reviewing the books I read in 2007

So again this blog needs resurrecting – this time for many reasons – got married and we took a month honeymoon (!!!!), a high-travel project and then a private equity due diligence, then left my job at McKinsey to join Google, then the winter holidays. Somehow always finding a reason to de-prioritize this blog – sorry!

Reflecting on 07 and as I set goals for 2008, wanted to share the books I read. Looks like I didn’t get to my goal of 1 book / wk. Though I also realized, that it’s not about “Achieving” a list, but taking time to reflect on each book, writing down my own original thoughts inspired from the insights and experiences of reading these books. As is obvious from below I focused on the meaning of life, finding happiness, and exploring things outside my comfort zone, which is why I read less nonfiction than typically.

This year I’m going to continue the strong push on spirituality and self-improvement, with more focused efforts on energy / environment, education, and war / peace / foreign policy.

I’d highly recommend most of the below, save Old Man’s War, Rising Sons and Pema Chodron.

Spirituality / self-improvement

  • Man’s Search for Meaning (Frankl)
  • Happier (Ben-Shahar)
  • Loving What Is (Katie)
  • Stillness Speaks (Tolle)
  • A New Earth (Tolle)
  • Realizing the Power of Now (Tolle)
  • Living a Life of Inner Peace (Tolle)
  • Living the Liberated Life and Dealing with the Pain Body (Tolle)
  • The Art of Presence (Tolle)
  • Journey of Awakening (Dass)
  • Here We All Are (Dass)
  • Autobiography of a Yogi (Yogananda)
  • Scientific Healing Affirmations (Yogananda)
  • Living Fearlessly (Yogananda)
  • The Life Ahead (Krishnamurti)
  • The Life of Pi (Martel)
  • The Prophet (Gibran)
  • The Alchemist (Coelho)
  • Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway (Jeffers)
  • Catching the Big Fish (Lynch)
  • Pema Chodron Audio Collection (Chodron)

Fiction – social commentary

  • Cat’s Cradle (Vonnegut)
  • A Man Without a Country (Vonnegut) => true, not technically fiction – thanks K!
  • Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)
  • Foundation (Asimov)
  • Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)

Fiction – exploration

  • Kafka on the Shore (Murakami)
  • After the quake (Murakami)
  • Wind-up Bird Chronicles (Murakami)
  • Old Man’s War (Scalzi)
  • The Stranger (Camus)
  • Snow (Pamuk)
  • Pattern Recognition (Gibson)

Nonfiction – war and peace

  • Just Americans (Asahina)
  • Rising Sons (Yenne)
  • The Crisis of Islam (Lewis)

Nonfiction – the mind

  • Descartes’ Error (Damasio)
  • Emotional Intelligence (Goleman)

Nonfiction – related to my job:

  • Trusted Advisor (Maister et al)
  • Change Management (Hiatt et al)
  • Pyramid Principle (Minto)
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