• I keep an updated list of the books that I have since May, 2016
  • As of May, 2017 I started writing about each of the books that I read (linked here)
  • I sometimes read books twice, and mention them below twice to emphasize that
  • If you see a book on here that you’ve read or are considering reading and want to talk, would love to chat
  • Always up for recommendations :)



  • The Bridge Across Forever
  • Kissinger: A Biography
  • Red Rising Book 5
  • Factfulness
  • The Wealth of Nations
  • A Brave…

I recently finished The Overstory by Richard Powers, a book more different than anything I’ve read in quite some time. It stood out in a bookstore turned cafe with boozy coffee drinks and tasty pastries in Steamboat.

The book follows the lives of ~6 different people and their lineages dating as far back as the 1800s into the present day. Concurrently, it followed the lives and happenings of nature around us, specifically focusing in on trees.

There were moments when these individuals and the nature around them intersected and others when they operated in (pardon my tech language) silos.


I recently finished On the Road, The Original Scroll by Jack Kerouac, 2+ years after initially picking it up.

I thought it’d be fitting on a long Europe trip in Dec, 2018, but I couldn’t get into it. Given that I’ve been moving around lots again, it felt like the right time. Not sure what it was this go-around, maybe a bit more patience with reading, but it was quite entertaining and thought-provoking.

For readers not familiar, here’s a brief synopsis.

thx Wikipedia

In this version of the book, Kerouac writes voraciously. There aren’t chapters, nor even paragraph breaks. It was an…

*note I finished this book a few months back and getting caught up on book reviews so my thoughts are likely missing components if I were to have just finished it

I was inspired to read this book after my time in Medellin, Colombia where I got a brief peak into some of the countless ways that Pablo Escobar touched the city. It was written by his son, Juan Pablo, as a pretty personal account of Pablo Escobar’s life and decisions, all the way to the end.

Pablo Escobar was an incredibly influential person in both Colombia and the world

Before visiting Medellin, I had heard of Pablo Escobar, but knew very little…

Reading First Principles About When to Use First Principles by Auren Hoffman got me thinking about how most people choose the proxies (sources/experts) that they rely on when they’re not engaging in first principles thinking (aka, most of the time).

I agree with Auren that more proxies are better, that it’s important to find proxies with conflicting views, and to have a few proxies that are heretics in their fields. I wonder rhetorically how many people really take this thoughtful approach (maybe a reason why Auren wrote the post). …

I recently re-listened to Zero to One by Peter Thiel and am very glad I did.

It’s a pretty short book and one I’d recommend everyone, regardless of interests, takes a look at because of the frameworks he gives towards thinking about companies, how we spend our lives, and the future.

Some things he said that stuck out

  • A start up is like the smallest group of ppl you need to change the future
  • Monopolistic companies (like Google) will pretend like they are in different/larger markets than they actually are to seem as if they aren’t monopolies
  • In perfect competition, it’s hard to think about the future…

This was a paradigm-shifting book for me and also the first that I finished reading on my new Amazon Fire, which was a different (positive) reading experience than those in the past.

What do we mean by flow and why does it matter?

In as science-focused way as possible, author Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (calling him MC for short), broke down what it means and looks like to be in flow. His definition is described well in the below passage.

“we feel a sense of exhilaration, a deep sense of enjoyment that is long cherished and that becomes a landmark in memory for what life should be like. This is what we mean…

I just finished listening to The Road to Woodstock by Michael Lang. Lang was one of the four people at the top putting the festival on.

I started it initially, thinking it’d be fun. I recently enjoyed a book about the Grateful Dead written by their drummer, and this fell in the same vein.

It ended up being more than just a fun read, though.

Woodstock was a game changer of the times.

I still don’t have the entirety of the historical picture, but 1969 was a pretty charged and important year in the US (coincidentally also 50 years ago from now).

It was the middle of the…

I just finished listening to Ender’s Game, a book I read at some point probably in middle school that I partially remembered.

I was a big fan.

The Sci Fi

There are many components I enjoyed from the book, one of which is the science fiction nature.

Orson Scott Card creates a futuristic world where humans interact with another species that they begin calling the Buggers.

It feels like a world that could very well happen if we reached interplanetary travel and encountered another species. …

I’ve started a new kick of trying to listen to more classic fiction and fantasy books.

Last year I made my way through the Harry Potter series again and I did the Lord of the Rings before that. As I’m writing this, I’m most of the way through the first Ender’s Game and am planning to continue through the series.


As I’m becoming an adult, I have found more and more value in different activities that help me feel like a kid. …

Noah Adelstein

Denver Native | WUSTL ’18 Econ | SF

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