A couple of years ago, I started a tradition to write every end of the year about the books I have read that year. I started it as a moment to remember the books I read while sharing my book list with my close friends. As a surprise bonus, I always receive some great recommendation to my next year list (please, send me yours!).
Since a few years ago, I push myself to read 2 books per month on a total of 24 books each year. Unfortunately, not every year I achived this mark, especially as I’ve been moving around different countries lately. Also, I need to be more careful not selecting very long books if I want to keep reaching my goal! (Sometimes, I just can’t avoid them!)
Here is my book list by each quarter in 2018:
1. Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
2. Flash Boys by Michael Lewis
3. Capital in the Twenty by Thomas Piketty and Arthur Golham
4. Peak Performance by Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
5. The Four by Scott Galloway
6. The Art of Strategy by Barry Nalebuff and Avinash Dixit
7. Powerful: Building a Culture by Patty McCord
8. When: The Scientific by Daniel Pink
9. Moneyball by Michael Lewis
10. Principles by Ray Dalio
11. The Business Blockchain by Willian Mougayar and Vitalik Buterin
12. The Courage to be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga
13. Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
14. Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
15. How Asia Works by Joe Studwell
16. Crypto Assets by Chris Burniske and Jack Tatar
17. Adaptive Markets by Andrew Lo
18. The Coming Storm by Michael Lewis
19. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
20. When Genius Failed by Roger Lowestein
21. The Bitcoin Standard” by Saifedean Ammous
Yeah, I know, I only reached 21 this year. Next year, I’ll make it back on track!
Also, I would like to share a quick overview of the TOP 5 books I read this year (in no specific order):
- How Asia Works
When I arrived in Singapore, I was recommended to read this book by a friend from Startupbootcamp, Markus Gnirck, to understand how the region works. It is a very interesting book that gives you a good overview of the economic development of the region. The book explores the main economic drivers that set apart the incredible development of Japan, China, and South Korea, to the challenges faced by Indonesia, Phillipines, and Indonesia.
I lesson on how to develop a country! I wish all the politicians and economists in Latin America had read this book.
This was my favorite book of the year. Not only because it was interesting to dive deep into how Bridgewater Capital works but also because many of the principles ressonate with my own view.
The basic idea is that peoples and companies should have their “Principles” written, which are, in his own words,
“Principles are ways of successfully dealing with reality to get what you want out of life.”
I see principles as a very interesting way of make decision making not only more efficient but also scalable in a company.
- The Art of Strategy
Game theory always drawn my interesting but I didn’t manage to study about the topic before. Understanding game theory helps you identify the decision making process of rational player (which is a flaw on the theory, similar to the assumption of the homo economicus). I find this topic fascinating! Specially because when you understand how most people will behave in some conditions, you can set proper incentives.
- Never Split the Difference
Negotiation is definitely an art and Chris Voss is one of the best in that art. He is a former FBI negotiator turn into a study of the art of negotiation. He’s experience negotiating with deadly criminals revolutionazed the negotiation field study contradictin many of the previous concepts. A good friend, Fabricio Kury, highly recommended the book to me, and it was well worth it.
- Adaptive Markets
An audacious book trying to replace the Efficient Market Hyphothesis. As Andrew Lo metion in the book: “It needs a theory to break a theory”. So, he present a theory, the Adaptive Markets Hyphothesis.
It is a quite interesting theory that try to fit the Efficient Market Hypothesis with the behavior economics by applying the principles of evolution into the financial markets. He explores the concepts of competition, natural selection, and adaptation to provide a better explanation of how markets work.
It’s a quite extensive book and sometimes is just stray away from the main topic, however, the adaptive markets hypothesis seems to be a better way to explain how markets behave.
I hope you enjoyed my list and gave you some ideas of good books to read!
I wish you all happy holidays!
See you next year!