25 books I read in 2018

I still read about half of the books digitally on my tablet through Amazon Kindle, and the other half is a combination of library, borrowed from friends, gifts, and purchased hardcovers and paperback books.

Riding trains between Manhattan and the suburbs affords me time to read that I otherwise might not manage to find. I keep that in mind when the commute gets to me – which it does on occasion.

What are you reading? You should always be able to answer that question from a family member or friend.

Here are the 25 from 2018 – each review in ten words or less.

National Pastime: U.S. History Through Baseball By Martin C. Babicz, Thomas W. Zeller

Baseball’s story within its appropriate historical context. Really good read. 

Raising Ross – Laurie Rubin

My close friend writes about life with her autistic son.

Aja– Don Breithaupt

Yes an entire book about one groundbreaking Steely Dan album.

Why We Sleep – The New Science of Sleep and Dreams – Matthew Walker

Renowned sleep expert reveals the purpose and power of slumber

Principles – Ray Dalio

My one 2018 audiobook. Long and often interesting, not always.

An American Caddie At St. Andrews – Ollie Horowitz

Funny, irreverent, and not so much appreciated by the caddies.

The War For China’s Wallet – Shaun Rein

An American born marketer living in China assesses the future.

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind – Yuval Noah Har

The subject was more interesting than some of the reading.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things – Ben Horowitz

Enjoyable and jarring at times – not a bad thing.

The Patient Will See You Now – Dr. Eric Topol

Nodded my head all the way through.

Steely Dan FAQ – Anthony Robustelli

I’m a fan, he’s a fan. You get it.

Bad Blood – John Carreyou

The upcoming movie can’t be as good as this book.

The Hard Bargain – David Tucker

A would-be opera singer turned eye doctor’s story. Sweet.

Irresistible: The Rise Of Addictive Technology And The Business Of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter

Truly, scary, and something we should all be concerned with.

Two Years At St. Andrews – George Peper

Former U.S. based Golf Digest writer moves across the pond.

Artemis: Andy Weir

Author of The Martian writes another compelling story. 

The Innovators – Walter Isaacson

A somewhat long but yet still a page turning book.

Eternal Sonata – Jamie Metzl

Disturbing and thought-provoking story about achieving eternal life.

Breakthrough – Michael C. Grumley

Humans finally communicating with dolphins, aliens underwater. Somehow it works.

Astroball – Ben Reiter

Modern day version of ‘Moneyball’ and just as interesting.

Navigating Japan’s Business Culture – Robert Charles Azar

American thirty-year Japan business veteran’s advice on what works.

Abundance – The Future is Better Than You Think – Peter Diamandis and Steven Kottler

2012 book with a very compelling title and uplifting message.

On The Origins of Sports: The Early History and Original Rules of Everybody’s Favorite Games – Gary Beisky and Thomas W. Zeller

How various sports originated and the rules that evolved.

There were a few that did not make the list because I did not finish them.

Read more books in 2019. You can do this!

About markkolier

Futurist, entrepreneur, left lane driver
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