Welcome to my library

Welcome to my library

This page intends to document all the books I have read or currently reading.

I started keeping a log of books from 2015. I made a promise to make perpetual updates. As I begin tracking the books, I expect this page to become a resource for me in the long term.

Here are my 2 absolute recommendations as you begin 2022

Psychology of money

Show your work

Other reading lists I recommend

Who Read What: Business Leaders Share Their Favorite Books of 2021
Selections from Indra Nooyi, David M. Rubenstein, Robert Iger and others.
CIOs Pick Their Favorite Reads of 2021
From a Billie Jean King autobiography to Haruki Murakami’s meditations on distance running.
21 great books I read in 2021 - Austin Kleon
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My yearly reading: I average between 20-25 books a year. However, there have been years like 2019, where my reading habit suffered. I continued using podcasts, technical papers, or YouTube to advance my learnings.

Patterns of reading: I have also noticed a shift in my reading subjects over the year. Starting from self-help and management books, I read more technical books or ones related to brain sciences, Psychology, and  Spirituality.

Books read in 2022

  1. Misbehaving: The making of behavioral economics
  2. The almanac of Naval Ravikant

Books read in 2021

  1. My Life in full - Indira Nooyi
  2. The house and the cloud
  3. Life of Stoics
  4. How to Write Short
  5. Striking Thoughts by Bruce lee
  6. Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman!
  7. Purple cow by Seth Godin - Audible
  8. Tools of Titans
  9. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  10. Psychology of money
  11. Show your Work
  12. The art of loving
  13. The infinite game
  14. Atomic habits- Re-read
  15. Lots of focus on reading technical books from Snowflake, Cyber Security, and whitepapers.

Books read in 2020

  1. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
  2. The Technology Fallacy, how people are the real key to digital transformation
  3. The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness
  4. Getting Things Done
  5. The Money Tree: A Story About Finding the Fortune in Your Backyard
  6. The Art of Possibility: Transforming Professional and Personal Life
  7. The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
  8. Reasons to Stay Alive
  9. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions
  10. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams
  11. War of Art
  12. Think like Amazon

My preferred medium for reading

[UPDATE 5/18/2020] I made a conscious effort to return to digital reading. I picked my kindle back up. I have been buying too many books and already running out of space. I don't want to pile them but and buy more bookshelves. Plus, I am starting to realize that with all the note-taking I do on the books, I need to move to a smarter system where I can access those notes on the fly. I Will share in a post soon on how my Kindle Vs paper world reading experience is going in 2020.

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Previous note on my Preferred medium

I have always been a paper-based reader. During the 2018 time frame, something changed. I tried "kindle". However, It did not stick.

I found the kindle to be an excellent device with great battery life. The ability to carry thousands of books with me and my notes was great. But it didn't work.

I could not get over the touch and feel and the smell of the books. Kindle also felt slow.

My current medium of reading is paper-based books.

Additionally, in 2019 I also took to audible and started trying the books while walking around. I have been listening to podcasts for a long time, and hence this was an easy transition.

95% of reading is using paper-based books.

5% is in the form of audiobooks.

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Where do I buy my books?

I buy my books via Amazon. It's convenient. Amazon has done an excellent job getting books almost every time the very next day. I also pick books from the airport during travel.

Lastly, while in Atlanta, I used to frequently visit Half-priced books. They were excellent. I would call to check the availability of a certain book, before heading to the store. I would often get books at a good 30-60% discount.

Book Stores are amazing since they are not leading you into Digging as one would do on Amazon, but instead, lead you into exploring interesting and new books and subjects. But, largely my buying is online.

My Book log (Previous years)

Books read in 2019

  1. How Smart Machines Think (The MIT Press)
  2. The Technology Fallacy: How People Are the Real Key to Digital Transformation (Management on the Cutting Edge)
  3. What the Digital Future Holds: 20 Groundbreaking Essays on How Technology Is Reshaping the Practice of Management (Digital Future of Management)
  4. Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
  5. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
  6. Blue Ocean Strategy, Expanded Edition: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant
  7. Granularity of growth

Books read in2018

  1. Spin selling - Nail Rackham [8/16/2018] is another excellent book on sales that I probably read twice on the Trott.
  2. Rework - Jason Fried [8/16/2018] is one of the classic books by a guy whom I admire a lot.
  3. Spin selling field guide book [8/16/2018] I actually read the field book first, and then went to the actual spin selling book.
  4. The Obstacle is the way-By Ryan Holiday
  5. The effective executive- Peter Drucker

Books read in 2017

Complete list of books from 2017

  1. Make your Bed: Little Things that can change your Life by William H McRaven [10/3/2017].
  2. First Impressions by Ann Demarais [ 10/4/2017]
  3. Happy Money by Elizabeth Dunn & Michael Norton [10/4/2017]
  4. High-Profit Prospecting by Mark Hunter. [10/4/2017] Excellent practical tips on prospecting. A must-read book in 2018 for a b2b sales career.
  5. The Greatest Miracle in the world by O G Mandino [10/4/2017] amazingly uplifting book.

Books read during 2016 & 2015:

Books I read in 2016 and 2015 are listed here.