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How To Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7
it was amazing
This was extremely useful - highly recommended for parents of small kids.

I found a lot of tips which seemed useful, and was often surprised by how smo
Feb 2019
Feb 16, 2018
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
it was amazing
Stunning. The scale of the intrigue, the cast of famous names caught up in the reality distortion field, the ruthlessness, the fact that it's a true s ...more
Apr 03, 2019
Jul 29, 2018
The Effective Executive: The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done
it was amazing
I loved this book - so packed with wisdom that I moved through it slowly, filing away many quotes for reference.

There are two main thoughts which migh
Apr 06, 2019
Sep 25, 2013
Games People Play: The Psychology of Human Relationships
liked it
What I liked
This gave me a new lens for seeing interactions between people as having "patterns", with surface-level intent and ulterior intent. One ga
Jan 08, 2021
Jan 20, 2016
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones
liked it
A solid book about how to form habits.

Describes four "laws" for building habit, and goes into detail on how to use them to create good habits and brea
Jan 10, 2021
Dec 27, 2020
The Practice of Programming (Addison-Wesley Professional Computing Series)
liked it
Some interesting material, but overall more suited to people at the start of their careers, and very focused on low-level concerns that are relevant f ...more
Sep 05, 2014
Aug 23, 2014
really liked it
Strange, mysterious, fascinating, accessible, and enjoyable.
Mar 11, 2021
Feb 22, 2021
Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't
really liked it
I really liked this. The concepts were clearly articulated, seem useful, and had "substance" - based on data rather than simply the author's opinions. ...more
Mar 18, 2019
Feb 13, 2019
The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers
liked it
Some very interesting stories of surviving through tough times as CEO of a tech company.

I think I came in expecting something more generic about busin
Mar 09, 2015
Mar 05, 2015
Player Piano
it was amazing
Cartoonish at times, but always entertaining and thought provoking.

As machine learning starts to replace some "smart" human jobs, this book seems more
Jan 14, 2015
Dec 24, 2014
Time Management for System Administrators: Stop Working Late and Start Working Smart
really liked it
There's definitely a big chunk of this which is dated, but I really liked the core time management part ("The Cycle").

The dated part includes such nug
Jun 2016
Mar 10, 2016
Recovery: Freedom from Our Addictions
really liked it
One of my favorite books last year was “In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts” by Gabor Mate, about his experiences dealing with the most extreme drug addicts ...more
Jun 02, 2019
May 25, 2019
Story: Style, Structure, Substance, and the Principles of Screenwriting
it was amazing
I'd recommend this to anyone. It's aimed at people who want to be screenwriters, but the way it pulls films apart and shows the pieces they consist of ...more
Sep 06, 2016
Aug 26, 2016
The Martian
really liked it
So goddamn fun. It's been a while since a novel made me laugh this much, thoroughly enjoyed it. ...more
Aug 31, 2020
Mar 18, 2015
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon
really liked it
If you weren't already terrified of Amazon and Jeff Bezos, you will be after reading this. I knew Amazon had used tough negotiating tactics with publi ...more
Mar 2019
Feb 13, 2019
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
really liked it
Read as audiobook (yes, I prefer the word read to listened and I'm sticking with it!). Different from other audiobooks I've tried so far because it ha ...more
Jan 25, 2015
Apr 13, 2012
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World
really liked it
Makes a solid (if a little overdone) argument for the value of deep work, and gives a lot of very concrete and usable advice on how to do more of it.
Mar 08, 2019
Mar 01, 2019
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
really liked it
Jul 07, 2019
Jul 05, 2019
Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders
it was ok
More military detail than I was looking for, including usage (without explanation) of many navy terms. Some interesting leadership ideas, but few that ...more
Apr 09, 2019
Mar 17, 2019
Introduction to OKRs
liked it
Very short (37 pages), available free online. A concise intro to OKRs.
Feb 23, 2019
Feb 14, 2019
Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture
it was amazing
Really enjoyed this.

Big egos, rags to riches drama, all-nighters with pizza and diet coke, and business intrigue mixed in.

That, plus based around Doom
Mar 20, 2015
Oct 18, 2013
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It
really liked it
Hard to review this! There were some really interesting insights about what a business is and why so many small businesses fail which would merit a 5 ...more
Jan 29, 2016
Oct 13, 2015
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, #2)
it was amazing
A friend of mine once said that you should never let people know all of your good points when you first meet them; always hold something back. The ide ...more
Feb 07, 2015
Jan 31, 2015
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)
liked it
Not sure overall if this series was worth it.

More or less, book 1 wasn't quite interesting enough, book 2 was about right, and book 3 was too interest
Feb 26, 2015
Feb 09, 2015
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
really liked it
Inspiring, and reads like a good thriller.

My favorite passage:

It seems wrong to call it “business.” It seems wrong to throw all those hectic days and
Feb 13, 2019
Feb 01, 2019
Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom
really liked it
Short (especially since I was reading straight after reading the Game of Thrones series), and full of interesting ideas. Given the length of the book, ...more
Aug 14, 2014
May 03, 2014
it was amazing
I enjoyed this massively.

I'm as much of a sucker for time travel stories as anyone else, but of all the movies and books I've seen or read, this one s
Jan 12, 2015
Jan 03, 2015
it was amazing
Disturbing, brilliant, poignant - just thinking about it evokes a visceral reaction in me, and I don't think I'll forget it any time soon. Highly reco ...more
Dec 30, 2017
Mar 13, 2015
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
really liked it
Funny, fascinating, and full of thought-provoking ideas. I'm not certain how much I'll retain, but I really enjoyed the ride. ...more
May 16, 2019
Feb 13, 2019
Vicious (Villains, #1)
really liked it
Very fun, a real page-turner. The writing was witty and frequently made me smile.
Mar 24, 2019
Dec 27, 2018
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