Reading list

In the spirit of folks like Susan Rigetti, I keep a record of my yearly reading to motivate me to read more.

Titles that particularly stood out to me are in bold.

Update: I’ve started reviewing what I read! Click any 2024 title to read my thoughts on it in a My Media Diet post.

2024

1. Storyworthy, by Matthew Dicks
2. Fire in the Valley, by Michael Swaine and Paul Freiberger
3. Insanely Great, by Steven Levy
4. Cable Cowboy, by Mark Robichaux
5. Extremely Hardcore, by Zoë Schiffer
6. Same as Ever, by Morgan Housel
7. Burn Book, by Kara Swisher
8. Sweating Bullets, by Robert Gaskins
9. Losing My Virginity, by Richard Branson
10. Finding My Virginity, by Richard Branson
11. Dot Bomb Australia, by Kate Askew
12. My Adventurous Life, by Dick Smith


2023

1. Blitzed, by Norman Ohler
2. Beastie Boys Book, by Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
3. Drops of God Vol. 6-44, by Tadashi Agi
4. The Dealmaker, Guy Hands
5. Four Thousand Weeks, by Oliver Burkeman
6. Quit, by Annie Duke
7. Magic Words, by Jonah Berger
8. Attention Factory, by Matthew Brennan
9. The Power Law, by Sebastian Mallaby
10. Drive-Thru Dreams, by Adam Chandler
11. Traffic, by Ben Smith
12. The Creative Act, by Rick Rubin
13. Elixir, by Theresa Levitt
14. Small Fires, Rebecca May Johnson
15. The Fall, by Michael Wolff
16. Behind the Cloud, by Marc Benioff
17. MCU: The Reign of Marvel Studios, by Joanna Robinson, Dave Gonzales, Gavin Edwards
18. Drops of God: Mariage, by Tadashi Agi


2022

1. A History of the World in 6 Glasses, by Tom Standage
2. In the Plex, by Steven Levy
3. The Antisocial Network, by Ben Mezrich
4. Low Rates, High Returns, by Pete Wargent and Steve Moriarty
5. Drunk in China, by Derek Sandhaus
6. Free Country, by George Mahood
7. American Express, by Peter Z. Grossman
8. Almanack of Naval Ravikant, by Eric Jorgensen
9. How to Live, by Derek Sivers
10. Make, by Pieter Levels
11. Ogilvy on Advertising, by David Ogilvy
12. He Died With a Felafel In His Hand, by John Birmingham
13. Threadless, by Jake Nickell
14. The Cold Start Problem, by Andrew Chen
15. Exactly What to Say, by Phil Jones
16. Everything I Know About Life I Learned From PowerPoint, by Russell Davies
17. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, by Mark Manson
18. Your Head is a Houseboat, by Campbell Walker
19. The Founders, by Jimmy Soni
20. Marissa Mayer and the Fight to Save Yahoo!, by Nicholas Carlson
21. Field Guide to the Haunted Forest, by Jarod K. Anderson
22. A System Apart, by Simon Cartledge
23. Atomic Habits, by James Clear
24. The Elements of Eloquence, by Mark Forsyth
25. The Nineties, by Chuck Klosterman
26. On Color, by David Scott Kastan and Stephen Farthing
27. How I Built This, by Guy Raz
28. Tranquillity and Ruin, by Danyl McLauchlin
29. The Maker Movement Manifesto, by Mark Hatch
30. On Disruption, by Katharine Murphy
31. The Etymologicon, by Mark Forsyth
32. Himalaya, by Michael Palin
33. The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster, by Darren Hardy
34. Big Magic, by Elizabeth Gilbert
35. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
36. Binge Times, by Dade Hayes and Dawn Chmielewski
37. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi
38. See What You Made Me Do, by Jess Hill
39. Free to Make, by Dale Dougherty
40. Money Men, by Dan McCrum
41. Axed, by Phil Barker
42. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
43. Bob Hawke, by Troy Bramston
44. Is this love or dopamine?, by Iona David
45. Audience-ology, by Kevin Goetz
46. The Late Shift, by Bill Carter
47. Money, by Jacob Goldstein
48. Smart Brevity, by Jim VandeHei
49. GPT-3, by Sandra Kublik and Shubham Saboo
50. The Office: The Untold Story, by Andy Greene
51. Drops of God Vol. 1-5, by Tadashi Agi
52. Like, Comment, Subscribe, by Mark Bergen
53. I’m Glad My Mom Died, by Jennette McCurdy
54. Obviously Awesome, by April Dunford
55. I’d like to play alone, please, by Tom Segura


2021

1. The Innovation Stack, by Jim McKelvey
2. The Psychology of Money, by Morgan Housel
3. The Catch of the Decade, by Gabby and Hezi Leibovich
4. Angel, by Jason Calacanis
5. Whistleblower, by Susan Rigetti
6. Get Together, by Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, Kai Elmer Sotto
7. Turning the Flywheel, by Jim Collins
8. The Money Hackers, by Dan Simon
9. Stalin’s Wine Cellar, by John Baker and Nick Place
10. Strategic Writing for UX, by Torrey Podmajersky
11. Entangled Life, by Merlin Sheldrake
12. The Big Short, by Michael Lewis
13. This is Not Propaganda, by Peter Pomerantsev
14. MBS, by Ben Hubbard
15. Sum, by David Eagleman
16. The Currency Cold War, by David Birch
17. The Madness of Crowds, by Douglas Murray
18. Hitch 22, by Christopher Hitchens
19. How to Get Rich, by Felix Dennis
20. Identity is the New Money, by David Birch
21. The Design of Everyday Things, by Don Norman
22. Minecraft, by Linus Larsson and Daniel Goldberg
23. Amazon Unbound, by Brad Stone
24. The Infinite Machine, by Camila Russo
25. Baijiu: The Essential Guide to Chinese Spirits, by Derek Sandhaus
26. Generation Friends, by Saul Austerlitz
27. My Seinfeld Year, by Fred Stoller
28. World Travel, by Anthony Bourdain and Laurie Woolever
29. The 99% Invisible City, by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt
30. Freedom, by Sebastian Junger
31. Anything you want, by Derek Sivers
32. Ritz and Escoffier, by Luke Barr
33. Cosmos, by Carl Sagan
34. The Art of Travel, by Alain de Botton
35. Wanting, by Luke Burgis
36. The Adweek Copywriting Handbook, by Joseph Sugarman
37. Leonardo Da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson
38. On Writing, by Stephen King
39. How to be Black, by Baratunde Thurston
40. Buy now, Pay later, by James Eyers and Jonathan Shapiro
41. Invention: A life, by James Dyson
42. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator, by Edwin Lefèvre
43. The Victorian Internet, by Tom Standage
44. Taste, by Stanley Tucci
45. Hackers and Painters, by Paul Graham
46. Red Roulette, by Desmond Shum
47. The Contrarian, by Max Chafkin
48. Top Blokes, by Lech Blaine
49. The Socrates Express, by Eric Weiner
50. The Making of a Manager, by Julie Zhuo
51. Trillions, by Robin Wigglesworth
52. Bourdain in Stories, by Laurie Woolever
53. The Rape of Nanking, by Iris Chang


2020

1. The End is Always Near, by Dan Carlin
2. A Week at the Airport, by Alain de Botton
3. The Ride of a Lifetime, by Bob Iger
4. Perennial Seller, by Ryan Holiday
5. The Passion Economy, by Adam Davidson
6. Uncanny Valley, by Anna Wiener
7. Masters of Doom, by David Kushner
8. Nothing is True and Everything is Possible, by Peter Pomerantsev
9. Underland, by Robert Mcfarlane
10. Conscious, by Annaka Harris
11. That Will Never Work, by Marc Randolph
12. Facebook: The Inside Story, by Steven Levy
13. We were Yahoo! by Jeremy Ring
14. Reboot, by Jodie Fox
15. Tiny Moons, by Nina Mingya-Powles
16. No Filter, by Sarah Frier
17. The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield
18. Grinding it Out, by Ray Kroc
19. The Road to Wigan Pier, by George Orwell
20. 7 Powers, by Hamilton Helmer
21. New Money, by Lana Swarz
22. How Innovation Works, by Matt Ridley
23. Ego is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday
24. Mating in Captivity, by Esther Perel


2019

1. I Am Dynamite!: A Life of Nietzsche, by Sue Prideaux
2. Women & Power: A Manifesto, by Mary Beard
3. Dark Emu, by Bruce Pascoe
4. Lost and Founder, by Rand Fishkin
5. The Courage to Be Disliked, by Ichiro Kishimi
6. The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
7. Net Loss, by Sebastian Smee
8. Working, by Robert A. Caro
9. The Chapo Guide to Revolution, by Chapo Trap House
10. You Can Do Anything, by George Anders
11. The Book of Longing, by Leonard Cohen
12. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy, by Yanis Varoufakis
13. Liar’s Poker, by Michael Lewis
14. Future Histories, by Lizzie O’Shea
15. Can You Ever Forgive Me?, by Lee Israel
16. The Prosperity Gospel, by Erik Jensen
17. Bitcoin Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich
18. The Internet of Garbage, by Sarah Jeong
19. Range, by David Epstein
20. Propaganda, by Edward Bernays
21. The Man Who Lied to His Laptop, by Clifford Nass and Corina Yen
22. The Writers Map, edited by Huw Lewis-Jones
23. The Shanghai Free Taxi, by Frank Langfitt
24. The Billionaire’s Vinegar, by Benjamin Wallace
25. Microcopy, by Kinneret Yifrah
26. The Algebra of Happiness, by Scott Galloway
27. Educated, by Tara Westover
28. Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, by Mike Isaac
29. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion, by Jia Tolentino
30. The Long Tail, by Chris Anderson
31. The Book of Dust Vol. 2, by Philip Pullman
32. Trust Me I’m Lying, by Ryan Holiday
33. Conspiracy, by Ryan Holiday
34. The House that Jack Ma Built, by Duncan Clark
35. The Greatest Minds and Ideas of All Time, by Will Durant
36. Dr Space Junk Vs. The Universe, by Dr Alice Gorman
37. The Man Who Solved the Market, by Gregory Zuckerman
38. Catch and kill, by Ronan Farrow
39. The Power of Moments, by Dan Heath and Chip Heath
40. The Accidental Billionaires, by Ben Mezrich


2018

1. The New Education, by Cathy Davidson
2. Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, by Michael Wolff
3. Hunger, by Roxane Gay
4. Radical Self-Acceptance, by Tara Brach
5. What She Ate, by Laura Shapiro
6. Hatching Twitter, by Nick Bilton
7. Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley, by Emily Chang
8. Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions, by Russell Brand
9. The Power, by Naomi Alderman
10. Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World, by Michael Lewis
11. No is Not Enough, by Naomi Klein
12. The Arsonist, by Chloe Hooper
13. Any Ordinary Day, by Leigh Sales
14. Bad Blood, by John Carreyrou
15. Medium Raw, by Anthony Bourdain
16. Thinking in Bets, by Annie Duke
17. Broad Band, by Claire Evans
18. A Life Less Throwaway, by Tara Button
19. Everything Happens for a Reason, by Kate Bowler
20. The Beach, by Alex Garland
21. Capitalism Without Capital, by Jonathan Haskel
22. The Million-Dollar, One-person Business, by Elaine Pofeldt
23. Help, by Simon Amstell
24. Bad Feminist, by Roxane Gay
25. Down and Out in Paris and London, by George Orwell
26. Zero to One, by Peter Thiel
27. The Fuzzy and the Techie, by Scott Hartley
28. Tribe, by Sebastian Junger
29. Gut, by Giulia Enders
30. Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell
31. The Trauma Cleaner, by Sarah Krasnostein
32. American Kingpin, by Nick Bilton
33. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, by Caitlin Doughty
34. Content Design, by Sarah Richards
35. Shoe Dog, by Phil Knight
36. Thinking in Systems, by Donella Meadows


2017

1. The Everything Store, by Brad Stone
2. Playing to the Gallery, by Grayson Perry
3. The Undoing Project, by Michael Lewis
4. Norse Mythology, by Neil Gaiman
5. Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari
6. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, by Douglas Adams
7. The Geography of Genius, by Eric Weiner
8. Modern Romance, by Aziz Ansari
9. Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance
10. We Learn Nothing, by Tim Kreider
11. The Good Father, by Noah Hawley
12. Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman, by Richard Feynman
13. Becoming Facebook, by Mike Hoefflinger
14. Networks of New York, by Ingrid Burrington
15. The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson
16. The Idealist, by Justin Peters
17. Time Travel, by James Gleick
18. Astrophysics for People in a Hurry, by Neil Degrasse Tyson
19. Will Save the Galaxy for Food, by Yahtzee Croshaw
20. Chaos Monkeys, by Antonio Garcia Martinez
21. The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz
22. Homage to Catalonia, by George Orwell
23. Egghead, by Bo Burnham
24. Yes Please, by Amy Poehler
25. Quiet, by Susan Cain
26. Platform Revolution, by Sangeet Paul Choudary, Geoffrey Parker and Marshall Van Alstyne
27. Flash Boys, by Michael Lewis
28. The Art of War, by Sun Tzu
29. Men Explain Things to Me, by Rebecca Solnit
30. Art and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted Orland
31. Farenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
32. Fight Like a Girl, by Clementine Ford
33. The Princess Diarist, by Carrie Fisher
34. Asshole Survival Guide, by Robert I. Sutton
35. Life On Air, by David Attenborough
36. Side Hustle, by Chris Guillebeau
37. Hit Refresh, by Satya Nadella
38. Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay
39. The Four, by Scott Galloway
40. The Book of Dust Vol. 1, by Philip Pullman
41. How Not to be a Boy, by Robert Webb
42. How to be a Woman, by Caitlin Moran
43. Soul Without Shame, by Byron Brown
44. Happy Money, by Elizabeth Cullen Dunn and Michael Norton
45. The Great Fragmentation, by Steve Sammartino