2018 Reading List

  1. Walden Two - BF Skinner

  2. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer

  3. Building Online Communities:  Evidence-Based Social Design - Kraut & Resnick

  4. 13 Things That Don’t Make Sense - Michael Brooks

  5. Fit 40 Challenge - David McGarry

  6. The Innovators - Walter Issacson

  7. World Without Mind - Franklin Foer

  8. Online Reputation:  Your Most Valuable Asset in a Digital Age - Sarah Pearce

  9. Authority - Jeff VanderMeer

  10. Coming Apart - Charles Murray

  11. Digital Gold - Nathaniel Popper

  12. The Internet of Money V2 - Andreas Antonopoulos

  13. The Business Blockchain - William Mougayer [Review]

  14. Children of the New World - Alexander Weinstein

  15. 50 Scientifically Prove. Ways To Be Persuasive - Robert Cialdini

  16. Artemis - Andy Weir

  17. Blockchain Basics - Daniel Drescher

  18. Liars and Outliers - Bruce Schneier

  19. Skin in the Game - Nassim Taleb

  20. Fooled by Randomness - Nassim Taleb

  21. Fourth Amendment in the Age of Surveillance - David Gray

  22. The Internet of Us - Michael Patrick Lynch

  23. Ethereum - Henning Deidrich

  24. The Hacking of the American Mind - Robert Lustig

  25. The Attention Merchants - Tim Wu

  26. Neptune’s Brood - Charles Stross

  27. Philosophy and Social Hope - Richard Rorty

  28. Brotopia - Emily Chang 

  29. Principles - Ray Dalio

  30. 12 Rules for Life - Jordan Peterson

  31. Reminiscences of a Stock Operator - Edwin Lefevre

  32. Lord of the Flies - William Golding

  33. The Bhagavad Gita 

  34. Endurance - Scott Kelly

  35. Achieving our Country - Richard Rorty

  36. Tribes - Sebastian Junger

  37. Declutter Your Mind - S.J. Scott & Barrie Davenport

  38. Thinking Strategically - Avinash Dixit & Barry Nalebuff

  39. The Essential Chomsky - Noam Chomsky 

  40. TED Talks - The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking - Chris Anderson

  41. The Hour Between The Dog and Wolf - John Coates

  42. Unlimited Memory - Kevin Horsley

  43. Cell - Robin Cook

  44. The Coming Storm - Michael Lewis

  45. What If:  Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions - Randall Munroe 

  46. Fail:  Fight, Grind, Repeat - Bobby Bones

  47. Ship of Fools - Tucker Carlson

  48. The Order of Time - Carlo Rovelli

  49. Bad Blood - John Carreyou

  50. Designing Your Life - Bill Burnett & Dave Evans

  51. The Laws of Simplicity - John Maeda

  52. Never Split The Difference:  Negotiating Like Your Life Depended On It - John Voss

  53. The Dip:  The Little Book That Teaches You When To Quit (And When To Stick) - Seth Goodwin

  54. Ten Arguments for Deleting Your Social Media Accounts Right Now - Jaron Lanier

  55. The Gap:  The Science of What Separates From Other Animals - Thomas Suddendorf

  56. Life After Google:  The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy - George Gilder

  57. On the Future:  Prospects For Humanity - Martin Rees

  58. The Internet Trap:  How The Digital Economy Builds Monopolies and Undermines Democracy - Matthew Hindman

  59. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century - Yuval Noah Harari

  60. Ubiquity:  Why Catastrophes Happen - Mark Buchanan


2017 Reading List

As someone who is always seeking new insights, differing perspectives, and a way to get out of my own head, I'm a voracious reader.

As you might imagine, I read a good deal about security, tech, privacy, business and entrepreneurship, but I read even more philosophy, social commentary, fiction, and yes, self-help. All of this reading lends a new lens with which to see the world, providing a wider, clearer picture. Books tell us where we've been, and with a little imagination on the part of the reader, can show us where we're going.

Moving forward, I'll include some quick blurbs, first impressions and takeaways, but for now, here's a look at last year. Were any of these on your list?

Books I read in 2017

1. Six Easy Pieces:  Essentials of Physics Explained by its Most Brilliant Teacher - Richard Feynman
2. The Silk Roads: A New History of the World - Peter Frankopan
3. Infomocracy - Malka Older
4. Contagious - Jonah Berger
5. Self Reliance - Ralph Waldo Emerson
6. Influence:  The Psychology of Influence - Robert Cialdini
7. Privacy by Design:  8 Principles For Better Privacy Design - Tijmen Schep
8. Rogue Code - Mark Russinovich
9. Digital Vertigo:  How Today’s Online Social Revolution is Dividing, Diminishing, and Disorienting Us - Andrew Keen
10. Alexander Hamilton - Ron Chernow
11. Outsmarting Your Kids Online:  A Safety Handbook for Overwhelmed Parents - Amber Mac & Michael Bazzell
12. Don’t Make Me Think Revisited - Steve Krug
13. The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds - Michael Lewis
14. But What If We’re Wrong? - Chuck Klosterman
15. Through the Eye of a Needle - Peter Brown
16. On Liberty - Jon Stuart Mill
17. The Road To Serfdom - Fredrick Hayak
18. Submission - Michel Houellebecq
19. Race Matters - Cornel West
20. The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck - Mark Manson
21. Disrupt Yourself - Whitney Johnson
22. The 10th of December - George Saunders
23. On Tyranny:  20 Lessons from the 20th Century - Timothy Snyder
24. The Denial of Death - Ernest Becker
25. Superposition - David Walton
26. The Everything Store - Brad Stone
27. Animal Farm - George Orwell
28. The People’s Platform:  Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age - Astra Taylor
29. The Book of Investing Wisdom - Peter Krass
30. Blockchain - Gary Mitnick
31. Radical Candor - Kim Malone
32. Leaders Eat Last - Simon Sinek
33. Flow - Mihaly Csikszentmihayli
34. The Righteous Mind - Jonathan Haidt
35. Platform Revolution - Parker, Van Alstyne, Choudary
36. The Bulletproof Diet - Dave Asprey
37. Top Secret America - Dana Priest and William Arkin
38. Treatise on Tolerance - Voltaire
39. Why We Suck - Denis Leary
40. New Confessions of an Economic Hitman - John Perkins
41. Paradox of Choice - Barry Schwartz
42. Dark Matter - Blake Crouch
43. Tribes - Seth Godin
44. Between the World and Me - Ta-Neshi Coates
45. Sway:  The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior - Ori Brafman and Ron Brafman
46. Chaos Monkeys - Antonio Garcia Martinez
47. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep - Philip K. Dick
48. Rubicon:  The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic - Tom Holland
49. Stoicism - James Daugherty
50. Weapons of Math Destruction - Cathy O’Neil
51. Markov Models - Duo {Code}
52. Deep Work - Cal Newport
53. Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer