Books

Keeping track of the books I finished since “quitting” social media late August 2015.

Sunday, January 8th, 2017. “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. A great reminder that resting is just as important as work. Should read this one once per year for inspiration/to remember the important habits.

Friday, December 30th, 2016: “The Circle” by Dave Eggers. This is the second time I read this one. Still completely absorbing. Should be required reading.

Friday, December 23rd, 2016: “Purity” by Jonathan Franzen. Another wow.

Thursday, December 15th, 2016: “Messy” by Tim Harford. Nice collection of facts & stories on humans how their struggles to organize a complex world usually backfire.

Thursday, December 1st, 2016: “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen. Wow. Just amazing.

Sunday, November 20, 2016. “How to be alone” by Jonathan Franzen. A collection of his non-fiction. Just the right level of luddite grumpiness for my current interests.

Friday, November 11, 2016. “Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps… and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind” by Nick Littlehales. About how to sleep.

Monday, November 7th, 2016. “The Distraction Addiction” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang. About contemplative computing – part of my ongoing exploration of how technology influences us.

Friday, November 4th, 2016. “Berlin Blues” (original German title “Herr Lehmann”) by Sven Regener. I just had to read a book called “Herr Lehmann”. (Recommended by Dirk Brockmann).

Friday, October 21st, 2016. “Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen. Nice work, Bruce.

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016. “On Writing: A memoir of the craft” by Stephen King. What a great book.

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016. “Radical Acceptance” by Tara Brach.

Thursday, September 15th, 2016: “Thinking fast and slow” by Daniel Kahneman.

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016: “The two cultures and the scientific revolution” by C.P. Snow.

Sunday, June 12th, 2016: “Mindfulness” by Ellen Langer. About Langer’s work (she’s a Harvard psychology professor) on exploring the consequences of mindfulness.

Sunday, June 5th, 2016: “Deep work” by Cal Newport. About the advantages of (and strategies for achieving) deep work.

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016: “Disrupted” by Dan Lyons. Fun memoir about a real person working in a tech startup.

Sunday. April 17th, 2016: “Smarter, Faster, Better” by Charles Duhigg. About productivity, but in a good way.

Tuesday. April 5th, 2016: “The Professor in the Cage” by Jonathan Gottschall. A professor starts MMA fighting. In real life. Very nice read. Non-fiction.

Sometime in between (forgot to update this list). “Why information grows” by Cesar Hidalgo. (Non-fiction). And “Drive” by Daniel Pink (non-fiction).

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015. “The Postmortal” by Drew Magary. About a future with a cure for aging. It’s bleak and makes you think (not happy thoughts).

Saturday, October 31st 2015, “Creativity, Inc.” by Ed Catmull & Amy Wallace. About running Pixar and their management principles. Well worth the read. Great little section at the end about Steve Jobs.

Thursday, October 29th, 2015, “The Martian” by Andy Weir. Suspenseful book for sure (stayed up too late finishing it), but for all his wise cracking, Mark Watney seemed very 1 dimensional compare to Knausgaard hyper-realistic portrait.

Sunday, October 25th, 2015. “My struggle, Book 6” by Karl Ove Knausgård. (Danish Translation). Wow. This one was overwhelming: 400 pages about Hitler. The middle “theory” section was interesting, but did not feel integrated. Still had some of the most beautiful passages out of all the books. Could not put the book down during that last part about Linda’s depression.

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015. “My struggle, Book 5” by Karl Ove Knausgård. (Danish Translation). This volume was particularly amazing. The part on falling in love with Tonje was masterful & moved me.

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015. “My struggle, Book 4” (Danish translation) by Karl Ove Knausgård.

Monday, September 21st, 2015: Completed “The gift of failure” by Jessica Lahey.

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015: Made it through “My struggle, Book 3” (Danish translation) by Karl Ove Knausgård.

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