The person you will be in 5 years is based on the books you read and the people you surround yourself with today. (Charlie “Tremendous” Jones)

I love reading, and have recently discovered the joy of audibooks. I read predominantly non-fiction books including biographies. I find that biographies and business books have so much insight to offer and likely shortcuts between you and your future self. Hope you enjoy my reading lists below (grouped by year) and feel free to share your favourite books with me.

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in 2020

Books read during 2020

Continueing my Audible journey I originally planned to read 30 books this year but since hitting my 2019 total in June I revised my target up to 50 books for 2020.

  1. Why We Sleep (Matthew Walker)
  2. The Expectant Dad’s Handbook (Dean Beaumont)
  3. The Infinite Game (Simon Sinek) 
  4. Trillion Dollar Coach (Alan Eagle, Eric Schmidt, and Jonathan Rosenberg)
  5. The Power of Impact Investing (Judith Rodin, Margot Brandenburg)
  6. Bargaining with the Devil: When to Negotiate, When to Fight (Robert Mnookin) 
  7. Atomic Habits: An Easy and Proven Way to Build Good Habits and Break Bad Ones (James Clear)  
  8. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders (L. David Marquet)
  9. The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (John Perkins) 
  10. The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life (Chris Guillebeau)
  11. Oversubscribed: How to Get People Lining Up to Do Business with You (Daniel Priestley)
  12. Measure What Matters: OKRs: The Simple Idea That Drives 10x Growth (John Doerr)
  13. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (Kevin Kelly)
  14. Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us (Daniel H. Pink)
  15. Investment Biker: Around the World with Jim Rogers (Jim Rodgers)
  16. Talking to My Daughter About the Economy: A Brief History of Capitalism (Yanis Varoufakis)
  17. Project to Product: How to Survive and Thrive in the Age of Digital Disruption with the Flow Framework (Mik Kersten)
  18. Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World (Adam Grant)
  19. Becoming a non-executive director (SpencerStuart) – more a booklet 🙂
  20. The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (Shoshana Zuboff) 
  21. Hit Refresh (Satya Nadella)
  22. The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups (Daniel Coyle)
  23. Good Economics for Hard Times (Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo)
  24. Accelerate Building Stategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World (John P. Kotter)
  25. Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking (Matthew Syed)
  26. The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons in Creative Leadership from the CEO of the Walt Disney Company (Robert Iger)
  27. Creativity Inc. (Ed Catmull)
  1. Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them (Gary Hamel) 
  2. Mind Hacking: How to Change Your Mind for Good in 21 Days (Sir John Hargrave)The Purposeful (Jennifer Dulski)
  3. Industries of the future (Alec RossPurposeful)
  4. The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win (Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford)
  5. Scrum: The art of doing twice the work in half the time (Jeff Sutherland)
  6. The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution (Walter Isaacson)
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in 2019

Books read during 2019

Even though I still prefer the look, feel and emotion of reading a paper copy book, during 2019 I really got into using Audible, what an awesome product! 
  1. Team of Teams (Genl. Stanley McChrystal)
  2. Leaders Eat Last (Simon Sinek)
  3. Good Strategy / Bad Strategy (Richard Rumelt)
  4. Shoe Dog (Phil Knight)
  5. Let My People Go Surfing (Naomi Klein, Yvon Chouinard)
  6. Turning the Flywheel (Jim Collins)
  7. The Silk Roads (Peter Frankopan)
  8. The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg)
  9. The Everything Store (Brad Stone)
  10. Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built (Duncan Clark)
  11. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari)
  12. Never Split The Difference (chris Voss)
  13. Elon Musk (Ashlee Vance)
  14. The Future is Asian (Parag Khanna)
  15. How we got to now (Steven Johnson)
  16. When: The scientific secrets of perfect timing (Daniel H. Pink)
  17. Key person of influence (Daniel Priestley)
  18. Blitzscaling (Reid Hoffman)
  19. Extreme Ownership (Jocko Willink, Leif Babin)
  20. The hard thing about hard things (Ben Horowitz)
  21. Steve Jobs (Walter Isaacson)
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in 2018

Books read during 2018

Late in 2018 I decided I wanted to read more! I remembered that I still had “7 Habits” in my Audible library (which I’ve never used) and decided to give it a try.

  1. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People (Stephen R. Covey)
  2. Life 3.0 (Max Tegmark)
  3. New Power (Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms)
  4. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (Yuval Noah Harari)
  5. Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (Yuval Noah Harari)
  6. Principles: Life and Work (Ray Dalio)