My top 10 books of 2018

I am a voracious reader and by experimentation have figured out that books and longreads are always better in ideas sticking longer with you than blogs, since they help reinforce the ideas with structure. Also, with them, you have the liberty to take pauses to deliberate on the idea and come back. 

This year, 2018, I ran an experiment via books. I went deeper into specific themes and ideas via books.

In 2018, my themes to understand ideas were Crypto, Behavioural Psychology and Greek Mythology. The reason I chose these themes were varied but primarily to understand the long term impact on I being a product person and parent of a 4 year old.

Apart from these themes, I also read Autobiographies/Biographies which have remained my constant companion for over 5 years now, considering they help me peek into people mind - People who are/were successful in their respective fields. 

Without further ado, here are my top 10 books. I am adding Goodreads link instead of Amazon or any other so that you can read the reviews and choose for yourself.

My Top 10 Books of 2018 (in no order of priority):
  1. Hooked by Nir Eyal
  2. The Internet of Money by Andreas M. Antonopoulos
  3. Masters of Doom by David Kushner
  4. Poor Richard’s Almanack by Benjamin Franklin
  5. Mythology by Edith Hamilton
  6. Games People Play by Eric Berne
  7. The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis 
  8. Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson 
  9. Matilda by Roald Dahl 
  10. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor E Frankl 

Few notable mentions which I read this year but which didn’t make in the list of this year’s top 10 list are:

Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar 
Startup Playbook by Sam Altman 
Creative Selection by Ken Kocienda
HomoDeus by Yuval Noah Harari
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

My 2019 themes to understand ideas are Machine Learning, Operating Management (Andy Groove, Peter Drucker etc), Behavioural Psychology and Pricing. What will be your recommendation on these topics?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

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