2018

Hit Refresh

The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone

Satya Nadella

(Not Finished)

Trinity

A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

★★★★

As nuclear war re-enters the global lexicon, this is a brain-churning read.

2017

So You've Been Publicly Shamed

Jon Ronson

★★★★★

A convicting read about how public shaming has made a comback on social media.

Tetris

The Games People Play

Box Brown

★★★★★

A graphic novel was the perfect medium to tell this intriguing story of soviet Russia, Japan, and the US all colliding epic moment in video game history.

The Righteous Mind

Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion

Jonathan Haidt

★★★★★

Great book for understanding our current political climate from both sides.

March

John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

★★★★★

This 3-part anthology leaves you speechless. Read my review of March.

Plutona

Jeff Lemire

★★★★★

A group of kids find a dead superhero in the woods. I’m sold.

Overwatch: Anthology Volume 1

Blizzard

★★★★

If you like Overwatch, you’ll enjoy the lore surrounding it.

Game Feel

A Game Designer's Guide to Virtual Sensation

Steve Swink

(Not Finished)

Nudge

Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness

Richard Thaler

(Not Finished)

2016

The Imposter's Handbook

A CS Primer for Self-Taught Programmers

Rob Conery

★★★★

Excellent break down Computer Science concepts in simple terms.

Creativity, Inc.

Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

Ed Catmull

★★★★★

Incredible insight into how a creative company keeps producing amazing stories.

Sprint

How-to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days

Jake Knapp

★★★★★

Great collection of case studies where product teams buckle down for a week and try to improve their product.

United

Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good

Cory Booker

★★★★★

Sen. Booker’s positivity is infectious and this book will make you want to get involved in politics.

The Lean Startup

How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Eric Ries

👎 Gave Up

Once I looked up his startup (imvu.com), a chat app with 3D avatars that do virtual grinding, I lost faith.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz

👎 Gave Up

Lost me when he talked about his “rough upbringing” in upper middle class San Diego.

2015

This Idea Must Die

Scientific Theories That Are Blocking Progress

John Brockman

(Not Finished)

The Martian

Andy Weir

★★★★★

Science the shit outta shit.

Jane Austen, Game Theorist

Michael Suk-Young Chwe

(Not Finished)

When to Rob a Bank

...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intended Rants

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Lost at Sea

The Jon Ronson Mysteries

Jon Ronson

The Psychopath Test

A Journey Through the Madness Industry

Jon Ronson

★★★★★

WARNING: After you read this book, you’ll think everyone is a psychopath.

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

★★★★★

!!!MAX_NOSTALGIA!!! But will likely inform some of the next steps in user experience and computing.

2014

Reinventing Comics

The Evolution of an Art Form

Scott McCloud

(Not Finished)

Understanding Comics

The Invisible Art

Scott McCloud

★★★★★

Weaving the Web

The Original Design and Ultimate Destiny of the World Wide Web

Tim Berners-Lee

★★★★

I feel that if you work on the Web, this is required reading.

Think Like a Freak

The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner

Eats, Shoots & Leaves

The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

Lynne Truss

👎 Gave Up

I wanted to get better at writing, but I really hate when grammar nazis are condescending pieces of shit.

SuperFreakonomics

Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner