Max Rozen

The books I read in 2018

January 02, 2019 • ☕️ 1 min read

How I read:

I used to absolutely suck at reading books (and I still do, come to think of it). The whole having a physical book in your hands thing, trying to find a comfortable position to read just before going to sleep while your elbows are going numb - so annoying. Don’t get me wrong though, I absolutely love the physical act of reading, I just sucked at making it a habit, and being comfortable while reading.

Then I discovered podcasts, which eventually lead me to Audible. Instead of reading 3-4 books a year (mostly while on flights/trains to holiday destinations), I now read around 14-16. I typically listen while commuting to work, though occasionally while doing household chores I’ll also put on a book. You’d be surprised how quickly those 30 minute commutes add up!

The books that didn’t make it

A few books I bought either didn’t resonate with me, or the narration was atrocious - so I just returned them. The books below are only the ones I actually wanted to finish reading.

The list

  • Why We Sleep - Matthew Walker
  • Bullshit Jobs - David Graeber
  • It Doesn’t Have To Be Crazy at Work - DHH, Jason Fried
  • Rework - Jason Fried, DHH
  • Angel - Jason Calacanis
  • Blitzscaling - Reid Hoffman, Chris Yeh
  • Debt - David Graeber (half-finished)
  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products - Nir Eyal
  • Thinking in Bets - Annie Duke
  • High Growth Handbook - Elad Gil (half-finished)
  • The Upstarts - Brad Stone
  • The Everything Store - Brad Stone
  • All Marketers Are Liars - Seth Godin
  • Creativity Inc - Ed Catmull
  • The Icarus Deception - Seth Godin
  • Purple Cow - Seth Godin

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