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Books Read in 2017

Here's a quick rundown of all the books I read in 2017. Books I particularly enjoyed and would recommend are in bold. Total books read: 42.

  • The Love Killers by Jackie Collins
    Bought this on a whim as it was on sale. Having never read a book by Jackie Collins, I thought I'd give it a try. I can now safely say, not my kind of genre.

  • American Gods by Neil Gaiman
    What a great premise for a book - the new gods vs. the old gods. Unfortunately, couldn't quite get into it, and probably should've read the abridged version with 10,000 less words rather than this 10th anniversary edition.

  • Deliciously Ella with Friends by Ella Woodward (Mills)
    Excellent plant-based cookbook and the one I tend to default to daily. Simple but delicious recipes.

  • Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss
    A great playbook for life's hacks. Don't bother if you're already a religious listener of Tim's podcast. Great otherwise for distilled snippets of wisdom to ponder in daily life.

  • How To Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid
    Unlike any other book I've ever read. I was very quickly hooked on the two characters, their evolving lives and the romance between them.

  • The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master, Volume 1 (audiobook) by Tim Ferriss
    Phew, a hefty list of letters to get through, which I tried to brute force. Not a good idea. I need to go back and pick the most relevant letters to me and listen to them on a singular basis to really digest the messages behind them.

  • The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Adversity to Advantage by Ryan Holiday
    Would recommend for anyone looking to learn more about Stoic philosophy in an accessible and practical way.

  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
    Couldn't really get into it. A little too detailed and ponderous in parts, and I found myself just wanting things to move on.

  • The Industries of the Future by Alec J. Ross
    Touches on a broad range of topics such as robots, Bitcoin, Russian cyberwarfare, genomics and cities of the future. Useful for getting a bird's eye view of what's happening around the world.

  • Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers
    Loved it for its short simplicity. Summarised key learnings from Sivers's entrepreneurship journey.

  • The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius by Marcus Aurelius
    Did not like this translation (free version). Had better luck with the one below.

  • Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays
    This version was miles better. The introduction was particularly useful, providing a lot of context around Aurelius's life and the period over which he wrote Meditations, a bit around the history of the Roman-Greek empire at that time, the major schools of philosophy, the basic concepts of Stoicism and a bit around the prominent characters that played a big role in Aurelius's life.

  • An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
    Chris is a master storyteller and he blends his personal stories really well with facts and interesting nuggets of information. I feel like I've missed my true calling in life to be an astronaut!

  • This Was A Man by Jeffrey Archer
    I hate it when I get to the end of a book series, especially one as long as this, but all goods things must come to an end.

  • Little Lies by Lianne Moriarty
    Really liked the structure of the story, the characters, and how all the storylines combined towards the end resulting in a satisfying conclusion. The premise of the book was also an important one.

  • The Chemist by Stephenie Meyer
    Felt a bit ridiculous at times and rather predictable.

  • Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
    Re-read for a 2nd time. Recommended for both men and women.

  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head... by Dan Harris
    For people who hold a cynical view of meditation and who perhaps want to be convinced otherwise. This book is not for people who already buy into the benefits of meditation.

  • Norse Mythology (audiobook) by Neil Gaiman
    I'm not particularly into the Norse myths, but found the stories entertaining, particularly with Neil's narration.

  • Who: The A Method for Hiring by Geoff Smart
    Good, short read on a systematic way of hiring for your company.

  • Sprint: A Radically New Way to Test Ideas, Solve Problems and Answer Your Most Pressing Questions by Jake Knapp
    I liked that it was really practical but found it a little too draggy. Wrong timing perhaps, as I didn't particularly have a need to run a sprint.

  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
    Loved the characters and location backdrop, but felt that the overall storyline was somewhat lacking. A little hard going during the first half of the book, but really liked the 2nd half and ending.

  • Emergency: One man's story of a dangerous world, and how to stay alive in it by Neil Strauss
    Entertaining read. Loved the conspiracy aspect. Didn't love the ditzy portrayal of his girlfriend.

  • Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Malone Scott
    Written for managers but is a good read for anyone working within organisations, whether they are a "boss" or have a "boss".

  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
    Found it a little annoying at first, because it all seemed so obvious. The more I got into it though, the more I appreciated the sheer simplicity of what McKeown was saying.

  • Eat to Live by Joel Fuhrman
    Simple, easy to follow guidelines on how to lose weight and choose foods with maximum nutritional content.

  • Trekking in the Dolomites: Alta Via Routes 1 and 2, with Alta Via Routes 3-6 in Outline by Gillian Price
    Good little pocket sized gem if you're planning on trekking the Alta Via 1 or 2.

  • Unshakeable (audiobook) by Tony Robbins
    A book for everyone as a reminder that the power to be financially free is in your hands.

  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson
    Really enjoyed reading this book and finding out more about Einstein's personal life and the context around some of his most important discoveries.

  • The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo
    Not so much just a "how to tidy" book, but really more of a whole philosophy.

  • Catch 22 (audiobook) by Joseph Heller
    Can't seem to get into it. The non-linear storyline is throwing me off too much

  • The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking
    A cute coffee table book on how the Danes keep happy and a reminder that it’s the small things in life that matters.

  • Angel: How to Invest in Technology Startups by Jason Calacanis
    A really easy to read and understand book on how to get started and succeed in angel investing.

  • Nomad by James Swallow
    Not the best thriller I've ever read but I'll be continuing with the series for now.

  • Spark Joy: An Illustrated Guide to the Japanese Art of Tidying by Marie Kondo
    A practical companion with handy illustrations to The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (see above).

  • Exile by James Swallow
    Characters seem a little clichéd (although I do like Marc Dane and his hacker side) and it's all a bit much at times. Not sure I'll carry on with the series.

  • So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
    A thought-provoking and sorely needed book in today's social-feed obsessed society.

  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
    Touches on the themes of gender studies, power and psychology. An uncomfortable but great read.

  • Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance One of the best biographies I've ever read on one of the most interesting person I've ever come across.

  • The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
    Pretty scary and thought-provoking, but even scarier if you think that it’s not so inconceivable that some elements of this could happen in today’s world.

  • Follow You Home by Mark Edwards Rather intriguing initially but got a bit silly towards the end.

  • The Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday One to re-read periodically no matter what stage in life / career you’re at.

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