Tiny summary with how strongly I recommend a book out of 10. This page will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months. Note: While I've read many more books than listed below I'm only including books I've read or re-read since starting this project.

 
 
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Letters from a stoic (10/10) 

by Seneca

What it's about:

Stoicism. At its core stoicism is about recognizing there are things in and out of your control and that developing your mind to control your emotions and shape your perceptions is the most noble thing a human can do. 

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Marcus Aurelius

Read this book if:

You are trying to be a better human.

 

Zero to one (10/10) 

by Peter Thiel

What it's about:

Advice and musings of a successful venture capitalist on what does (and does not) make startups successful.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A screenshot of maxed out credit cards and an empty bank account because, recalling all those participation soccer trophies you won as a kid and your mom telling you were special, your "amazing" business idea turned out not to be.

Read this book if:

You hear the siren call of silicon valley.

 

Principles (9/10) 

by Ray Dalio

What it's about:

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The Power of Habit (9/10) 

by Charles Duhigg

What it's about:

How we as humans are the sum of our habits. Duhigg makes a very compelling case for understanding habit loops and developing a framework to alter them.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Turning the scale away from the bathroom mirror to avoid direct eye contact with yourself.

Read this book if:

You suck at New Years resolutions.

 

Mating in captivity (8/10) 

by Esther Perel

What it's about:

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Skin in the game (7/10) 

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

What it's about:

We're a society full of phonies. Truly admirable people are those that push the human race forward in their work while really having something to lose be it their life savings or reputation.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Ralph Nadar. Ron Paul.

Read this book if:

You read Catcher In The Rye, have quoted the "phonies" line in social gatherings but secretly deep down you never really understood the book.

 
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Zone to win (7/10) 

by Geoffrey Moore

What it's about:

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elon Must (7/10) 

by Ashlee Vance

What it's about:

Elon Musk.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Elon Must punching you in the face.

Read this book if:

You want to realize you've accomplished nothing in your life and you are really stupid, and this really motivates you.

 

The Catcher in the rye (7/10) 

by J.D Salinger

What it's about:

Phonies.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

An 18 y/o freckled 6 foot kid in an oversized tan overcoat with a popped collar sitting in a park bench at 3 am in Central Park with freshly packed snow and a bottle of Jack. 

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Sapiens (6/10) 

by Yuval Noah Harari

What it's about:

How we are flawed, lucky, and oblivious creatures.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A bonobo with the latest iPhone

Read this book if:

You find people impossibly frustrating.

 

fascism (6/10) 

by Madeleine Albright

What it's about:

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If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A frog named democracy slowly being boiled.

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The State of Affairs (6/10) 

by Esther Perel

What it's about:

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ENChiridion (5/10) 

by Epictetus

What it's about:

Lecture summaries from one of Epictetus's students. Of all the classic stoics Epictetus was perhaps the most teacher like, having had a formal school with lectures. Great content, a little difficult to digest.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A college 201 spring course lecture on Stoicism by that weird professor with messed up hair, a pink bow tie, and a corduroy blazer .

Read this book if:

Reading Seneca and Marcus Aurelius really resonated with you and you're looking for the deep cuts.

 

12 Rules for life (5/10) 

by Jordan B Peterson

What it's about:

How not to be a fuck up.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A bus unloading fresh recruits in the middle of the night to screaming drill sergeants.

Read this book if:

You like self-help books in the hopes of becoming a better human being but too scared to join the Marines.

 
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Blue Ocean strategy (5/10) 

by Kim & Mauborgne

What it's about:

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The Future of Humanity (4/10) 

by Michio Kaku

What it's about:

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The four tendencies (4/10) 

by Gretchen Rubin

What it's about:

Personality profiles.

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The four (4/10) 

by Scott Galloway

What it's about:

Facebook, Google, Amazon, Apple.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A millennial oblivious to the importance of data privacy googling "can amazon deliver nachos?" while facebook messaging with friends on her iPhone. 

Read this book if:

Your work in tech.

 

Rise of the robots (4/10) 

by Martin Ford

What it's about:

Automation is a threat. We as humans are going to increasingly grapple with defining the role of people in tomorrows workforce. This presents paradigm shifts for countries and economies worldwide.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Skynet.

Read this book if:

You are interested in the potential future impact of artificial intelligence on learning, employability, and the nature of work.

 

Smarter Faster Better (4/10) 

by Charles Duhigg

What it's about:

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Project Management for the unofficial project manager (4/10) 

by Kogan, Blakemore, & Wood

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The Subtle art of not giving a fuck (3/10) 

by Mark Manson

What it's about:

Let me preface this by acknowledging I really like his blog and have enjoyed many of his pieces. That said, this book was disappointing. A poor mans version of Seneca and Ryan Holiday mixed with slap stick humor.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Drunk Seneca at his high school graduation party ranting at the bar to the bar tender.

Read this book if:

Seneca and Ryan Holiday are too serious for you.

 

Reign of error (3/10) 

by Diane Ravitch

What it's about:

How the crisis in public education is largely manufactured fear mongering that has benefited privatization and special interests.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

Diane Ravitch throwing darts at face print outs of her critics.

Read this book if:

Educator and/or affected by "education reform." I was conflicted about this one. Her criticism about the corrosive effects of high stakes testing are sound as well as her revisting of the data to prove the "crisis" is 1 part socioeconomic factors and 3 parts fear mongering. However, I couldn't not get past the fact it felt like personal rants and attacks of her critics. I wish she wrote more like Madeline Albright in her book Fascism. 

 

The Mystery Method (1/10) 

by "Mystery"

What it's about:

Being a terrible human.

If this book could be summarized in a picture, that picture would be:

A process geek turned peacock mascot in uniform slapping a girl at the bar telling her she is 'fat, ugly, and will never be loved' hoping it be a way into her heart.

Read this book if:

You are 19, a bro in college, don't know what you're doing, and think this will help you "get the girl." If you're not within that narrowly defined category...don't

 

The E Myth (1/10) 

by Michael E. Gerber

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