Last year I promised myself I won’t get stuck in any one book. If I am not enjoying a particular book, I will move on. Since I am a slow reader, this single act has enabled me to read whole a lot more books then I imagined. But again I didn’t read all these from page to page. And Audible has a fair share as well.
The books are ordered according to the format I read them i.e. Paper, Kindle, and Audible respectively. And are linked accordingly as well.
Sapiens The second best book I read this year. But probably the most important one since it inspired a lot of others on the list.
The Icarus Deception Skimmed through in two hours.
Creativity I spend the most time on it without completing. Somehow I never connected to it which is a dangerous thing to say about a book praised so much. One possible explanation could be I read so much about it beforehand. It happened with The Hard Thing about Hard Things for me as well, a book I read after two years while it sat on my bookshelf staring at me every day. I will probably give it another try this year.
Option B Good. But not as good as Lean In. I dropped it halfway and picked up again to complete after one month.
The Sovereign Individual The book of the year for me.
Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders The Kindle version gets updated automatically with the new letter every year. I didn’t read all of them.
Go the F**k to Sleep For parents only. Audible version is more fun because of Samuel L. Jackson’s narration.
The Republic of Tea You can’t spend a $1 more worthwhile than this.
Autobiography of a Yogi Left it early.
HTML 5 for Web Designers HTML 5 is so adequate.
Read this if you want to take great photographs So damn good.
Design is a Job Must read if you are a typical artist who does not like money/business talk.
The Road Ahead It’s amazing how wrong Bill Gates was about the Internet in the early 90s.
Tools of Titans I never finished any of Tim Ferriss’ books. Ever.
Sprint Yup, a sprint read.
The Inner Game of Tennis Best self-help book I read this year.
The Master Algorithm Best overall book on AI. I didn’t get all of it the first time. Will probably pick up again this year.
The One Device Story of iPhone, I didn’t finish it.
Our Final Invention A relatively fun read on a depressing topic.
High Output Management Finally.
A Mind for Numbers Still reading.
The Dip Listened to it again this year. It’s short but powerful.
The Art of War Listened again for the third time. It’s amazing.
The War of Art Best book on controlling your sarcastic mind and getting back to work.
Steve Jobs This time in audio.
On Tennis Great, if you are a tennis or David Foster Wallace fan. I never seem to get enough of it.
The Great Stagnation Repetitive if you are a regular reader of Marginal Revolution. Brilliant otherwise.
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World He is so misunderstood.
This is Water David Foster Wallace at his best.
In the Plex At times repetitive mainly because so much about Google is now common knowledge.
Tribes Repetitive if you are a regular reader of Seth Godin’s Blog. I bought it because I like listening to him every now and then.
God’s Debris Not recommended if you have strong religious beliefs.
The Other Side of History You will love this if you liked Sapiens.
The Phoenix Project You know you are a nerd when the only novel you read in the whole year was about IT operations.
The Big Burn Sapiens has basically turned me into a history buff.
The Butterfly Effect The story of Porn and the Internet.
The Obstacle is the Way I lost the count of how many times I have listened to this. The reason is most certainly personal though.
The Friendly Orange Glow Basically no one ever invented anything useful in this world.
Overdiagnosed My obsession with healthy living.
The Wizard of Menlo Park Amazing.