Reading List

For years, I set yearly reading goals, but forgot what I had read at the end of the year. I'm hoping to end that here by logging the books I read (at least the worthwhile ones). So this page is really my own journal, but these are my recommendations for you as well.

Hooked
Nir Eyal

Hooked

In a fast-paced digital world, it's hard to design a product that captures attention and retains it. Eyal uses countless case studies to support his arguments around captivating design and marketing.

Smart Trust
Stephen Covey and Greg Link

Smart Trust

Although most people are very slow to trust, Covey and Link outline the psychology of trust and explain how to use that understanding to be trustworthy and trusting.

Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

Dostoyevsky does what, in my opinion, is the pinnacle of brilliant writing in fiction; he caused me as a reader to feel deeply the emotions of his main character - the guilt, the insanity, the sorrow, and the redemption of the epilogue.

Blink
Malcolm Gladwell

Blink

The focus of Blink is the incredible amount of recognition and analysis the human subconscious can process in a split second. This book helped me to recognize biases I didn't know I had and train myself to utilize the power of my subconscious.

Thinking Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow

A fascinating study of human psychology comparing conscious and subconscious responses. Very practical in understanding oneself and navigating interactions with people.

Ben Hur
Lew Wallace

Ben Hur

An inspiring American classic telling the story of Ben Hur, a Jew under Roman rule during the time of Christ. Powerful themes of betrayal, revenge, love and redemption.

Relevance
Tim Manners

Relevance

This is essentially a collection of case studies proving the value of relevant products over marketing tactics.

Show Your Work!
Austin Kleon

Show Your Work!

Solid, concise recommendations on how to present yourself and your work. He covers social media, meetups, balancing not enough marketing and too much marketing, and other relevant topics for designers (or anyone in a competitive space really).

Les Miserables
Victor Hugo

Les Miserables

The most touching story I've ever read. Very long and detailed, but worth it. The story follows the life of Jean Valjean and Cosette surviving France and personal challenges during the revolution.

Lord of the Rings
J.R.R. Tolkien

Lord of the Rings

The epitome of fantasy. Tolkien created a world and a detailed story that many other fantasy plots steal from. It covers the quest of Frodo in destroying the Ring of Power.

How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling
Frank Bettger

How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success in Selling

The power of enthusiasm and the lessons this teaches on building confidence have helped me tremendously in my career.

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Scott Adams

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

The author of the Dilbert comic strip covers every basic aspect of life and how to excel in each one in order to be successful, both personally and corporately. Engaging read with straightforward advise.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership
John Maxwell

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

This is a good book for learning the fundamentals of leadership. Lots of good examples to back up the material too, which I appreciate.

How to Win Friends and Influence People
Dale Carnegie

How to Win Friends and Influence People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The most practical advice on everyday life I've ever read. Habits like being proactive and listening to hear instead of listening to respond continue to help me improve as a person.