My Reading list

Why would anyone keep a public reading list? One reason is the accountability factor. By having my progress shown publicly, I am motivated to keep going and not be a lazy bum. Of course, I would also like to share my experiences with you and tell you if I learned something important or whether this book might be worth your time.


Currently Reading (Just Finished)

  • Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins
  • (Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande)

Last Update: 27.12.2022 >> Updated List on my Goodreads

My Top 5 Most Insightful/Influential Books (tough one…)

  1. Shoe Dog by Phil Knight
  2. Atomic Habits by James Clear
  3. Permanent Record by Edward Snowden
  4. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  5. Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

Last Update: 16.12.2020 >> Updated list is on my Goodreads

Cover/Click to BuyTitleAuthorLessons/QuotesRating (out of 5 stars)Where to buy
cover james clear atomic habitsAtomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad OnesJames Clear“You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.”
cover gesetze der gewinnerGesetze der Gewinner (Laws of the winners)Bodo Schäfer"If I feel no fear before taking a new step, this is an indication that the step I want to take is one size too small for me."5/5BUY
Verbal JudoGeorge J. Thompson“Never react to what people say. React to what they mean. Just remember: People hardly ever say what they mean.” 4/5BUY
elon musk bio coverElon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future Ashlee Vance“Good ideas are always crazy until they’re not.” 5/5BUY
ryder carroll bullet journal coverThe Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future Ryder Carroll“Inevitably we find ourselves tackling too many things at the same time, spreading our focus so thin that nothing gets the attention it deserves. This is commonly referred to as "being busy." Being busy, however, is not the same thing as being productive.”
“Each Bullet Journal becomes another volume in the story of your life. Does it represent the life you want to live? If not, then leverage the lessons you've learned to change the narrative in the next volume.”
Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi “Control of consciousness determines the quality of life.”

“Most enjoyable activities are not natural; they demand an effort that initially one is reluctant to make. But once the interaction starts to provide feedback to the person's skills, it usually begins to be intrinsically rewarding.”
mans search for meaning coverMan's Search for Meaning (...trotzdem Ja zum Leben sagen: Ein Psychologe erlebt das Konzentrationslager)Viktor E. Frankl“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.”
“Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.”
“But there was no need to be ashamed of tears, for tears bore witness that a man had the greatest of courage, the courage to suffer.”

“Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible.”
So lügt man mit Statistik (How one lies with statistics)Walter Krämer"The more people there are who believe a thing, the more likely that view is wrong. - Sören Kierkegaard"
"You can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time."
hunger games 1 coverThe Hunger Games 1 (DE)Suzanne Collins “You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” 5/5BUY
The Hunger Games 2 (DE)Suzanne Collins“I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now and live in it forever.” 4/5BUY
The HobbitJ.R.R. TolkienGuess what it is:

“This thing all things devours:
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats high mountain down.”
(noituloS: emiT)

“May the wind under your wings bear you where the sun sails and the moon walks.”
“Do you wish me a good morning, or mean that it is a good morning whether I want it or not; or that you feel good this morning; or that it is a morning to be good on?”
Wie man Freunde gewinnt (How To Win Friends and Influence People)Dale Carnegie“Any fool can criticize, complain, and condemn—and most fools do. But it takes character and self-control to be understanding and forgiving.” 5/5BUY
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of NIKEPhil Knight“The cowards never started and the weak died along the way. That leaves us, ladies and gentlemen. Us.”
“So that morning in 1962 I told myself: Let everyone else call your idea crazy . . . just keep going. Don’t stop. Don’t even think about stopping until you get there, and don’t give much thought to where “there” is. Whatever comes, just don’t stop.”

“You are remembered, he said, prophetically, for the rules you break.”
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence - and How You Can, TooGary Vaynerchuk“Being unafraid of making mistakes makes everything easy for me. Not worrying about what people think frees you to do things, and doing things allows you to win or learn from your loss—which means you win either way. Hear me now: you are better off being wrong ten times and being right three than you are if you try only three times and always get it right.”

“When it comes to professional opportunities, this is the best time to be alive in the history of humankind.”
Der Alchimist (The Alchemist)Paul Coelho“It's the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“So, I love you because the entire universe conspired to help me find you.”
“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”
A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and ScienceBarbara Oakley “The Law of Serendipity: Lady Luck favors the one who tries”
“Attempting to recall the material you are trying to learn—retrieval practice—is far more effective than simply rereading the material.”
“Thiss sentence contains threee errors.”
Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist (DE)Kate Raworth“For over 70 years economics has been fixated on GDP, or national output, as its primary measure of progress. That fixation has been used to justify extreme inequalities of income and wealth coupled with unprecedented destruction of the living world. For the twenty-first century a far bigger goal is needed: meeting the human rights of every person within the means of our life-giving planet.” BUY
Permanent Record by Edward SnowdenPermanent RecordEdward Snowden“Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say.”
“The reason you're reading this book is that I did a dangerous thing for a man in my position: I decided to tell the truth.”
Der Weg zur finanziellen Freiheit. In sieben Jahren die erste Million.Bodo SchäferBUY
Speed ReadingTim WinterBUY
10 Steps to Earning Awesome GradesThomas Frank"To tap that willpower and get over “I don’t feel like it,” I’ve modified my
vocabulary a bit. Now, I never say those five words alone anymore; instead, I
“I don’t feel like it - but I’m going to do it anyway.”
Embracing this mindset and actually putting it into action afterwards takes grit - a willingness to be uncomfortable."
"Motivation = (Expectancy x Value)/(Impulsiveness x Delay)"
Alex's Adventures in NumberlandAlex Bellos4/5BUY
blockchain basics coverBlockchain Basics (DE)Daniel Drescher4/5BUY
the business book coverThe Business Book: Big Ideas Simply ExplainedSam Atkinson"If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses" - Henry Ford
"There's a gap in the market, but is there a market in the gap?"
"If you don't know where you are, a map won't help."
(Many more amazing quotes in the book)
Homo SapiensYuval Noah Harari5/5BUY
Deep WorkCal Newport3/5BUY
silicon valley coverSilicon ValleyChristopher KeeseBUY