Books

Some of the most important lessons I have learned are from books I have read. The habit of reading books and writing down the key insights have been life-changing. I'm sharing my notes with you, in hopes that you will get as much from them as I have.

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Discourses and Selected Writings

Discourses and Selected Writings

Epictetus

The Handbook (Enchiridion) alone is worth 10 stars. Epictetus influenced Marcus Aurelius profoundly. I think that fact alone speaks volumes.

How To Think Like A Roman Emperor

How To Think Like A Roman Emperor

Donald J. Robertson

Not only is the book very well told — telling the story of Marcus as he grew up — but it is an incredible introduction to putting the stoic principles to action in your own life. Robertson guides one in applying the methods that Marcus used to overcome adversity and live a stoic life. If the Meditations is the theory book, then this book is the practical field-guide.

Letters From a Stoic

Letters From a Stoic

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

These letters have had a profound impact on philosophy and can guide all of us lead a better life.

Meditations

Meditations

Marcus Aurelius

It was quite the experience to dive into the thoughts of Marcus Aurelius, and comparing them to the modern ways of thinking and then seeing how true they still stand truly astound me. This is perhaps the book that has influenced me the most, out of those I've read.

The Republic

The Republic

Plato

Great read. It is interesting to try to follow the arguments presented by the various characters, then seeing whether you agree, disagree, or otherwise have an opinion yourself. Participate in the dialogue.

Man's Search For Meaning

Man's Search For Meaning

Viktor E. Frankl

Probably the only book that I've ever read where I almost shed a tear.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

William Braxton Irvine

I thoroughly enjoyed it. Although, some parts felt a bit drawn out — especially those, in which there were drawn parallels to modern life. I prefer when that is done by the reader. However, it is an amazing piece for those who want an introduction to stoicism.

A Mind for Numbers

A Mind for Numbers

Barbara Oakley

This is the greatest book I've ever read on learning. It has helped me immensely in my Engineering studies.

Antifragile

Antifragile

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

I loved it. It impacted my ways of thinking very much. I highly recommend it.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits

James Clear

I've read this book twice now. There is a lot to be learned from it — and not just about habits. I believe it was this book that taught me about systems thinking, which I have benefited from countless times by now. Although this is a book about habits — and perhaps one of the best on the topic — you'll learn much more than that.

Born to Run

Born to Run

Christopher McDougall

This is the first book I've read on running. It was great. McDougall told a great story. I highly recommend this book if you're into running.

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The first time I (tried) to read it, I was instantly put off. The second time, I couldn't put it down. Perhaps I wasn't in the right mindset the first time around. But this book is very interesting. Highly recommended.

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals

Oliver Burkeman

A healthy read for productivity-geeks like myself. I whole-heartedly recommend this book. As with any book, it has its flaws, but I enjoyed it very much.

How to Take Smart Notes

How to Take Smart Notes

Sönke Ahrens

Amazing book densely packed with wisdom. Highly recommended for those who want to learn and understand better.

Indistractable

Indistractable

Nir Eyal

I did not think this book would be as good as it was. My expectations rose as I saw authors I respect giving it positive reviews. There are some powerful techniques in this book — and every one of those are well-reasoned and explained. Many of them I knew, but didn't know the full power of, until I read this book. I'd recommend checking out my notes on Tiny Habits as well — they have some connecting elements. Highly recommended book.

Influence

Influence

Robert Cialdini

It's important to learn how our mind works. This books helps you understand why we do the things we do. I highly recommend it - especially if you haven't read anything like it.

Lessons in Stoicism

Lessons in Stoicism

John Sellars

Fantastic book. It is a very short and approachable introduction to Stoicism.

Make It Stick

Make It Stick

Peter C. Brown

Perhaps one of the and most comprehensive yet succinct books on learning I have read. The first many chapters of this book presented learning studies and summarized the latest research on learning.

The very last chapter presents practical strategies for applying optimal learning strategies.

Poor Charlie's Almanack

Poor Charlie's Almanack

Charlie Munger

A fantastic book with an immense amount of wisdom. If you wish to learn the mental models of one of the greatest thinkers of our time, this is the book for you.

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger

Peter Bevelin

It certainly lives up to the name.

Stillness is the Key

Stillness is the Key

Ryan Holiday

I generally like Ryan's works. This one was no exception. It was a positive surprise to see stillness examined through other schools of philosophy than Stoicisim, too.

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

The Almanack of Naval Ravikant

Eric Jorgenson

A much needed collection of Naval's wisdom. I learned - and relearned - a lot. Highly recommended. It's not just something you read and forget about. It's something you think about for a very long time. This is a free book. I hope that you read it for yourself.

The Obstacle Is The Way

The Obstacle Is The Way

Ryan Holiday

This is one of the first books I read on Stoicism (and philosophy in general). It has massively influenced me throughout the years. Highly recommended.

The Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money

Morgan Housel

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a very sobering read. Highly recommended if you want to learn about how we think about money — and better ways to do so.

This Is Water

This Is Water

David Foster-Wallace

Amazing speech. Highly recommended. You can also find it on YouTube.

Tiny Habits

Tiny Habits

B.J Fogg

Great book about habits. Somewhat on par, for me, with Atomic Habits. But very different in style.

Total Recall

Total Recall

Arnold Schwarzenegger

I loved this book. Especially the first part - about his bodybuilding days. One of the greatest immigrant stories ever told; and it's real.

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Anders Ericsson

This is the book to read if you want to learn how to become extraordinary at any skill.

The Prince

The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli

I believe that there is a lot to learn from the book. While the book discusses methods that I don’t particularly agree with; deception, for example, there is still a lot of great and important points within the pages.

$100M Offers

$100M Offers

Alex Hormozi

This book attempts to help you solve two important problems for entrepreneurs: It wants to help you get more clients and more cash.
The book is short, but very dense in knowledge. I learned a tremendous amount from it. Most of it is probably basics, but I didn't know them, so it was of huge value to me.

12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life

Jordan B. Peterson

Brilliant.

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftmanship

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftmanship

Robert C. Martin

Teaches the reader great principles for clean coding. A bit too much focus on Java.

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Composing Programs

Composing Programs

John DeNero

Joy to read. Teaches the reader the fundamentals of programming. Great for beginners.

Courage is Calling

Courage is Calling

Ryan Holiday

Fantastic book. I'm excited to read the entire series.

Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

Jocko Willink

I think that Jocko Willink and Leif Babin nailed this book. The layout of the chapters makes the principles easy to understand and learn from, and also makes the book an enjoyment to read from cover to cover.

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Finish: Give Yourself the Gift of Done

Jon Acruff

Jon wrote a great book. He mixed great advice with humor, which made it both interesting and easy to read. The book provides a new (and better) way of thinking about your goals.

Greenlights

Greenlights

Matthew McConaughey

An amazing story told by an expert storyteller. I just had to grab the Audiobook version. Listening to Matthew tell the story was 110% worth it. I read the book while listening.

Grit

Grit

Angela Duckworth

It's not talent that leads us to achievement. It's persistence (grit).

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life

Scott Adams

Practical wisdom in an easy-to-read book. You'll breeze right through and learn a lot in the process.

How to Get Rich

How to Get Rich

Felix Dennis

Dennis has practiced what he's preaching. There's no extras to buy. Just practical advice to implement if you want to become rich. Easier said than done. Getting rich isn't easy. But if you want it, you'll have to work for it.

Mastery

Mastery

Robert Greene

Want to learn how to attain mastery? This is the book for you.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Carol S. Dweck

Discusses the importance of having a growth mindset. You can be better. Your abilities aren't fixed.

Principles

Principles

Ray Dalio

I loved the first part (personal principles). I feel as if the second part is just the first part, but for business. Great book nonetheless. Impacted my ways of thinking.

Show Your Work!

Show Your Work!

Austin Kleon

This book, along with Steal Like an Artist, really dispelled a lot of my misbeliefs about being a content creator online. Incredibly helpful. I think that it's a great read.

Siddhartha

Siddhartha

Herman Hesse

Great book.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Walter Isaacson

An amazing biography by Isaacson. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the life of Steve Jobs. What a fascinating man.

The Everything Store

The Everything Store

Brad Stone

The Everything Store gives a great insight into Amazon, as well as a peek at Jeff Bezos' mind. Although there are some areas which I wished the book went deeper on (and some I wished it didn't), I highly recommend this book.

The Go-Giver

The Go-Giver

Bob Burg

Enjoyable read. Style is similar to The Phoenix Project & The Unicorn Project. Lift up and create value for others without expecting anything in return.

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

Shane Parrish

Great book on mental models. I like the style of it.

The Lean Startup

The Lean Startup

Eric Ries

This is a fantastic book. I highly recommend The E-Myth Revisited as well.

The Phoenix Project

The Phoenix Project

Gene Kim

Great book. I was unsure if I'd like the format, but it turned out great. There were many lessons packed in the book; some implicit, some explicit. These were paced well throughout the book, making the book enjoyable and instructive.

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned From 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company

Robert Iger

I really liked this book. I think it tells a great story.

Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It

Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It

Gary Taubes

Great read. Absolutely delivers on the promise of explaining why we get fat, and what to do about it. Eye-opening in some ways; though I already have heard of similar accounts.

Will

Will

Will Smith

This is a great biography. I especially loved the audiobooks. It's a well-told story.

Range

Range

David Epstein

You don't have to specialize to be the best. Great read.

Solve for Happy

Solve for Happy

Mo Gawdat

Not life changing. Nor did it impact me very much. But it was interesting to read nonetheless.

Start With Why

Start With Why

Simon Sinek

You've probably heard about Simon Sinek. This book discusses the importance of why, and tells us why we should start with asking ourselves 'why'.

Steal Like an Artist

Steal Like an Artist

Austin Kleon

I loved this book. But not in the way that someone might enjoy a book based on how good it is. Mostly because what Austin Kleon addresses in it is something I've struggled with myself. It helped me overcome some of those struggles.

The Art of War

The Art of War

Sun Tzu

An interesting read.

Ultralearning

Ultralearning

Scott Young

A bit long. Could have been a great article or post-series. But it gives some great points on learning. It feels like an amazing starting point for learning, but it could be built upon with other great strategies that one might discover for themselves.

A Brief History of Time

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

I quite liked it.

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years

Donald Miller

It was a great story. It's easy to get lost in. There were many great lessons in there, too. Miller was about to have a movie done about his life. In the process of (re)writing the story of his life, he realized the importance of stories.

Anything You Want

Anything You Want

Derek Sivers

A lot of great lessons on starting a business. Short, fun, easy, and interesting are the four words I'd use to describe this book.

Building a Second Brain

Building a Second Brain

Tiago Forte

This book is fantastic for those getting into the world of personal knowledge management (PKM). Recommended for any knowledge worker looking to up their game.

Developer Hegemony: The Future of Labor

Developer Hegemony: The Future of Labor

Erik Dietrich

The book makes some great points. Highly enlightening. If you are any kind of knowledge-worker — especially a software engineer — you should read it. If not for any other reason than to form your own opinions about the ones presented.

Factfulness

Factfulness

Hans Rosling

The ways of thinking about the world (and media) presented in this book is great. Being critical of what we see and hear is an important skill to have. Discerning truth from the barrage of misinformation that we're presented with. This book helps gives a few tips on how to do that better.

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How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

How to Be Perfect: The Correct Answer to Every Moral Question

Michael Schur

It's a fun introduction to various theories, but with limited depth, focusing on breadth instead. The first half or so is great, but it gets slow towards the end.

Leaders Eat Last

Leaders Eat Last

Simon Sinek

Completely agree with the message of the book. It did, however, feel a bit dragged out. Other than that; great book.

Loserthink

Loserthink

Scott Adams

A bit too political for my tastes, but a lot of it was incredibly interesting.

Lying

Lying

Sam Harris

Lying is a rather short, but good book. Sam Harris makes some good arguments against lying. We all know that it is morally bad to lie, but exactly how much? Are small, white lies fine? According to Sam Harris, the answer is no. Lies are never acceptable.

On The Shortness Of Life

On The Shortness Of Life

Seneca

Timeless wisdom from Seneca.

Reality Is Not What It Seems

Reality Is Not What It Seems

Carlo Rovelli

Beautiful explanation of various theories and concepts. Loved the book. The first few chapters brings you up to speed; from the beginning, and all the way to quantum.

Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity

Scrum: A revolutionary approach to building teams, beating deadlines and boosting productivity

Jeff Sutherland

Great description of Scrum. Provides reasoning and background for the elements of Scrum, which I'm a huge fan of.

The Art and Business of Online Writing

The Art and Business of Online Writing

Nicolas Cole

Great insights into writing online.

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth

James Altucher

Altucher's perspective is interesting. I think that this books has some gems. But also some coal. I haven't read any of his other books (yet), but it felt as if the core message of those books also was the core message of this book.

The Complete Guide to Fasting

The Complete Guide to Fasting

Dr. Jason Fung

I have been experimenting with fasting for a long time. I read this book to understand it better. Very simple and approachable. It explains fasting well.

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is short and hard to put down. It is a classic. A reminder that we will all die some day. It is like having Ivan's life flashing before your eyes, slowing down upon the moments of his death.

The E-Myth Revisited

The E-Myth Revisited

Michael E. Gerber

The main ideas of this book are very insightful. I am going to adopt (most of) the principles myself. There are a few things in this book that I do not agree with — as with any book, really — but besides those, I rather enjoyed the book. If you are building a business (or want to learn something about it), I recommend this book.

The Great Mental Models, Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry and Biology

The Great Mental Models, Volume 2: Physics, Chemistry and Biology

Shane Parrish

Great book on mental models. I didn't find this book as interesting as its predecessor, but I think it's a good read.

The Inner Game of Tennis

The Inner Game of Tennis

W. Timothy Gallwey

These principles can be applied to anything. I don't even play Tennis. I still loved the book.

The Little Book That Beats the Market

The Little Book That Beats the Market

Joel Greenblatt

Simple and concise.

The Personal MBA

The Personal MBA

Josh Kaufman

This book is a large collection of briefly described models. As it is with such books, every reader will love some parts, like others, and not care about the rest. While that describes my experience with the book, I think it had a good love/uninterested ratio.

The Third Door

The Third Door

Alex Banayan

I quite liked the book. Learned a lot from those Alex talked to - and it was entertaining to read at the same time.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

Adam Grant

I did not like Grant's previous book, Originals, very much. So I didn't have very high expectations for this one. Nevertheless, the subject matters to me, and this book has received some good ratings, so I thought I'd give it a shot. It was good. I learned a lot of things that I didn't know. Some things I thought I knew I learned were wrong. This is what I love in good books - they challenge your beliefs. They make you think. Rethink. My critique of this book is that the examples feel too drawn out. This made the book cumbersome to read because I was bored sometimes. It was like a rollercoaster of thinking. Either way, I got through it, and I'm happy I did.

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking, Fast and Slow

Daniel Kahneman

I found it tedious and long to get through. But I can still appreciate it for what it is. It just wasn't for me. Yet I still think that the core content, had it been in shorter book, would have interested me very much. It's a great psychology book. Probably one of the best. But I wasn't interested in all the technical details that this book had to offer, hence the low rating. Still, the core concepts are very interesting and gives great insight into how our mind works.

Tribe of Mentors

Tribe of Mentors

Timothy Ferriss

Great advice given by various people.

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Kai-Fu Lee

Eye-opening. Great read. I was a bit surprised about the last chapters. But interesting book nonetheless.

As Man Thinketh

As Man Thinketh

James Allen

The book was good. I got a 'Law of Attraction' feeling from the book, which I didn't particularly enjoy. There were some great quotes, though.

Ca$hvertising

Ca$hvertising

Drew Whitman

Great book on copy writing. The cover made me skeptical, but the contents convinced me. It does exactly what it promises.

Fooled by Randomness

Fooled by Randomness

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Discusses how we often attribute occurrences and the likes to determinism, when it should have been attributed to luck. Also lots of discussion on heuristics and biases - how our mental shortcuts fool us, in relation to randomness. While enjoyable and a book that can teach you a lot, I prefer Taleb's other books.

How to Become a Straight A-Student

How to Become a Straight A-Student

Cal Newport

I enjoyed this book because it wasn't someone with no skin in the game telling me how to study. It's deeply practical. This book is the result of interviews of A-students—it shares what they do in an actionable study approach.

Invent and Wander

Invent and Wander

Jeff Bezos

Great book. The introduction is fantastic. I'm fascinated by how Amazon had stayed true to their values; and how well it turned out (so far). In all honesty, you can read 80% of the book for free on Amazon's own site, because the shareholder letters are free to the public.

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment

George Leonard

The book is easily digested. I had just read Peak, so I didn't think that it brought anything new to the table when I read it. Good for those who knows little about mastery.

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention

Reed Hastings

I like the principles and what they describe the Netflix culture to be. I kind of enjoyed the book, but I found it slightly boring at times due to some of the stories.

So Good They Can't Ignore You

So Good They Can't Ignore You

Cal Newport

The book, in my opinion, was a bit long. It is very easily summarized in the first rule alone. Still, the argument that it makes is solid. You don't 'find' your passion. You create it.

Tao Te Ching

Tao Te Ching

Lao-Tzu

I read the John Minford translation. It was an enjoyable read. I skipped the commentary most of the time, though. I would rather read it myself, and seek commentary if I wanted to expand upon some parts.

The 1% Rule

The 1% Rule

Tommy Baker

This book essentially synthesizes and collects wisdom from other books, and presents the authors take. If you haven't read any of the most popular Personal Development books, this one would be a great start, as it connects many of the dots between them. However, if you have read some of them, there's a lot of repetition.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

I enjoyed reading this book quite a bit. Benjamin Franklin is an interesting man—there is a lot to learn from him.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Ben Horowitz

The book starts out as a story, kind of like an autobiography, but then takes experiences from his life and gives advice based on those.

The Richest Man in Babylon

The Richest Man in Babylon

George S. Clason

The Richest Man in Babylon is a good book with a solid message. However, I found it to be slightly repetitive and dragged out at times, hence the rating. It is short, accessible, and simple. Recommended for those who wants to learn more about personal finances.

The Road to Character

The Road to Character

David Brooks

I didn't like the book as much as I thought I would. It felt boring at times. But it does contain some great wisdom on shaping yourself — and what one should aspire to. Below are some of my highlights.

The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge

Jeff Olson

Basically; small (positive) actions that add up over time. Your habits compound. While I did enjoy the book at the time, after revisiting it later it seems repetitive and full of platitudes. There definitely is good knowledge in there - the main idea, in my opinion, is solid.

The Unicorn Project

The Unicorn Project

Gene Kim

I found the story, as compared to it's predecessor, quite boring. However, I still learned a lot from reading it, so it was worth my while. Good book, but nowhere near as good as The Phoenix Project.

The War of Art

The War of Art

Steven Pressfield

Good book about what being an artist entails and how to overcome the resistance that you inevitably will meet. The first 2/3 was fine. The last 1/3 was confusing and boring. Don't read that part. It's already a short book, but I feel like it could be much shorter.

Walden

Walden

Henry David Thoreau

All right read due to a few interesting points made throughout. One can appreciate Thoreau's enjoyment of nature, however the many details of it can sometimes become a bore.

Without Their Permission

Without Their Permission

Alexis Ohanian

Here's the guy behind Reddit and Hipmunk who has been in Y Combinator telling you how to do startups. Interesting read.

Work Clean: The Life-changing Power of Mise-en-place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind

Work Clean: The Life-changing Power of Mise-en-place to Organize Your Life, Work, and Mind

Dan Charnas

Good enough book. It got pretty good towards the end. I didn't particularly like the stories, as they seemed to be very filler-like, but were probably important for the analogies. You can easily skip the stories, though.

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

Kevlin Henney

It was fine. There are lots of good nuggets.

Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed

William H. Mcraven

The book expands on what is said in the speech. You can find the speech on YouTube. I'd recommend simply listening to that rather than reading the book, although it is short. The speech is much clearer and conciser.

Storyworthy

Storyworthy

Matthew Dicks

In some ways, I really enjoyed this book. In others, not so much. I've never been much for storytelling. But that's why I read this book. I think it's an important ability to have. It helps present your point of view and your stories to other people. It helps you become more engaging. That's not a bad quality to have.

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The 10X Rule

The 10X Rule

Grant Cardone

I was actually hoping for something different, but I can see why it became what it did. Slightly interesting read.

The Bed of Procrustes

The Bed of Procrustes

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

It's fine. A bit too opinionated. Does contain a few great snippets.

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Raises some great points. Felt slightly repetetive and dull at times.

The Four Agreements

The Four Agreements

Don Miguel Ruiz

Good.

The Power of Agency

The Power of Agency

Anthony Rao

Great tips on acquiring more agency in your life.

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

The Practice: Shipping Creative Work

Seth Godin

An all-right book. It had good parts.

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

Annie Duke

Good book, but felt too drawn out for me.

Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy

Your Next Five Moves: Master the Art of Business Strategy

Patrick Bet-David

It's a decent book. I used it for self-reflection and found some value.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen R. Covey

OK personal development book. I wouldn't read it again. These short notes suffice as summary.

A Calendar of Wisdom

A Calendar of Wisdom

Leo Tolstoy

There is much to be learned from the book. Both religion and veganism was pushed too heavily for me. As (most) books, it's written in accordance with the author's view of the world. That is very clear here.

Economy of Truth

Economy of Truth

Vizi Andrei

Has some gems.

Just Fucking Ship

Just Fucking Ship

Amy Hoy

The book presents some good ideas on getting your products finished and out there. The book is 125 pages long but can be easily summarized (as seen below). It feels like a collection of ideas for blog posts. I'd probably not recommend you read it — instead, just read my summary or notes on it. I do, however, like the ideas presented. Most of them I already knew very well and use daily. They work.

Living With A SEAL

Living With A SEAL

Jesse Itzler

Fun and easy read. The SEAL, David Goggins, wrote his own book; "Can't Hurt Me". Both books have their merits, but I'd recommend David's book every time - by a landslide.

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

The book reads like a cookbook of tactics you can employ to get more energy, focus better, and find a daily focus.

The First 20 Hours

The First 20 Hours

Josh Kaufman

This is an example of a book that should have been a blog post. You could probably read my notes and have learned what this book has to offer.

Understanding How We Learn

Understanding How We Learn

Yana Weinstein, Megan Sumeracki, Oliver Caviglioli

OK book, but wasn't interesting for the first few chapters. I maybe got something out of 20/160 pages. But if you haven't read about learning before, it's fantastic.

Gateless

Gateless

Sebastian Marshall & Kai Zau

While I'm generally a fan of synthesizing ideas into a simple and concise format, that is not what's happening. It feels as if they're taking the great ideas others have had and just... showcasing them, pointing, and saying "look at this". This is a book, not Twitter. The book is too absolute in the advice given. “You need x, you need to do y” and so on. This does not make for a great reading experience. I would not recommend this book.

You are a Badass

You are a Badass

Jen Sincero

I liked the core message. To love oneself and to aspire to be better. If you have read any book or article about that, you already know what this book says. I think that my notes summarize the book; even if I didn't try to. There is a lot about 'the source energy' in the book, something which usually would make me put down a book instantly. But this was a gift, so I kept going. It's OK. There's much better books to read. Just read my notes and move on.

Originals

Originals

Adam Grant

I didn't like this book. It felt like a very generic (and formularic) self-help book.

The Compound Effect

The Compound Effect

Darren Hardy

It had some great ideas. Unfortunately, these were all borrowed. This should not have been a book. Not even a blog post. A tweet or two, at best. Not recommended.