52 books of 2018

I read a little over 50 books in 2018. Eight of those turned out to be really good:

  1. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3), Cixin Liu  
  2. More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, Sebastian Mallaby
  3. The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur Book 1), Hannu Rajaniemi
  4. The Utopia Chronicles (Atopia Book 3), Matthew Mather
  5. The Fabric of Reality: Towards a Theory of Everything (Penguin Science), David Deutsch
  6. Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America, Danielle DiMartino Booth
  7. After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley, Rob Reid
  8. The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: a novel of the singularity, Roger Williams

Luckily, only a handful truly sucked:

  1. A Scanner Darkly
  2. Dark Matter (SW Ahmed)
  3. The Mote In God’s Eye
  4. Becoming, Michelle Obama

Here is the list for 2018:

  1. Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel (Culture series Book 1), Iain M. Banks
  2. All Systems Red (Kindle Single): The Murderbot Diaries, Martha Wells
  3. The Quantum Thief (Jean le Flambeur Book 1), Hannu Rajaniemi
  4. Into the Black [Remastered Edition] (Odyssey One Book 1), Evan Currie
  5. Death’s End (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 3), Cixin Liu  
  6. The Singularity Trap, Dennis E. Taylor
  7. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, Jordan B. Peterson
  8. Defiance: Prequel to The Legacy Human (Singularity Series Book 4), Susan Kaye Quinn 
  9. Big Debt Crises, Ray Dalio
  10. The Better Angels of Our Nature: The Decline of Violence In History And Its Causes, Steven Pinker
  11. The Dark Forest (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 2), Cixin Liu
  12. Once Dead (The Rho Agenda Inception Book 1), Richard Phillips
  13. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K. Dick
  14. The Utopia Chronicles (Atopia Book 3), Matthew Mather
  15. The Three-Body Problem (Remembrance of Earth’s Past Book 1), Cixin Liu
  16. All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3), Dennis Taylor
  17. For We Are Many (Bobiverse Book 2), Dennis Taylor
  18. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse Book 1), Dennis Taylor
  19. The Age of Em: Work, Love, and Life when Robots Rule the Earth, Robin Hanson
  20. Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong About The World – And Why Things Are Better Than You Think, Hans Rosling
  21. The Fringe Worlds: (The Human Chronicles Saga — Book 1), T.R. Harris
  22. Dark Matter: A Novel, Blake Crouch
  23. Seveneves, Neal Stephenson
  24. Engineering Infinity (The Infinity Project Book 1), Charles Stross
  25. The Mote in God’s Eye (Mote Series Book 1), Larry Niven
  26. Fed Up: An Insider’s Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America, Danielle DiMartino Booth
  27. Dark Matter, S. W. Ahmed
  28. After On: A Novel of Silicon Valley, Rob Reid
  29. Quantum Incident (Quantum Series Book), Douglas Phillips
  30. Quantum Void (Quantum Series Book 2), Douglas Phillips
  31. Quantum Space (Quantum Series Book 1), Douglas Phillips
  32. The Metamorphosis of Prime Intellect: a novel of the singularity, Roger Williams
  33. More Money Than God: Hedge Funds and the Making of a New Elite, Sebastian Mallaby
  34. Breaking out of Homeostasis: Achieve Mind-Body Mastery and Continue Evolving When Others Stagnate, Ludvig Sunstrom
  35. The Fabric of Reality: Towards a Theory of Everything (Penguin Science), David Deutsch
  36. The Psychedelic Explorer’s Guide, James Fadiman
  37. TED Talks: The official TED guide to public speaking: Tips and tricks for giving unforgettable speeches and presentations, Chris Anderson
  38. Mastering the market cycle, Howard Marks
  39. Becoming, Michelle Obama
  40. Head Strong, Dave Asprey
  41. Infinite Progress, Byron Reese
  42. Smart Parenting, Mattias Ribbing
  43. Nätverka, Anna Svahn
  44. Beyond Blockchain, Erik Townsend
  45. The Doors Of Perception, Aldous Huxley
  46. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, Randall Munroe
  47. Writing without bullshit, Josh Bernoff
  48. Meditations, Marcus Aurelius
  49. Architects of Intelligence, Martin Ford
  50. I, Superorganism, Jon Turney
  51. Investeringsguiden, Anna Svahn
  52. Framgångsboken, Alexander Pärleros

I’m reading or looking forward to reading:

  1. Consider Phlebas, by Iain M. Banks
  2. Causal Angel, by Hannu Rajaniemi
  3. Danielle, by Ray Kurzweil (the free chapters were cool and unusual; I’m awaiting delivery of the physical book)
  4. Magic Medicine, by Cody Johnson
  5. Poor Charlie’s almanac (I really should get going with this one soon… perhaps I should get a physical book)
  6. How To Change Your Mind
  7. Keeping At It, by Paul Volcker
  8. Why We Sleep
  9. The Everything Bubble, by Graham Summers
  10. When Money Dies, by Adam Fergusson
  11. Skin in the game, by Taleb
  12. AI Superpowers
  13. The Master And His Emissary
  14. Mr Pikes
  15. The Outsiders
  16. After Life (Simon Funk)
  17. Chaos Monkeys
  18. Post-Human 6 (waiting for the author)
  19. Post-Human 7 (waiting for the author)
  20. Dawn of the singularity 2 (waiting for the author)
  21. The Power Of Now, by Eckhart Tolle
  22. A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle
  23. The Master and Margarita
  24. Atomic Habits, by James Clear
  25. A history of central banking and the enslavement of mankind
  26. The order of time (Carlo Rovelli)
  27. Financial shenanigans (Schilit/Perler)

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4 Comments

    • Thanks. I actually have a little personal contact with James. A while ago we even had an hour+ long skype talk just him and me about blog strategy

  1. Hi Michael,
    Thanks for your reading list.
    Atomic Habits did get some amazing publicity, it’s become a best seller (it’s been reviewed in the WSJ this past week -https://wallstreetdealmaker.com/2019/01/pulling-the-curtains-back-over-the-new-year/

    As far as your blog strategy, I personally recommend making it a freemium, combining free material with paid subscriber posts. It’s what I did with mine.

    -Max

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