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2018
My Year in Books
34,851
pages read
106
books read
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This is my journey in books for 2018!


The Complete Guide to Shodan by John Matherly
Shortest Book
92
pages
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
Longest Book
1,248
pages

Average book length in 2018
328
pages

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
Most Popular
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Ethereum Smart Contract Development by Mayukh Mukhopadhyay
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Sebastian’s average rating for 2018
3.9
3.9

Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann
Highest Rated on Goodreads
4.74 average

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Sebastian’s first review of the year

it was amazing
Solid 5 stars, w/o any doubt.
Not because I was enchanted by 'Homo Deus' (by the same author) - 'Sapiens' earns its grade alone. Why then? What does the book about the history of humankind has to do to achieve full 5 stars? Well, in fact, this book is about something completely else - it's about substantial questions like:
* what is 'human' & how homogenic were (/are) the humans (e.g. genom-wise)?
* why did human dominate the rest of the fauna on Ea
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SEBASTIAN’S 2018 BOOKS
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
it was amazing
Masters of Doom by David Kushner
Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
Social Engineering by Christopher Hadnagy
Fit for Purpose by David J. Anderson
Step Ahead with Rust by Jonathan Creekmore
Principles by Ray Dalio
Coffee Lunch Coffee by Alana Muller
Powerful by Patty McCord
Wiedźmin. Szpony i kły by Andrzej Sapkowski
Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World by Jack Weatherford
it was amazing
Programming Rust by Jim Blandy
The Complete Guide to Shodan by John Matherly
Endure by Alex  Hutchinson
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan
Blockchain Basics by ConsenSys Academy
A Seat at the Table by Mark  Schwartz
The Leprechauns of Software Engineering by Laurent Bossavit
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
it was amazing
The Art of Invisibility by Kevin D. Mitnick
Ethereum Smart Contract Development by Mayukh Mukhopadhyay
When by Daniel H. Pink
Kubernetes Cookbook by Sebastien Goasguen
Good to Great by James C. Collins
American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
Spiżowy gniew by Michał Gołkowski
The Everything Store by Brad Stone
it was amazing
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh
Skin in the Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Adopting Elixir by Ben Marx
Accelerate by Nicole Forsgren
Building Blockchain Projects by Narayan Prusty
Tribal Leadership by Dave Logan
The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
The Wall of Storms by Ken Liu
it was amazing
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Agile Web Development with Rails 5.1 by Sam Ruby
Crushing It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
How F*cked Up Is Your Management? by Johnathan Nightingale
Grey Sister by Mark  Lawrence
Gemba Kaizen by Masaaki Imai
Jaksa by Jacek Komuda
Enlightenment now by Steven Pinker
Measure What Matters by John E. Doerr
Napoleon by J. Christopher Herold
Ansible by Lorin Hochstein
Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom
Creative Confidence by Tom Kelley
PostgreSQL by Regina O. Obe
Programming Ecto by Darin Wilson
it was amazing
Exactly What to Say by Phil M. Jones
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Bad Blood by John Carreyrou
it was amazing
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Cloud Native Infrastructure by Justin Garrison
Swearing Is Good for You by Emma  Byrne
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Inspired by Marty Cagan
Kubernetes in Action by Marko Luksa
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
Boomerang by Michael   Lewis
Craft GraphQL APIs in Elixir with Absinthe by Bruce Williams
Programming Elixir >= 1.6 by Dave Thomas
it was amazing
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason Schreier
The Site Reliability Workbook by Betsy Beyer
The Crown Tower by Michael J. Sullivan
Binti by Nnedi Okorafor
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
it was amazing
Designing Data-Intensive Applications by Martin Kleppmann
The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss
Practical Monitoring by Mike Julian
Alibaba by Duncan Clark
Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms by George R.R. Martin
Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton
Kafka Streams in Action by Bill Bejeck
it was amazing
Making Work Visible by Dominica Degrandis
The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
Metaphors We Live By by George Lakoff
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Blitzscaling by Reid Hoffman
The ERLANG Run-Time System by Erik Stenman
On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
Beyond Religion by Dalai Lama XIV
Accessory to War by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Kali Linux Web Penetration Testing Cookbook by Gilberto Najera-Gutierrez
It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried
it was amazing
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Rediscovering JavaScript by Venkat Subramaniam
Thinking in Promises by Mark  Burgess
The Rust Programming Language by Steve Klabnik
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink
Modern CTO by Joel Beasley

The Coming Storm by Michael   Lewis

Sebastian’s last review of the year

Such a tiny booklet & it did p*ss me off like hell.

In general - I have a problem with Michael Lewis'es books (the two I've read) - I had the impression he was drifting in a very illogical way. Once he was settling "somewhere" for a moment, he was able to pass a viable & rather credible message (I'd not call it journalism though, it's not fact-based only, there are some rather cheap tricks & emotional manipulations ;> but nothing really over-obvio
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