I Read 35 Books In 2018: Here’s The List And A Comment About Each One

The books are listed in the order they were purchased from Amazon, not the order that they were read in. Maybe I will try to keep track of that next year.

  • Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
    • Excellent read. The updated version that has an extra chapter on Millenials and how to interact them was very informative and gave me a lot to think about
  • Deep Work – Cal Newport
    • If you work in a field where you use your brain (hint: you do) this book is a must read
  • The Phoenix Project – Gene Kim
    • The closest thing you can get to an IT thriller novel. If you work in IT in any capacity, you can relate to this book and will come away with small things you can implement on a daily basis
  • The DevOps Handbook – Gene Kim
    • Read the Phoenix Project. Then read this. Great follow-up book chock full of even more actionable information and insights.
  • The Shallows – What the Internet is Doing to our Brains – Nicholas Carr
    • Eye opening and slightly terrifying. Big reason why my Facebook account was deleted this year and I stopped using my personal Twitter account. I haven’t missed either.
  • Making Work Visible – Dominica Degrandis
    • Pomodoro’s. You need them in your life. You want them in your life. Totally changed the way I work.
  • Nonviolent Communication – Marshall Rosenberg
    • The words we use in talking to ourselves and with others have such an impact. This book helped me to start choosing the words I use more carefully, especially in regards to how I talk to myself.
  • Hit Refresh – Satya Nadella
    • A great look into Microsoft’s CEO and what makes him tick. Not hard to understand why Microsoft has turned things around under his direction.
  • The Art of Fear – Kristen Ulmer
    • What are you afraid of? What’s holding you back?
  • Headstrong – Dave Asprey
    • Biohacker’s Unite!
  • Dreamland – David Randall
    • Short read. Which is good because I don’t remember taking anything away from this book other than “sleep is important” which I already knew
  • Principles – Ray Dalio
    • Tremendous book. I could only read this in short doses because it gave me so much to think. What principles do you live by? What principles should you live by?
  • Accelerate – Gene Kim, Nicole Forsgren, Jez Humble
    • This book is almost entirely about the science and data behind the Puppet Labs State of DevOps report(s). Not recommended unless that really interests you.
  • Beren and Luthien – JRR Tolkien
    • Unless you are super nerdy about the universe of the Lord of the Rings, you can skip this book.
  • Fire and Blood – George R.R. Martin
    • Takes place before the Game of Thrones books. I really enjoyed this book, mostly because there’s lots of DRAGONS
  • The Earthsea Cycle Series – Urusla K LeGuin
    • I just devoured this books. Completely different type of fantasy story than I typically read. Really enjoyed them.
  • The Fall of Gondolin – JRR Tolkien
    • Unlike the Beren and Luthien book, I really enjoyed this one
  • Benjamin Franklin – Walter Isaacson
    • Learned a ton about Benjamin Franklin that I didn’t know. I also want to travel back in time and party with him.
  • Alexander Hamilton – Ron Chernow
    • An incredible man. An incredible story. An incredible book. Arguably could have gone done as the greatest of the founding fathers if he hadn’t died so young.
  • The Silk Roads – Peter Frankopan
    • Great read about the history of the Silk Roads throughout history to the present and the effect they have had on the world
  • Nudge – Richard Thaler
    • How can we get people to make the decisions that are best for them with little nudges?
  • Enlightenment Now – Steven Pinkner
    • The world is better off than it has ever been. Don’t let the nightly news fool you.
  • The Circadian Code – Satchin Panda
    • Mind Blown. Incorporating time restricted eating has made a big difference in my nightly sleep patterns already
  • The Dichotomy of Leadership – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
    • The second of their books, so read the first one of you haven’t. This one is all about how to lead while dealing with the opposites of life (such as being aggressive versus being patient).
  • American Creation – Joseph Ellis
    • Learned many new things about the founding of the USA that I didn’t know and hadn’t heard before
  • China: A History – John Keay
    • This was not an easy read, and if you have trouble falling asleep at night this book is sure to help. However, the history of China is beyond fascinating and their history helps explains their recent rise and their attitudes towards the world.
  • The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team – Patrick Lencioni
    • Really enjoyed this. Very easy read with a bunch of small actions you can take to start using in your daily life.
  • Bad Blood – John Carreyrou
    • The story of the rise and and fall of Theranos. I cannot recommend this book enough. I stayed up until 3 AM on a Wednesday finishing this book because I couldn’t put it down. Just an incredible story and incredibly well written. Maybe my favorite book of the entire year.
  • Daring Greatly – Brene Brown
    • If you work in IT you almost assuredly need to read this
  • Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
    • Regardless of where you work or what you do you need to read this
  • The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
    • Fun read not only about the history of checklists, but how you can implement checklists to make your life easier and your decisions more consistent