Book Notes

In 2018 I was obsessed with reading. I read over 50 books. As part of my reading process I made highlights in Kindle and made notes on the books that I read. Below are those notes.

I'm glad I read 50+ books in 2018 because I learned a lot from them. But even more than the content of the books, I learned that I didn't need to maximize the amount of books I was reading :-).

I still read, just a lot less. To me this page is now a neat relic from a different time of my life.

12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing

Al Ries, Jack Trout

50th Law

Robert Greene

A Brief History of Time

Stephen Hawking

A New U

Ryan Craig

A Walk in the Woods

Bill Bryson

The Almost Nearly Perfect People

Michael Booth

American Kingpin

Nick Bilton

Amusing Ourselves to Death

Neil Postman

The Art of Gathering

Priya Parker

The Art of Literature

Arthur Schopenhauer

Barbarian Days

William Finnegan

Building the Intentional University

Ben Nelson, Stephen M Kosslyn

The Case Against Sugar

Gary Taubes

The Coddling of the American Mind

Greg Lukianoff, Jonathan Haidt

The Courage to be Disliked

Ichiro Kishimi, Fumitake Koga

The Defining Decade

Meg Jay


Tara Westover

Empire State of Mind

Zach O’Malley Greenburg


Alfred Lansing

Excellent Sheep

William Deresiewicz

Finite and Infinite Games

James P Carse

Fluent Forever

Gabriel Wyner

Growth Hacker Marketing

Ryan Holiday

Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski

How to Get Rich

Felix Dennis

How to Win Friends and Influence People

Dale Carnegie

Hurricanes: A Memoir

Rick Ross

I Taste Red

Jamie Goode


Jean M Twenge


Adam Alter

Less Than Zero

Bret Easton Ellis

Let My People Go Surfing

Yvon Chouinard

Letters from a Stoic


The Lily of the Field and the Bird of the Air

Søren Kierkegaard


Marcus Aurelius


Mark Manson

Monk of Mokha

Dave Eggers

Norwegian Wood

Lars Mytting

On The Move: A Life

Oliver Sacks

On Writing Well

William Zinsser

Purple Cow

Seth Godin


David J. Epstein

The Rational Male

Rollo Tomassi

Reengineering Retail

Doug Stephens, Joseph Pine

The Righteous Mind

Jonathan Haidt


Yuval Noah Harari

Scientific Advertising

Claude Hopkins

Seeing like a State

James C. Scott


Ralph Waldo Emerson

Shop Class as Soulcraft

Matthew B Crawford

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

Cal Newport

Stumbling on Happiness

Daniel Gilbert

Sum: 40 Tales from the Afterlife

David Eagleman

Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies

Nick Bostrom

Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

Richard P. Feynman

Systemantics: The Systems Bible

John Gall

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Mitch Albom

The Stranger in the Woods

Michael Finkel

The Tiger

John Vaillant

Thinking in Bets

Annie Duke

Thinking in Systems

Donella Meadows

Trading Up

Michael Silverstein, Neil Fiske

The Uninhabitable Earth

David Wallace-Wells

Venture Deals

Brad Feld, Jason Mendelson

The War of Art

Steven Pressfield

The War on Normal People

Andrew Yang

The Way of Men

Jack Donovan

We Should All Be Feminists

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Who is Michael Ovitz?

Michael Ovitz

Wireframing Essentials

Matthew J. Hamm

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Robert Pirsig

Zero to One

Peter Thiel