Books and plans

books to read
Sometimes plans don’t work. But this time I am glad they didn’t. In Feb 2013, I shared my planned book self for the year here.

Planned for 12 books and here are the books I actually read after 6 months from jotting down that list.

  • The Believing brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies—How We Construct Beliefs and Reinforce Them as Truths by Michael Shermer
    Beliefs come first and explanations for beliefs follow. The brain is a belief engine.
  • Your Brain at work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long by David Rock
    This book offers fascinating research about the brain’s functions, limitations and capacities, and it teaches us how we can “direct” our own brain chemistry.
  • How math will save your life: (And Make You Rich, Help You Find The One, and Avert Catastrophes) James D Stein
    Gives you fun, practical advice for using math to improve virtually every area of daily life.
  • The Apple Way by Jeffrey L. Cruikshank
    A History of Apple Marketing and Management
  • The tiger that isn’t seeing through a world of number by Andrew Dilnot
    In this witty and fascinating book he explains to us laymen how to make sense of numbers and how we can avoid having the wool pulled over our eyes.
  • Accidental Genius: Using Writing to Generate Your Best Ideas, Insight, and Content by Mark Levy
    Accidental Genius is your guide to Freewriting
  • The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life by Timothy Ferriss
    My first Tim Ferriss book and loved it.
  • How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed by Ray Kurzweil
    It’s a very interesting book that presents the pattern recognition theory of mind (PRTM), which describes the basic algorithm of the neocortex. Liked it and found many similarities of working of neocortex and PCA.
  • So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport
    Stop worrying about what you feel like doing (and what the world owes you) and instead, start creating something meaningful and then give it to the world.
  • Who Is Mark Twain? by Mark Twain
  • A Technique for Producing Ideas by James Webb Young
    This is a classic read; short, pointed, and truthful.

  • The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Timothy Ferriss
  • Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath, Dan Heath
    In this book, the Heaths, based on an exhaustive study of the decision-making literature, introduce a four-step process designed to counteract biases affecting making effective decisions.

  • Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath , Dan Heath
    Reread this just after reading Decisive. Loved it all over again.

  • Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin
    “A wonderful book on wisdom and decision-making written by a wise decision-maker. This is the kind of book you read first, then leave by your bedside and re-read a bit every day, so you can slowly soak up the wisdom.- Reviewer” So true

  • The Little Book of Talent: 52 Tips for Improving Your Skills by Daniel Coyle
    Concise little book packs a lot of wisdom into 120 pages !

  • The Bootstrapper’s Bible: How to Start and Build a Business With a Great Idea and (Almost) No Money by Seth Godin
    From the book: Virtually every business–from IBM to the local dry-cleaner–was bootstrapped, usually by people with far less smarts, less money, fewer connections, and less vision than you have right now.

  • To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink
    Liked it but at times felt something missing.

  • Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World by Christopher Steiner
    Algorithms are affecting every field of human endeavor, from markets to medi cine, poker to pop music. Read this book if you want to understand the most powerful force shaping the world today and tomorrow. -—Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, MIT

  • Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
    Reread this book. Every book I read on psychology mentions this book. That says a lot.

  • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey
    A Peek Into the Artists’ World of Getting Down to Business.

  • The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird
    The book presents a practical, lively, and inspiring ways for us to become more successful through better thinking.

  • The Power of Why
  • Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt
  • How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough

    Now the plan is to actually read all those planned books by the end of the year. 😉

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