One hundred and seventy-one books that I've read. Created with Readwise.
This completely changed my view of humanity's place in the world, our accepted societal structures and everything we perceive to be 'normal'. I used to think history was boring, however this book opened my eyes to the incredible breadth of knowledge which can be learned from studying humanity's journey to this point in time.
Stoicism is a practical guide to living in an inherently unpredictable world. This book is amongst my all time favourites and provides an extremely accessible and actionable overview of Stoicism's key teachings. The learnings from this book help me on a daily basis, especially in controlling my response to negative events.
If you were to read only one business book, I would recommend this! It provides bite-sized insights into the various business functions - Value creation, Marketing, Sales, Finance etc. The section on the human mind has curated highlights from the best behavioral economics books.
A superb exploration of how we perceive our general happiness levels and various quirks of the human brain. Interesting deep dive on the limitations of human memory and how comparison has such an impact on happiness. This book also introduced me to the concept of hedonic adaption.
Written by Navy Seals, this book is as intense and full on as the name suggests! Take ownership and responsibility for everything in your life. Solid and practicable advice as told by successful and revered military leaders.
Superb biography of the insanely smart and funny Nobel prize winning Physicist. I laughed out loud throughout and was entertained from start to finish!
It took me weeks to finish this mega-dense book packed full of timeless advice from guests on Tim's podcast. I recommend reading in bite sized chunks rather than from start to finish!
Geography plays a key role in global politics and economics. This book's 10 chapters focus on Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic. Each chapter explores the geography of the selected region and the influence it has on geo-political strategies of the world powers.
Dense read with some powerful concepts amongst the 600 pages. Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behaviour that gets you what you want out of life. I highly recommend just reading the Intro & ‘Part II: Life Principles’ whilst skipping the rest.
At times quite American and over the top, it's worth powering through for the superb life advice. With almost 400 highlights it's most highlighted book of all time!
Tim Ferriss's 1st book outlines strategies to design an alternative lifestyle, one free from the 9-5pm grind that facilitates regular travel. Even if you don't plan a career change there are plenty of tactics to streamline your life.
The only audiobook I've completed, this book changed my perspective on facing problems and issues. A great read for anyone looking for inspiration of overcoming challenges.
Scott Adams is best known for creating the Dilbert cartoon strip and predicting Trump’s win more than a year ahead of the result! He shares his fascinating life story and techniques which he believes can drive anyone to success. Goals are for losers, Systems are for winners.
Inspirational and moving story of how a young rugby star came to terms with a horrific diving accident that left him paralysed from the neck down. This short book gave much food for thought on the value of practising daily gratitude, focusing on what lies within your control and the power of a strong support network to overcome incredible obstacles.
If your work isn't online, it doesn't exist. Share what you love and those who love the same things will find you.
Great insights into the challenges faced by women in work environments which fundamentally hinder their ability to progress their career.
Fantastic insight into billionaire Peter Thiel’s 10-year stealth campaign to bring down Gawker Media. The book outlines Gawker writers treatment of journalism like a game, where scandalous articles and pages views were the ultimate prizes. The ethics of Thiel using his wealth to shutter a business that slighted him are examined in a fair and balanced coverage of the dramatic lawsuit.
Energy, not time is our most valuable resource, and we should optimise our lives accordingly.
An inspiring book that encourages the reader to aim high, believe big and go for large wins. Think big goals and win big success.
A long and dense read, with some very interesting discussions including bioengineering, the potential role of humans in a rapidly advancing technological future and an examination of our attitudes to animals. I originally gave this a lower rating, but time has enabled the main points to sink in and be appreciated!
The grandfather of personal development books, this dense best seller has some great actionable takeaways in each of the seven principles.
Introducing startup thinking and a specialised innovation function to a large corporate can be challenging. Discover useful techniques for creating innovation teams and measuring their success in a corporate environment.
Enthralling first-hand account of the ever-challenging career of a successful Neurosurgeon. The devastating brain tumors and catastrophic operations gave me a reason to reflect on my own mortality. I also felt extremely lucky that as a tech worker a bad day at the office can never reach the harrowing lows of some professions!
This would be a super read for a CEO scaling a large tech startup and facing many challenging decisions. Unfortunately, I am not in such position, hence my low rating for a book which many seem to love.
The 5 love languages is an interesting and popular framework for helping navigate the ever complex world of love. Think of a personality test, but one which focuses exclusively on how we express and feel love!
Enjoyable short book of old school quotes. Although many seem quite similar, skim through and you'll no doubt pick up a few gems.
Having seen this featured in the Dublin Airport bookshop list of best sellers for a few months I thought it must be somewhat good...rookie mistake. Although I persisted until the end I wish I had stopped half way through.