Books I Would Gift and Have Gifted

  • Tell Me More
  • Small Fry
  • Know My Name
  • Atomic Habits
  • Deep Work
  • Pragmatic Programmer
  • Mental Models
  • Stumbling On Happiness


  • Uncanny Valley – Anna Weiner
  • Why We’re Polarized – Ezra Klein
  • Almost Everything – Anne Lamot
    • Her writing is simple, elegant, human and makes me think about life in different ways and what is truly important. Also, she inspires me to want to write.
  • In Progress – Jessica Hisch – An lettering artist, just getting some inspiration
  • The Pleasure of Finding Things Out: The Best Short Works of Richard P. Feynman
  • Know My Name – Chanel Miller
  • Blue Moon – Lee Child
    • My 22nd book of Jack Reacher, dishing out justice to Ukranian and Albanian mobsters while helping an old couple who are taking out loan fo help their daughter
  • The Power – Naomi Alderman
    • What if for 5,000 years from now, all women have the power electricity and lightening, what does that look like?
  • Super Thinking – continue from 2019
  • Cracking the Coding Interview – Every single day, practice a computer science problem to grease the brain
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World – Anand Giridharadas
  • pending – Pragmatic Programmer 2nd edition, 2nd read 20 years later


  • Stitches – Anne Lamott  – A little book of 100 pages, that taught me to pay attention to the good in the every day people, asking and accepting help, and teaching others is gift and a holy calling.  Beautiful writing by one of my favorite writers.
  • Daring GreatlyStrive to be better!
  • Good and MadI didn’t finish reading this book, but in general the book emphasizes channeling out anger for large social change.
  • Atomic Habits One of my favorites, need to read again
  • Clean 20 – Keep on reminding me about so much data out there on how to eat better.
  • Tell Me More (2nd time) – The 2nd time around is even better.  How to think about our own shortcomings as humans.  How to forgive ourselves and how to forgive others.  Given this book to M.T. as 2019 Christmas gift.
  • Skin In The Game – Nassim Nicholas Taleb – “Love this book! I’ve already put in practice to not recommend something if I don’t have skin in the game, and it helped me identify who does not have skin in the game and thus false decision making”
  • Dear Data – Giorgia Lupi, Stefanie Posavec – in progress
  • Deep Work – in progress
  • Every Page is Page One – how consumers find information, how search change how tech writers should structure content.
  • Anime ImpactComprehensive look at anime films, one per year.
  • Pragmatic Programmer 1st edition – “Gems after gems, I cannot believe I never read this book”
  • Past Tense – Lee Child – “Really enjoyed all of Jack Reacher books – this one, he shows his sense of what is right and wrong, and ability to pass judgment and punish those who do wrong.  Unsurprisingly, he gets this sense of justice from his father.   This book is his journey to find out his father’s own journey when he joins the Marines:”
  • Consider the LobsterGreat writer, full control over language.
  • Small FryEngaging writer, a reminder that a public image of famous people do not tell the entire picture.  Cate love the writing as well.
  • Phantom Prey – John Sanford – Love the audiobook, such a great voice.
  • 1984 2nd read – George Orwell – still my favorite book to look at the power of language.
  • Design Your LifeNot a great read, gave up
  • Neon Pray – Jack Reacher, I read every single of his 20+ books.
  • Pachinko Beautiful story via audiobook, learned more about the Korean culture during WWII.
  • Love from A to Z – Interesting character with a Chinese muslim teenager.
  • Super Thinking300 mental models to have a set of vocabulary to think about decision making, understand the world.  Definitively a favorite.
  • Cracking the Coding InterviewEvery single day, practice a computer science problem to grease the brain.


  • Tell Me More *
  • Do I Make Myself Clear
  • Dragon Fish
  • 57 Bus
  • Tribe Of Mentors *
  • Tools Of Titan *
  • Everybody Lies
  • That’s What She Said
  • Sapiens
  • Factfulness
  • Alone Together
  • Start With Why
  • Tipping Point
  • Seeing Like a State
  • HyperFocus

I want to read

  • 2020
    • Accelerate – The Science of Lean Software and DevOps: Building and Scaling High Performing Technology Organizations
    • An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management
    • The Manager’s Path: A Guide for Tech Leaders Navigating Growth and Change
    • Rec: A16Z – More From Less
    • Dear Girls – Ali Wong’s advice to her 2 girls
    • More From Less
    • The Power – Naom Alderman – (possible great read with Cate)
    • Range: Why Generalists Triumpth in a Specialized World – David Epstein – from Kara Swisher
    • Super Prediction – Philip E. Tetlock
    • 50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology
    • Psychology of Persuation
    • Uncanny Valley – Anna Wiener – From NYTimes Book Review
    • UnderstandingUnderstanding
    • 1000: Richard Saul Wurman’s Who’s Really Who

Book Covers I Love

Software Engineering

  • Effective Engineer – Every engineering whether you are just out of college or have been in the industry should read this about how you can personally be more effective and work on high leverage work.


  • Stumbling on Happiness – I have read this book and listened to the audio book countless times.  It helps you understand the human mind and how happiness can be achieved by following the path of other people