Bookshelf

Books I’ve been reading and learning from.

2020

Factfulness

by Hans Rosling

How can you gather a better, more fact-based perspective? I love how it provides this straightforward toolset for how to think clearly about the world. Very structured, very enjoyable to read.

Steal Like an Artist

by Austin Kleon

Austin’s books are lovely. They’re short, packed with amazing value, and got beautiful illustrations.

The Artist's Journey

📖 What I learned from it
by Steven Pressfield

The hero’s journey is about gathering experience and a history of your own. The artist’s journey is about the self-discovery that comes after. I found it helpful to think about life in different phases like this.

The Seasons of Life

📖 What I learned from it
by Jim Rohn

Reserve your greatest respect for yourself, because it is what you perceive your self to be that truly determines the quality of life.

by Derek Sivers

Personal, honest, and beautiful. Derek Sivers shares a couple thoughts on how to run a business.

by Jake Knapp

Run a sprint over a week to address some of your biggest design problems. Should be read by anyone who creates products or services.

Totto-Chan

by Tetsuko Kuroyanagi

Shares a beautiful message on childhood. Having the right people around you, with the support and space you need for growth is so incredibly important. For a while I fell in love with this magical little school in Tokyo.

Sum

by David Eagleman

What happens after death? Each chapter is a different answer to this question. The format was fascinating and let my imagination run wild.

The Baltimore Boys

by Joël Dicker

Beautiful book about growing up. Sometimes you think people “have it all”, but you don’t know what’s going on under the facade. Shares some very good life advice. Also interesting plot, but the growth of the characters was the big hit for me.

Just Enough Research

by Erika Hall

One of the A Book Apart’s which I skipped over when it was first released. Shouldn’t have done that. Packed with so much good advice on how to do proper testing and research for your projects.

The Elements of Content Strategy

by Erin Kissane

Great introduction to the essentials of content strategy. As with all others in the series it gives you a framework and toolbox for how you can improve your workflow. Very appreciated.

Upstream

by Mary Oliver

I like these types of essays. It makes me slow down. It gets me into a more natural, reflective state.

Everyday Information Architecture

by Lisa Maria Martin

Information architecture is a big part of what I do. This book provides a toolset for how to approach that work. Great read.

Foundation and Earth

by Isaac Asimov

Thinking in Systems

by Donella H. Meadows

I didn’t really have a good mental map about the individual components that makes up a system. Until I read this book that is. Enjoyable and informative throughout.

Modern Web Development on the JAMstack

by Mathias Biilmann, Phil Hawksworth

Amazing introduction to the JAMstack approach for modern web development. I like that it weighs different options and explains that there is no “one-fits-all” solution, it really depends on your needs. The case study of Smashing Magazine is stellar!

Morning Star

by Pierce Brown

Stillness is the Key

by Ryan Holiday

Started this book thinking there wasn’t enough takeaways in each chapter. That it was random excerpts from peoples lives. But the book grew on me the further in I got. It turned out to be the state of mind it created in me that was the most valuable, not the amount of takeaways I could get.

Atomic Habits

by James Clear

The best book on habit formation that I know. It’s a regular reread every year. This book changed the way I approach building my routine.

Going Offline

by Jeremy Keith

Introduced me to the concept of service workers and how to install them. An extra nugget is the way that Jeremy explains JavaScript in general, he takes it down to a level so that I could grasp some of its core concepts in a much deeper way than previously. Bravo!

Golden Son

by Pierce Brown

2019

Progressive Web Apps

by Jason Grigsby

Great book for getting a grip on what a progressive web app is. Provides guidance and tips on what to keep in mind as you develop a roadmap for your PWA.

Lead Yourself First

by Raymond M. Kethledge

Nah. Not that catching. Random excerpts from historical people and how they used solitude to become what they were. The best chapter was the last which gave useful advice for how to find solitude throughout any day.

Foundation’s Edge

by Isaac Asimov

Meditations

by Marcus Aurelius

Red Rising

by Pierce Brown

The Continuum Concept

by Jean Liedloff

Second Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

How to Take Smart Notes

by Sönke Ahrens

Foundation and Empire

by Isaac Asimov

Hiking with Nietzsche

by John Kaag

Ich bin dann mal weg

by Hape Kerkeling

Life 3.0

by Max Tegmark

Very thorough read on the implications of artificial intelligence. Starts out by providing solid terminology about what life and intelligence is, and then asks many questions of what we want out of our future. Amazingly thourough in describing what type of scenarios could be awaiting. What will life be for humans in the age of artifical intelligence?

The Course of Love

by Alain de Botton

Happy

by Derren Brown

A wonderful book. Provides an accessible and approachable overview of past philosophies, and shows how they apply better to your life than the harmful self-help-positivity trends we see today. Written in a light and humorous way. Is very strong and enlightening in the middle. So many ‘aha’ moments.

Swiss Watching

by Diccon Bewes

Relaxed and entertaining read. Learned a lot about the peculiarities of the country I’m living in. Every country should have an accessible handbook like this one.

The Wisdom of No Escape

by Pema Chödrön

Short book with chapters meant to work as an aid to meditation. Found it a bit hard to get into the text. But I believe it would work great as support during a longer retreat. Is getting much better toward the end.

Scrum

by Jeff Sutherland

Entertaining introduction to Scrum. Supported by stories from how different companies have implemented the framework. Liked that the author explains the why behind the framework, not just the how, and that he’s doing it in an accessible and easy way. Gave me a more meaningful understanding of how Scrum can be integrated in projects.

How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

Good advice on how to handle people. In short: don’t criticize, show appreciation, think about what the other person want, don’t tell people they’re wrong. It’s a well structured book with concise chapters. Makes it easy to go back and use it as a reference.

Don’t Make Me Think

by Steve Krug

So jam-packed with “obvious” wisdom that I could barely put down my notes app. Many notes for such a short book shows its value for anyone who is designing things with user interaction involved.

The Left Hand of Darkness

by Ursula K. Le Guin

A Guide to the Good Life

by William B. Irvine

Probably the best introduction on Stoicism that I’ve read. Well structured, objective, and with good background information on the most important characters in Stoic history. Together with the works of Ryan Holiday, this book makes Stoicism accessible to more people.

Deep Work

by Cal Newport

One of my favorite books on the value of focus. To acquire skills for today’s and tomorrow’s information economy requires that we spend our time doing deep work, which is rare and valuable, while avoiding shallow work which is common and dispensable.

Make Time

by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky

Adorable read packed with a multitude of tactics for creating more time in your day. The book is structured around four topics: highlight, focus, energize, and reflect. The highlight is your most important work, so to protect it you need to be able to focus, energize, and reflect on what works and what doesn’t. The book is packaged in a very accessible manner and makes it easy jumping back and forth, to try out different tactics. Very enjoyable to read.

River Out of Eden

by Richard Dawkins

A great introduction on the nature of DNA, and the evolution of species. It was a fascinating insight to find out how digital the genetic system actually is. In essence, we are all survival machines programmed to propagate the digital database which did the programming.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

by Cal Newport

Would strongly recommend this book to anyone struggling with choosing career path. Follow your passion can be bad advice. It’s much more important to get good at something rare and valuable.

Have Space Suit-Will Travel

by Robert A. Heinlein

Principles

by Ray Dalio

Oh, how I enjoyed this book! Systemize your decision-making criteria. It turns into a collection of recipes you can use over and over to make decisions. Never mistake opinion for facts. Remember that decision making is a two step process — first learning, and then deciding.

12 Rules for Life

by Jordan B. Peterson

Digital Minimalism

by Cal Newport

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

by Robert A. Heinlein

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

by Mark Manson

To be happy we need something to solve. See your emotions as suggestions, not as commandments. People who become great at something do so because they’re obsessed with improvement. See negative emotions as a necessary component of emotional health.

Nicely Said

by Nicole Fenton

Never Split the Difference

by Chris Voss

Negotiation is nothing more than communication with results. Use tactical empathy and listen to the other part. The way you act is more important than what you say. Use open-ended questions to get the counterpart to solve your problems.

Everybody Writes

by Ann Handley

Writing for Designers

by Scott Kubie

Workflow is a big-picture idea that accommodates all kinds of different processes, techniques, and tools. If following a recipe is a process, making dinner is a workflow. Writing is just thinking plus typing. Workflow gets the writing done.

Zen in the Art of Writing

by Ray Bradbury

2018

The Daily Stoic

by Ryan Holiday

Stoicism & Western Buddhism

by Patrick Ussher

The Social Singularity

by Max Borders

The Dispossessed

by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Snowball System

by Mo Bunnell

The Bullet Journal Method

by Ryder Carroll

The book that changed my journaling practice. Can’t start to describe how important this book has been to me since I read it.

Flexible Typesetting

by Tim Brown

Image Performance

by Mat Marquis

The Elon Musk Blog Series

by Tim Urban

Lying

by Sam Harris

Four Ways to Forgiveness

by Ursula K. Le Guin

Inner Engineering

by Sadhguru

Peace Is In Every Step

by Thich Nhat Hanh

Die Hochhausspringerin

by Julia Von Lucadou

Homo Deus

by Yuval Noah Harari

Radical Technologies

by Adam Greenfield

The Long Earth

by Terry Pratchett

Tribe of Mentors

by Timothy Ferriss

Why We Get Fat

by Gary Taubes

City of Thieves

by David Benioff

The Power of A Positive No

by William Ury

Ein ganzes Leben

by Robert Seethaler

Man’s Search for Meaning

by Viktor E. Frankl

I like the idea of Frankl’s description of the meaning of life. Man don’t define the meaning of life, but rather life defines the meaning of man. We are being questioned by life on a daily and hourly basis. Our answer, our meaning, lies in our actions and conduct.

Foundation

by Isaac Asimov

The Obstacle Is the Way

by Ryan Holiday

Shoe Dog

by Phil Knight

Artemis

by Andy Weir

Die Fremde aus dem Eis

by René Barjavel

You Don’t Know JS: Async & Performance

by Kyle Simpson

You Don’t Know JS: Types & Grammar

by Kyle Simpson

You Don’t Know JS: this & Object Prototypes

by Kyle Simpson

2017

You Don’t Know JS: Scope and Closures

by Kyle Simpson

You Don’t Know JS: Up & Going

by Kyle Simpson

The Practicing Mind

by Thomas M. Sterner

When you put all your focus on the goal, you’re spending a lot of unnecessary energy on it. You’re judging yourself and none of that energy is going into learning what you need in order to reach the goal of yours. Focus on the process, what you’re doing in the moment, and that will bring you further to your goal.

Digital Gold

by Nathaniel Popper

Introduced me to the world of cryptocurrency.

Animation at Work

by Rachel Nabors

Webfont Handbook

by Bram Stein

The Dip

by Seth Godin

11/22/63

by Stephen King

The 10X Rule

by Grant Cardone

Set higher goals in order to achieve bigger things. It’s not enough to set low goals and achieve them, you need to set higher goals and you will reach higher even if you don’t accomplish the goals.

The Slight Edge

by Jeff Olson

The New CSS Layout

by Rachel Andrew

Show Your Work!

by Austin Kleon

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” Never stop learning. When you feel that you’ve hit a wall,begin again and take another angle on it. Always push yourself to become a student again.

The Handmaid’s Tale

by Margaret Atwood

The One Thing

by Gary Keller

In order to succeed you only have to do ONE Thing well. Ask yourself, “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Respect that you have a limited supply of willpower and build your habits based on that knowledge.

Essentialism

by Greg McKeown

When we surrender the ability to choose, someone or something will step in and choose for us. Think “I choose to” instead of “I have to.” Make decisions by design, rather than by default.

Overlap

by Sean McCabe

Von Männern, die keine Frauen haben

by Haruki Murakami

Demystifying Public Speaking

by Lara Hogan

Color Accessibility Workflows

by Geri Coady

Learning React

by Alex Banks

New York 2140

by Kim Stanley Robinson

Cultivating a Creative Culture

by Justin Dauer

Sapiens

by Yuval Noah Harari

Unsubscribe

by Jocelyn K. Glei

The best book I know on how to handle email.

Seveneves

by Neal Stephenson

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury

The Organized Mind

by Daniel J. Levitin

For being a book about organization, I felt that the structure was pretty scattered and the concepts were a bit "all over the place". It draws in a lot of theories from other books like Getting Things Done by David Allen, Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Flow by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. A few fresh takeaways but most was repetition from previously mentioned books.

West with the Night

by Beryl Markham

Designing Interface Animation

by Val Head

The War of Art

by Steven Pressfield

A great kick starter for stop messing around and get to work. It takes the idea of personal Resistance, and embodies it in a foe that needs to be fought every day. Sit down. Do the work. Inspiration isn't a thing that can be manufactured. It comes by doing the work. Brief, to the point, and no bullshit.

Algorithms to Live By

by Brian Christian & Tom Griffiths

Take computational algorithms and apply those in your own life for guidance. A bit hard to get through at some pieces with meaty math equations. But for the most part—stunningly enlightening!

The Glass Castle

by Jeannette Walls

Inclusive Design Patterns

by Heydon Pickering

The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

by Natasha Pulley

The Great Gatsby

by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Time for the Stars

by Robert Heinlein

Tunnel in the Sky

by Robert Heinlein

Predictably Irrational

by Dan Ariely

Rainforest Hero

by Ruedi Suter

Front-End Style Guides

by Anna Debenham

Hearts in Atlantis

by Stephen King

How to Make Sense of Any Mess

by Abby Covert

This is a short book. Very concise and to the point. Abby is going through the tools available for organizing any given thing. She gave me some new insights and techniques that I would like to try out.

On the Shortness of Life

by Seneca

Tools of Titans

by Timothy Ferriss

Parable of the Sower

by Octavia E. Butler

Atomic Design

by Brad Frost

The Star Beast

by Robert Heinlein

The Checklist Manifesto

by Atul Gawande

The Paris Wife

by Paula McLain

Look to Windward

by Iain M. Banks

On Writing

by Stephen King

2016

Getting Things Done

by David Allen

The Man in the High Castle

by Philip K. Dick

To Pixar and Beyond

by Lawrence Levy

Wow. What I learned in this book was astonishing. I picked it up on the premise that it conveyed yet another view of Steve Jobs. Written this time on the perspective from Pixar. But learning some more about Jobs is just a side track. The real meat here is about the history of Pixar and the business decisions taken that made it what it is today.

The Caves of Steel

by Isaac Asimov

Flow

by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

The Little Paris Bookshop

by Nina George

Farnham’s Freehold

by Robert Heinlein

Four Seasons in Rome

by Anthony Doerr

Night Train to Lisbon

by Pascal Mercier

About Grace

by Anthony Doerr

Practical SVG

by Chris Coyier

Red Planet

by Robert Heinlein

Wind/Pinball: Two Novels

by Haruki Murakami

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

Adaptive Web Design

by Aaron Gustafson

Responsive Design Workflow

by Stephen Hay

Space Cadet

by Robert Heinlein

Rocket Ship Galileo

by Robert Heinlein