“Not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers.”
President Harry Truman

“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand.”
Neil Gaiman

Let’s add to the 2016 reading list, shall we?

Special thanks to the New York Public and Alliance Française libraries for being so awesome! Please consider patronizing and/or supporting them.

Even though there was no particular theme when initially selecting/being recommended books, the second half of the year turned out to be focused on financial self-discipline (yay, adulting 😜). Note that several of these authors have fantastic podcasts and YouTube channels that I highly recommend.

Just in case you might be interested, my playlist selection can be found here:

R-G’s Youtube Channel – Playlist: Personal Finance 101



  • January:
    • Humans of New York“, Brandon Stanton, 2013.
  • February:
    • Fee
  • March:
    • Fie
  • April:
    • Foe
  • May:
    • Foo
  • June:
    • Bar
  • July:
    • The Rise and Fall of Nations: Forces of Change in the Post-Crisis World“, Ruchir Sharma, 2016.
      • Note: It is not every day that you get the opportunity to ask a colleague to sign a copy of their book! 😄
  • August:
    • The Day the Crayons Quit“, Drew Daywalt, 2013.
    • The Day the Crayons Came Home“, Drew Daywalt, 2015.
  • September:
    • Emotional Intelligence“, Daniel Goleman, 1995.
    • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People“, Stephen R. Covey, 1989.
  • October:
    • Eat, Pray, Love“, Elizabeth Gilbert, 2006.
    • Dreams from my Father“, Barack Obama, 1995.
      • Note: I can relate so much to the chapter on the journey to the fatherland!
    • The Internet of Things“, Samuel Greengard, 2015.
      • Note: Re-reading it, given that I am now playing around with Voice Assistant app dev, inspired at #GHC17.
  • November:
    • The Total Money Makeover“, Dave Ramsey, 2003.
      • Note: Dave’s “Baby Steps” significantly helped me while in college & Grad School. He also has a great podcast and YouTube channel.
      • In case you were not already aware, I am not particularly fond of the concept of consumer debt:
        • Student loans
        • Auto lending or leasing
        • Credit cards
        • Financing consumer goods (e.g. furniture) or pets
        • Shark loans: title pawn, payday loans, same-as-cash, etc.
    • The Complete Guide to Money“, Dave Ramsey, 2011.
    • Retire Inspired: It’s Not an Age, It’s a Financial Number“, Chris Hogan, 2016.
      • Note: Giving is indeed an important aspect of my life, which is why I established an endowment at my alma mater. There is so much more I would love to do!
    • Smart Money, Smart Kids“, Dave Ramsey & Rachel Cruze, 2014.
    • Love Your Life Not Theirs“, Rachel Cruze, 2016.
  • December:
    • The Billionaire Next Door“, Jessica Lemmon, 2016.
    • Money, Possessions, and Eternity“, Randy Alcorn, 1989.
    • The Joy of Less: A Minimalist Guide to Declutter, Organize, and Simplify“, Francine Jay, 2010.
      • Note: Re-reading. Needed to de-clutter my mind before the end of the Advent season.
  • Not read yet, but often recommended: <– #Bookworming2018
    • The Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done“, Andrea Gonzales &‎ Sophie Houser, 2017.
    • Rich Dad Poor Dad“, Robert Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter, 1997.
    • Boundaries“, Dr. Henry Cloud, 1992.
    • Stop Acting Rich“, Thomas Stanley, 2009.
    • I Will Teach You to be Rich“; Ramit Sethi, 2009.
    • Your Money or Your Life“; Joseph R. Dominguez, Vicki Robin, Monique Tilford, 1992.
    • The Richest Man in Babylon“, George Samuel Clason, 1926.
    • Get a Financial Life: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties“, Beth Kobliner, 1996.
    • The 9 Steps To Financial Freedom“, Suze Orman, 1997.
    • Reading list from others:


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