List of books I enjoyed the most in 2019
I have probably got at least a dozen people to get this book. A must read if you are in your 20s and trying to figure out how to do this personal finance thing.
BUY THIS BOOK NOW!
I don’t pay for a lot of books (I know I am cheap). But I bought a hard copy for The First 90 Days after reading it on Kindle. If you are transitioning to a new company, division or a role this is a must read.
I work for a big startup where processes and people are set by now and experimenting with new style of working is hard. But if I was doing my own startup, this is how I would do product development. Ryan Singer is one of my fav Product thinkers.
One of my goals this year was to learn how to be more “strategic”. I read a bunch of books on Strategy and this book stood out. Most ideas are not original. But the author ties them nicely in a framework.
I love taking notes while reading books and I realised the notes from this book turned out to be 30-40 pages long.
The Messy Middle was another good read. While reading this book, I was sharing Twitter threads all the time with relevant excerpts.
This was an amazing book on Negotiations.
Honest confession: I don’t remember each tactic from this book now, but if I have to be on the negotiation table regarding anything, I would re read the notes I took.
This book was amazing. I had read a post on how running a kitchen at a top restaurant is like working for a high performing startup: Why Chefs and Soldiers Make the Best Product Managers. Reading this made me realise how true it is.
Disclaimer: I have 0 interest in cooking.
If you have read Julie Zhuo’s medium posts, this book is a must read. One of the best books for first time managers.
If you are a TL or an EM, this book is something which should be in your to-read list.
I am a big fan of Aswath Damodaran and this book did not disappoint.
Peter Lynch is one of the best investors of all time. This is one of the best beginner books on Investing.
Good read on how companies in China are leveraging AI, competition between US and China, how China’s approach is different than other countries around AI, and Kai-Fu Lee’s ideas on handling the massive job losses that will come with the rise of AI.
Loved Bob Iger’s autobiography. Hard to be this honest and write about his peers and past managers while still being in office. An authentic read on his rise in ABC and then Disney.
I think the first fiction in this list.
This book tells you the history of our stock market through a fictional stock trader. 80s-90s Indian stock market was wild!
I loved Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places. Hence picked up this one. Did not disappoint. True Detective can create TV shows based on all her books.
What if you gain super human intelligence thanks to a lab experiment only to lose it away?
If you want to understand how platforms (or aggregators based on Ben Thompson’s definition) work then you should read this.
I thought I would go with 19 recos (because 2019 duh). Then added this as 20th because this book will tell you why the random walk hypothesis holds true in investing.
Most of the successful traders interviewed in this book went bust soon after.
If you are lazy, then you can always read the summaries for most of these books here: Book Summaries.