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As they say, “Something something on the shoulders of giants.” Or something.

David and Terng are avid book readers and listeners. Here are just a few they love and recommend at the rare parties they are invited to. We’ve also included book recommendations by our podcast guests. We’re constantly building on this list, so bookmark this page if you want to get our recommendations.

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David’s books:

Here are David’s suggestions that are a mix of fiction, non-fiction and educational pieces that offers something for even the fussiest readers out there.

Stephen King – on Writing

Charles Bukowski – Ham on Rye

Haruki Murakami – Norwegian Wood

Marie Kondo – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Phil Knight – Shoe Dog

Bob Iger – The Ride of a Lifetime

Jim Kwik – Limitless 

Darpm Acemoglu, James A Robinson – Why Nations Fail 

One Million Followers – Brendan Kane

Robert Greene – Laws of Human Nature

Walter Isaacson – Steve Jobs

Terng’s books:

Terng’s eclectic style is on display with his choice of books. Mostly fiction and fantasy sprinkled with some good old fashioned patriotism.

Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon

Terry Pratchett – A Slip of the Keyboard

Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett – Good Omens

Trevor Noah – Born a Crime

Kuan Yew Lee – The Singapore Story: Memoirs of Lee Kuan Yew

Our guests

Lisa Teh

This entrepreneur and fashion maven was kind enough to share her favourite reads. You can listen to her interview here.

Marc Randolph – That Will Never Work

Chris Voss – Never Split the Difference

Blair Enns – The Win Without Pitching Manifesto

Phil Knight – Shoe Dog

Bob Iger – The Ride of a Lifetime

Simon Chap

Simon is an entrepreneur, business owner and property developer. He was kind enough to share his current favourites with us. You can listen to his interview here.

Kevin Kwan – Crazy Rich Asians

Dean Blake – Surface Children

Felix Dennis – How to get rich

Mathew Stillone

This award-winning entrepreneur and healthy food junkie shares his favourite books. You can listen to his interview here.

Phil Knight – Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Russ Harris – The Happiness Trap: Stop Struggling, Start Living

Stephen Covey – The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Eckhart Tolle – The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment

Simon Sinek – Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Simon Sinek – Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

David Goggins – Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds

Rachel Wong

Lawyer, founder and brandy-drinker, Rachel Wong has overachieved for most of her life. Here are some of the books she recommends. Also, find her podcast here.

Phil Knight – Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

Bob Iger – The Ride of a Lifetime

Mike Bloomberg – Bloomberg

Darryl Lim

Performer, deviser, playwright and researcher, Darryl has been having an impact on the theatre scene in Singapore. Here are some of the books he recommends. Also, find his podcast here.

Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last

Martin Buber – I and Though

Nicolas Chan

Nicolas leads the Digital team in APAC for the leading PR agency The Hoffman agency. A maverick, his career has taken all across Asia and he shares his experiences here.

Laurence J. Peter & Raymond Hull – The Peter Principle

Daniel Kahneman – Thinking, Fast and Slow

David Epstein – Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World

Jonathan Soh

Jonathan is an established and successful entrepreneur that has run teams and launched products across Southeast Asia. Find out his full story and learnings here.

Ray Dalio – Principles for dealing with the changing world order

Marcus Aurelius – Meditations

Daron Acemoglu – Why nations fail

Do you have any books that you think we should include in our recommendations? Drop us a note at hello(@) and let us know.

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