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SmartCuts was the book that got me interested in reading back in 2015. I never read a single self-development book. Then I came to read the Slight Edge not long after and decided to make a reading a habit to replace my existing habit (reading manga) to apply what I learned from Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.
After a year of reading only 10 pages a day every day for a year, reading became sort of a new habit.
I read 90+ books last year alone (Click “Tracking” menu, which takes you to Google Sheet. Then click on “Books I read in 2016” worksheet.)
I decided to post a blog to set my goal in stone by making it public.
Here are the 40 books I will read this year.
Books are listed in no particular order. I usually read whatever I feel like reading at the moment.
- Stories of Your LIfe by Ted Chang – The movie, Arrival, is based on one of the stories in this book. I haven’t watched the movie but I’d like to read the book first.
- Seveneves by Neal Stephenson – Bill Gates wrote a review so I was interested.
There are only 4 books for programming because I started learning most of new materials from online contents (PluralSight, Udemy, blogs, magazines, or articles).
- Cracking the Coding Interview (6th Edition) by Gayle Laakmann McDowell – To polish algorithms and data structure skills
- Extreme Programming Explained by Kent Beck and Cynthia Andres
- Kanban in Action by Marcus Hammarberg and Joakim Sunden – Interested after using Trello.
- Head First Design Patterns by Eric Freeman, Bert Bates, Kathy Sierra, Elisabeth Robson – read the beginning a few times but couldn’t finish it. This time, I am reading to the end.
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson – This is the book where I got the blog name from. Reading for the second time.
- The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon – Purchased a book after watching a YouTube Review by John Sonmez.
- The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday – I don’t know who I heard about this book from…
- Sorted by Gillian Perkins – Another book on productivity
- Disrupt Yourself by Whitney L. Johnson – Planning for the future
- The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen – To learn what I can do to improve the company I work for.
- Energy – Myths and Realities by Vaclav Smil – Something I’ve never read about.
- The Vital Question by Nick Lane – Evolution theory explained in simple terms.
- The Ten Day MBA by Steven A. Silbiger – To reach a bigger goal in life.
- Rework and Remote by DHH (David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Ruby on Rails) – To improve working condition.
- How Not To Be Wrong by Jordan Ellenberg – My math skill is subpar as a developer
- How the World Sees You by Sally Hogshead – To improve my self worth.
- Zero to One by Peter Thiel – I’ve seen many developers reading this book.
- Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (the author of the Power of Habit) – I liked his previous work, The Power of Habit.
- Better and Faster by Jeremy Gutsche – I don’t believe in taking a shortcut in life but still interesting to check it out.
- Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman – Heard many good things about this book.
- Bold by Peter H. Diamandis and Steven Kotler – Researched and found it after reading “10x Thinking” chapter in SmartCuts
Korean Books (Both fiction and non-fictions)
- 플루언트 (Fluent) by 조승연 (Seungyeon Cho) – Liberal Arts book on English.
- 손자병법 (The Art of War) by 손자 (Sun Tzu) – Korean Translation. Wanted to read after watching a short video on BusinessInsider, ‘The Art Of War’ holds the keys to success on Wall Street.
- 열한 계단 (11 Steps (or Stairs?)) by 채사장 – Another book on Liberal Arts.
- My Romantic Comedy SNAFU (Japanese Light Novel) volume 1~5 – A comedy about a loner Japanese high school student having trouble with romantic relationship. There is an anime based on this novel.
- 유녀전기 (Youjo Senki, Japanese Light Novel) volume 1~6 – A story about an elite salaryman reincarnated into a blonde girl fighting war in a world with magic. Found it after watching an anime this season.
- 이 세계가 게임이란 사실은 나만이 알고 있다 (literal translation – Only I Know That This World Is a Game, Japanese Light Novel) volume 6 – A comedy where a main character is stuck in a game and he is the only one who knows that others are just a part of an RPG game.
- 전생했더니 슬라임이었던 건에 대하여 (Regarding Reincarnated to Slime, Japanese Light Novel) volume 8~8.5 – Another novel where a main character dies in real world and reincarnated in another world. Not as a human but as a slime!
I WILL read all 40 books by the end of 2017. It’s much less than the number of books I read last year. The reason is because I randomly pick up books (either in English or in Korean) on a whim whenever I think a certain knowledge is required or just want to have fun reading. And also, I read many Korean books online on a site called Munpia where authors write a chapter or two every day.