What I read in 2017

Random selection from my bookcase

Somewhere in the beginning of 2017 I decided to make an effort to read more. One thing that I’ve discovered along the way is that the biggest benefit in reading for me is not always the particulars of the books I read, but the thoughts certain passages will trigger in my brain. Numerous times I would find my mind wandering after reading something and realize that I’m no longer reading the book in front of me, but pursuing a train of thought around how those words apply to challenges I’m facing both at work and in my personal life.

I get most of my reading done on the weekend in the morning and early afternoon while decompressing from the prior week and preparing for the week ahead. At any given time I’m typically reading two books, one in physical form and the other on audiobook at 1.5x speed. I’m pretty bad at making it through audiobooks unless I’m spending a lot of time on the road in a short period of time, my daily commute isn’t that long and most of the time I prefer jamming out to music in the morning.

I am not a big fiction reader. I read mostly for function in order to be introduced to new concepts that will help me become a better version of myself. As you’ll see from the list, my year was heavily weighted towards business and technology since personal/career development and growing RigUp are major focuses right now.

Here’s what I managed to work through in 2017:

*Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance

*Grit by Angela Duckworth

Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan

*The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

*Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis & Morgan Brown

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt by Michael Lewis

*Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

The Telomere Effect: The New Science of Living Younger by Elizabeth Blackburn

*Zero to One by Peter Thiel

*Deep Work by Cal Newport

*A Crack in Creation by Jennifer Doudna

Behind the Cloud by Mark Benioff

*Machine, Platform, Crowd by Andrew McAfee

The Upstarts by Brad Stone

*High Output Management by Andy Grove

Angel by Jason Calacanis

*Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly by Matt McCarthy

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

*The Score Takes Care Of Itself by Bill Walsh

*= Recommended

Prior to this year I’d be surprised if I got through 4 or 5 books in the whole year, but with a little bit of discipline and consistency I managed to knock out 22 titles. Not too shabby. I hope to continue this pace into 2018 with a continued focus on economics, behavioral psychology, and technology.

I’m always looking for recommendations and most of these books were curated based on suggestions from people I follow on Twitter. If you have any books that are a must read please don’t hesitate to reach out to me on Twitter (@tylermyracle) or add me as a friend on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/tmyracle).