2017 Book List

It’s easy to slow down toward the end of the year. In 2018 I’ll try to be more deliberate in front loading the first half of the year. Here is the list of books I read. I’d like to try and hit 52 books per year.

  1. When Breathe Becomes Air – Kalanathi
  2. Purity – Jonathan Franzen
  3. The Art of Grace, On Moving Well Through Life – Sarah Kaufman
  4. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life – William Finnegan
  5. The Tower – Kelly Cordes
  6. Competing Against Luck – Clayton Christiansen
  7. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible
  8. Hooked – Nir Eyal
  9. The World Beyond Your Head – Matthew B. Crawford
  10. The Glass Cage (Nicholas Carr)
  11. Machine Learning for Designers – PDF
  12. Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism
  13. Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella Meadows
  14. How to Makes Sense of any Mess – Abby Covert
  15. Presence – Amy Cuddy
  16. Hillbilly Elegy: A memoir of a family and culture in crisis
  17. Quiet: The Power of Introverts, Susan Cain
  18. Service Design: From Insight to Implementation
  19. Radical Candor
  20. Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters
  21. The Second Machine Age (McAffe/Brynjolfsson)
  22. The Last Samurai – Helen DeWitt
  23. Ready Player One
  24. Blue Ocean Strategy
  25. Product Leadership
  26. Annihiliation
  27. What Got You Here Won’t Get You There – Goldsmith
  28. Sprint – Knapp (Google Ventures)
  29. Super Intelligence, Nick Bostrum

Best fiction book of 2017 (from this list) – Barbarian Days … or The Last Samurai. Both were great. I can’t decide.

Worst book of 2017 (from this list) – Competing Against Luck (fucking terrible)…but I powered through it.

Best nonfiction/work book of 2017 (from this list) – Thinking in Systems. I was surprised at how much I was able to glean from this little tome.

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