Books I’ve read.

Johannes Holmberg

Tiny summaries on books I’ve read. Sorted by latest read. But you can also sort on top recommendations. Highlights and covers are copyright to their respective authors.

A Guide to the Good Life

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: May 9th, 2019

Probably the best introduction on Stoicism that I’ve read. Well structured, objective, and with good background information on the most important characters in Stoic history. Together with the works of Ryan Holiday, this book makes Stoicism accessible to more people.

Deep Work

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: May 7th, 2019

One of my favorite books on the value of focus. To acquire skills for today’s and tomorrow’s information economy requires that we spend our time doing deep work, which is rare and valuable, while avoiding shallow work which is common and dispensable.

Make Time

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: April 30th, 2019

Adorable read packed with a multitude of tactics for creating more time in your day. The book is structured around four topics: highlight, focus, energize, and reflect. The highlight is your most important work, so to protect it you need to be able to focus, energize, and reflect on what works and what doesn’t. The book is packaged in a very accessible manner and makes it easy jumping back and forth, to try out different tactics. Very enjoyable to read.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: April 23rd, 2019

Would strongly recommend this book to anyone struggling with choosing career path. Follow your passion can be bad advice. It’s much more important to get good at something rare and valuable.

River Out Of Eden

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: April 22nd, 2019

A great introduction on the nature of DNA, and the evolution of species. It was a fascinating insight to find out how digital the genetic system actually is. In essence, we are all survival machines programmed to propagate the digital database which did the programming.

Principles

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: April 7th, 2019

Systemize your decision-making criteria. It turns into a collection of recipes you can use over and over to make decisions. Never mistake opinion for facts. Decision making is a two step process — first learning, and then deciding.

12 Rules for Life

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: March 24th, 2019

Digital Minimalism

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: February 26th, 2019

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: February 7th, 2019

To be happy we need something to solve. See your emotions as suggestions, not as commandments. People who become great at something do so because they’re obsessed with improvement. See negative emotions as a necessary component of emotional health.

Nicely Said

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: January 30th, 2019

The Seasons of Life

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: January 30th, 2019

Reserve your greatest respect for yourself, because it is what you perceive your self to be that truly determins the quality of life.

Never Split the Difference

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: January 21st, 2019

Negotiation is nothing more than communication with results. Use tactical empathy and listen to the other part. The way you act is more important than what you say. Use open-ended questions to get the counterpart to solve your problems.

Everybody Writes

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: January 13th, 2019

Writing for Designers

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: January 8th, 2019

Workflow is a big-picture idea that accommodates all kinds of different processes, techniques, and tools. If following a recipe is a process, making dinner is a workflow. Writing is just thinking plus typing. Workflow gets the writing done.

Zen in the Art of Writing

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10 · Last read: January 2nd, 2019

The Daily Stoic

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: December 30th, 2018

Stoicism & Western Buddhism

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: December 22nd, 2018

The Social Singularity

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: December 16th, 2018

Atomic Habits

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: November 20th, 2018

The Bullet Journal Method

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: November 17th, 2018

The Elon Musk Blog Series

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: October 8th, 2018

Lying

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: September 27th, 2018

Inner Engineering

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: September 22nd, 2018

Peace Is In Every Step

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10 · Last read: September 4th, 2018

Homo Deus

How strongly I recommend it: 5/10 · Last read: August 8th, 2018

Radical Technologies

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: July 24th, 2018

Tribe of Mentors

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: June 23rd, 2018

Why We Get Fat

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: June 10th, 2018

The Power of A Positive No

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: May 26th, 2018

Man’s Search for Meaning

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: April 7th, 2018

I like the idea of Frankl’s description of the meaning of life. Man don’t define the meaning of life, but rather life defines the meaning of man. We are being questioned by life on a daily and hourly basis. Our answer, thus our meaning, lies in our actions and conduct.

The Obstacle Is the Way

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: March 15th, 2018

Shoe Dog

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: March 1st, 2018

You Don’t Know JS: Async & Performance

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 22nd, 2018

You Don’t Know JS: Scope and Closures

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 21st, 2018

You Don’t Know JS: Types & Grammar

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 8th, 2018

You Don’t Know JS: this & Object Prototypes

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 2nd, 2018

You Don’t Know JS: Up & Going

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: December 17th, 2017

The Practicing Mind

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10 · Last read: December 13th, 2017

When you put all your focus on the goal, you’re spending a lot of unnecessary energy on it. You’re judging yourself and none of that energy is going into learning what you need in order to reach the goal of yours. Focus on the process, what you’re doing in the moment, and that will bring you further to your goal.

Digital Gold

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: December 9th, 2017

Animation at Work

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: November 26th, 2017

Webfont Handbook

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: November 24th, 2017

The Dip

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10 · Last read: November 23rd, 2017

The 10X Rule

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: November 9th, 2017

Set higher goals in order to achieve bigger things. It’s not enough to set low goals and achieve them, you need to set higher goals and you will reach higher even if you don’t accomplish the goals.

The Slight Edge

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: October 17th, 2017

The New CSS Layout

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: October 12th, 2017

Show Your Work!

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: September 30th, 2017

“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” Never stop learning. When you feel that you’ve hit a wall,begin again and take another angle on it. Always push yourself to become a student again.

The One Thing

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: September 19th, 2017

In order to succeed you only have to do ONE Thing well. Ask yourself, “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Respect that you have a limited supply of willpower and build your habits based on that knowledge.

Essentialism

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: September 17th, 2017

When we surrender the ability to choose, someone or something will step in and choose for us. Think “I choose to” instead of “I have to.” Make decisions by design, rather than by default.

Cultivating a Creative Culture

How strongly I recommend it: 6/10 · Last read: August 6th, 2017

Sapiens

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10 · Last read: August 3rd, 2017

Unsubscribe

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: July 17th, 2017

The Organized Mind

How strongly I recommend it: 5/10 · Last read: June 13th, 2017

For being a book about organization, I felt that the structure was pretty scattered and the concepts were a bit "all over the place". It draws in a lot of theories from other books like Getting Things Done by David Allen, Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Flow by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. A few fresh takeaways but most was repetition from previously mentioned books.

Designing Interface Animation

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: June 4th, 2017

The War of Art

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: May 28th, 2017

A great kick starter for stop messing around and get to work. It takes the idea of personal Resistance, and embodies it in a foe that needs to be fought every day. Sit down. Do the work. Inspiration isn't a thing that can be manufactured. It comes by doing the work. Brief, to the point, and no bullshit.

Algorithms to Live By

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: May 26th, 2017

Describes the approach of taking computational algorithms and applying those in our own lives for guidance. A bit hard to get through at some pieces with meaty math equations to consider. But for the most part; stunningly enlightening and it generates a lot of philosophical advice taken from computer science.

Inclusive Design Patterns

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: April 30th, 2017

Anything You Want

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: April 19th, 2017

How to Win Friends and Influence People

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: April 11th, 2017

How to Make Sense of Any Mess

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: February 17th, 2017

This is a short book. Very concise and to the point. Abby is going through the tools available for organizing any given thing. She gave me some new insights and techniques that I would like to try out.

On the Shortness of Life

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: February 15th, 2017

Tools of Titans

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: February 13th, 2017

The Checklist Manifesto

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 22nd, 2017

On Writing

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: January 9th, 2017

Getting Things Done

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: December 24th, 2016

To Pixar and Beyond

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: December 4th, 2016

Flow

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: November 24th, 2016

Adaptive Web Design

How strongly I recommend it: 8/10 · Last read: July 16th, 2016

Bird by Bird

How strongly I recommend it: 7/10 · Last read: September 21st, 2014

The Design of Everyday Things

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10 · Last read: August 28th, 2014