Books our CEO has read in the first half of 2016

July 21, 2016

“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

This #book 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 

@jonronson writes lucidly. This #book is recommended.
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?
  • Reply
    Sushant Sharma
    July 25, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Why is #book everywhere? Looks spammy.

  • Reply
    August 4, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Sushant, the one liners are the tweets that have book as the hashtag 🙂

  • Reply
    Vivek Mishra
    November 3, 2016 at 7:55 am

    I’ve read “The Everything Store by Brad Stone”. Awesome insights about functioning and growth of Amazon.

    “Innovators dilemma” is next on my list to be read.

    Would recommend “Elon Musk – How the billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is shaping our future”. It’s a must must must read. Persistence, ruthless negotiator and amazing fighter of difficult situations is what defines Elon Musk. He has been through it all.

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