A life worth living includes hobbies, learnings and other aspects. Here's a collection of resources relating to what I do in my free time.
My recommended readings for each year. This includes personal preferences, bias for new topics and (I'm a huge fan of) re-reads. They are listed here in no particular order.
Oh 2020. What a year eh?! After falling behind at the start of the year due to increasing workload, the lockdown became a space for exploration of hobbies (hands up everyone who got into cooking/baking/coding/running). I highly recommend Samin Nosrat's S,F,A,H (see below) for a good primer on cooking, and perhaps enjoyed G,O,P too much due to the perfect combination of Spain, travel and food.
While doing an intership as a strategy consultant, I found Michael Porter's work way more accessible when you have time to digest it. And if you are looking for ways to understand and appreciate the world around you - How to Invent Everything, The Body and Genome are fantastic. Looking forward to next year for obvious reasons but also to branch out to more topics beyond business reads!
A year with many changes (MBA, Job, Cities), meant that reading took a backseat. However, managed quite a bit of momentum (creeped past a century at 101) especially whent travelling. Naturally, read a lot on the new job - operations and culture were a big portion of the reading, as well as class related - economics and strategy.
Also, it became clear how different reading for pleasure and reading for need (Eg. Class) was different. Nonetheless, always interesting to explore new topics and I found myself very passionate about new topics like strategy and operations. Enjoy!
In an attempt to break out of the routine reads and the top lists elsewhere, I took in a few lesser known titles this year. Among the 110, there were a few autobiographies and quite a few different health related books. My relationship with sleep and certain food stuffs has changed tremendously after reading further. And oh man, where has George Orwell been all my life?
This year I dabbled a little bit in some
excellent fiction (American Gods, Pride & Prejudice, *cough* *cough* Crazy Rich Asians) and books that were contemplative in nature. First time breaking the 100 books per year mark at 111.
History was also a focal point, and I highly suggest everyone to try to read books that give you perspectives on different levels - macro, regional, national, industry. And if you've never read anything other than your local textbook on local history, try picking up one from a foreign author - you might just discover something new. Enjoy!
This year was a very tough list to narrow down, with many excellent books making part of the 92 considered for the year. A few brilliant ones narrowly missed the cut, like Surely, Your Joking Mr Feynman!, So Good They Can't Ignore You and Poor Charlie's Almanack. There was an extra focus on design and general thinking among the list as I was trying to pick up design for work, and engaging meta-learning before learning. Enjoy.