The Books I Read…

Tech, Entrepreneurship, Personal Development, and the Occasional Novel

I will update this post continually, adding books as I read them. Top recommendations start with 🌟

Reading has become a healthy routine for me. It helps me slow down and engage my brain at the same time. It’s more calming than skimming a blog post could ever be and adds a bit of entertainment on top.

Here are the books I read. For everyone as an inspiration. For me as a reminder.

The Nutrition Compass 🔗 by Bas Kast

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life 🔗 by Ed Yong

🌟 The Making of a Manager: How to Crush Your Job as the New Boss 🔗 by Julie Zhuo — Essential field guide for every new (or seasoned) manager, full to the brim with helpful advice on becoming an effective leader for the company, the people and your own sanity. Even entertaining to read. Highly recommended.

The Mezzanine 🔗 by Nicholson Baker — A novel about the intricacies of everyday life, all the little things that became a mechanic and we don’t notice anymore. Too much of a drag, in my opinion. I didn’t enjoy the book much.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead 🔗 by Sheryl Sandberg — Sharyl summarizes the challenges women face in the workplace and backs her points up by credible studies and personal anecdotes. Contains helpful advice for everyone that strives to become a leader and help others succeed.

Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs 🔗 by Ken Kocienda — A rare and insightful perspective on how Apple built the iPhone and other products, right from one who did just that. Wonders into other side narratives and too extensive context here and there, but super valuable if you make it through these slower passages.

🌟 The Hike: A Novel 🔗 by Drew Magary — A fun and exciting read, catches you off guard and waiting for what happens next. This helplessness works because it connects you to the main protagonist who’s equally helpless.

Liminal Thinking: Create the Change You Want by Changing the Way You Think 🔗 by Dave Gray — Create change by understanding, questioning and testing beliefs, yours and those of others. Not revolutionary, but full of examples and well written.

I got married — what’s more to say!?

But 2018 was about books as well. My new year’s resolution was to read one book a month. The books and a bit of context can be found here:

🌟 Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 🔗 by Yuval Noah Harari — Explains why society became what it is today. Starting from the beginning of humanity, Harari unravels the connections between our state of development and the beliefs we shared through stories. A fascinating look at the fictional constructs we take for granted today and with that one of the best books, period. Highest recommendation!

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future 🔗 by Ashlee Vance — An in-depth look into the life and business of Elon Musk. From his childhood in South Afrika to his riches through PayPal and his struggles with SpaceX and Tesla, this book gives depth and detail on arguably the most popular inventor of our time.

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