"My all-time favourite thread (I do pursue other interests, honest) was Omar's legendary 'Paths to Enlightenment...' It cost me a small fortune in books but helped me to sort the wheat from the chaff when I was first venturing into QF and equipped me with the necessary basic texts and, of course, the classics." Thank you. Thank you. I feel guilty fr having neglected that list. I want to go back to it, update it, split it into smaller sections, and add short commentaries on some of them. Trouble is that it all takes time, and I'm particularly worried about the last part of the previous sentence "A similar thread here seems appropiate but the original thread had too many sub-discussions debating the relative merits of esoteric (to a beginner) stochastic calculus texts and the like. Omar's original framework would be more than adequate but hopefully in an updated form..." There is no way, and hardly any reason to avoid the proliferation of the sub-discussions. One cannot say anything meaningful about a book without actually using it. I cannot say anything meaningful about each one of them. Comments from actual users are highly appreciated. "As a tentative first suggestion, maybe three threads could be started: beginner (student), intermediate and pro? With the beginner thread kept nice and simple. Just like me." That's a very good idea. Split the list on 3 seperate threads: beginners, intermediate, and experts. It will be very difficult to classify certain books into one bin or the other. It will be even more difficult to get anyone to say something about books in the 'experts' category, but we can try.