened probably due to COVID-19 lockdown. I’ve had time, so I spent a big chunk of my days reading different books.

There are lots of books on this list which I’d like to re-read, or I should say most of them, and I’ll probably start going through them slowly, but I’m not sure. I love reading highlights, and I might stick to that.

Life’s getting little busier, and that’s why I’m writing this blog at the moment as if I won’t do it now, I’ll probably forget to do it in the future.

One of the things that got little messed is that I didn’t care to review or write anything about the books I read. While reading, I did highlight. I read epubs. That’s the end.

I’m going to leave this post with the list of books, and hopefully, I’d come back to it so that I can write a couple of sentences for each of them. None of the books on this list is BS, I picked them very carefully, as I had no intention to get bored while reading. As of now, since I’m more or less used to the “reading”, from the next year, there won’t be any hardcore level of cherry-picking. I’ll pick new authors, read new books, read less famous books, review them, and review the old books, too.

Since I had to read everything using my phone or laptop, as of now, I can confidently say that I don’t like reading. It’s not something that I “enjoy”. While I do like the idea of having something read. That’s it. I don’t have any goals regarding reading. For enjoyment, I’d rather watch a movie, but I don’t do that either, so I read books in my free time. I’m not a bibliophile, I don’t even know its spelling, I just googled it.

The list’s divided into three categories.


Part A

Self-discovered books. Picked them up after reading the summary. The main focus was to learn more about religion, philosophy, and a little bit of psychology, politics and love.

History

  • The Last Jew of TreblinkaChil Rajchman
  • Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern WorldJack Weatherford
  • 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before ColumbusCharles C. Mann
  • The Wonder That Was IndiaArthur Llewellyn Basham .
  • Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global PoliticsTim Marshall

Classics / Non Fiction

  • NightElie Wiesel

Philosophy

  • The Myth of SisyphusAlbert Camus
  • NauseaJean-Paul Sartre
  • SteppenwolfHermann Hesse
  • What is Called Thinking?Martin Heidegger
  • The StrangerAlbert Camus
  • The Wisdom of InsecurityAlan Watts
  • The Book of DisquietFernando Pessoa
  • MeditationsMarcus Aurelius
  • Critique of Pure ReasonImmanuel Kant
  • Who am I?Sri Ramana Maharshi
  • MortalityChristopher Hitchens
  • At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot CocktailsSarah Bakewell
  • On LoveAlain De Botton
  • The PlagueAlbert Camus
  • Tao Te ChingLao Tzu
  • A History of Western PhilosophyBertrand Russell
  • Poetry, Language, ThoughtMartin Heidegger
  • Being and TimeMartin Heidegger
  • On ViolenceHannah Arendt
  • Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts UnknownAlan W. Watts

Science / Philosophy

  • The Demon-Haunted WorldCarl Sagan
  • A Universe From Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather Than NothingLawrence M. Krauss
  • The Varieties of Scientific Experience: A Personal View of the Search for God- Carl Sagan
  • The Structure of Scientific RevolutionsThomas S. Kuhn

Religion

  • God Is Not GreatChristopher Hitchens
  • God DelusionRichard Dawkins
  • Outgrowing GodRichard Dawkins
  • Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest SourcesMartin Lings
  • History of GodKaren Armstrong
  • The Great DivorceC.S. Lewis
  • God: The Failed Hypothesis: How Science Shows That God Does Not ExistVictor J. Stenger
  • Atheism: The Case Against GodGeorge H. Smith
  • Why I am Not a MuslimIbn Warraq
  • Islam: A Short HistoryKaren Armstrong
  • The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of ReasonSam Harris
  • Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent FaithJon Krakauer

Spirituality / Philosophy

  • A Search In Secret IndiaPaul Brunton
  • The DhammapadaAnanda Maitreya
  • The Way of ZenAlan W. Watts
  • The Spiritual Teaching of Ramana MaharshiRamana Maharshi

Politics

  • Manufacturing ConsentEdward S. Herman, Noam Chomsky
  • Fascism: A WarningMadeleine K. Albright

Classics / Literature / Fiction / Contemporary

  • PersuasionJane Austen
  • Something Wicked This Way ComesRay Bradbury
  • The Sirens of TitanKurt Vonnegut
  • Extremely Loud & Incredibly CloseJonathan Safran Foer
  • Dandelion WineRay Bradbury
  • A Passage to IndiaE.M. Forster

Psychology

  • The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and ReligionJonathan Haidt
  • Personality: What Makes You the Way You AreDaniel Nettle
  • Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our DecisionsDan Ariely
  • The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of CrueltySimon Baron-Cohen

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Part B

On Instagram, I asked for the recommendations, and received tons of suggestions., but I found two books interesting.

  • MetamorphosisFranz Kafka
  • OutliersMalcolm Gladwell
  • 1984 George Orwell
  • Animal Farm George Orwell

The last two books were suggested by one of my friends during a conversation. She also introduced me to George Orwell’s work. I’m also thankful to my another friend who introduced me to Kafka’s work.

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Part C

A few more books that I came across and skimmed through the pages. They are in my reading list. I do have read the summary, dozens of quotes, and watched videos based on them if they were available.

  • Crime and PunishmentFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Brothers KaramazovFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The IdiotFyodor Dostoyevsky
  • The Kite RunnerKhaled Hosseini
  • The 48 Laws of PowerRobert Greene
  • The CastleFranz Kafka
  • War and PeaceLeo Tolstoy
  • Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the PrisonMichel Foucault



In case you’re reading this -

Don’t get intimidated by the number of books. The only reason I could read them is due to the lockdown. I had nothing better to do, and that’s why I could explore this dimension. I’m not an avid reader, but as I mentioned earlier - I like the idea of having something read. Nothing more, nothing less. This is where it ends.