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Continuing the tradition of publishing my top 4 books of the year as I did in 2015 (Spanish) and 2016, I’m happy to share the books I enjoyed the most this year.

This time around it will be way easier, because I completely missed my reading goals for the year. In 2015 I read 24, in 2016 36, and for 2017 I planned to read some lengthier books, so I chose 30 as the 2017 goal.

It seems I’m going to end up with only 12 books read this year. I have around 7 books at 40–80% (I need to control that horrible habit of mine of starting a new book when I already have 2 or 3 started) but they won’t be finished this year. The bright side of this is that I’ll probably have a very healthy book count by the end of the first week of January, since that will be my last week on vacation.

Anyway, here’s my top 4 in no specific order:

‘Radical Candor’ by Kim Scott
(4.23 ★ on Goodreads)

I know I said they were not in any specific order, but out of everything I read this year, this one the one that takes the title of ‘Book of the Year’ for me.

Some people at Techstars that I trust a lot recommended this book and at the first chance I had I bought it.

Here’s a brief explanation of the main concept of the book and some of the supporting ideas:

‘Born a Crime’ by Trevor Noah
(4.44 ★ on Goodreads)

I’m a big fan of Trevor Noah and The Daily Show. Part of my morning routine includes watching/listening short clips of the Daily Show, so I was happy to buy this book.

To be honest, I didn’t have high expectations for the book, so it really caught me by surprise when I found myself doing the “Ok, 1 more page and that’s it” dance before going to bed.

Trevor shares his story growing up in apartheid South Africa. Born to a black mother and a white father, Trevor stood out from day one:

I won’t share more about the details of the book, but just beware that by the end of the last chapter:

Here’s the book description:

‘Thanks for the Feedback’ by Douglas Stone & Sheila Heen
(4.02 ★ on Goodreads)

My boss suggested this book to our team and I think it’s one of the best books I’ve read on communication. Not only for teams, but for day to day stuff.

It took me a good chunk of time to finish this one because I would stop to think about some of the ideas on the book. I easily had at least 6 or 7 “Aha!” moments.

Here’s a quick blurb on the book:

‘Sapiens’ by Yuval Noah Harari
(4.43 ★ on Goodreads)

I won’t say much about this book since I know everybody is raving about it. It took me almost 3 months to finish this book. It’s very well written and I appreciate the little bits of humour scattered across the book. It’s a little dense so I’d recommend reading something light and silly as a palate cleanser, so to speak.

And that’s it!

The goal for 2018 will be 24 books, with a stretch goal of 30. Any recommendations?

And, as always, here’s my (sad) Goodreads data for this year.

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