# Log

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.

## 2020

5/5★

• Billion Dollar Whale by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope
• A Death on Diamond Mountain by Scott Carney

4/5★

• The quest for the simple life by William James Dawson
• Human as media. The emancipation of authorship by Andrey Miroshnichenko
• The secret of our success by Joseph Henrich
• Rigged by Ben Mezrich
• Ugly Americans by Ben Mezrich

3/5★

2/5★

## 2019

5/5★

• Deep by James Nestor
• American Kingpin by Nick Bilton
• Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
• The Muscle and Strength Pyramid: Training by Eric Helms
• 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★

• The Man Who Solved the Market by Gregory Zuckerman
• Lost in Math by Sabine Hossenfelder
• Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
• Ich weiss, wie Du tickst by Martin Betschart
• Ultralearning by Scott H. Young
• The Mastermind by Evan Ratliff
• The Surrender Experiment by Micheal Singer
• The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer
• Reality is not what it seems by Carlo Rovelli
• Spiritual Enlightenment, the Damnedest Thing by Jed McKenna
• Herr Sonneborn geht nach Brüssel by Martin Sonneborn
• Dune by Frank Herbert
• 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

3/5★

• Overleaf
• Evernote
• Gimp
• WordPress

## 2019

5/5★

4/5★

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

3/5★