2017 Reading, Part III

Earlier this year, I decided to try to read 52 books during 2017. I didn’t put any more restrictions on it than that, as I anticipated it would be a challenge given all of the other things I have to juggle, but wanted to spend more time with books. While I read constantly, I’ve been annoyed with my own mind. I think that reading too much short-form writing (magazine articles, tweets) was damaging my ability to concentrate on the same material for long periods, and I’m hoping that more dedicated reading will help.

I’ve found it tough to keep up, but am committing to making up the ground I’ve lost. In order to make up a part of my backlog (I’m at 17 books completed starting Week 28 of the year), I’m going to keep reading physically and on my Kindle, but adding Audible to my morning commute. Wish me luck!

(17) Venture Deals by Brad Feld and Jason Mendelson
Read this book in conjunction with the course they offer through TechStars. Was a great primer on the basics of funding a company, and helped ground me in thinking about what else I want to better understand so that we can best help founders through Sycamore. Would love if you had recommendations for more recommendations on venture capitalist incentive structures, principal-agent problems, etc.!

(18) A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage
An extremely cool walk through the history of human society, through the lens of drinks that have been important. Water, beer, wine, tea, coffee, soda…and back to water. For me, the most shocking aspects were the imperial connections for tea, as well as the genuine influence of Coca Cola. I hadn’t really considered how closely their brand identity was linked to democracy and freedom. Definitely recommend!

(19) A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle
Obviously, a re-read from childhood, but I couldn’t resist when I saw the moving trailer. Now diving back into the whole series, which has been really wonderful. I read an interview with the author, who was told repeatedly that the material was too complicated for children. Thank goodness at least one publisher had faith that children can handle hard subjects and issues of right and wrong!

(20) Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

(21) The Signal and the Noise by Nate Silver

(22) You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson

(23) A Wind in the Door by Madeline L’Engle

(24) Inferior by Angela Saini

(25) Girls & Sex by Peggy Orienstein

(26) Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick

Note: Right now, I’m behind by 12 books to be on pace. Adding commute reading via Audible has helped, but I need to get better at blocking off time each day to read. I’m also anxiously awaiting Ellen K. Pao’s and Scott Page’s new books which arrive next month. I’ll probably crush those in a few days, which hopefully will get me closer to “on track”.

Currently reading:

  • Your Brain at Work
  • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • White Trash
  • Hunger by Roxanne Gay
  • Interviewing for the Technical Type by Tim Goldstein
  • The Diversity Bonus by Scott Page
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