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David Porkka

The Bookshelf

Updated January 2021

Here are some of my favorite books arranged by topic. Some of my notes for these books can be found on GoodReads.


Contents



  1. Happiness
  2. Business
  3. Philosophy
  4. History
  5. Writing
  6. Coding
  7. Web Development
  8. Creativity
  9. Fiction



Happiness

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant: A Guide to Wealth and Happiness by Eric Jorgenson, Naval Ravikant  View Notes

The Courage to Be Disliked: How to Free Yourself, Change Your Life, and Achieve Real Happiness by Kishimi, Ichiro

The Book of Awakening: Having the Life You Want by Being Present to the Life You Have by Mark Nepo

Be Here Now by Ram Dass


Business

Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

Your Music and People: creative and considerate fame by Derek Sivers

The Compound Effect: Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success by Darren Hardy

The Millionaire Fastlane by M.J. DeMarco  View Notes

The Greatest Salesman In The World by Mandino, Og

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss

Choose Yourself: Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream by James Altucher

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman

Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online with Sales Funnels by Russell Brunson

The 1-Page Marketing Plan: Get New Customers, Make More Money, And Stand out From The Crowd by Allan Dib

This Is Marketing: You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See by Seth Godin

The Intelligent Investor by Benjamin Graham, Jason Zweig (Contributor), Warren Buffett (Contributor)


Creativity

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad by Austin Kleon  View Notes

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace

Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey


Philosophy

Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age by Paul Graham

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

Hell Yeah or No by Derek Sivers

As a Man Thinketh by Allen, James

Chicken Soup for the Soul by Jack Canfield

The Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Tim Ferriss

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss


History

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari


Writing

The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. & E.B. White

On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday


Coding

Learn JavaScript VISUALLY with Interactive Exercises: The Beautiful New Way to Learn a Programming Language by Ivelin Demirov

JavaScript: The Definitive Guide by Flanagan, David

Learning JavaScript: Add Sparkle and Life to Your Web Pages by Ethan Brown

Learning Php, MySQL & JavaScript: With Jquery, CSS & Html5 by Robin Nixon


Web Development

Minimalist Website Strategy: Why Most Professional Firms Fail To Attract Ideal Clients With Their Website by Justin Page Wood

Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug


Fiction

Ender's Game (Ender's Saga, #1) by Orson Scott Card

Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by Eagleman, David

Journey to the Center (Asgard, #1) by Brian M. Stableford

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Falling Up by Shel Silverstein

A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein

The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll