“What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die.” — Anne Lamott
Books are our best friends here at Wingify and we take our friends quite seriously! Our Founder and CEO, Paras lives and breathes books. Quite a bibliophile, there’s hardly a day when he doesn’t read. So we took to his twitter account to make a list of all the books he’s read in the first half of 2016.
These are the 26 books Paras managed to read in the first 6 months of 2016
1. Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo
Note: Interesting #book but not very cohesive. A bit rambling
2. The Innovators Dilemma by Clayton Christensen
Note: Good management at big companies leads to downfall. What an excellent #book. Worth reading twice
3. The Big Picture by Sean Carroll
Contains almost everything worthwhile to know about a lot of stuff. LOVE this #book
. Please buy and read today.
4. Economic philosophy by Joan Robinson
Couldn’t read the entire #book
(skipped last chapter). This is meta commentary on history of economic thought.
5. The Air Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller
This 1964 edition is my dad’s copy. Miller writes beautifully and this #book
describes America of 1940s.
6. Execution: the discipline of getting things done by Larry Bossidy & Ram Charan
An OK #book
with some insight. Biggest learning: shameless confrontation of reality is the topmost trait.
7. An Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins
What a wonderful #book
to finish in Leh. Candid and inspiring story behind one of my favourite scientists.
8. Principles by Ray Dalio
goes in my re read list. An absolute gem.
9. The Everything Store by Brad Stone
Wow, well written. So fascinated by Amazon. This #book
is a must read.
10. The Fabric of Reality by David Deutsch
Been waiting to read and finish this #book
. A fantastic explanation that makes a lot of sense. Highly recommended
11. More Money Than God by Sebastian Mallaby
What a fantastic #book
. Highly recommended
12. The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
13. Minecraft – real inside story by Daniel Goldberg and Linus Larsson
Well written. Short and sweet #book
14. Programming The Universe by Seth Llyod
I wish there was more structure in this #book
. Great insights but not very tightly written.
15. Them by Jon Ronson
Nothing like finishing a #book
on a holiday. Very funny book about conspiracy theoriests.
16. Trigger Warning by Mick Hume
Wow, what a #book
. Shattered so many myths about free speech. Highly recommended.
17. Theory of Nothing by Russell K. Standish
Wow, this #book
packs a lot. Got recommendation from Tegmark’s Mathematical Universe. Requires re reading.
18. More Fool Me by Stephen Fry
Humorous but couldn’t finish the #book
. A bit of a drag in the end and too long.
19. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Interesting topic in this #book
. Social media amplifies human emotions – both good and bad.
20. The Brain and the Meaning of Life by Paul Thagard
Had high hopes with this #book
but couldn’t finish. Very bland writing.
21. Our Mathematical Universe by Max Tegmark
Deeply unsettling, yet exceedingly beautiful #book
. Highly recommend reading it twice.
22. From Eternity to Here by Sean Carroll
What a magnificent #book
. I will highly recommend it.
23. The Brain Electric by Malcolm Gay
I wish this #book
had more science.
24. The Man in High Castle by Philip K. Dick
Alternative history where Germany and Japan won world war 2. Interesting #book
but could have been exhaustive
25. Darwin’s Ghosts by Rebecca Stott
Very insightful #book
on how theory of evolution was perhaps inevitable. Written like a novel, a page turner.
26. The Heat and Dust Project by Devapriya Roy and Saurav Jha
What a start of the year, what a delightful #book
Which books have you read and enjoyed in these 6 months?