Qojqva’s Bookshelf: What He Reads

Max Bröcker aka Qojqva is a famous German Pro Dota player. He has been in the scene since 2012 and played with stars like Per Olsen “Pajkatt” Lille, Kanishka ‘Sam’ “BuLba” Sosale, Dominik “Black^” Reitmeier, Troels “syndereN” Nielsen and Maurice “KheZu” Gutmann, and even a short time with Henrik “Admiral Bulldog” Ahnberg and WehSing “SingSing” Yuen!

Qojqva was recently playing for Team Tuho“Probably the most talented team on paper” as claimed by SumaiL!

What is on his shelf, which books does he read? Having no bookshelf per se, he has come from reading many sci-fi books to more self-improvement books. Some of his most favored are:

  • Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
  • The Lessons of History by Ariel and Will Durant
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Die Millionärsformel by Carsten Maschmeyer

My Shelf

Hey folks! Here is what’s on my shelf:

On my “actual” book shelf:

My bookshelf

  • Psychology, by Richard J. Gerrig
  • The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
  • The Art of Thinking Clearly, by Rolf Dobelli
  • Who Am I and If So How Many, by Richard David Precht
  • The 4-Hour Workweek, by Tim Ferriss
  • Indoor Bonsai, by Paul Lesniewicz
  • Blood of Elves, by Andrzej Sapkowski (Witcher Saga!)
  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, by J. K. Rowling
  • The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • Agnes, by Peter Stamm
  • Swedish, by Karl Axel Daude

Whereas on my Kindle there are, in a “Greatest” labeled collection:

My Kindle page 1

  • The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Decide to Play Great Poker, by Annie Duke and John Vorhaus
  • Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome
  • Tools of Titans, by Tim Ferriss
  • Shakespeare Never Did This, by Charles Bukowski
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
  • Bird by Bird, by Anne Lamott

And on the second page:

My Kindle Page 2

  • Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman
  • Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance
  • The 4-Hour Body, by Tim Ferriss
  • The 4-Hour Chef, by Tim Ferriss
  • How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
  • 22 Immutable Laws of Branding, by Al Ries and Laura Ries
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson
  • Kafka on the Shore, by Haruki Murakami


I love Tim Ferriss’ books, as they are great for enhancing one’s well-being (and career). They made me start this blog. I can’t state nearly enough how important they were and still are for me.

The 4-Hour Workweek is about favoring living well over making money, about career decisions, outsourcing and home working, about time management in work and life, and about starting one’s business in the smallest steps possible, as well as doing the things you really want to do but never thought they would be within immediate reach.

The 4-Hour Body is furthermore about keeping a diet (with wonderful geek advice), dropping weight – gaining weight, working out smart instead of much, sleeping more ‘effectively’, reversing injuries, running, swimming, and how to have better sex. Overall, on living better.

The 4-Hour Chef is mostly about cooking, from three ingredients to “it’s science, biatch!”, as well as what you can “do” with cooking. It also features a great part on learning “everything”, from shooting a three pointer to memorizing a deck of cards, which techniques transfer godly to other areas.

Tools of Titans “analyzes the habits of high performers in all fields, synthesizing common themes that readers can easily adapt to achieve their own success”, as the publisher put it – without exaggerating.

The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, and the Witcher saga are my go-to fictional books if the real world “just ain’t doing it” right now.

Decide to Play Great Poker, Meditations, The Art of War and Bird on Bird in contrast are good for clear thinking, decision-making, and dealing with “the real world”.


Thanks to the books “Swedish” and “The Left Hand of Darkness“, which started it all!