Books in Review

Next year I’m going to try keeping better track of what I read. This year, I know I’ve forgotten a few, but here’s what I remember:

Steve Jobs – Walter Isaacson. I thought it was interesting; an honest attempt at cataloguing the life of a fascinating and complex person.

How To Win Friends And Influence People – Dale Carnegie. I’d skimmed through it in high school, and decided it was full of obvious/cheesy platitudes, but was somehow convinced to take another look this year and I’m very glad I did. It is mostly full of very basic “don’t be an ass” advice, but I needed it.

Never Eat Alone – Keith Ferrazzi. I’m not sure what to think of this one. It’s pretty low on actionable advice, but it did help me (together with HTWFAIF, above) reframe the way I approach interpersonal relationships.

The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje. I haven’t finished this one yet, but it’s part of a recent concerted effort to read more fiction. I’ve always loved Ondaatje’s work, and this latest novel is no different.

Freakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner. I just started reading this last night, and I’m already 100 pages in. It’s an addicting read, and is already causing me to re-evaluate the incentive systems that are everywhere.

Napoleon Bonaparte – Alan Schom. I’ve been reading this one slowly for a while (it’s a hefty book). It’s a very well written account of Napoleon’s entire life story—highly recommended.

Crossing the Chasm – Geoffrey Moore. Just started this one last night as well (Christmas presents!) and so far it seems like it will live up to the hype.

The Education of Millionaires – Michael Ellsberg. This one, I can’t recommend at all. As always, though, your mileage may vary!

PS. Merry Christmas :)

davidnoel

Software developer, book writer, beer brewer :)

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