Book Lists: Episode IX

Hah! It’s been exactly 1 month, and I’ve read exactly 4 books.  (Ok ok fine I sort of cheated and used the holiday weekend to finish 3 books, but still).  I’m happy.

Finished Books:

Toughness was surprisingly good, and it got me through a lot of tough times last month.  Not gonna lie, last month was especially trying, and I found myself finding comfort in this book.  I must admit, I particularly find inspiration from basketball and I relate to it, so it may not be for everyone (when they started using football examples, I skimmed, so that’s just a heads up).  But it has a lot of life lessons that anyone can apply.  Peter Thiel/Blake Masters notes was amazing and blew my mind.  I feel like I just had a truck load of knowledge dropped on me and I think anyone running a startup should read this note set as mandatory reading.  The Husband’s Secret was surprisingly morbid (unlike the last book I read by the author) so I have decided no more books by this woman.  I think she only has 3 anyway so it’s all right.  How I Braved Anu Aunty & Co- Founded a Million Dollar Company was actually a book I picked up at a train station a year ago, and at the Ink Conference, I actually met Varun, the author.  He was an INK fellow last year and he’s a super cool guy.  Then I was like…man I need to find out what happens in the book.  It’s a quick read and I actually really enjoyed it.  I liked it because I feel like it gives you an accurate glimpse of what life in India is like for the average upper middle class family. It was cool because so much of that I related to, as in, I have been in those conversations with my guy friends/family in India (so it was pretty funny).

Graveyard:

  1. Strengths Based Leadership: Great Leaders, Great Teams, and Why People Follow (1%)

Current Reading List:

Personal Development

  1. Mastery (8%)
  2. Are you Really Listening: Keys to Successful Communication (31%)
  3. Spirit Junkie: A Radical Road to Self Love and Miracles (20%)
  4. Bringing Out The best In Yourself at Work (16%)
  5. The Enneagram in Love & Work (30%)
  6. What Type of Leader Are You? (Not Started)
  • General Non Fiction:
  1. Googled: The End of the World as we Know It (18%)
  2. Thinking, Fast and Slow (15%)
  3. Sixty Million Frenchmen Can’t Be Wrong: Why We Love France But Not The French (22%)
  4. The Jordan Rules: The Inside Story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls (15%)
  5. The Art of War (38%)
  6. Bird By Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and LIfe (35%)
  7. Flip the Switch and Lose the Weight: Proven Strategies to Fuel Your Metabolism And Burn Fat 24 Hours a Day (17%)
  8. Brilliant, Crazy, Cocky: How the Top 1% of Entrepreneurs Profit from Global Chaos (22%)
  9. I Can Barely Take Care of Myself: Tales From a  Happy Life Without Kids (1%)
  10. The New Digital Age: Reshaping the Future of People, Nations, and Business (2%)
  11. Zen Mind, Beginners Mind (16%)
  12. The PayPal Wars: Battles With Ebay, the Media, the Mafia, and the Rest of Planet Earth (7%)
  • Business:
  1. HBR’s 10 Must Reads: Strategy (14%)
  2. Startup CEO: A Field Guide To Scaling Up Your Business (10%)
  3. Mastering the Complex Sale: How to Compete and Win When the Stakes are High (20%)
  4. Resonate: Present Visual Stories That Transform Audiences (21%)
  5. Non-Violent Communication: A Language of Life (9%)
  • Fiction:
  1. Love (43%)
  2. Girl With The Pearl Earring (8%)
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