This is a brief summary of the books I read in 2019. The ones I particularly like are in bold.
The complete list is on my Goodreads page (21 books in total).
- How to change your mind by Michael Pollan: This is a very interesting book about the history, the community, the scientific research, and the author’s own experience with psychedelics. These drugs seem to temporarily eliminate ego and provide a glimpse into non-self experience.
- Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Cheng: This is Shawshank redemption in real life.
- The pyramid principle by Barbara Minto: This book teaches how to organize one’s thinking.
- 天才在左，疯子在右 by Ming Gao: Its title can be translated as “Genius on the left, madness on the right”. It is a compilation of interviews of mental illness patients. Many of them have tremendous concentration, determination, and logic power to think about unconventional ideas.
- The life-changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo: The title says it all.
- Rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki: It’s an introduction to personal finance.
- How to change the world by David Bornstein: This book describes many wonderful philanthropic projects supported by the Ashoka foundation.
- High output management by Andrew Grove: This is a practical management handbook.
- The manager’s path by Camille Fournier: It is a guide on how to climb career ladder in a tech company.
- The Go Programming Language by Alan A. A. Donovan: This is the Golang bible written by the creators of the language.
- Hands-on software architecture with golang by Jyotiswarup Raiturkar: This book glimpses at many useful topics but does not go in depth.