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Post by Finridge » Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:03 am

The "What book are you currently reading" thread has became one of my favorites, and led me too many new books I otherwise wouldn't have known about. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=147398&start=3150 Thanks to all who have contributed to that. I thought it might be useful to launch a new book thread in which Bogleheads can list their top three books in these categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing.

Please add your favorite three books in each category. Or the top three that you would recommend to others. Runners-up are optional...

I'll go first.

TOP THREE BOOKS

NONFICTION

1. Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl - This is the one book I wish everyone would read.
2. How to Make Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
3. Getting Things Done, David Allen
Runner-Ups: The Sixth Extinction, The Selfish Gene, Seven Habits of Effective People, Sapiens, the Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Republic, Survival in Auschwitz (Primo Levi), Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey - collection of nonfiction essays and fiction), 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, The Omnivore's Dilemma.


FICTION

1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.
3. The Iliad, Homer (Richmond Lattimore translation)
Runners-Up: Anna Karenina, Catch 22, To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Crime and Punishment, The Odyssey, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jude the Obscure, Atonement, The Sound and the Fury, Hamlet, Macbeth, Poetry of Robert Frost - The Collected Poems, Collected Poetry of William Butler Yeats, The Fools Progress (Edward Abbey), East of Eden (John Steinbeck).

FINANCIAL / INVESTING

1. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel. This is the book that changed my life more than any other book and set me on the path that resulted in me being here and where I am in life. I am eternally grateful to Mr. Malkiel.
2. The Four Pillars of Investing, William J. Bernstein - I try to re-read this book every year.
3. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Michael LeBoeuf - So much information packed into this book. I found this one late, but I plan to re-read it every year going forward.
Runners-Up: The Elements of Investing, The Richest Man in Babylon, Your Money or Your Life, The Simple Path to Wealth, If You Can (by William J. Bernstein), (Edit: adding The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need by Andrew Tobias.)
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Post by bgf » Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:57 am

I don't think I can do it for all time, so these are my favorites from what I've read in 2018:

Nonfiction
The Man Who Knew Infinity by Robert Kanigel
The Code Book by Simon Singh

Fiction
Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe

Financial/Investing
The Physics of Wall Street by James Weatherall
Fortune’s Formula by William Poundstone
Adaptive Markets: Financial Evolution at the Speed of Thought by Andrew Lo
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Post by CarpeDiem22 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:46 am

Fiction:
1. Notes from the Underground, by Fyodor Dostoevsky
2. Three Men on a Boat, by Jerome K Jerome
3. The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro

Non Fiction:
1. A World at Arms - Global History of World War 2, by Gerhard L. Weinberg
2. Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege 1942–1943, by Antony Beevor
3. God's Terrorists: The Wahhabi Cult and the Hidden Roots of Modern Jihad, by Charles Allen

Investing:
1. Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko.
2. Bogle on Mutual Funds, by you know who
3. The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing, by you know who

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Post by bertilak » Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am

CarpeDiem22 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:46 am

Three Men on a Boat, by Jerome K Jerome
I reviewed this here last year: viewtopic.php?p=3402446#p3402446.

I have since finished it and can say it is one of the most pleasant and amusing reads I have experienced. Highly recommended! I would like to have had those three men as friends.
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Post by fishmonger » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:21 am

Nonfiction:
So hard to whittle the list down to just one. If I had to pick 3 I would go with:
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand
The Perfect Storm - Sebastian Junger
Kitchen Confidential - Anthony Bourdain

Fiction:
The Old Man and the Sea - Hemingway

Finance:
The Millionaire Next Door

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Post by mak1277 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 8:34 am

Non-Fiction
Desert Solitaire - Ed Abbey
Lords of the Realm - John Helyar (bonus, by the same author, Barbarians at the Gate)
The Only Kayak - Kim Heacox

Fiction
Straight Man - Richard Russo
Sun Also Rises - Hemingway
The Spy Who Came in From the Cold - John LeCarre
Really most anything from any of these three authors...very hard to limit this list to three.

Financial
Does Liars Poker count? That's as close to a financial book as I've ever read.

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Post by lthenderson » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:02 am

Just basing things off of the number of times I've read them:

Non-fiction
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey
A Sand County Almanac by Aldo Leopold
On Writing by Stephen King

Fiction
I don't read fiction anymore

Financial
Millionaire Next Door
Bogleheads Guide to Investing
Bogleheads Guide to Retirement

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Post by Blueskies123 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:33 am

I also do not read fiction anymore with one exception - science fiction. So I will take you uncompleted fiction:

Top 3 in no order:
Dune
Jurassic Park
2001

Runner-up:
Forever War, One Second After

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Post by bertilak » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:41 am

Blueskies123 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:33 am
I also do not read fiction anymore with one exception - science fiction.
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Post by bengal22 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:47 am

Blueskies123 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:33 am
I also do not read fiction anymore with one exception - science fiction. So I will take you uncompleted fiction:

Top 3 in no order:
Dune
Jurassic Park
2001

Runner-up:
Forever War, One Second After
Dune is a fantastic book. And for the most part the first 3 books of the series are absolute genius. I guess the themes and characters are too grand for the cinema. Because the Lynch movie and the Sci Fi channel movie did not come close to capturing the magic.
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Post by tadamsmar » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:56 am

My best that you did not list

Fiction:
Thirteen Moons by Frazier
Islands in the Stream by Hemingway

Non-Fiction:
Learned Optimism
A Manual for Living by Epictetus https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/00625 ... bl_vppi_i1
T. S. Elliot complete poems and plays

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Post by mega317 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:17 pm

All-time list would be boring. Of the books I've read recently

Fiction I don't read a lot of: No Country for Old Men, Master and Commander, 1984?

Nonfiction: Apollo 8 Jeffrey Kluger, Dead Wake by Erik Larsen and everything else of his actually, Popular Crime by Bill James.

Financial: The Financial Crisis Inquiry Report, The Big Short, Little Book of Common Sense Investing I don't remember the author of that one.

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Post by Dottie57 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:33 pm

Non fiction

The Code Book by Simon Singh - great explanation of security.

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Post by sjt » Tue Aug 14, 2018 1:48 pm

Nonfiction
-Into the Wild
-A Walk in the Woods
-Walden

Fiction
-Lord of the Rings / the Hobbit
-The Old Man and the Sea
-Where the Wild Things Are


Financial/Investing
-If You Can
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Post by siker » Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:18 pm

Fiction:

Siddhartha - Hermen Hesse
Pickwick papers
Sherlock Holmes

Non Fiction:
Zen mind, Beginners Mind
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
The everything store

Finance/Investing:

Five rules of successful investing - Pat dorsey
One up on wall street - Peter Lynch
American Capitalist
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Post by Finridge » Tue Aug 14, 2018 11:08 pm

tadamsmar wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:56 am
My best that you did not list

Fiction:
Thirteen Moons by Frazier
Islands in the Stream by Hemingway

Non-Fiction:
Learned Optimism
A Manual for Living by Epictetus https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/00625 ... bl_vppi_i1
T. S. Elliot complete poems and plays
Messieurs Frost, Yeats and Elliot reside together, side by side, on my bookshelf. It was sheer negligence on my part in omitting Mr. Elliot. Oh, and Mr. Auden is there with them as well--don't want to leave him out. Immediately adjoining, is the Norton Anthology of Poetry. I guess I could have covered a lot of ground by just naming that--but that would have been cheating!

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To all: These are great lists! Keep them coming!

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Post by CarpeDiem22 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:38 am

bertilak wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 5:51 am
CarpeDiem22 wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 4:46 am

Three Men on a Boat, by Jerome K Jerome
I reviewed this here last year: viewtopic.php?p=3402446#p3402446.

I have since finished it and can say it is one of the most pleasant and amusing reads I have experienced. Highly recommended! I would like to have had those three men as friends.
It's one of my favorites. I just finished reading Three Men on a Bummel which is sort of a sequel, where these three men go on a cycling tour of Germany. Only bad part: there's no dog in this sequel.

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Post by VictoriaF » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:11 pm

Fiction:
- "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
- "Pride and Prejudice" by Jane Austen
- "Goya" by Lion Feuchtwanger

Non-fiction:
- "The Black Swan" by Nassim Taleb
- "Predictably Irrational" by Dan Ariely
- "Art of Seduction" by Robert Greene

Financial:
- The Bogleheads Guides
- Jack Bogle's books

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Post by bertilak » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:32 pm

VictoriaF wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Fiction:
- "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
I saw the Mel Brooks movie. In a theater. Way back then. The only way you could see a movie.

I did see it again on DVD, both years later AND years ago! I was somewhat disappointed. It was no Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety.

I'm guessing from your appreciation of it, the book was better!

EDIT: I see that the Amazon reviews for the movie come out to 4.5 stars so I guess I might have missed something. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood with the DVD as I remember liking it in the theater. That's why I bothered with the DVD.
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Post by VictoriaF » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:38 pm

bertilak wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:32 pm
VictoriaF wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Fiction:
- "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
I saw the Mel Brooks movie. In a theater. Way back then. The only way you could see a movie.

I did see it again on DVD, both years later AND years ago! I was somewhat disappointed. It was no Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety.

I'm guessing from your appreciation of it, the book was better!

EDIT: I see that the Amazon reviews for the movie come out to 4.5 stars so I guess I might have missed something. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood with the DVD as I remember liking it in the theater. That's why I bothered with the DVD.
The book is incredibly witty. Films made in the USSR have not come even close to it. I can't imagine an American actor being an authentic Ostap Bender.

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Post by Artful Dodger » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 pm

Finridge wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:03 am
The "What book are you currently reading" thread has became one of my favorites, and led me too many new books I otherwise wouldn't have known about. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=147398&start=3150 Thanks to all who have contributed to that. I thought it might be useful to launch a new book thread in which Bogleheads can list their top three books in these categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing.

Please add your favorite three books in each category. Or the top three that you would recommend to others. Runners-up are optional...

I'll go first.

TOP THREE BOOKS

NONFICTION

1. Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl - This is the one book I wish everyone would read.
2. How to Make Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
3. Getting Things Done, David Allen
Runner-Ups: The Sixth Extinction, The Selfish Gene, Seven Habits of Effective People, Sapiens, the Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Republic, Survival in Auschwitz (Primo Levi), Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey - collection of nonfiction essays and fiction), 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, The Omnivore's Dilemma.


FICTION

1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.
3. The Iliad, Homer (Richmond Lattimore translation)
Runners-Up: Anna Karenina, Catch 22, To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Crime and Punishment, The Odyssey, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jude the Obscure, Atonement, The Sound and the Fury, Hamlet, Macbeth, Poetry of Robert Frost - The Collected Poems, Collected Poetry of William Butler Yeats, The Fools Progress (Edward Abbey), East of Eden (John Steinbeck).

FINANCIAL / INVESTING

1. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel. This is the book that changed my life more than any other book and set me on the path that resulted in me being here and where I am in life. I am eternally grateful to Mr. Malkiel.
2. The Four Pillars of Investing, William J. Bernstein - I try to re-read this book every year.
3. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Michael LeBoeuf - So much information packed into this book. I found this one late, but I plan to re-read it every year going forward.
Runners-Up: The Elements of Investing, The Richest Man in Babylon, Your Money or Your Life, The Simple Path to Wealth, If You Can (by William J. Bernstein)
This is a great idea. I haven't come up with my list yet, and i expect it will be hard. I changed my reading habits about ten years ago to focus more on better writers, more classics, and more challenging books.

I found it interesting, I've read all three of your non-fiction, and two of your fiction. I need to re read Frankel's book; it's been a long time ago. Allen's GTD totally changed the way I think about planning and goal setting (as well as getting things done). I read Robert Fagles' Illiad transaltion. I haven't read Tolstoy. I don't know if For Whom The Bell Tolls is my Hemingway favorite, but it sure is memorable. I just finished A Random Walk Down Wall Street. The Bogle book that completely changed my investing focus was The Little Book of Common sense Investing. I read it in late 2012, and went to an index funds approach in early 2013.

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Post by grok87 » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:16 pm

Nonfiction- Ubiquity by Mark Buchanan

Fiction- the Lord of the rings - Tolkien

Financial- “Unconventional Success” David Swensen
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Post by Peter Foley » Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:19 pm

Fiction:
1984 - Orwell
100 Years of Solitude - Garcia Marquez
Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
Poetry - Romancero Gitano - Gabriel Garcia Lorca

Non Fiction:
Learned Optimism - Martin Seligman
Gifts Differing - Isabel Briggs Myers
A Grammar of Contemporary English - Quinn
Runner Up: The Presidents Club - Duffy et. al.

Financial:
The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need - Tobias
Why Smart People Make Big Financial Mistakes - Belsky et. al.
You Don't Have to Be Rich: Comfort, Happiness, and Financial Security on Your Own Terms - Chatzky

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Post by Finridge » Thu Aug 16, 2018 1:41 am

Artful Dodger wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 4:10 pm
Finridge wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 1:03 am
The "What book are you currently reading" thread has became one of my favorites, and led me too many new books I otherwise wouldn't have known about. viewtopic.php?f=11&t=147398&start=3150 Thanks to all who have contributed to that. I thought it might be useful to launch a new book thread in which Bogleheads can list their top three books in these categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Financial/Investing.

Please add your favorite three books in each category. Or the top three that you would recommend to others. Runners-up are optional...

I'll go first.

TOP THREE BOOKS

NONFICTION

1. Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor E. Frankl - This is the one book I wish everyone would read.
2. How to Make Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie
3. Getting Things Done, David Allen
Runner-Ups: The Sixth Extinction, The Selfish Gene, Seven Habits of Effective People, Sapiens, the Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Republic, Survival in Auschwitz (Primo Levi), Desert Solitaire (Edward Abbey - collection of nonfiction essays and fiction), 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, The Omnivore's Dilemma.


FICTION

1. War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
2. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway.
3. The Iliad, Homer (Richmond Lattimore translation)
Runners-Up: Anna Karenina, Catch 22, To Kill a Mockingbird, All Quiet on the Western Front, Crime and Punishment, The Odyssey, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Jude the Obscure, Atonement, The Sound and the Fury, Hamlet, Macbeth, Poetry of Robert Frost - The Collected Poems, Collected Poetry of William Butler Yeats, The Fools Progress (Edward Abbey), East of Eden (John Steinbeck).

FINANCIAL / INVESTING

1. A Random Walk Down Wall Street, Burton G. Malkiel. This is the book that changed my life more than any other book and set me on the path that resulted in me being here and where I am in life. I am eternally grateful to Mr. Malkiel.
2. The Four Pillars of Investing, William J. Bernstein - I try to re-read this book every year.
3. The Boglehead's Guide to Investing, Taylor Larimore, Mel Lindauer, Michael LeBoeuf - So much information packed into this book. I found this one late, but I plan to re-read it every year going forward.
Runners-Up: The Elements of Investing, The Richest Man in Babylon, Your Money or Your Life, The Simple Path to Wealth, If You Can (by William J. Bernstein)
This is a great idea. I haven't come up with my list yet, and i expect it will be hard. I changed my reading habits about ten years ago to focus more on better writers, more classics, and more challenging books.

I found it interesting, I've read all three of your non-fiction, and two of your fiction. I need to re read Frankel's book; it's been a long time ago. Allen's GTD totally changed the way I think about planning and goal setting (as well as getting things done). I read Robert Fagles' Illiad transaltion. I haven't read Tolstoy. I don't know if For Whom The Bell Tolls is my Hemingway favorite, but it sure is memorable. I just finished A Random Walk Down Wall Street. The Bogle book that completely changed my investing focus was The Little Book of Common sense Investing. I read it in late 2012, and went to an index funds approach in early 2013.
Thanks, please do post your list when you have time. And I was surprised by how much time I ended up choosing, rethinking, remembering other books. But it was a satisfying exercise. And reading the choices of other people is even more satisfying--and leads to me buying more books and hopefully expanding my horizons.

I realize that of my top 3 non-fiction books, two of them are of the "self-help" genre. They are not only self-help, but decidedly not literary masterpieces and read at maybe the 7th grade level. And I do realize that significant number of members of the literati pooh-pooh these kinds of books. And I would agree with them that there are any number of nonfiction books that are better written, more interesting, more entertaining, and better examples of great literature. (Aside: Speaking of great literature, I just realized that I need to edit my list to add Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" as a runner-up.)

But if I'm being honest, both with myself and with everyone else, I have to admit that How to Make Friends and Influence People and GTD have had a MUCH greater impact on my life than any of the works of great literature that I have read. For those that read them and find them to be full of trite, useless information--good for them. They are better men and women than I am.

However, I am glad when find that other people share my experience in finding these books (How to Make Friend and Influence People, and GTD) life-changing.

Regarding the Iliad - I've read both the Lattimore translation and the Fagles translation. I think they are both excellent, but comparing these to each other and to other translations, it's my personal opinion as a layperson that Fagles is maybe a little bit *too* vivid. His translation is like a photo that has been photo-shopped to brighten the colors and make them "pop" more than the original. But I still enjoy reading his translation. I just prefer the Lattimore translation, which I understand to be the closest to the original Greek version. There are other translations I haven't read. One that mean to read at some point is the one by Stanley Lombardo. The cover of his book has a photo of the D-Day invasion, and the translation is reputed to be similarly edgy. I have read excerpts and really liked it.

Tolstoy's War and Peace - I recommend it. It has a reputation as being challenging reading, but I found it to be more accessible and easier reading than many other of the "great books". It's slow in the beginning, but if you can stick with it for about 100 pages, you will probably be hooked. I recommend the Briggs translation.

The Little Book of Common Sense Investing -- I keep hearing this book recommended. It's one I haven't gotten around to reading yet. I think that will be my next financial/investing read.

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Post by Breakaway72 » Thu Aug 16, 2018 3:52 am

Probably odd for a fairly conservative Republican, but my favorite novel is The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.

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Post by Zen Panda » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:09 am

I have enjoyed this thread and now have a nice reading list for the next few months

My list

Non-Fiction
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ( just finished audio version and really enjoyed listening to him read it)
Night by Wiesel

Fiction (this is very hard to narrow to 3)
Persuasion by Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice and Persuasion are really in a tie)
Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (No judgement please, this series has connected me to my kids and other young people in ways that no other books have, which is why I am including it)

Financial
The Millionaire Next Door
A Random Walk down Wall Street
The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life Zander, Rosamund and Benjamin (not really a financial book)

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Post by Zen Panda » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:36 am

siker wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:18 pm
Fiction:

Siddhartha - Hermen Hesse
Pickwick papers
Sherlock Holmes

Non Fiction:
Zen mind, Beginners Mind
Steve Jobs - Walter Isaacson
The everything store

Finance/Investing:

Five rules of successful investing - Pat dorsey
One up on wall street - Peter Lynch
American Capitalist
(please do not kick me out of the forum :)

I am a big Dicken's fan. I think Nicholas Nickleby is my favorite

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Post by market timer » Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:55 am

Nonfiction
Molecular Biology of the Cell, Alberts et al.
Complexity, Waldrop
The Most Instructive Games of Chess Ever Played, Chernev

Fiction
Journey to the End of the Night, Celine
Confederacy of Dunces, Toole
Lost Illusions, Balzac

Financial/Investing
Lifecycle Investing, Ayres and Nalebuff
Fortune's Formula, Poundstone
Capital Ideas, Bernstein

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Post by letsgobobby » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:05 am

I'll put down a few today but reserve the right to add another list tomorrow.

Fiction

- Blood meridian, Cormac McCarthy. Or by the same author, All the Pretty Horses.
- Never let me go, Kazuo Ishiguro.
- The Bone Clocks, David Mitchell, especially the first half.
- Crime and Punishment.
- Wuthering Heights, but it's been forever since I last read it and perhaps my tastes have changed.

Non fiction (putting aside works of religion and faith)

- Thinking, fast and slow, Kahneman.
- Man's Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl.
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X. I'm dying to read the recently discovered chapters.
- 1984, and I defend it as non-fiction.
- The beauty and the sorrow: an intimate history of the first world war, Peter Englund. Most poignant war book I've ever read.

Financial

- Common Sense on Mutual Funds, Jack Bogle.
- Random Walk, Malkiel. I understand more recent editions may proffer a mixed message.
- Manias, panics, and crashes, Kindleberger.
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Post by Wildebeest » Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:47 am

This is a difficult one. So many great books and so little time.


Non fiction:
"Thinking fast and thinking slow" by Daniel Kahneman; have reread it many times
"Behave" by Robert Sopolksy have reread it once and it is on the schedule to be read yearly
"Sapiens" by Yuval Harari. will reread it

I agree that Victor Frankl' "Man's Search for meaning" would be required reading so that the world may be a better place.

Fiction:
Short stories by Saki
1984 by George Orwell ( written in 1949 and as far as I am concerned it could be under non fiction)
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley(
On the Road, The Count of Monte Christo, Three Musketeers, The sun also rises.

Financial:
Common Sense on Mutual Funds by John Bogle
Fooled by Randomness and Black Swan by Nassim Taleb.
The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham
Any book by Rick Ferri or Bernstein ( either William or Peter).
The Golden Rule: One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

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Post by grok87 » Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:22 pm

letsgobobby wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:05 am

1984, and I defend it as non-fiction.
Yup.
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Post by rendiggy » Sat Aug 18, 2018 5:03 pm

Non Fiction
- Short History of Nearly Everything by Bryson
- World That Trade Created by Pomeranz
- The Discoverers by Boorstin

Fiction
- Lord of Light by Zelazny
- Look to Windward by Banks
- Hyperion Cantos by Simmons

Investing
- Asset Allocation by Gibson
- Four Pillars of Investing by Bernstein
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Post by abuss368 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:21 pm

My entire collection in hardcover and excellent condition of Jack Bogle, Jack Brennan, Bogleheads, and any books about Vanguard/Jack. We have everyone of them and refer to them as needed.
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Post by VictoriaF » Sun Aug 19, 2018 4:52 pm

grok87 wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 3:22 pm
letsgobobby wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 9:05 am

1984, and I defend it as non-fiction.
Yup.
Then "War and Peace" is non-fiction, too.

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Post by HomoLudens » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:17 pm

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I saw the Mel Brooks movie. In a theater. Way back then. The only way you could see a movie.

I did see it again on DVD, both years later AND years ago! I was somewhat disappointed. It was no Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety.

I'm guessing from your appreciation of it, the book was better!

EDIT: I see that the Amazon reviews for the movie come out to 4.5 stars so I guess I might have missed something. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood with the DVD as I remember liking it in the theater. That's why I bothered with the DVD.
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The book is great. I strongly recommend the sequel: "The Golden Calf". In fact, Ilf and Petrov also wrote a book about their travels in the United States. It's published under the title " Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip" if I am not mistaken.
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Post by LadyGeek » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:19 pm

I removed an off-topic post which categorized a newspaper as "fiction", a political implication. As a reminder, see: Politics and Religion
In order to avoid the inevitable frictions that arise from these topics, political or religious posts and comments are prohibited.
Also note that the Bible is categorized under section 200 of the Dewey Decimal system. Most libraries place the Bible in the "non-fiction" section (based on a google search). Please don't interpret this categorization (non-fiction / fiction) as a religious comment.
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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:16 am

HomoLudens wrote:
Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:17 pm
bertilak wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:32 pm
VictoriaF wrote:
Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:11 pm
Fiction:
- "The Twelve Chairs" by Ilya Ilf and Evgeny Petrov
I saw the Mel Brooks movie. In a theater. Way back then. The only way you could see a movie.

I did see it again on DVD, both years later AND years ago! I was somewhat disappointed. It was no Blazing Saddles or Young Frankenstein or High Anxiety.

I'm guessing from your appreciation of it, the book was better!

EDIT: I see that the Amazon reviews for the movie come out to 4.5 stars so I guess I might have missed something. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood with the DVD as I remember liking it in the theater. That's why I bothered with the DVD.

The book is great. I strongly recommend the sequel: "The Golden Calf". In fact, Ilf and Petrov also wrote a book about their travels in the United States. It's published under the title " Ilf and Petrov's American Road Trip" if I am not mistaken.
"The Golden Calf" is definitely worth reading but I was limited to 3 fiction books and diversified my choices. Anyone who's read "The Twelve Chairs" will be delighted that a sequel exists.

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Post by DanMahowny » Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:21 am

I mostly read non-fiction; and can't possibly narrow it down to 3 books.

But the "Best Of" fiction list contains just one book.

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Post by InvisibleAerobar » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:07 am

Zen Panda wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:36 am
siker wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:18 pm
Fiction:

Siddhartha - Hermen Hesse
Pickwick papers
Sherlock Holmes

I am a big Dicken's fan. I think Nicholas Nickleby is my favorite
Another fan of Dickens here. Hoping that this isn't too political or polemical, but I find the message to resonate, as there are a lot of economic similarities between Victorian England and contemporary America. That he was able to use caustic wit to satirize those who deserved to be satirized was even better.
Zen Panda wrote:
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:09 am
I have enjoyed this thread and now have a nice reading list for the next few months

My list

Non-Fiction
Wild Swans by Jung Chang
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah ( just finished audio version and really enjoyed listening to him read it)
Night by Wiesel
A blast from the past. Read that book for a college history class taught by a professor who knew the author personally (and had the author to come and speak to the class, iirc). Didn't have much expectations when I started it, but found it to be actually enjoyable by the end. The author's family included quite a few veritable who's who of Republic-era China.

As for Mr. Noah, I like his show and find him to be much more engaging and personable than his predecessor. Perhaps i'll get to it one day.
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As for my own list

Non-fiction
-The Power Broker by Robert A Caro. Biography of Robert Moses. One of those rare multi-dimensional books that somehow manages to be engaging despite being well over 1100 pages, and it just got better toward the end. It was at once an ode to NYC, a primer on how politics is conducted, and the biography of a man. Kinda like "The Wire" for the city of Baltimore. I don't think I've ever read such a page turner of a non-fiction, and nothing since has been as engaging.
-American Prometheus by Bird and Sherwin. Biography of J Robert Oppenheimer, a polymath of the first order and someone who was at once a pioneering physicist and a polyglot who could read the Bhagavad Gita in original Sanskrit.
unfortunately, not many has come close to either. I guess I was spoiled. I thought Jane Jacobs would have been interesting, but it was hay-stack dry. Robin D G Kelley's book on Thelonious Monk was interesting, but I have yet to finish it, six years from when I first started...

Fiction
-Aforementioned Bleak House. I also liked the BBC adaptation of it.
-Great Gatsby. I like books that take "American Dream" to task for being nothing but a dream.
-To Kill a Mockingbird.
Maybe one day, I'll add War & Peace to the list. Not sure if i'm ready for the 100-page long treatise on Free Masons, though

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Post by MichaelRpdx » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:31 am

I'm part of the crowd decrying "just three?" Qualifier: three today, they'll be a different three if I answer again.

Fiction:
If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
A Moveable Feast
Years of Rice and Salt

Non Fiction:
The Hero with a Thousand Faces
A Pattern Language
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men

Financial:
The Bogleheads' Guide to The Three-Fund Portfolio
If You Can: How Millennials Can Get Rich Slowly
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
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Post by VictoriaF » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:34 am

MichaelRpdx wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:31 am
I'm part of the crowd decrying "just three?" Qualifier: three today, they'll be a different three if I answer again.
"Just three" is a useful construct. You provide the three that you recite when you are awoken in the middle of the night, not the ones that are on your night table. Long and unlimited lists are almost useless.

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Post by MichaelRpdx » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:39 am

VictoriaF wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:34 am
MichaelRpdx wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:31 am
I'm part of the crowd decrying "just three?" Qualifier: three today, they'll be a different three if I answer again.
"Just three" is a useful construct. You provide the three that you recite when you are awoken in the middle of the night, not the ones that are on your night table. Long and unlimited lists are almost useless.
Oh, I get it.
Life is full of choices.
Limiting it to three books makes me choose and gives lots pleasure in making the choices.
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Post by Irisheyes » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:55 am

Non-Fiction: The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Elizabeth Kolbert

Fiction: Department of Speculation, Jenny Offill

Investing: A Random Walk Burton Malkiel

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Post by PhilosophyAndrew » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:07 pm

NONFICTION

Charles Taylor, A Secuar Age.

Immanuel Kant, Critique of Pure Reason.

John Rawls, A Theory of Justice.


FICTION

Salmon Rushdie, Midnight’s Children.

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong'o, Devil on the Cross.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude.


INVESTING

N/A. BH forum and wiki are super resources for my limited needs. My reading interests lay elsewhere!


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Post by grok87 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:58 pm

MichaelRpdx wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:39 am
VictoriaF wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:34 am
MichaelRpdx wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:31 am
I'm part of the crowd decrying "just three?" Qualifier: three today, they'll be a different three if I answer again.
"Just three" is a useful construct. You provide the three that you recite when you are awoken in the middle of the night, not the ones that are on your night table. Long and unlimited lists are almost useless.
Oh, I get it.
Life is full of choices.
Limiting it to three books makes me choose and gives lots pleasure in making the choices.
As schoolhouse rock taught me, 3 is a magic number.
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Post by srt7 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:29 pm

Non-Fiction:
  • The Boys in the Boat
  • Jack (Jack Welsh)
  • Outliers
Fiction:
  • The Firm
  • The Goal
  • Sherlock Holmes
Finance/Investing:
  • The Richest Man in Babylon
  • Millionaire next door
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Post by somekevinguy » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:54 pm

Nonfiction:
- Thinking, Fast and Slow: Daniel Khaneman
- A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson
- Mere Christianity, CS Lewis

Fiction:
- LOTR: Tolkien
- Ender's Game: Orson Scott Card
- The Glass Castle: Jeanette Walls

Financial:
- Your money or your life- Dominguez/Robin
- White Coat Investor- Jim Dahle
- Bogleheads Guide To Investing/Retirement/etc- Larimore et al

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Post by Finridge » Sat Aug 25, 2018 2:58 am

Other book threads on Bogleheads.org that are worth reading:

Your Top 10 Books
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=168087&hilit=book& ... 478c9f929c

Any books really change your outlook on life?
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=65332

What books changed your outlook on how you should invest?
viewtopic.php?f=10&t=242540

Books that have actually changed your life, in a way.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=97998

Books with a direct impact on your life?
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=69115

Non-fiction bucket list
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=225925

Better Behavioral Finance Books
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=256683

Favorite nonfiction books
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=151597

Favorite survival books?
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=212447


What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=147398&start=2750
(Also look up the predecessor threads.)

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I'm currently working my way through this list of books from VictoriaF on the "Non-fiction bucket list." This may take a while. I'm about 1/3rd of my way though "Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Anti-Fragile." This is my first Taleb book. Taleb is a crazy, but crazy like a fox. Very relevant to investing... and life in general. I think I'm going to need to read all of this books.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=225925&p=3504632&h ... e#p3504627
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Post by Finridge » Sat Aug 25, 2018 3:02 am

MichaelRpdx wrote:
Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:31 am
I'm part of the crowd decrying "just three?" Qualifier: three today, they'll be a different three if I answer again.
OP here. I started the thread, but even I couldn't limit myself to just three in each category! That's why there are so many "runners up." And don't even ask me how many times I went and edited my first post, adding books. And yes, ask me next year and the lists might be somewhat different. It's all part of the fun.

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