Here is a list of recent books I’ve read, am reading, and plan to read. I’ll even put in a few picks and pans.
I try to keep quite a list of books in the On-Deck category so that whenever I complete a book, I’m ready to simply go into my next book. I don’t have to think/shop or have any delay at all to start. That way I’m always reading.
- On-Deck (books that are next up)
- Encrypting Data At Rest (AWS Whitepaper) – Related to my work AND I like this nerdy subject
- Trickle Down Theory and Tax Cuts for the Rich – I’ve read some of these already in other Thomas Sowell books.
Quantum Computing since Democritus – Potentially “world ending” technology. Hyperbolic? Yes. Possible? Yes.The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern WorldThe Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human PerformanceThe Republic – Shame on me for waiting so long in life to read this.The Federalist Papers – Probably should be required reading in high school – but I’m “on it” now.
- In-Work (I’m reading these books – rotating between them)
- Case for Christ – A nice overview of the arguments for believing the ancient texts – good enough to convince the author (Lee Strobel) to leave atheism.
- Recent reads
- A Short History of Man: Progress and Decline – for the libertarian in you. A little light on evidence, but a very good framework for free market concepts.
- Black Rednecks & White Liberals: Hope, Mercy, Justice and Autonomy in the American Health Care System
- The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand.
- Anthem – Ayn Rand. You can read this one in an hour or two. Very fun short story.
- Black Elk Speaks: The Complete Edition – Black Elk was a medicine man that was at Wounded Knee. I grew up in Nebraska – but to hear from Black Elk was mesmerizing.
- Introduction to Networking: How the Internet Works – Read for work. Always want to expand my knowledge in tech.
- Chocolate: Sweet Science & Dark Secrets of the World’s Favorite Treat – Chocolate is one of the worlds most complex foods.
- The Magic of Thinking Big – A lot of people find this book really encouraging, but I found it a bit trite.
- Rise and Fall of Society – I found Frank Chodorov very enjoyable. This is more freeing of your inner libertarian.
- Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt – Michael Lewis didn’t finish this book that well, but overall a very good read, a fascinating subject and a reminder that speed always matters.
- Silk Road – If you have heard about the Silk Road and want to know more, this isn’t a bad book.
- The Age of Cryptocurrency: How Bitcoin and Digital Money Are Challenging the Global Economic Order – Really good read and can give a good layman’s working knowledge of bitcoin and the value of the blockchain (unless the quantum computer destroys it).
- Bitcoin Guide For Beginners: The Simple And Proven Bitcoin Trading Guide For Making Money With Bitcoins – I don’t think I liked this book. I can barely remember reading it so it didn’t leave much of an impression.
- The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine (movie tie-in) (Movie Tie-in Editions) – Another Michael Lewis book. He is a really great writer. This one ended quite oddly too, but a great overview and look into the people who were in the middle of the big short.
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action – His TED Talk was better than this book. However, the books is not bad and worth reading.
- The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – This is simply applying internet marketing principles (conversion optimization, funnels) to managing a business. Very smart. Probably hard to do, but anything you do will be great for your business. I hate reading books everyone else is reading, but this one is OK to read.
- Start Something That Matters – I think Blake MyCoskie is probably a pretty neat guy. Loved the story of Tom’s shoes. I even bought a pair. I thought it was a bit preachy. Since I’m a free market person I believe that good sound business can change the world just as much without having to accept OTHER PEOPLE’s morality.
- The Airbnb Expert’s Playbook: Secrets to Making Six-Figures as a Rentalpreneur – I’m planning on messing with AirBNB, but I think this book might overhype it… quite a bit.
- Ogilvy on Advertising – Ogilvy would have made a GREAT internet marketing person. He came before that and invented many of those principles that are handy today. I thought he was completely wrong on his predictions! But predictions are really hard.
- Best reads (that I can remember)
- Napoleon: A Life – Outstanding book which does very well portraying one of the most amazing, if not complex, man in history.
- Wealth, Poverty and Politics: An International Perspective – If you have never read Thomas Sowell and you discuss the topics above as an amalgam, you are likely wrong in everything you say and think. EVIDENCE based economic driven arguments are amazingly impactful. Thomas Sowell was an intellectual giant.
- The Hiding Place – By Corrie Ten Boom. Read it. Just read it. Corrie is amazing.
- Thou Shall Prosper: Ten Commandments for Making Money – This book you might find quite simple in some ways, but if you can “grok” the profundity of the idea that money isn’t money, but is instead simply a mark, for lack of a better word, for a unit of human energy.
- Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose – Tony Hsieh sounds like a really cool cat.
- The War of Art – Steven Pressfield wrote a book that is unlike no other book I’ve read. I think he truly modeled it after Sun Tzu’s book (which I’ve read), but with modern characteristics it makes a read like none other. I recommend it solely for its style even though the content is outstanding.
- Priceless: The Myth of Fair Value (and How to Take Advantage of It) – If you are marketing/selling/pricing products or services you simply MUST read this book. It challenges everything you know and assume.
This is in no way my entire list, nor even my entire list over the last few months, but I thought RV52 readers might find it fun.