My year in books (2020)
In the order I completed them during the year, these are the books I read in 2020, along with some brief notes about them.
“The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win” by Gene Kim
I didn’t treat it as a book that would teach me something, but merely as a work of fiction based on an IT setting — and I loved it.
“Losing My Virginity” by Richard Branson
Richard Branson’s autobiography; whether you like him or not, a very interesting read.
“Iron Gold” by Pierce Brown
The 4th instalment of the Red Rising saga. Reads like the rest of the series, which is both good and bad. I enjoyed it and I’m planning to read the 5th book in 2021.
“Practical Prepping” by Marcus Duke
It’s March 2020, the world is hit by a pandemic, and almost everyone on earth is facing some sort of lockdown, in an atmosphere full of uncertainty. Of course I’m going to read something about prepping, because we might as well be one step away from a zombie apocalypse!
P.S. I didn’t become a prepper.
“The Elements of Style”, 4th edition by William Strunk Jr and E.B. White.
Written communication is key to almost every profession. A must-read book for all.
“Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity” by David Allen
Great book about productivity. Although I didn’t go full on the “getting things done” model, I picked elements to apply to my day-to-day, which have been proven very successful in increasing my productivity levels.
“NBA Jam” by Reyan Ali
The story of NBA Jam along with the story of arcades, etc. A great read for whoever loves learning about the history of video games.
“Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones” by James Clear
A very famous book for a reason; full of great advice and simplified explanations about forming, breaking, and maintaining habits. Like with Getting Things Done, I didn’t go full on the model that the book describes, but I picked a few techniques that worked for me and helped me create some good habits this year.
“The Tiny MBA: 100 Very Short Lessons about the Long Game of Business” by Alex Hillman
Some good advice although you have most likely read/heard of them before. Still a good read that you can consume very quickly, will make you think, and probably worth re-reading at some point in the future.
“Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth” by Gabriel Weinberg
Great read full of marketing-related ideas that can be applied in a large variety of businesses.
“Zero to Sold: How to Start, Run, and Sell a Bootstrapped Business” by Arvid Kahl
Felt a bit too long in some cases, but on the other hand it is full of useful information, especially for people who are new to building/running such a business, so probably that’s the trade-off.