Some books I’ve read.

2024 Q2

  • Mendeleyev’s Dream: The Quest for the Elements, Paul Strathern

2024 Q1

  • Edge of Eternity: The Century Trilogy #3, Ken Follett

2023 Q4

  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy #2, Ken Follett

2023 Q3

  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy #1, Ken Follett

2023 Q2

  • Zero: The Biography of a Dangerous Idea, Charles Seife

2023 Q1

  • Het spel van de engel, Carlos Ruiz Zaf贸n

2022 Q4

  • Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess, Bobby Fischer

2022 Q3

  • Caravaggio: a life sacred and profane, Andrew Graham-Dixon
  • Het naakte leven, Luigi Pirandello

2022 Q2

  • Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones, James Clear
  • De blauwe fabel: Waarom we de KLM al een eeuw lang tegen elke prijs in de lucht houden, Ties Joosten
  • Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Learning Functional Programming in Scala, Alvin Alexander
  • Eigen welzijn eerst, Roxane van Iperen

2022 Q1

  • Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future, Elizabeth Kolbert
  • Why We Sleep, Matthew Walker. Second time reading it, as a New Year’s resolution to get more and better sleep; really helpful.
  • Artificial Intelligence: A Guide for Thinking Humans, Melanie Mitchell
  • Good Economics for Hard Times, Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo
  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams

2021 Q4

  • Zo hadden we het niet bedoeld; De tragedie achter de toeslagenaffaire, Jesse Frederik
  • Implementing DDD, CQRS and Event Sourcing, Alex Lawrence
  • Brieven aan ’t Hooge Nest, Roxane van Iperen
  • Het recht van de snelste; Hoe ons verkeer steeds asocialer werd, Thalia Verkade

2021 Q3

  • ’t Hooge Nest, Roxane van Iperen
  • How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need, Bill Gates
  • Farm (and Other F Words): The Rise and Fall of the Small Family Farm, Sarah K. Mock
  • Wat Iedereen zou Moeten Weten over Klimaatverandering, Bart Verheggen
  • Drinkbare rivieren, Li-An Phoa & Maarten van der Schaaf

2021 Q2

  • The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, Erik Larson
  • Ten zuiden van de grens, Haruki Murakami

2021 Q1

  • Lorentz: gevierd fysicus, geboren verzoener, Frits Berends & Dirk van Delft
  • Een klein land met verre uithoeken: ongelijke kansen in veranderend Nederland, Floor Milikowski
  • Italiaanse manieren: omnibus van Italiaanse buren en Italiaanse opvoeding, Tim Parks

2020 Q4

  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer, Donella H. Meadows
  • Antifragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell. Different stories about the good and the evil; I found it really hard to get through and now I only look forward to watch the movie.
  • Nederland onder het systeemplafond, Marcel van Roosmalen

2020 Q3

  • Life on the edge: the coming of age of quantum biology, Jim Al-Khalili & Johnjoe McFadden. the title sounds much more complicated than the book actually is. The theory is clearly explained step-by-step and repeated as necessary. I think a good introduction into life science.
  • Cornelis Lely: ingenieur van het nieuwe Nederland, Cees Banning
  • A gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
  • The richest man in Babylon, George Samuel Clason
  • Wegens vakantie gesloten: Itali毛 in augustus, Jarl van der Ploeg
  • The secret lives of planets: a user’s guide to the solar system, Paul Murdin

2020 Q2

  • Il principe, Niccol貌 Machiavelli
  • De graanrepubliek, Frank Westerman
  • Principles: life & work, Ray Dalio
  • SPQR: a history of ancient Rome, Mary Beard
  • Difficult conversations: how to discuss what matters most, Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone, et al.

2020 Q1

  • Shoe dog, Phil Knight. You don’t build an empire by being nice. Best book I read in 2020.
  • Skin in the game, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Although I love his series, the author regularly develops into a grumpy man.
  • It doesn’t have to be crazy at work, Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson
  • De meeste mensen deugen, Rutger Bregman
  • Guns, germs and steel, Jared Diamond
  • Einstein, Walter Isaacson
  • Influence: the psychology of persuasion, Robert B. Cialdini Phd

2019 Q4

  • Economics - the user’s guide, Ha-Joon Chang
  • De schaduw van de wind, Carlos Ruiz Zaf贸n
  • Designing data-intensive applications, Martin Kleppmann. Provides so much context and insight, a must-read for developers.

2019 Q3

  • Geschiedenis van de westerse filosofie, Bertrand Russell
  • Germania: a personal history of germans ancient and modern, Simon Winder
  • Zero to one, Pieter Thiel

2019 Q2

  • Why we sleep, Matthew Walker
  • 21 lessons for the 21st century, Yuval Noah Harari
  • De onzichtbare hand, Bas van Bavel
  • Spark: the definitive guide, Bill Chambers & Matei Zaharia

2019 Q1

  • Factfulness, Hans Rosling
  • Superintelligence, Nick Bostrom
  • Blitzed - drugs in nazi Germany, Norman Ohler
  • Leonardo da Vinci, Walter Isaacson