“Beware of the man of one book” -Thomas Aquinas

I am a bookworm and am always in the danger of getting carried away with my reading. Listed below are a few books that have sparked my curiosity and helped me to stay focused and motivated throughout these years. While it’s impractical to list here all the books that I find interesting, those listed below have been most noteworthy.

Mostly Non-Fiction Books

Science Non Fiction

Factufulness – Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Ronnlund
Sceptre (3 April 2018); ASIN: B0769XK7D6

When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Vintage; 2 edition (5 Jan 2017); ISBN-10: 1784701998

The Genes – An intimate history – Siddhartha Mukherjee
Scribner Book Company; Reprint edition (2 May 2017); ISBN-10: 147673352X

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics – Carlo Rovelli
 Allen Lane (24 Sept. 2015); ISBN-10: 0241235960

Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients – Ben Goldacre
Fourth Estate; 1st Edition edition (27 Sept. 2012); ISBN-10: 0007350740: A highly recommended read for those working in the industry.

p53: The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Code – Sue Armstrong
Bloomsbury Sigma; 1 edition (20 Nov. 2014); ISBN-10: 1472910516

The Signal and the Noise: The Art and Science of Prediction – Nate Silver
Penguin 2013; ISBN-10: 0141975652

The Billion-Dollar Molecule: One Company’s Quest for the Perfect Drug by Barry Werth
Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (6 Sep 1995); ISBN-10: 0671510576

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Pan 2010; ISBN-10: 0330533444

Magic Cancer Bullet: How a Tiny Orange Pill May Rewrite Medical History – Daniel Vasella and Robert Slater
HarperCollins 2004; ISBN-10: 0060010304

Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis – Lisa Sanders: A great read for all fans of medical mysteries and those interested into the minds of doctors.
Broadway Books; ISBN-10: 0767922476

The Future of Management – Gary Hamel: This book should be forced fed to all aspiring managers who think that becoming one is the pinnacle of their corporate existence!
Harvard Business School Press; ISBN-10: 1422102505

The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation – Jon Gertner
The Penguin Press 2012; ISBN-10: 1594203288

The Emperor of all Maladies – Siddhartha Mukherjee
Fourth Estate; First Edition edition (20 Jan 2011); ISBN-10: 0007250916

The 8th day of Creation (Horace Judson)
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press; ISBN: 0879694785

The Rise and Fall of the Third Chimpanzee – Jared Diamond
Vintage; New edition (28 May 1992) ISBN-10: 0099913801

Dr. Folkman’s War – C. E. Koop
Random House Trade ISBN: 0375502440

The Coming Plague – Laurie Garett
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140250913

Level 4: Virus Hunters of the CDC
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140250913

Space (James A Mischener)
Fawcett Books; Reissue edition (September 12, 1983) ISBN: 0449203794

How to Lie with Statistics – Darrell Huff
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140136290

The Character of Physical Law – Richard P. Feynman
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140175059

Faster Than the Speed of Light – Joao Magueijo
Arrow; ISBN: 0099428083

Men of Mathematics – BT Bell
Penguin Books; ISBN: 0140250913

The Man Who Knew Infinity: Life of the Genius Ramanujan – Robert Kanigel
Abacus ISBN: 0349104522

Genius: Richard Feynman and Modern Physics – James Gleick
Abacus ISBN: 0349105324

A Mathematician’s Apology – G. H. Hardy
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; ISBN-10: 1466402695

Perfect Rigour – Masha Gessen
Icon Books Ltd; ISBN-10: 1848313012

Einstein: His Life and Universe – Walter Isaacson
Pocket Books; ISBN-10: 1847390544

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
Penguin Books Ltd; ISBN-10: 0141036257

Science Textbooks

Introduction to Linear Algebra – Gilbert Strang
Wellesley-Cambridge Press; 5 edition (11 Aug. 2016); ISBN-10: 0980232775

An Introduction to Statistical Learning: with Applications in R – Gareth James, Daniela Witten, Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani
Springer; 1st ed. 2013, Corr. 5th printing 2015 edition (11 Jan. 2016); ISBN-10: 1461471370

The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction – Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, Jerome Friedman
Springer; 1st ed. 2013, Corr. 5th printing 2015 edition (11 Jan. 2016); ISBN-10: 1461471370

Textbook of Receptor Pharmacology – John C. Foreman & Torben Johansen
CRC Press, Second edition; ISBN-10: 0849310296

DNA Replication – Arthur Kornberg
W H Freeman; ISBN: 0716720035

The Feynman Lectures on Physics
Addison Wesley; ISBN: 0201021153

Resnick, Robert and Halliday, David: Physics for Students of Science and Engineering
John Wiley and Sons; ISBN: 0471172154

Physical Chemistry: Principles and Applications in Biological Sciences
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0131865455

Data Reduction and Error Analysis for the Physical Sciences
McGraw-Hill Education; ISBN: 0079112439

Biochemistry – Lubert Stryer
W H Freeman; ISBN: 071673687X

Metabolism at a Glance
Blackwell Publishing ISBN: 1405107162

Medicinal Chemistry: Principles and Practice
The Royal Society of Chemistry; ISBN: 0854046313

Review of Organic Functional Groups – Thomas L. Lemke
Lippincott Williams and Wilkins; ISBN: 0781743818

Quantitative Molecular Pharmacology and Informatics in Drug Discovery – Michael Lutz, Terry Kenakin
John Wiley and Sons Ltd; ISBN: 0471988618

Mathematical Methods for Science Students – G Stephenson
Prentice Hall; ISBN: 0582444160

A Course of Pure Mathematics (Cambridge Mathematical Library) – G. H. Hardy
Cambridge University Press; ISBN-10: 0521092272

Intuitive Biostatistics – Harvey Motulsky
Oxford University Press; ISBN-10: 0195086074


Mountain: A Life on the Rocks – Steve Backshalln
Orion (13 Oct. 2016); ISBN-10: 140916392X

“If there is no purpose to life other than to deny tapeworms a good feed, if we are not inherently special, and life has no grand plan or meaning, then we have to find a meaning for ourselves, and in doing so, in looking at the world through the eyes of a child, and wanting to understand it all, we can encounter a planet of infinite unimaginable natural wonders – no matter how grim they are. “

Runner: a short story about a long run – Lizzy Hawker
Aurum Press Ltd (2 April 2015); ISBN-10: 1781311471

No Such Thing As Failure: The Extraordinary Life of a Great British Adventurer by David Hempleman-Adams
Constable (28 Aug 2014); ISBN-10: 1472113039

Run or Die: The Inspirational Memoir of the World’s Greatest Ultra-Runner by Kilian Jornet
Viking (7 Aug 2014); ISBN-10: 0241004853

The Breath of Ghosts – Steven Brydon
Constable; ISBN-10: 1493742868

A Life Without Limits – Chrissie Wellington
Constable; ISBN-10: 1780338716

Running Free: A Runner’s Journey Back to Nature – Richard Askwith
Yellow Jersey; ISBN-10: 0224091964

Feet in the Clouds: A Story of Fell Running and Obsession – Richard Askwith
Aurum Press Ltd; ISBN-10: 1845130820

Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner – Dean Karnazes
Profile Books; ISBN-10: 1585424803

Born to Run – Christopher McDougall
Profile Books; ISBN-10: 1861978774

Running Through the Wall: Personal Encounters with the Ultramarathon – Neal Jamison
Breakaway Books; ISBN-10: 1891369377

The Lore of Running – Tim Noakes
Human Kinetics Europe Ltd; ISBN: 088011438X

A Step Beyond:A Definitive Guide to Ultrarunning – Don Allison
Ultrarunning Publishers (2003)ISBN: 0615122868

Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness – Scott Jurek and Steve Friedman
Bloomsbury Publishing; 1 edition ISBN: B008BTC5E6

Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men and Discovering Myself – Rich Roll
Three Rivers Press; Reprint edition (31 May 2013) ISBN: 0307952207

The First Four Minutes – Roger Bannister
Sutton Publishing; ISBN: 0750935308

The Secrets of Hakkoryu Jujutsu – Dennis Palumbo
Paladin Press; ISBN: 0873644220

Secret Nidan techniques of Hakkoryu Jujutsu – Dennis Palumbo
Paladin Press; ISBN: 0873644557

Techniques of Sandan GI: The Essence of Hakkoryu Jujutsu
Paladin Press; ASIN: 0873648609

It’s a lot like dancing: An Aikido Journey
Frog Ltd; ISBN: 1883319021

Invincible Warrior: Pictorial Biography of Morihei Ueshiba
Shambhala Publications ; ISBN: 1570623945

Remembering O-Sensei: Living and Training with Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
Shambhala Publications ; ISBN: 1570629323

Koryu Bujutsu – Diane Skoss
Koryu Books; ISBN: 1890536040

Bunkai Jutsu – Iain Abernethy
Summersdale Publishers; ISBN: 0953893219

Bible of Karate – Patrick McCarthy
Tuttle Publishing; ISBN: 0804820155

Flashing Steel: Mastering Eishin-Ryu Swordmanship
Frog Ltd; ISBN: 1883319188

Practice Drills for Japanese Swordsmanship: Iaido-Nicklaus Suino
Weatherhill; (October 1995) ISBN: 0834803399

Kyusho-Jitsu: the Dillman Method of Pressure Point Fighting
Atrium; ISBN: 0963199617

The Samurai Sword – a handbook
Tuttle Publishing; ISBN: 0804805091

Kendo – The definitive guide
Kodansha Europe; ISBN: 4770021194

By the Sword: Richard A. Cohen
Random House ISBN: 0375504176

Dueling with O Sensei – Ellis Amdur

The Sword of No-sword: Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu-John Stevens
Shambhala Publications ISBN: 1570620504

Close Combat – USMC
Paladin Press; ISBN: 1581600739

Dead or Alive – Geoff Thompson
Summersdale Publishers ISBN: 1840242795

Climbing Free: My Life in the Vertical World-Lynn Hill
HarperCollins Entertainment; ISBN: 0007145691

The White Spider – Heinrich Harrer
Harper Perennial; ISBN-10: 0007197845

The Games Climbers Play – Ken Wilson
Baton Wicks Publications; ISBN-10: 1898573654

Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know – Ranulph Fiennes
Hodder Paperbacks; ISBN-10: 0340951699


Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor E. Frankl 
Rider & Co; ISBN-10: 1846041244

Into the Wild – Jon Krakauer
Pan; ISBN-10: 033045367X