Books I Recommend

Bluebirds' Nest, Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo by Minh Nguyen.

Here's a list of some of the best books I've read, last updated February 2023. Check what I've been reading through my GoodReads profile.


How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns

Autobiography, Memoir, Personal Essays

All I Really Need To Know I Learned In Kindergarten by Robert Fulghum

Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jouad

Educated by Tara Westover

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

Memoirs of A Student In Manila by Jose Rizal

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

The Diary of a Young Girl by Ann Frank

The Girl with Seven Names by Heonseo Lee

The Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

Truth & Beauty, These Precious Days, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett

Creativity, Writing, Art

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

Bird by Bird by Ann Lamott

On Writing by Stephen King

On Writing Well by William Zinsser 

Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work, and Keep Going - all by Austin Kleon

Successful Self-Publishing by Joanna Penn

The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron

Writing Down The Bones by Natalie Goldberg

How To Market A Book by Ricardo Fayet  

Family, Parenthood

The Conscious Parent and The Awakened Family by Shefali Tsabary


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


How Not To Die by Michael Greger

The China Study by T. Colin Campbell

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone

Why We Sleep by Matt Walker


Tribes: We Need You To Lead Us by Seth Godin


Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Goodbye Things by Fumio Sasaki

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Mari Kondo

Science, Medical, Mind

Admissions: Life As A Brain Surgeon by Henry Marsh

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine


Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Mating In Captivity by Esther Perel

The State of Affairs by Esther Perel

The Art of Communicating by Thich Nhat Hahn

The Course of Love: A Novel by Alain de Botton

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman 


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone by Brene Brown

Graceful by Seth Godin (you can read it for free!!)

Lying by Sam Harris

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Principles by Ray Dalio

The One Thing by Gary Keller

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A Fuck by Mark Manson

Art of Living by Epictetus and Sharon Lebell

Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed 

Finding Your Own North Star by Martha Beck 

Untamed by Glennon Doyle 

What Happened To You? by Dr. Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey 

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb  

Self-Development, Learning, Mastery

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Grit by Angela Duckworth

How We Learn And Why It Happens by Benedict Cary

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss


1984 by George Orwell

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Everyday by David Levithan

Love In The Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The Little Prince by Saint John Exupery

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer 

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle 

Loving What Is by Byron Katie 


Storyteller: 100 Poem Letters by Morgan Harper Nichols 

All Along You were Blooming by Morgan Harper Nichols 

Honeybee by Trista Mateer

I Am More Than a Daydream by Jennae Cecelia

B by Sarah Kay

Love Poems by Pablo Neruda

The 100 Best Love Poems of All Time by Leslie Pockell


One Simple Thing by Eddie Stern

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Sri Swami Satchidananda

Yoga Mala by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois 

Vietnam *new*

Hanoi Stories by Pam Scott

The Hanoi Digest by Trung Le

Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhhà Lai