The 2017 Booklist

You're welcome to sift through the books I read in 2015 and 2016. I likely won't be posting another list for 2018.


The Highlights

For my Collection

Book Cover: A More Beautiful Question

A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger
Every Designer loves to ask why and so do most writers. Beger tells stories about innovative businesses and processes and asks why in an approachable and practical way. This book is thoughtful and worth anyone's time–especially as tech continues to question its impact going forward.

Book cover: Brief Interviews with Hideous Men

Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace
One of the things I've always enjoyed about DFW is that he treats every character, no matter how despicable, as worthy of your time. I can't help but admire that. The hippy story has stuck to me like glue since.

Book Cover: Everybody Lies

Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
I've been interested in big data since the last election and this book was my first foray into that topic. It's an easy (and funny) read about how big data can lead us to answers about human behaviour.

Book Cover: Man's Search for Meaning

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
If there's any book I would blindly recommend to anyone regardless of who they were and circumstance, it would be this one, which may also explain it's popularity.

"Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way."

Book Cover: Originals

Originals: How Non-Confirmists Move the World by Adam Grant
When I don't stop talking about a book you know I loved it and I didn't stop talking about this one for a couple of months.

Adam Grant writes interesting narratives about how to create and indentify 'original' ideas. A great read for any creative professional.

Book Cover: Peak: How to Master Almost Anything

Peak: How to Master Almost Anything by Anders Ericsson
I've been a fan of deliberate practice for about two years. This concept, originally coined by Ericsson, has undoubtedly reshaped how I look at my life and career.

This book is filled with practical tips on how to achieve and get better at anything you want to.

Book Cover: The Course of Love

The Course of Love by Alain De Botton
A fictional story about a married couple weaved with the author's thoughts about love.

It makes my collection because unlike most books about this topic, it focuses on the middle part of a relationship-the hardest part. Many people yearn for a beautiful story of a relationship beginning but this book will make you reconsider.

Book Cover: The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

The New Encyclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger
I feel like this book is only relevant to me. In the interest of being comprehensive with this list, I'm putting this book here.

I do enjoy Arnold as an author though. I feel like his essays about bodybuilding as a sport are greatly inspiring for anyone looking to change their lifestyle.

Book Cover: Total Recall

Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
Anyone knows me knows that I love this man. I consider him underrated. There's not many people in the world who really inspire me and Arnold is one of them.

This book is a thorough description of a very determined man who has had an an incredible life in bodybuilding, acting, and politics.

Book Cover: Chuck Klosterman X

Chuck Klosterman X by Chuck Klosterman
Klosterman has been one of my favourite essayists for a while: I've read all of his books.

He mostly writes about music and sports which are two topics I know absolutely nothing about. I like to use him to understand a little more about both worlds.

Books I Might Recommend

A Job to Love
Earlier this year I wrestled with the idea of whether or not I was in the right job. This book raised some interesting thoughts even I didn't necessarily agree with its conclusion.

When Bad Things Happen to Good People
This is probably the only book I'd ever gift to anyone grieving a lost loved one. I picked them up because it was quoted in another book. It wasn't relevant to me but it was still an interesting take on grief.

Everything is Bullshit by Priceonomics
Interesting essays about topics like diamonds, seal clubbing, art, and the industry behind non-profit car donations.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence by Collective
Daniel Goleman has written a book or two on emotional intelligence but this collection is a good start for anyone looking to 'level up' as a leader in this area.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing People by Collective
There's an essay in this book about how managers treat low performers is worth buying the book alone.

Org Design for Design Orgs by Peter Merholz & Kristin Skinner
This is probably one of the only books directly relevant to my position at Shopify. I didn't find it entirely practical as half of the structures described already existed. Regardless, it's an important book for new managers looking to build within a corporate environment.

Runaway by Alice Munro
Her stories are very emotionally complex yet she doesn't waste time describing emotions in default. What an incredible writer.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
A good fiction read for anyone wokring in tech or those who work at Google. It's not about Google but I'm pretty sure it's about Google. It's probably about Google.

The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
If most of this work is creative, you owe it to yourself to read it. I have a love and hate relationship with how he writes but I think the overall message is worth reading.

The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel
A story about a man who lived in the woods for more than two decades and nobody noticed.

What Happened by Hillary Clinton
There are many relatable things I find in Clinton's book about leadership in general. It's a book to learn from by someone who has worked a string of the hardest jobs out there.

Liked

Book Cover: Against Empathy
Book Cover: A Man Called Ove
Book Cover: AWOL on the Appalachian Trail
Book Cover: Blankets
Book Cover: Ghostland
Book Cover: Girl with Curious Hair
Book Cover: HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself
Book: He's Scared, She's Scared
Book Cover: How to Be Alone
Book Cover: How to Fall in Love with Anyone
Book Cover: Letters of Note
Book Cover: Life in Code
Book Cover: Life in the Woods
Book Cover: The 100-Year-Old Man
Book Cover: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

These Books Exist

Book Cover: Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
Book Cover: Endurance
Book Cover: Essential
Book Cover: Essentialism
Book Cover: Getting to Commitment
Book Cover: The Paper Magician
Book Cover: The Glass Magician
Book Cover: How to Love
Book Cover: Living a Life that Matters
Book Cover: Men Who Can't Love
Book Cover: Shoe Dog
Book Cover: Stumbling on Happiness
Book Cover: The Art of Work
Book Cover: The Call of the Weird
Book Cover: The Da Vinci Curse
Book Cover: The First 20 Hours
Book Cover: Unspeakable

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