Summer reading list 2021
Summer means reading time - at least for me. If you need some tips, here are some books I have devoured and was pretty sad to finish. The list is leaning towards science fiction, but don't let that come in the way if you're not a sci-fi fan.
Project Hail Mary - Andy Weir
Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission — and if he fails, humanity and the earth will perish because something is slowly eating the sun. The book is filled with fun science facts and the witty banter you can expect from Andy Weir. Weir has also written “The Martian” and “Artemis”, two other favorites of mine.
Amazon: Project Hail Mary: A novel
Lexicon - Max Barry
At an exclusive school somewhere outside of Arlington, Virginia, the art of coercion is a science. Students control the hidden power of language to manipulate the mind and learn to break down individuals by psychographic markers to control their thoughts. The plot might seem a bit weird, but I thoroughly enjoyed this book when I read it seven years ago. It might be time to read it again, but on top of my reading list this summer is Max Barrys’ new book: “The 22 Murders of Madison May”.
Amazon: Lexicon: A novel
Story of your life and others - Ted Chiang
Story of your life and others is a collection of short stories by the American Science fiction writer Ted Chiang. The movie Arrival is based on one of the short stories from this book. If you want something quick to read, this is a great starting point with shorter, captivating stories. A natural follow-up is Chiangs second collection “Exhalation”.
Amazon: Story of your life and others
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore combines ancient mystery and very modern, internet-savvy characters set in San Fransisco. An out-of-work marketeer and web designer takes a job as a clerk at an odd little bookshop. He soon realizes that there is more to Mr. Penumbra than meets the eye. The book is written by Robin Sloan, an eclectic writer/programmer/tinkerer who produces olive oil (named fat gold) in his spare time.
Amazon: Mr. Peneumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore
The Psychology of Money - Morgan Housel
Morgan Housel is one of the best writers on the topic of finance. He has written an easily digestible book consisting of 19 short stories exploring the strange ways people think about money and how to make better sense of your finances. Also, be sure to check out his blog.
Amazon: The Psychology of Money.
Bonus podcast: Acquired on Berkshire Hathaway
How does a 9-hour podcast about Warren Buffett and his company Berkshire Hathaway sound? No thanks, you say? I would urge you to reconsider since this podcast series is a captivating and entertaining deep dive into one of finance’s most famous figures. As a stark contrast, I would also recommend their episode about Etherum.
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