The books I read in 2016

Some books I bought in 2016 that I hope to read in 2017.

Over the past two years (2014, 2015) I’ve been writing about my main learnings from the books I read that year. It’s a good way to look back at the year and see which books influenced me the most, but also to see which topics I was most interested in.

So here is a list of the 14 books I read in 2016 (with some notes on the books that influenced me the most). This starts with what I read in January and ends up with December.

1. Hacking Growth: The Modern Marketing Mindset to Create Fast Growing Companies by Alex Kehr

2. Confessions of an Advertising Man by David Ogilvy

3. #AskGaryVee: One Entrepreneur’s Take on Leadership, Social Media, and Self-Awareness by Gary Vaynerchuk

4. When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead: Useful Stories from a Persuasive Man by Jerry Weintraub

While I wouldn’t say, I learned a lot from this book, I had a great time reading it. Jerry Weintraub was the manager of Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and the producer of movies like the Ocean 11, 12 and 13 and his life was full of unbelievable moments.

5. Saban: The Making of a Coach by Monte Burke

Over the years, I’ve started enjoying American Football more and more. Last year, I read “The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam”about Bill Belichick who won 4 Super Bowls and this year I decided to learn more about Nick Saban, the legenday Coach of the University of Alabama. In the end, you see that is all about hard work, talent and some luck.

6. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

7. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike

8. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday

I’ve read Ryan’s previous 3 books and I couldn’t miss this one. “Ego is the Enemy” made me think about my own ego. It’s a great book.

9. Angela Merkel: A Chancellorship Forged in Crisis by Alan Crawford

10. Yes We Did! An inside look at how social media built the Obama brand by Rahaf Harfoush

11. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton

Wow! What a story! The creation and growth of Twitter is such a mess that sounds completely unreal at times. It also helps explain why Twitter is having such hard problems.

12. Deep Work by Cal Newport

This was the best book I read in 2016 and the book I recommended the most. Since August, I’ve been recommending it to everyone I talked to. In a world where we are constantly being interrupted by notifications, it’s super hard to go deep and develop meaningful work. Cal Newport helps you get back to the basis and focus on what’s important.

13. Viral Loop: The Power of Pass-it-on by Adam L. Penenberg

14. The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz by Aaron Swartz and Lawrence Lessig

I have no words to describe this book. If you don’t know who Aaron Swartz was, watch this documentary and then go read the book.

In 2017, reading will be a priority for me. After reading Aaron Swartz essay on HOWTO: Read more books, I realized (once again) that is only up to me to read more books. In 2017, books will be prioritized over events, meetings, TV and social networks. Let’s see where this takes me.


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