Top List

These are my all-time favorite books in no particular order!

  • The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – for a while I was considering stoicism as my life philosophy but it was only until I read Holiday’s book that everything clicked
  • Anything You Want by Derek Sivers – Derek shares some great life and business advice for those of us who like to live life casually
  • Programming the Universe by Seth Lloyd – what if the universe is a simulation running on a quantom computer?
  • The Passionate Programmer by Chad Fowler – this book is filled with career wisdom for us programmers. After reading it I decided to find a job abroad
  • Fictions (Ficciones) by Jorge Luis Borges – this book is filled with some of the best short stories I’ve ever read. My two favorite ones are The Garden of Forking Paths and The Library of Babel
  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – a short book filled with wisdom. It thought me not to take myself too seriously
  • Hackers: Heroes of the computer revolution by Steven Levy – Up to this day, Levy’s hacker ethic is one of my drivers in life

In Chronological Order

⭐ recommended 💩 crap


  • On the Shortness of Life by Seneca ⭐
  • The Slavery of Our Times by Leo Tolstoy ⭐
  • Žižek’s Jokes: Did You Hear the One about Hegel and Negation? by Slavoj Žižek ⭐
  • Outgrowing God: A Beginner’s Guide by Richard Dawkins ⭐
  • Cult of the Dead Cow: How the Original Hacking Supergroup Might Just Save the World by Joseph Menn
  • Fierce Times (Tiempos recios) by Mario Vargas Llosa ⭐
  • Data & Goliat by Bruce Schneier ⭐


  • The Brain Audit: Why Customers Buy by Sean D’Souza
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
  • The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday ⭐
  • Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  • How to Keep Your Cool: An Ancient Guide to Anger Management by Seneca
  • Letters from a Stoic by Seneca ⭐


  • Are You Smart Enough to Work at Google? by William Poundstone 💩
  • La magia del día a día (La magia del orden): Diario by Marie Kondo ⭐


  • I Will Teach You to Be Rich
  • Fictions (Ficciones) by Jorge Luis Borges ⭐


  • The Principles of Product Development Flow: Second Generation Lean Product Development by Donald G. Reinersten ⭐
  • Programming the Universe: A Quantum Computer Scientist Takes on the Cosmos by Seth Lloyd ⭐
  • Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It: No Schedules, No Meetings, No Joke–the Simple Change That Can Make Your Job Terrific by Cali Ressler
  • Practices of an Agile Developer: Working in the Real World by Venkat Subramaniam
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
  • Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination by Hugh McLeod


  • Remote: Office Not Required by DHH
  • Body of Work
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel 💩


  • Who’s there
  • Everybody is an expert
  • Practices of an Agile Developer
  • The Agile Samurai
  • The Cucumber Book
  • The power of full engagement
  • Stop Talking & Start Doing
  • In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives
  • The Best Damn Sales Book Ever
  • Lean In
  • Manage your day-to-day
  • 5 Elements of thinking
  • Steve Jobs


  • Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
  • Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod ⭐
  • Freedom, Money, Time and the Key to Creative success
  • Hackers and painter ⭐
  • Getting things done
  • The passionate programmer ⭐
  • Getting Started with Open Source
  • How to do what you love & earn what you’re worth as a programmer
  • _why poignant guide to ruby ⭐
  • Chris Brogan Personal Branding Guide
  • Find your first profitable Idea
  • 18 months, 2 blogs, six figures
  • Augmented Humanity
  • Minimalist Business
  • Minimalist guide


  • The 4 hour Body
  • Thank you Economy
  • The concept of anxiety
  • The Hidden Link Between Adrenalin and Stress
  • The Power of Eye Contact
  • Poke the Box ⭐
  • Incrementa tu IQ financiero
  • Thrilled to Death
  • Anything You Want by Derek Sivers ⭐
  • The Magic of reality


  • Escape from Cubicle Nation: From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur by Pamela Slim ⭐
  • The Macintosh Way ⭐
  • Less
  • Making Ideas Happen
  • Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? ⭐
  • The Little Prince ⭐
  • The 4-Hour Work Week ⭐
  • Rework, Jason Fried and DHH ⭐

Sometime before 2010

This list only has starts because I probably forgot about all the crappy books I read

  • Hackers: Heroes of the Computer Revolution by Steven Levy ⭐
  • Getting Real: The Smarter, Faster, Easier Way to Build a Web Application ⭐
  • Crush It!: Why Now Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion by Gary V ⭐
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury ⭐
  • The Antichrist by Friedrich Nietzsche ⭐