Reading List

A catalog of books I’ve read and when I finished them.

* Denotes a title that I highly recommend.

2019

  1. Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World by Rand Fishkin – 1/6/19
  2. Who is Michael Ovitz by Michael Ovitz – 1/14/19
  3. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – 1/20/19
  4. * The Trusted Advisor by David Maister, Charles Green, and Robert Galford – 1/23/19
  5. Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke – 1/24/19
  6. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton – 1/28/19
  7. Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu – 2/3/19
  8. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if your life depended on it by Chris Voss with Tahl Raz – 2/26/19
  9. Black Edge: Inside Information, Dirty Money, and the Quest to Bring Down the Most Wanted Man on Wall Street by Sheelah Kolhatkar – 3/17/19
  10. Changing on the Job: Developing Leaders for a Complex World by Jennifer Garvey Berger – 3/21/19
  11. Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport – 3/26/19
  12. The Anatomy of Story: 22 Steps to Becoming a Master Storyteller by John Truby – 3/28/19
  13. The Border by Don Winslow – 4/9/19
  14. California Fire and Life by Don Winslow – 4/27/19
  15. Raise Your Game: High-Performance Secrets from the Best of the Best by Alan Stein, Jr. – 4/29/19
  16. The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by David Bach – 5/20/19
  17. Clockwork: Design Your Business to Run Itself by Mike Michalowicz – 5/22/19
  18. Working by Robert A. Caro – 5/25/19
  19. Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday – 5/28/19
  20. I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition: No Guilt. No Excuses. No BS. Just a 6-Week Program That Works by Ramit Sethi – 6/2/19
  21. The E-Myth Chief Financial Officer: Why Most Small Businesses Run Out of Money and What to Do about It by Michael E. Gerber and Fred G. Parrish – 6/17/19
  22. Normal People by Sally Rooney – 6/22/19
  23. Exhalation: Stores by Ted Chiang – 7/7/19
  24. Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations by Mira Jacob – 7/8/19
  25. Orphan X: A Novel by Gregg Hurwitz – 7/14/19
  26. Naked Sales: How Design Thinking Reveals Customer Motives and Drives Revenue by Ashley Welch and Justin Jones – 7/16/19
  27. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein – 7/21/19
  28. The Nowhere Man: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz – 8/3/19
  29. Hellbent: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz – 8/15/19
  30. Out of the Dark: An Orphan X Novel by Gregg Hurwitz – 8/24/19
  31. The Chain by Adrian McKinty  – 9/2/19
  32. Work Rules!: Insights from Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live and Lead by Laszlo Bock – 9/14/19
  33. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber by Mike Isaac – 9/15/19
  34. November Road: A Novel by Lou Berney – 9/30/19

2018

  1. Basketball (and Other Things) by Shea Serrano – 1/21/18
  2. Pricing Creativity: A Guide to Profit Beyond the Billable Hour – 1/29/18
  3. The Captain Class: The Hidden Force That Creates the World’s Greatest Teams by Sam Walker – 3/4/18
  4. The Power of the Dog by Don Winslow – 3/31/18
  5. The Cartel by Don Winslow – 4/10/18
  6. The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu – 4/24/18
  7. The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization by Peter Senge – 4/29/18
  8. * The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu – 5/5/18
  9. * Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past) by Cixin Liu – 5/28/18
  10. Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture – 6/17/18
  11. Fire Sermon by Jamie Quatro – 6/21/18
  12. Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou – 7/3/18
  13. Something in the Water by Catherine Steadman – 7/22/18
  14. Sabrina by Nick Drnaso – 7/31/18
  15. Managing the Professional Service Firm by David H. Maister – 8/4/18
  16. Tiger Woods by Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian – 8/13/18
  17. The Firm: The Story of McKinsey and Its Secret Influence on American Business by Duff McDonald – 8/15/18
  18. Off the Clock: Feel Less Busy While Getting More Done by Laura Vanderkam – 8/18/18
  19. Astroball: The New Way to Win It All by Ben Reiter – 8/22/18
  20. The Mars Room: A Novel by Rachel Kushner – 8/25/18
  21. Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice by Bill Browder – 8/27/18
  22. Stupid Arbitrary Goal by Tamara Shopsin – 9/1/18
  23. Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality by Bill Kilday – 9/5/18
  24. Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance by Alex Hutchinson – 9/12/18
  25. Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward – 9/17/18
  26. Big Mistakes: The Best Investors and Their Worst Investments by Michael Batnik – 9/19/18
  27. Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope – 10/6/18
  28. Gridiron Genius: A Master Class in Winning Championships and Building Dynasties in the NFL by Michael Lombardi – 10/14/18
  29. Lake Success by Gary Shteyngart – 10/17/18
  30. It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson – 10/28/18
  31. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear – 11/18/18
  32. * City of Thieves by David Benioff – 12/3/18
  33. Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets – 12/4/18
  34. Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing – 12/9/18
  35. The Messy Marketplace: Selling Your Business in a World of Imperfect Buyers by Brent Beshore – 12/22/18
  36. The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit by Michael Finkel – 12/27/18
  37. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi – 12/30/18

2017

  1. A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson — 1/4/17
  2. * The Perfect Pass: American Genius and the Reinvention of Football by S.C. Gwynne — 1/11/17
  3. Critical Chain by Eliyahu M. Goldratt — 1/21/17
  4. One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Ph.D — 1/29/17
  5. Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah — 1/29/17
  6. The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All by Jon Gordon – 1/30/17
  7. Ultramarathon Man: Confessions of an All-Night Runner by Dean Karnazes – 2/10/17
  8. Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now by Gordon Livingston – 2/12/17
  9. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan – 2/25/17
  10. Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink – 2/28/17
  11. Profit First: Transform Your Business from a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine by Mike Michalowicz — 3/7/17
  12. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan — 3/9/17
  13. Once a Runner by John L. Parker — 3/17/17
  14. Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice by Clayton M. Christensen — 3/27/17
  15. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Harari — 3/31/17
  16. The Complacent Class: The Self-Defeating Quest for the American Dream by Tyler Cowen — 4/30/17
  17. Tempo: Timing Tactics and Strategy in Narrative-Driven Decision-making by Venkatesh Rao — 5/4/17
  18. Pachinko by Min Jin Lee — 5/7/17
  19. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — 5/12/17
  20. Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan – 5/28/17
  21. American Ulysses: A Life of Ulysses S. Grant by Ronald C. White Jr. – 6/8/17
  22. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York – 6/15/17
  23. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds by Michael Lewis – 6/17/17
  24. The Chinaman by Stephen Leather – 7/5/17
  25. Company Man: Thirty Years of Controversy and Crisis in the CIA by John Rizzo – 7/15/17
  26. QBQ! The Question Behind the Question: Practicing Personal Accountability at Work and in Life by John G. Miller – 7/26/17
  27. The Business of Expertise: How Entrepreneurial Experts Convert Insight to Impact + Wealth by David C. Baker — 7/27/17
  28. Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson — 7/28/17
  29. Exactly What to Say: The Magic Words for Influence and Impact by Phil M. Jones – 8/4/17
  30. The Force by Don Winslow — 8/10/17
  31. Shibumi by Trevanian – 8/28/17
  32. Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts by Ryan Holiday – 9/3/17
  33. Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel – 9/7/17
  34. Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs—A True Story of Ambition, Wealth, Betrayal, and Murder by Ben Mezrich – 9/9/17
  35. Rocket Fuel: The One Essential Combination That Will Get You More of What You Want from Your Business by Gino Wickman – 10/10/17
  36. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen – 10/12/17
  37. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken – 10/22/17
  38. IQ by Joe Ide – 11/4/17
  39. Righteous (an IQ Novel) by Joe Ide – 11/11/17
  40. The Lockpicker by Leonard Chang – 12/10/17
  41. Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng – 12/20/17
  42. Storytelling with Data by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic – 12/22/17
  43. Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – 12/24/17
  44. The Art of Learning: A Journey in the Pursuit of Excellence by Josh Waitzkin – 12/29/17
  45. Radical Candor: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott – 12/31/17

2016

  1. How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger — 1/13/16
  2. How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie — 1/20/16
  3. The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters – 1/25/16
  4. Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness by Scott Jurek — 2/10/16
  5. Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business by Gino Wickman — 2/29/16
  6. Replay by Ken Grimwood — 3/5/16
  7. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport — 3/13/16
  8. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin — 5/4/16
  9. Fortune Smiles: Stories by Adam Johnson — 5/15/16
  10. Kissinger: Volume I: The Idealist, 1923-1968 by Niall Ferguson — 6/3/16
  11. Good Strategy Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why It Matters by Richard Rumelt — 6/9/16
  12. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday — 6/26/16
  13. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins — 7/5/16
  14. How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life by Russ Roberts — 7/10/16
  15. A Sport and a Pastime: Open Road by James Salter — 7/26/16
  16. * Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight — 7/27/16
  17. Dotcom Secrets: The Underground Playbook for Growing Your Company Online by Russell Brunson — 8/6/16
  18. Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football by Nicolas Dawidoff — 8/24/16
  19. Mr. Eternity by Aaron Thier — 9/26/16
  20. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch — 10/3/16
  21. * Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari — 10/27/16
  22. Toughness: Developing True Strength On and Off the Court by Jay Bilas — 10/30/16
  23. On Writing by Stephen King — 11/24/16
  24. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans — 11/25/16
  25. * Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance — 11/29/16
  26. The Most Important Thing: Uncommon Sense for the Thoughtful Investor by Howard Marks — 12/4/16
  27. * Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown — 12/14/16
  28. * Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by L. David Marquet and Stephen R. Covey — 12/20/16
  29. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi — 12/23/16
  30. Age of Iron by J.M. Coetzee – 12/24/16
  31. The Vegetarian by Han Kang — 12/29/16
  32. *Ready to Run by Kelly Starrett — 12/29/16
  33. The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement by Eliyahu M. Goldratt – 12/31/16

2015

  1. The Snowball: Warren Buffet and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder — 4/22/15
  2. The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done by Peter F. Drucker — 4/28/15
  3. Double Your Profits: In Six Months or Less by Bob Fifer — 5/7/15
  4. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert — 5/8/15
  5. The Outsiders: Eight Unconventional CEOs and Their Radically Rational Blueprint for Success by William N. Thorndike  — 5/11/15
  6. The Lessons of History by William and Ariel Durant — 5/19/15
  7. Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance?: Leading a Great Enterprise through Dramatic Change by Louis Gerstner – 5/29/15
  8. The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris — 6/27/15
  9. Berkshire Hathaway Letters to Shareholders, 2014 by Warren Buffet — 6/27/15
  10. Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America’s Kings of Beer by William Knoedelseder — 7/6/15
  11. Stories of Your Life and Others by Ted Chiang — 7/11/15
  12. Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb — 7/18/15
  13. A Fighter’s Heart by Sam Sheridan — 7/19/15
  14. What We Talk About When We Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami — 7/25/15
  15. Managing (Right) for the First Time by David C. Baker— 7/28/15
  16. Sam Walton: Made in America by Sam Walton — 8/13/15
  17. Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street — 8/20/15
  18. Power Score: Your Formula for Leadership Success by Geoff Smart and Randy Street — 8/23/15
  19. A History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell — 8/28/15
  20. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates — 9/2/15
  21. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport — 9/5/15
  22. Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow — 9/26/15
  23. King of Capital: The Remarkable Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of Steve Schwarzman and Blackstone by John E. Morris, David Carey — 10/4/15
  24. Finding Ultra: Rejecting Middle Age, Becoming One of the World’s Fittest Men, and Discovering Myself by Rich Roll — 11/5/15
  25. Eight Million Ways to Die (Matthew Scudder) by Lawrence Block — 11/7/15
  26. The Education of a Coach Paperback by David Halberstam — 11/10/15
  27. Hemingway in Love: His Own Story by A.E. Hotchner — 11/23/15
  28. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown — 12/6/15
  29. Mastering Account Management: 102 Steps for Increasing Sales, Serving Your Customers Better, and Working Less by Dan Englander — 12/31/15