Reading remains one of the best ways to understand what others think and the work they do.

It is through books that we get to travel into other people’s thoughts and visit their worlds.

The following is my reading list:

January 2021

  1. The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Vally by Eric Weiner [9/10]
  2. On Fire: The Burning Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein [8/10]
  3. Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future by Beth Gardiner [9/10]
  4. Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World by David Epstein [9/10]
  5. The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas and What To Do About It by Ross Baird [8/10]
  6. Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone by Satya Nadella [8/10]

February 2021

  1. The Death of the Artist: How Creators Are Struggling to Survive in the Age of Billionaires and Big Tech by William Deresiewicz [9/10]
  2. Closing The Gap: The Fourth Industrial Revolution by Tshilidzi Marwala [9/10]
  3. Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future by Erik Brynjolfsson [8/10]
  4. The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr
  5. The Creativity Code: How AI is Learning to Write, Paint and Think by Marcus Du Sautoy

March 2021

  1. The AI Delusion by Gary Smith [8/10] <— Very interesting rebuttal to the “hype” around AI
  2. Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Wins Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries by Safi Bahcall [8/10]
  3. Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant [Re-read] [9/10]
  4. Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant [9/10] <— I loved it
  5. The Price of Inequality: How Today’s Divided Society Endangers our Future by Joseph E. Stiglitz [9/10]

April 2021

  1. Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success by Angela Duckworth [Re-read] [9/10]
  2. You are not listening: What You’re Missing and Why It Matters by Kate Murphy [9/10]

May 2021

  1. The Numbers Game: Why Everything You Know About Football is Wrong by Chris Anderson and David Sally [9/10]
  2. Leading in the 21st Century: The Call for a new Type of African Leader by Tshilidzi Marwala [8/10]
  3. The book of Humans: The Story of How We Became Us by Adam Rutherford [8/10]
  4. Human kind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman [8/10]

June 2021

  1. Blue Ocean Shift: Beyond Competing by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne [9/10]
  2. Crushing It! How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence And How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk [8/10]
  3. How Innovation Works: Serendipity, Energy and the Saving of Time by Matt Ridley [9/10] <— vintage Matt Ridley, as usual.
  4. Failure: Why Science Is So Successful by Stuart Firestein [9/10] <—- First time reading Stuart Firestein, blown away.
  5. The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson [9/10] <— Not disappointed at all.

July 2021

  1. The Asian Aspiration: Why and How Africa Should Emulate Asia by Greg Mills, Olusegun Obasanjo [8/10]
  2. The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power by Thomas J. Christensen [9/10] <— One of the best books on China.
  3. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves by Matt Ridley [8/10]
  4. Broken No More: Memoirs of a Restored Girl by Lemogang Chisiyanwa [8/10]
  5. VBS: A Dream Defrauded by Dewald van Rensburg [9/10] <— Every entrepreneur should read this
  6. The Joy of Minimalism: A Beginner’s Guide to Happiness with Less by Zoey Arielle Poulsen

August 2021

  1. The Bomber Mafia: A Story Set in War by Malcolm Gladwell [9/10] <— Not your usual Gladwell, but equally good.
  2. The Wright Brothers by David McCullough [9/10] <— Thoroughly enjoyed it.
  3. Power: Why Some Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer [8/10]
  4. The Shift: How Seeing People as People Changes Everything by Kimberley White [9/10] <— I loved it, I will re-read it soon.
  5. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson [8/10] <— As usual Walter Isaacson never disappoints

September 2021

  1. The Status Game by Will Storr
  2. The Hard Thing about Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers by Ben Horowitz
  3. Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behaviour by Jonah Berger
  4. How to Lead: Wisdom from the World’s Greatest CEOs, Founders, and Game Changers by David M. Rubenstein
  5. Invent and Wander: The Collected Writings of Jeff Bezos by Walter Isaacson
  6. Growth IQ: Master the 10 Paths to Grow Your Business by Tiffani Bova
  7. All In: How Obsessive Leaders Achieve the Extraordinary by Robert Bruce Shaw
  8. Nuts and Bolts by McLean Sibanda
  9. Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company’s Future – and What to Do About It by Tien Tzuo

October 2021

  1. Great by Choice by Jim Collins and Morten T. Hansen
  2. Power: Why Some People Have It and Others Don’t by Jeffrey Pfeffer
  3. Noise: A Flaw in Human Judgment by Daniel Kahnemann