Last updated on December 20th, 2016

Here is an overview of the books I’ve read recently and the ones I’m currently reading.

These are all books I’ve read or started reading in the past few months. If you wonder how you can read more books, read this post.

My plan is to do some book reviews. I will also add a link to the review here whenever a new review is posted on the blog.

Currently this page has 3 sections:

Books I’m reading now

 The Tao of Seneca: Practical Letters from a Stoic Master

The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players alike have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. Stoicism is a no-nonsense philosophical system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects.

This is an audiobook series in 3 parts.

The Tao of Seneca


The Tao of Seneca

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence?

See also my mention of Nick Bostrom in my list of most inspiring people.

Superintelligence

Superintelligence – Nick Bostrom

Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach

Introduction to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach

Artificial Intelligence: A modern approach – Russell & Norvig

Books I’ve read recently

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, by Scott Adams, is his most recommended book that is not related to his Dilbert Comics.

This book talks about embracing your failures and use systems instead of goals.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big – Scott Adams

The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth

The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, by James Altucher, is a guide to building, keeping, and investing your money and breaking free from the chains of rusted, old thinking. In this book, James explains how he built his own companies, some more successful than others.

Like any of these kinds of books, I don’t see them as a guide on how to become rich but rather as a source of inspiration and ideas for my own experiments.

 The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future

The Inevitable, by Kevin Kelly, is a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives.

The Inevitable

The Inevitable – Kevin Kelly

Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers , by Malcolm Gladwell,  covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?

The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from:  their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.

This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.

Reading the book might give you the impression that it all comes down to luck, being born at the right place and in the right time. But we must not forget that the outliers mentioned in the book are the absolute top. You don’t need to be an outlier to be successful. We can’t all be Bill Gates, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get rich. We can’t all be The Beatles but it doesn’t mean we can’t play in a successful band.

But to get there, we need to put in the hours and do the work, no matter how talented we are.

Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell.

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!

Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins,  provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.

I was interested in reading this book to see if there are more techniques described that go beyond my own steps to achieving your dreams and after seeing the Netflix documentary about Tony Robbins.

The book is very condense but is packed with ways to push yourself in the direction of success. I had to read it twice and take many notes to get the best out of the book and I’m testing the principles right now. I’ll write a follow-up post with the results of my experiments.

Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins

Awaken the Giant Within – Tony Robbins

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets

Fooled by Randomness is one in a series of books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. See also Antifragile below. The book is an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.

Nassim Taleb also made it in my list of most inspiring people.

Fooled by Randomness – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Natural Born Heroes: Mastering the Lost Secrets of Strength and Endurance

Natural Born Heroes is the first book Christopher McDougall wrote after his major hit Born to Run.

In this new book, McDougall traces the steps of the ancient greek heroes and a band of Resistance fighters in World War II on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, in search for the secrets of natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition.

Where Born to Run inspired me enough to run a half marathon, I’m intrigued where this book will lead me.

Natural Born Heroes

Natural Born Heroes – Christopher McDougall

The Graveyard Book

The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman is the first fiction book I started reading in a long time. It comes highly recommended by Tim Ferriss and over the years I’ve learned to trust Tim’s judgment.

The book tells the story of a boy that grew up being raised by ghosts in a graveyard. The audio version of the book is definitely recommended!

The Graveyard book

The Graveyard book – Neil Gaiman

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Power of Habit by  Charles Duhigg explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. This book has a focus on scientific research , yet it is not a dull summary of findings but uses fascinating storytelling to bring its message.

the power of habit

The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg

The 10X Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure

In this book, Grant Cardone explains his 10X Rule.  The basic principle is to plan for 10 times the goal you want to achieve and take 10 times the amount of effort needed to achieve it.

It’s a good way of compensate for underestimating what is needed and to allow yourself to think big.

The 10X Rule


The 10X Rule – Grant Cardone

 Pitch Anything: An Innovative Method for Presenting, Persuading, and Winning the Deal

This book by Oren Klaff explains techniques based on neuroeconomics to help you selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary.

Pitch Anything

Pitch Anything – Oren Klaff

Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel

This book by Rolf Potts offers inspiration for long time travel (6 weeks to several years) but also acts as a practical guide, full of useful tips.

Vagabonding

Vagabonding – Rolf Potts

More information is also available at the companion website for this book.

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur

The story and lessons of Derek Sivers.

Derek Sivers started CD Baby in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs. In 2000, he hired his first employee. Eight years later, he sold CD Baby for $22 million.

In this short book, Derek tells his story about his business and mixes it with his unique view on how to run a business. It’s an interesting read because it differs a lot from the classic view on businesses and startups.

Anything you want - Derek Sivers

Anything you want – Derek Sivers

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

Official biography of Warren Buffet.

Warren started doing business at a very young age. In 2016 he will be 86 years old and he is still working as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

This leads to a very big biography, with a writer who goes into a lot of detailed.

Although the book is maybe a bit too long, it still gives an interesting and unique insight into the mind of Warren Buffet.

It is interesting to learn that his obsession for making money is not fuelled by greed. He never used much of his billions for personal pleasure and gave most of it away to charity.

The success of Warren Buffet can be explained by a few distinguishing factors. His obsession for making money, his patience, self-confidence and his work ethic.

I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in business or wants to grow their career.

The Snowball

The Snowball – Alice Schroeder

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future

In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.

The 100$ Startup

The 100$ Startup – Chris Guillebeau

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business

Guide on how to work with virtual staff, by Chris Ducker.

Virtual Freedom - Chris Ducker

Virtual Freedom – Chris Ducker

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things.

Zero to one

Zero to one – Peter Thiel

Getting Past No: Negotiating in Difficult Situations

We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no?
How can you negotiate successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate customer, or a deceitful coworker?

Getting past NO

Getting past NO – William Ury

Secrets of Power Negotiating

Power Negotiating teaches that the way you negotiate can get you everything you want and still convince the other side that they won also.

Secrets of Power Negotiating

Secrets of Power Negotiating – Roger Dawson

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.

See also my mention of Nassim Taleb in my list of most inspiring people.

Antifragile

Antifragile – Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

Official biography of Elon Musk.

See also my mention of Elon Musk in my list of most inspiring people.

Elon Musk

Elon Musk – Ashlee Vance

The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More

The New York Times bestseller that introduced the business world to a future that’s already here

The Long Tail

The Long Tail – Chris Anderson

The Magic of Thinking Big

Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings.

Influence – Robert B. Cialdini

Books I want to read.