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.