Book Summaries, Notes, and Reviews

I read a lot and learn a ton from books. In this page, you can find book summaries, notes, and reviews from books I’ve read, categorized by topic.

I include short snippets and ratings to give you an idea of what you might find interesting. To navigate to specific book summary, click on any linked title.

The notes and summaries are meant to be concise, discussing high-level concepts and lessons. The goal is not to recreate the whole book, but rather the main takeaways and applications.

Biography

Surely You’re Joking Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

Entrepreneurship

The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss

Zero to One by Peter Theil 10/10. The must-read book before starting a real company and startup entrepreneurs everywhere. An inside look at Peter Thiel’s philosophy and business strategy. How companies can engineer radical changes to create and grow remarkable businesses that shape a better world. Worth reading and re-reading.

The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

Remote by Jason Fried

ReWork by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson 10/10. ReWork gives insight on how to improve your business, relationships, productivity, and work environment. Quick and easy to read with lots of actionable ideas, all-around a fantastic book on business and entrepreneurship. The perfect playbook for making it on your own.

Leadership

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

High-Output Management by Andrew Grove

Marketing

Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis

Hooked by Nir Eyal and Ryan Hoover

Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday

Philosophy

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo 7/10. The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up is much more than a book about cleaning, simplifying and organizing your belongings. It’s also about being intentional with what you choose to own and how that impacts your way of living, thinking, and perspective on life. It’s quite short, I read it in a couple of hours in one go.

Productivity

Deep Work by Cal Newport 10/10. Deep Work is a guide on how to develop the superpower of deep focus on cognitively-demanding tasks in a distracted world. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. It covers many examples from real-world experiences and actionable items make implementing these ideas quite straightforward.

Psychology

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell 7/10. Our brain is like a computer which processes all the knowledge instantly to give the first impression. “Thin-slicing” allows us to make decisions quickly that can as good as those made cautiously and deliberately. This technique can be learned through practice and controlled to the point when you know you can trust your instincts or not.

Self-Help

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson 6/10. Sometimes life just really sucks and we cannot run away from it. We need to learn how to let go in order to enjoy life more. The key to living a good life is not giving a fuck about more things but rather focus only on the things that align with your personal values. A no-bullshit approach to living a life that might not always be happy, but meaningful and centered only around what’s important to you.