Books I've Read in 2016
Trying to read more! Maybe publicly sharing my embarrassing pace will motivate me. Suggestions welcome!
- •How We Got To Now by Steven JohnsonBrilliantly lays out the six greatest innovations that shaped our lives. Describes a "hummingbird" effect and how seemingly smaller discoveries give way to bigger innovation. Best book I've read in a while.
- •Dealing by Terry PlutoRecounts how the small market Cleveland Indians underwent an accelerated rebuild to become a World Series contender. Written like a long sports article rather than a narrative but behind the scenes stories are intriguing, especially how Bartolo Colon deal went down.
- •We're All Damaged by Matthew NormanHilarious and light story about a Midwesterner become New Yorker who returns for his grandfather's funeral while in the midst of his own nasty separation.
- •When Breath Becomes Air by Paul KalanithiWritten by a neurosurgeon who loses his battle with lung cancer before competing the book. He reflects on his own mortality and the patient-physician relationship from his new and unfortunate perspective. As a doctor myself, his accounts as a patient are eye opening and bone chilling real. Extremely well written.
- •Elon Musk by Ashlee VanceThe most detailed and well researched biography I've ever read. Interesting insights into Musk's life which help understand how his successes and way of thinking came to be. Hope for the weirdly eccentric after all.
- •The Big Short by Michael LewisExactly what I've come to expect from Lewis. Thoughtful, insightful, and well researched. A background in how the financial markets helps but isn't mandatory (I'm a doctor). I read it over the course of a month as sometimes the information was overwhelming but overall thoroughly enjoyed it.
- •Modern Romance by Aziz AnsariIf you expected a hilarious take on relationships in the 21st century, you got it. What you wouldn't expect is the insightful, detailed and practical manner in which the subject matter was presented. Being able to see things from such varied perspectives really opened my eyes to some of the pros and cons of dating in today's world. Looking forward to his upcoming work!