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Below are several lists of things that I like, find useful or otherwise noteworthy. I primarily write these lists for myself but I publish them online since this motivates me to maintain them. Let me know if you know any books, podcasts, articles, or software that I may be interested in!

In the lists below, I’ve only included those books that I’ve read a substantial part of. This means that many bad books I’ve started reading are not listed on this page since I quit books as soon as there is no reason to read further.

Moreover, take note that there are many totally unfair things that affect my ratings. I read books on my iPad, Kindle, or a physical copy or listen to the audio version. Maybe a book got a bad rating because I did choose the wrong medium. Or maybe I’ve read a similar book earlier and the content therefore seemed redundant to me. Or maybe I took long breaks between chapters and the author’s ideas therefore didn’t make much sense to me. This happens all the time since there is absolutely no structure in how I read, I’m reading 10 to 20 books at a time and sometimes it takes me years to finish a book.

2019

5/5★

  • American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Muscle and Strength Pyramid: Training by Eric Helms
  • The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
  • Spiritual Enlightenment, the Damnedest Thing by Jed McKenna
  • The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes
  • Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

4/5★

  • Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
  • Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  • Ultralearning by Scott H. Young
  • The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
  • The Surrender Experiment by Micheal Singer
  • Reality is not what it seems by Carlo Rovelli
  • Herr Sonneborn geht nach Brüssel by Martin Sonneborn
  • Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
  • Chaos Monkeys by Antonio Garcia Martinez

3/5★

  • Quantum Space by Jim Baggott
  • Fatherland by Robert Harris
  • Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Falsch by Gerd Schildendorfer
  • Apocalypsis by Mario Giordano
  • The Forge of God by Greg Bear
  • The Backpacker by John Harris

2/5★

  • Fingerprints of the Gods by Graham Hancock
  • Straight to Hell by Jon LeFevre

2018

5/5★

  • Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • The 10 Pillars of Wealth by Alex Becker
  • The Boron Letters by Gary C. Halbert
  • Unscripted by MJ DeMarco
  • Surfaces and Essences by Douglas Hofstadter and Emmanuel Sander
  • The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Teufelsgold by Andreas Eschbach
  • The Leangains Method by Martin Berkhan

4/5★

  • Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
  • No B.S. Direct Marketing by Dan S. Kennedy
  • DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson
  • Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson
  • The Physics of Wallstreet by James Owen Weatherall
  • The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu
  • Investment Punk by Gerald Hörhan
  • Null Bock Komplott by Gerald Hörhan
  • The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker
  • Ein König für Deutschland by Andreas Eschbach
  • One Trillion Dollars by Andreas Eschbach
  • The Singularity Trilogy by Joseph S. Wickham

3/5★

  • Ca$hvertising by Drew Eric Whitman
  • Web Copy That Sells by Maria Veloso
  • The Dark Forest by Cixin Liu
  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
  • Gegengift by Gerald Hörhan
  • House of spies by Daniel Silva
  • Oxen by Jens Henrik Jensen
  • Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall
  • Scientific Advertising by Claude Hopkins
  • NSA by Andreas Eschbach

2/5★

  • Startup: A Novel by Doree Shafir
  • Ice Limit by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
  • Der stille Raub by Gerald Hörhan
  • Noah by Sebastian Fitzek

2017

5/5★

  • Road to Reality by Roger Penrose
  • The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  • Hatching Twitter by Nick Bilton
  • Elephant in the Brain by Kevin Simler and Robin Hanson
  • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco
  • How Nature Works by Per Bak
  • Street-Fighting Mathematics by Sanjoy Mahajan
  • How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia by Mohsin Hamid

4/5★

  • Love and Math by Edward Frenkel
  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
  • A different Universe by Robert B. Laughlin
  • My Life as a Quant by Emanuel Derman
  • Not even Wrong by Peter Woit
  • The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
  • Oversubscribed by Daniel Priestley
  • Smartcuts by Shane Snow
  • Kill Shot by Vince Flynn
  • Inferno by Dan Brown
  • The Reason You’re Alive by Matthew Quick
  • Blackout by Michael Elsberg

3/5★

  • Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  • Young Money by Kevin Roose
  • Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
  • State of the Union by Brad Thor
  • The Third Option by Vince Flynn
  • The Buy Side by Turney Duff

2016

5/5★

4/5★

  • Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The China Syndrome by Karl Taro Greenfeld, which tells the story of the SARS outbreak is an awesome potrait of the Chinese society with, as in a all Taro Greenfeld books, amazing storytelling. 
  • The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle, reads like a Dan Brown book, but with more science and less religion. Highly entertaining!
  • The Emperor’s New Mind by Roger Penrose
  • The Infinity Puzzle by Frank Close
  • Bluffers Guide to Wine by Jonathan Goodall
  • Term Limits by Vince Flynn

3/5★

2/5★

  • Lucifer’s Hammer by Jerry Pournelle und Larry Niven

2015

5/5★

  • Red Notice by Bill Browder
  • Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
  • Wool by Hugh Howey is one of the best post-apocalyptic books I’ve ever read. Howey manages to create a whole new world and includes a big conspirary and numerous plot-twists without beeing gimmicky.  Also one of the rare books in this genre solely about humans without any fantasy monsters.
  • Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kehlmann

4/5★

  • Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
  • Bigger Learner Stronger by Michael Mathews
  • A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton G. Malkiel
  • American Assassin by Vince Flynn

3/5★

  • Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
  • Killing Floor by Lee Child
  • The 500 by Matthew Quirk

$\leq$ 2014

5/5★

  • Surely you’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman
  • Wild Swans by Jung Chang
  • Standard Deviations by Karl Taro Greenfeld
  • Trust me I’m lying by Ryan Holiday
  • Steal like an Artist by Austin Kleon
  • Elements of Style by William Strunk
  • The Black Swan By Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • This is Water by David Foster Wallace
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Purple Cow by Seth Godin
  • The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
  • The Music of the Primes by Marcus du Sautoy
  • Fermat’s Last Theorem by Simon Singh

4/5★

  • Speed Tribes by Karl Taro Greenfeld
  • Chariots of the Gods? by Erich von Däniken
  • Straight Flush by Ben Mezrich
  • Farewell to Reality by Jim Baggott
  • Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
  • Rick Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • FRA-MUC-FRA by Karsten Sauer and Michael Sahnau
  • Bildung by Dietrich Schwanitz
  • Der Meister aus Shanghai by Hong Li Yuan
  • Bigger Leaner Stronger by Michael Matthews

3/5★

  • Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
  • Digital Fortress by Dan Brown

2019

5/5★

  • Joe Rogan Experience #1309 with Naval Ravikant
  • Joe Rogan Experience #1320 with Eric Weinstein
  • Made You Think Podcast

4/5★

  • Malcom Gladwell’s Revisionist History
  • Noah Kagan #88 with Alan Weiss
  • Keto Answers Podcast #38 with Jeff Nobbs
  • Nat Chat #33 with Chris Sparks

$\leq$ 2018

5/5★

  • Serial Season 1
  • StartUp Season 1
  • Tim Ferris Show #341 with Nick Kokonas
  • Tim Ferris Show #131 with Eric Weinstein
  • Tim Ferris Show #97 with Naval Ravikant
  • Hardcore History

4/5★

  • Tropical MBA #477 – China from the Inside
  • Tim Ferris Show #125 with Derek Sivers
  • Indie Hackers #43 with Pieter Levels

2019

$\leq$ 2018

Below is a list of apps I use regularly. I’m not entirely happy with all of them but use them nevertheless since there is currently no good alternative.

2019

5/5★

  • TeXmaker
  • Notion
  • Paper by FiftyThree
  • Telegram
  • Pocket
  • Pzizz
  • Strong

4/5★

  • Spotify
  • Audible
  • Soundcloud
  • Dokuwiki
  • Google Slides

3/5★

  • Overleaf
  • Evernote
  • Gimp
  • WordPress

2019

5/5★

  • iPad (2017)
  • Sony WH-CH500 (Bluetooth Headphones)
  • Razer DeathAdder 2013 (Mouse)

4/5★

  • Lenovo X1 Carbon (2015)
  • Logitech K380 (Bluetooth Keyboard)
  • Nalgene Everyday (Watter Bottle)
  • Meko Universal Stylus

3/5★

  • Google Nexus 5X (2016)
  • Kindle (2013)

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