One of the perks of being LPDP awardee is that they give you Rp 10 millions to spend on books or as we call it, book allowance. Based on what I know, there are no rules that you have to spend all that money on textbook. I know text-book is super expensive, especially for particular schools such as medicine, however, for some other, fortunately, the price of the textbooks are not that expensive. Well, it actually depends whether you want to buy a brand new book from the latest edition or used-book from the previous edition. For me personally, I prefer to buy used book because it’s much cheaper and there are not much difference inside. Usually the published add some small stuff or swap the content just so they can release it as a new edition and charge an expensive price.

When I knew that I get 10 millions to spend on books, I knew it’s time to party. At the beginning, I did not spend much on books, there were just a few books that I bought where most of them were related to my study. However, when it was near the end of my study, I bought lots and lots of books because I need to send it home via international shipment. I did not want to bring it on my flight baggage because books are heavy and I had very limited baggage.

So what were the books that I buy? I have several books on my list that I want to buy, however, it was nowhere near 10 millions that I can spend. So what did I do? I turn to my friends and ask them what are their favourite books that I need to buy. Thanks to their help (shout out to Mas Kiki who gave lots of recommendation, Mbak Tera, Mira, Mbak Jojo, Derrian, Kak Cus) my list was getting longer and longer. Another thing that I did was looking at Amazon top seller on choose several books that looks interesting. I also ask for my wife to give me list of books that she want to buy. At the end, I can finally reach the 10 millions that I need to spend. However, I did not spend all of them on Amazon, I bought several books offline on charity shops. They were super cheap!

Why did I buy so much books? First, because I had the money to spend. Second, because the price of the books were cheap, especially if there was a used version of the books. I found several books where the price was only 2.8 pounds and these books are in good condition. If you look at my sheet, you can see that I save almost 100 pounds by choosing to buy used book rather than buy the new version.  Third, because many of the books are not available in my country. Of course I can buy them online, but the price will be higher because of the shipping fee and the shipping will take lots of time. It is not convenient at all. Well, there is also an option to buy the translated version of the book (if there are already translated) but most of the time there are terrible, it’s much better to read the original version.

Without further due, here is the list of the books that I bought. There are total 63 books which I divide  into several categories: biography, business, football, general knowledge, islamic, parenting, product management, fiction, textbook, self improvement. I also make a spreadsheet on Google drive if you prefer to read it on spreadsheet format. If you are looking for books to buy, I hope it can helps you. Or for anything else, really.


1. Losing My Virginity (by Richard Branson)

2. Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future (by Ashlee Vance)


1. Creativity Inc (by Ed Catmull)

2. Crossing the Chasm (by Geoffrey A Moore)

3. The Hard Thing About Hard Things (by by Ben Horowitz)

4. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High (by Kerry Patterson ,‎ Joseph Grenny ,‎ Ron Mcmillan ,‎ Al Switzler)

5. Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook (by Gary Vaynerchuk)

6. Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street (by John Brooks)

7. The Launch Pad: Inside Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s Most Exclusive School for Startups (by Randal Stross)

8. Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future (by Blake Masters,‎ Peter Thiel )

9. The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon (by Brad Stone)

10. The Lean Startup (by Eric Ries)

11. The Startup Owner’s Manual (by Steve Blank, Bob Dorf)

12. The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone (by Brian Merchant)

13. ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever (by David Heinemeier Hansson,‎ Jason Fried )

14. Change by Design (by Tim Brown)

15. The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich (by Timothy Ferris)

16. Frugal Innvoation (by Navi Radjou,‎ Jaideep Prabhu)


1. The Nowhere Men (by Michael Calvin)

2. Inverting The Pyramid (by Jonathan Wilson)


1. Creating a World Without Poverty (by Muhammad Yunus)

2. The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined (by Salman Khan)

3. The Psychology Book 

4. The Business Book

5. The Philosophy Book

6. The Crime Book

7. Throwing Rocks at the Google Bus: How Growth Became the Enemy of Prosperity (by Douglas Rushkoff )

8. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything (by Steven D. Levitt ,‎ Stephen J. Dubner)

9. Superfreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance (by Steven D. Levitt ,‎ Stephen J. Dubner)

10. Outliers: The Story of Success (by Malcolm Gladwell)


1. Lost Islamic History (by Firas Alkhateeb)

2. Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy (by Jonathan A.C. Brown)

3. Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources (by Martin Lings)


1. How Children Learn (by John Holt)

2. Dad You Suck (by Tim Dowling)

3. Human Development (by by Diane E. Papalia,‎ Ruth Duskin Feldman )


1. Cracking the PM Interview: How to Land a Product Manager Job in Technology (by Gayle Laakmann McDowell,‎ Jackie Bavaro )

2. Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time (by Jeff Sutherland)

3. Sprint: How To Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days (by Jake Knapp,‎ John Zeratsky,‎ Braden Kowitz)

4. Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products  (by Nir Eyal)

5. Inspired: How to Create Tech Products Customers Love (by Marty Cagan)


1. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions (by Randall Munroe)

2. Rich Dad Poor Dad (by Robert T. Kiyosaki)

3. Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential within Us All (by David Kelley)

4. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth (by Chris Hadfield)

5. Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion (by Robert Cialdini PhD)

6. Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone To Take Action (by Simon Sinek)

7. The Ten Times Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure (by Grant Cardone)

8. Life Is What You Make It (by Peter Buffett)

9. Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything (by Joshua Foer)

10. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (by Malcolm Gladwell)

11. Drive (by Daniel H. Pink)

12. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (by Greg McKeown)

13. How to Win Friends and Influence People (by Dale Carnegie)

14. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (by Malcolm Gladwell)

15. Thinking, Fast and Slow (by Daniel Kahneman)

16. Korean From Zero! (by George Trombley,‎ Reed Bullen,‎ Sunhee Bong)

17. Access to Qur’anic Arabic (by Abdul Wahid Hamid)


1. Investment Appraisal and Financing Decisions (by Stephen Lumby)

2. Technology Ventures: From Idea to Enterprise (by Thomas H. Byers,‎ Richard C. Dorf,‎ Andrew Nelson)


1. Behind Closed Doors ( by B A Paris)

2. I Let You Go (by Clare Mackintosh)

3. While My Eyes Were Closed (by Linda Green)

Well, that’s a long list but I believe that Book is one of the best investment you can have. Now I have one good problem,  which is to read all of those books since I’m easily distracted. Sometimes I haven’t finished reading one book but I’m already interested in reading another book so I just leave it halfway. Another challenge is my rabbit in spending more times reading small article on the web and forget about the book. However, recently I tried to change these habit by uninstalling Quora, Medium, and Apple News so I can forced myself to read books instead of short articles. So far it works very well as I can finished reading Sprint in just one week. I just need to remember to bring a book everywhere I go.

Last question for you, do you have any favourite books that are not on the list? I always looking for a new books to buy, especially books that are related to business, product management, self development, and Islam. Please let me know if you have one, I may buy it in the future. Thank you!