What I’m Reading

Here’s list of books I’ve read recently:

* (highly recommended)


Deadline by John Sandford



The Saint, the Surfer, and the CEO Robin Sharma (got about 50% through before stopping. Found it cheesy and long-winded. The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari is much better.)

Chasing Excellence: A Story About Building the World?s Fittest Athletes by Ben Bergeron **

Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting by Pamela Druckerman (stopped after 30% – too hard to get into)

Bird by Bird: Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott *

Storm Front by John Sandford

Mad River by John Sandford

Shock Wave by John Sandford

Bad Blood by John Sandford

Rough Country by John Sandford

Heat Lightning by John Sandford

Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine by Derren Brown (got about 10% through. It actually started off ok, but quickly got very waffley. I can’t understand why people don’t describe their ideas concisely)

Dark of the Moon by John Sandford

The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin by Steven Lee Myers (got about 10% through – too heavy)

The Stranger by Albert Camus

Your Money or Your Life by by Joe Dominguez & Vicki Robin

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing by Richard Reed

The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (got about 50% through – some good themes, but repetitive)

The Pilgrimage by Paulo Coelho (got about 15% through – got bored)

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider

How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World by Harry Browne (got about 20% through – too dense and I found it hard to stay interested)

The Age of Absurdity: Why Modern Life makes it Hard to be Happy by Michael Foley (got about 10% through – hard to read and got bored)

Thrive by Arianna Huffington (got about 25% through – very repetitive)


Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Tim Ferriss *

How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton Christensen

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by William B. Irvine

How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

Do Fly: Find your way. Make a living. Be your best self by Gavin Strange

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss.

Open: An Autobiography by Andre Agassi *

Extreme Prey by John Sandford

Peopleware: Productive Projects and Teams by Tom DeMarco (got about 50% of the way through. Great ideas, but too repetitive. Could easily have been a blog post)

Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday (got about 20% of the way through – too waffley)

Gathering Prey by John Sandford

Field of Prey by John Sandford

Silken Prey by John Sandford

Stolen Prey by John Sandford

The Simple Path to Wealth by J L Collins *

Winning by Jack Welch (re-read)

Startup CEO: A Field Guide to Scaling Up Your Business by Matt Blumberg

Around the World in Fifteen Friends by Tynan

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, Enhanced Edition: A Leadership Fable by Patrick M. Lencioni **

Buried Prey by John Sandford

Storm Prey by John Sandford

Deep Work by Cal Newport **

Wicked Prey by John Sandford

On Writing Well: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser **

Born For This: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do by Chris Guillebeau

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi **

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Win YOUR Day by Jonathon Knepper & Rochelle Hudson

The War or Art by Steven Pressfield

Phantom Prey by John Sandford

Invisible Prey by John Sandford

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives by Wayne Muller

Level Up Your Life by Steve Kamb

Letters of Notes by Shaun Usher

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert (got about 50% through —found it long-winded and hard to read).


Essential Zen Habits: Mastering the Art of Change, Briefly by Leo Babauta

The Checklist Manifesto: How To Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids and Money by Kevin O’Leary (got about 20% through — didn’t like it at all).

Radical Acceptance: Embracing Your Life with the Heart of a Buddha by Tara Brach (got about 30% through — just wasn’t getting on with it)

Broken Prey by John Sandford

Hidden Prey by John Sandford

Surely You’re Joking Mr Feynman: Adventures of a Curious Character as Told to Ralph Leighton by Richard P Feynman, Edward Hutchings *

Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A story by Richard Bach

How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie

Naked Prey by John Sandford

Chosen Prey by John Sandford

Dear Stranger by Various

Easy Prey by John Sandford

The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson

Certain Prey by John Sandford

Secret Prey by John Sandford

Sudden Prey by John Sandford

Mind Prey by John Sandford

Night Prey by John Sandford

Winter Prey by John Sandford

Silent Prey by John Sandford

Eyes of Prey by John Sandford

Shadow Prey by John Sandford

Rules of Prey by John Sandford

Becoming Steve Jobs by Brent Schlender et al.

Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H Diamandis & Steven Kotler

Stardust by Neil Gaiman (stopped half way in)

Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook: How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World by Gary Vaynerchuk *

Traction: A Startup Guide to Getting Customers by Gabriel Weinberg & Justin Mares


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb (gave up 20% in — waffley, incredibly hard to read writing style).

The Naked Trader: How Anyone Can Make Money Trading Shares by Robbie Burns

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

Talking to Humans: Success starts with understanding your customers by Giff Constable. (really short read)

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel, Blake Masters *

What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie * *

All That Remains by Patricia Cornwell

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke (got about 50% through — just couldn’t get into it)

Microadventures: Local Discoveries for Great Escapes by Alastair Humphreys *

Things a Little Bird Told Me by Biz Stone

The Martian by Andy Weir *

The Escape Manifesto: Quit Your Corporate Job — Do Something Different! by Escape the City *

The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Inferno by Dan Brown

Meditations: A New Translation (Modern Library) by Marcus Aurelius

Coaching Skills: A Handbook by Jenny Rogers

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz *

The Body Book by Cameron Diaz

A Short Guide to a Long Life by David B Agus

Who Ordered This Truckload of Dung?: Inspiring Stories for Welcoming Life’s Difficulties by Ajahn Brahm *

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle (ridiculously hard to read — stopped 10% of way in)

Get Some Headspace: 10 Minutes Can Make All the Difference by Andy Puddicombe *

The Monk Who Sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

Play It Away: A Workaholic’s Cure for Anxiety by Charlie Hoehn

Alex Ferguson My Autobiography by Alex Ferguson

Reboot Your Life: Energize Your Career & Life by Taking a Break by Catherine A. Allen (my review) *

David Jason: My Life by David Jason

Sycamore Row by John Grisham

Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton (my review) *

Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim & Renée Mauborgne (my review) *


The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy of Leadership by Bill Walsh (my review) *

Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work: How Artists Work by Damian Hughes (my review) *

Liquid Thinking: Inspirational Lessons from the World’s Great Achievers by Damian Hughes

Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking by Susan Cain (found it to be quite a long and repetitive read — got about 50% in and then just read the final summary chapter which was awesome and took about 10 mins to read!)

Plain Talk: Lessons from a Business Maverick by Ken Iverson

The Lean Entrepreneur: How Visionaries Create Products, Innovate with New Ventures, and Disrupt Markets by Brant Cooper & Patrick Vlaskovits (found it a real slow read and just couldn’t get into it — stopped 15% in)

Inspired: How to Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan *

Focus by Leo Babauta *

Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values by Robert Pirsig (painful to read — gave up just over half-way in)

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen (my review) *

Lean in by Sheryl Sandberg

The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (my review) * *

The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clason (my review) *

Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt Into the Fuel for Brilliance by Jonathan Fields

The Four Agreements: Practical Guide to Personal Freedom (Toltec Wisdom) by Don Miguel Ruiz

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness meditation for everyday life by Jon Kabat-Zinn (stopped reading half way in — just couldn’t get into it.)

Vagabonding — An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel by Rolf Pott

Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? by Seth Godin (my review)

Historic book reviews:

Stop Talking, Start Doing by Shaa Wasmund & Richard Newton (my review)

Like a Virgin by Richard Branson (my review)

The Unfair Advantage — Achieve More Than Others Do The Entire Day — Before Breakfast! by Laura Vanderkam (my review) *

The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni (my review) *

Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds (my review)

TouchPoints: Creating Powerful Leadership Connections in the Smallest of Moments by Douglas Conant & Mette Norgaard (my review)