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Books

As a kid, I was never much of a fan of reading. But at some point, I realized:

  1. The most interesting people you meet are usually those who read widely.
  2. There is no greater distillation of a person's work, perspective, and experience than a book they wrote.

Nowadays, I primarily read nonfiction with the occasional autobiography or self-improvement book sprinkled in.

My favorite books are:

  1. Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller
    • The audibook version of this book (as read by the author) is a rollercoaster of emotion and a profound reflection on the chaos of life, finding meaning in everyday experience, and the things we hold to be true. Read it and "give up the fish" may become your new mantra.
  2. Creativity, Inc: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Camull & Amy Wallace
    • This book is a wonderful reflection on how to create an organizational culture that inspires creativity, solicits great feedback, and empowers its members to do exceptional work. I read it soon after graduating undergrad and my interests in management, collaboration, organizational culture, and psychological safety have continued to flourish since.
  3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    • I don't remember a lot about this book, but I do remember one key takeaway: almost everything in life has value or power because a certain threshold of people decided it did. Whether it be money, laws, or even human rights, these things, in the grand scheme of things, are products of mankind's collective imagination. To quote the author: "How do you cause people to believe in an imagined order such as Christianity, democracy or capitalism? First, you never admit that the order is imagined."
  4. Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows & Diana Wright
    • This book gave me the language to understand the components of a system and how they influence the system's larger behavior.

A library of the books I’ve recently opened and saved can be seen below:

Books I've opened recently

Models: Attract Women Through Honesty
Eloquent JavaScript: A Modern Introduction to Programming
Our Livable World: Creating the Clean Earth of Tomorrow
The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity
Together: Why Social Connection Holds the Key to Better Health, Higher Performance, and Greater Happiness
The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know
Into the Wild
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
So You Want to Talk About Race
Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Desert Solitaire
Find Your Why: A Practical Guide to Discovering Purpose for You and Your Team
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World's Top Minds
Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference

Books I've saved recently

And probably won't end up reading. :(

Scrappy Circuits
Working Effectively with Legacy Code
How the Other Half Learns: Equality, Excellence, and the Battle Over School Choice
Change of Heart: What Psychology Can Teach Us about Spreading Social Change
How to Be Great at Doing Good: Why Results Are What Count and How Smart Charity Can Change the World
Veganomics: The Surprising Science on What Motivates Vegetarians, from the Breakfast Table to the Bedroom
In Praise of Walking: A New Scientific Exploration
Ageless: The New Science of Getting Older Without Getting Old
The Disconnect: A Personal Journey Through the Internet
Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World
Exercised: Why Something We Never Evolved to Do Is Healthy and Rewarding
Rescue: From Global Crisis to a Better World
The Complete Vegetable Cookbook
Come as You Are: The Surprising New Science that Will Transform Your Sex Life
The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts
Irrationality: A History of the Dark Side of Reason
Post-Truth
The Enigma of Reason
Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution
DevOps for the Desperate: A Hands-On Survival Guide