Q1 2023 Reading List
In years past, I’ve compiled annual reading lists, but I would make little progress on it. Not because I wasn’t reading, I was reading plenty, but because my year was so unpredictable. My environment, my goals, and the roles I played were constantly changing. And because of this change, the my reading list kept changing too.
As I’m finally settling down, I won’t be moving or switching jobs anytime soon, I can afford to think more long term and create a content diet that serves me. Still, I find creating an annual reading list is not useful considering much can happen within a year. I plan my life out in quarters anyway so a quarterly reading list makes the most sense.
Usually, I’ll read at least two books at the same time. One book is practical, practical in that I can apply the learnings from the book instantly. Maybe it’s related to a problem I’m facing at work or a project I’m actively working on. The second book is for pleasure. Usually, I’ll read this book in the evening or on weekends to relax and unwind.
The genres of books I’m curating generally fall into four categories:
- Technology. Technologist is one of the core roles I play. I’m genuinely curious about technology as a whole and it relates to my job in product management.
- Community. In 2022, I started a writing community in nyc with a few friends. One of my main goals at the start of next year is growing this community.
- Science Fiction. This is one of my favourite genres.
- Diverse Perspectives. Most books on my reading lists happen to be written by white men. I’m a big believer in reading content from diverse authors which builds broader perspectives and empathy.
Here’s my reading list for the first few months of 2023:
- Hatching Twitter - Nick Bilton
- Hit Makers - Derek Thompson
- Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (re-read) - Buckminster Fuller
- The 2 hour cocktail party - Nick Gray
- The Art of Gathering - Priya Parker
- The Martian - Andy Weir
- One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- My Fight for Inclusion and Lasting Change - Ellen Pao