The 50 Books I Read in 2017
with some reviews
A great listen. A funny man with interesting thoughts on “secondary markets.” It’s hard to believe there was a time when someone could be a professional comic without presidential commentary.
A phenomenal listen. Old Jack Cheese does it again.
A top-notch performance by Ron Swanson takes this tale to the next level.
I listened to a comedian reads tweets for at least 2 hours. You will learn what a humblebrag is and how to avoid it.
A collection of surreal scripts from Bob Odenkirk and David Cross. Easy to understand why they said No!
Not as easy he wants you to believe, but read it anyway.
Medium is full of articles with titles like “Deep Learning for Dummies”, “Neural Nets for Trump Voters”, or “Machine Learning for People Who Can’t Tie Their Shoes.”
This book is better than that. I used what I learned from this book to finish in the top third of entries in the numer.ai competition.
Well worth reading. It helps connect with water on any scale.
The concise guide to making a nuclear bomb.
The American West
This book is best I have ever read. Oakley Hall keeps the reader in constant suspense with a tale of violence and redemption tying together every faction of a small western town.
Great narration took this classic to the next level.
While about animals, this book challenges what it means to be human in terms of cognition and consciousness.
This book will help you understand how you think.
A pop-psychology take on why you are wrong.
A afternoon-long overview of philosophy using jokes.
Sometimes a myth is just a myth.
My take away from these books is that you only need to read one and follow through with it.
The only book about how to deal with yourself that you will ever need.
Jocko flaunts his English degree, opening the book with about a hundred pages of free verse poetry concerning discipline.
This book will turn everything you thought you knew about your nightstand placement on its head.
This book will help you turn your passion into a career, as long as your passion is unique, you are good at it, and it’s not Excel.
There are better books to read.
If you’re reading this on Medium, there is a good chance you have Instagrammed yourself reading this book.
Many think-fluencers shun fiction as a waste of time. choosing the fiction of biased studies inherent in pop-psychology’s flavor of the month over the immortal truths found in stories. Don’t do that.
I started reading On the Road after it was mentioned in the Grateful Dead documentary. Using Kerouac’s, Neal Cassady’s, and Allen Ginsburg’s real names, relationships, and other previously censored adventures illuminates the beat era in a way the only an insider can.
Fun Fact: Jack wrote these four-hundred pages over three weeks, high on 50’s amphetamines, which is the same way Judy Bloom wrote Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.
Alexandra Kleeman delivers a story unlike anything you will ever read. Any more description feels like I’m giving away the best parts.
This is a quick read. But if you find it too long, just add “Orwellian” to your tweets about the president.
My one note to the author; More Grateful Dead references, fewer mentions of a girl’s first period.
Nothing like the movie, but still exactly what you expect.
The one thing these works can agree on is that prominent museum art directors deserve a special place in hell.
A man who puts a picture of himself on the back cover lectures on the self-importance of academic architects. But he is also generally correct. Read this if you never want to hear “minimalist design” ever again.
Weber collects six brief biographies spanning one of the unstable periods in history, late 19th century Germany, WWI, hyperinflation, the rise of Nazi’s, all the way through 1990’s America.
If you only listen to one 24-hour course about Egypt on Audible, make it this one.
This book is exactly what you expect from a Special Forces soldier named Stryker. Across the Fence brings a perspective into how the US can drop bombs into a country with which we are not in a war.
Jon Ronson embedded himself with people who walk into walls every day believing that one day they will walk through them.
If you were planning on using this as the title for your book on the Trump presidency, too bad.
Thoughts on ruling from a somewhat benevolent dictator.
I recommend reading this book.
At least you can learn which bets to avoid.
A useful book if you ever have to make anything.
Feel free to reach out with strong suggestions suggestions.