My Bookshelf

Sharing your shelf is sharing yourself – showcasing the building blocks that have crafted your knowledge, personality, and identity. A lifelong reader myself, I’ve always had an obsession with seeing a person’s bookshelf, to get a sense of what they’ve brought inside their home and their head. Bookshelves are universal in that almost everyone has one, and unique in that no two collections are the same. They reflect much more than just the book-buying habits of their owner — they’re a window into the reader’s past, present, and future. With that, I want to share a tiny part of my bookshelf —

Philanthropy / CSR / Economics

  1. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
  2. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
  3. Just Giving by Robert Reich
  4. Give Work by Leila Janah
  5. A World of Three Zeros: The New Economics of Zero Poverty, Zero Unemployment, and Zero Net Carbon Emissions by Muhammad Yunus
  6. The Power of Unreasonable People: How Social Entrepreneurs Create Markets That Change the World by John Elkington

Technology / Science

  1. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
  2. Life 3.0: Being Human in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
  3. Tools and Weapons by Brad Smith
  4. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson
  5. Who Can You Trust?: How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart by Rachel Botsman

Foreign Affairs / Diplomacy

  1. The Naked Diplomat by Tom Fletcher

Business / Building Relationships / Mentorship / Leadership

  1. Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher and William Ury
  2. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  3. Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
  4. Give and Take by Adam Grant
  5. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey
  6. Taking the Work Out of Networking by Karen Wickre
  7. Dare to Lead by Brené Brown
  8. Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman
  9. Back to Human by Dan Schawbel
  10. Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi
  11. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Christopher Voss and Tahl Raz
  12. The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau
  13. Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
  14. The Go-Giver by Bob Burg
  15. The Sell: The Secrets of Selling Anything to Anyone by Fredrik Eklund
  16. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action by Simon Sinek
  17. Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team by Simon Sinek
  18. Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy

Health / Food

  1. Anti-Inflammatory Eating Made Easy by Michelle Babb
  2. The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez-Alt
  3. Food Rules by Michael Pollan
  4. Forked by Saru Jayaraman
  5. Bread is Gold by Massimo Bottura
  6. Smitten Kitchen Every Day: Triumphant and Unfussy New Favorites by Deb Perelman


  1. The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker
  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  3. The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
  4. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
  5. The Algebra of Happiness: Notes on the Pursuit of Success, Love, and Meaning by Scott Galloway
  6. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain
  7. Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brené Brown
  8. The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
  9. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
  10. The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Travel / Hospitality / Tourism

  1. Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism by Elizabeth Becker

Gender / Feminism / Race

  1. For the Love of Men by Liz Plank
  2. Brave Not Perfect by Reshma Saujani
  3. So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

Personal Essays / Memoirs

  1. We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  2. The Global Soul: Jet Lag, Shopping Malls, and the Search for Home by Pico Iyer
  3. Talking as Fast as I Can by Lauren Graham
  4. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
  5. Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
  6. milk and honey by Rupi Kaur
  7. All Over the Place: Adventures in Travel, True Love, and Petty Theft by Geraldine DeRuiter
  8. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui