In a world of decreasing signal to noise ratio, one often needs to come up with a scheme to find the right books to read. While Amazon recommendations are interesting, they tend to favor new and tech saavy authors such as Scott Berkun. While his Myths of Innovation was interesting, I don't think it is worthy of its nearly flawless Amazon ratings. I am thus forced to go back to old fashioned recommendations from friends and colleagues. Alas, the book-reading human is a dying breed in a world of iStuff. The other option is to look at reading lists compiled by authors/bloggers you like. For e.g. I tend to choose books recommended by Derek Sivers and The Personal MBA.
My recent reads have been culled from these sources namely:
- First, Break All The Rules by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman (rating: 8/10) - For someone like me who is learning the ropes of management, this was a fascinating read. The book asks would be managers to disregard conventional wisdom and select for talent, define the right outcomes, focus on strengths and find the right fit.
- The Investors Manifesto by William J Bernstein (rating: 5/10) - While the book covers index funds, portfolio planning and human frailty, the only new insight I gained was that I should be investing a portion of my savings in bonds.
- Sum - forty tales from the afterlives by David Eagleman (rating: 8/10) - I don't usually read fiction but this collection of lyrical, short stories was a real gem. If you are fascinated with what happens next (and who isn't?), go for it.