Reading list for 2019 – Early 2020

My goal this year, by reading these books, is to understand the world better. It’s going to take some time, but I think this is a good start. These don’t go in any order. Let me know what you think or any suggestions. Some honorable mentions are Dune by Frank Herbert, Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand, and A Brave new World by Huxley. There are so many other books I want to read! I literally have space for two more books on my shelves! My dad said he could clear some space because he doesn’t want me to throw away any books. = )

The Qur’an

I read this one already. Very interesting read. I wanted to read this one to understand people better

The Golden Bough – James Frazer

This one I’m currently reading. This is an anthropological analysis on the evolution of mankind from its beliefs in magic and religion to science. I discovered that the original had ten volumes, and my copy only has two, so it is very abridged! I am enjoying this one a lot even though it is written in late Victorian language and is academic, so it is a little tough to read. I have read a lot of works from this era, so I find this verbiage quite nostalgic of my adolescence.

Arabian Nights Tales From 1001 nights

I have heard these oriental fairy tales are intriguing! After reading the Qur’an I decided that these tales would bring me closer to understanding the Arabic culture through mythology.

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Mobius Dickus. This one came highly recommended by a friend, and I have never read any seafaring tales, so I’m looking forward to this one!

Mathematics: From the Birth of Numbers – Jan Gullberg

This is a survey into the history of math. It is a large tome that goes from the conception of numerals all the way to modern mathematics.

Mūlamadhyamakakārikā – Nagarjuna

This is an early Buddhist philosophical text that deals with the nature of reality according to the Madhyamikan school. Yes, this title is a mouthful, and yes, I can pronounce it lol.

1984 – George Orwell

I have read about a fourth of this one, and I want to finish it. This novel about a dystopian future that scares me, because it parallels the minds of people today in an eerie way.

Thus Spake Zarathustra – Friedrich Nietzsche

An existentialist classic. I know about existentialism and positive nihilism only over the top, so I really want to delve into this classic of philosophy. I have read some Camus and Kafka, so this should be just as difficult to read as if I hadn’t read Camus or Kafka lol.

Faust – Goethe

This originally was part of German folklore and mythology, and told by this author, it is a Christian morality tale. This evolved into an incredible opera. So, I can’t wait to read it!

The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism: Its Fundamentals and History – Dudjom Rinpoche

This is the definitive text for the Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism. This is the school I was ordained into. Even though I am non-sectarian (Rimé), I can still benefit a lot by re-reading this tome.

Animal Farm – George Orwell

I know only a little about this work, but it comes highly recommended.

The Collected Works of Dilgo Kyentse Vol 2

Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche was an incredible master of Tibetan Buddhism, an incredible teacher, and prolific writer. A lot of my spiritual practice has been influenced greatly by this man’s teachings. I already read the first volume. The works in the first volume have to do with the practice of compassion and some introductory mind training. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in this next second volume.

Shakespeare’s Sonnets

I love Shakespeare, and I have read many of his plays. I have not read his sonnets, so I’m excited to go into uncharted waters!

Dudjom Lingpa’s Visions of the Great Perfection

This trilogy consist of pith (pointing out instructions) into the practice of Dzogpa Chengo or Dzogchen for short. The practice of Dzogchen is too deep to speak about here in detail, so if you are interested Wikipedia it!

Canterbury Tales

Since high school I’ve always wanted to read this in its entirety. I got a nice copy and will try my best with the olde English lol

Beyond Good and Evil – Friedrich Nietzsche

Another existentialist classic having to do with the nature of good and evil. I’m very ignorant when it comes to western philosophy, so I’m trying to strengthen those logic, deconstruction, and deduction muscles.

Cien Años De Soledad – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I love magical realism and have always wanted to read this in its native tongue. I have tried to conquer this work many times, but I have a feeling that with dictionary in hand I’ll get it this time around.

The Collected Works of Dilgo Kyentse Vol 3

This is a continuation in the series dealing with Vajrayana and The Great Perfection (Dzogchen).

Special and General Relativity – Albert Einstein

I need to brush up on my physics a bit! This one might be above my head, because I haven’t read any technical physics texts in quite some time. = (

Todo Esto Te Daré – Dolores Redondo

My dad recommended this one. The story seems fascinating, but reading literature in Spanish is very difficult for me.

A Beautiful Mind – Sylvia Nasar

Dr. John Nash, is one of my heroes, along with Nikola Tesla! Nash was a brilliant mathematician who had a deep impact in economics, mathematical cryptology, and pure math. I saw the movie based on this book, but you know what they say, the book is always better! I love people who can  conquer their mental illness and go on to do brilliant things!

Zen Teachings of Bodhidharma

I love Zen Buddhism. I practiced it for three years. Bodhidharma was a Chinese Zen master that had a lot of insight not only into Chan (Zen Buddhism in China) but to all of Buddhism. I really wanted to add some of Dogen’s (founder of the Soto school of Zen Buddhism in Japan) works to my list, but this list is challenging enough to finish in half a year.

The Origin of Species – Charles Darwin

I can’t believe I haven’t read this one yet, but there is always time to catch up!


I’ve become a Folio Society fanatic, but I’ll leave that for another post! I’ve been getting some of these Folio titles used on Abebooks, because the shipping from the UK is brutal, and the used copies go for a lot less.. I got the Qur’an and The Golden Bough from Folio directly, but the other few books I have collected have been from Abe. I still want to get a few more books from Folio that are in reading list, but I will wait till later when I have saved up some dough, lol. I’m not a fool though! A lot of these books I already own from other publishers, and I’m not going to re-buy them, even though I’m tempted to! = ) Manic spending for the win!

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