The books I have read and/or listened in 2018

This January, I started listening to the audiobooks while commuting. I was bored of listening the same songs from the radio.

My first choice was Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuvar Noah Harari because I liked the voice of the narrator and the book had a generic topic. Listening to a story blending with religion, wars, and civilization… How hard it could be for an ex-civilization player. 

It went pretty smooth. I can say, it is an addiction now. Listening audiobooks also changed my evening behavior and it boosted my regular reading habit plus decreased the time that I spent watching TV series. I didn’t expect that outcome to be honest. My pain point, commuting, turned into a ritual…

Here is audiobook list updated December 2018

  1. Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss
  2. Building a StoryBrand by Donald Miller 
  3. Principles by Ray Dalio
  4. Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions by Brian Christian
  5. Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini Ph.D. 
  6. Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
  7. Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari 
  8. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuvar Noah Harari
  9. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist by Kate Raworth
  10. 12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
  11. How to Talk So Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber, Julie King
  12. The Creative Curve How to Develop the Right Idea, at the Right Time by Allen Gannett
  13. Emotional Success: The Power of Gratitude, Compassion, and Pride by David Desteno
  14. Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber
  15. Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies by Geoffrey West
  16. Critical Business Skills for Success by Clinton O. Longenecker, Thomas J. Goldsby
  17. A little history of Economics by Niall Kishtainy
  18. Without Saying a Word by Kasia and Patryk Wezowski
  19. The Sky Below: A true story of summits, space and speed by Scott Parazynski, Susy Flory
  20. Scientific Secrets for Raising Kids Who Thrive by Peter. M. Vishton

Here is reading list updated December 2018

  1. Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlo Rovelli 
  2. The Sentient Machine by Amir Husain
  3. Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence by Ajay Agrawal 
  4. Validating Product Ideas: Through Lean User Research by Tomer Sharon 
  5. Sense-making: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg
  6. Designing Agentive Technology: AI That Works for People by Christopher Noessel 
  7. Meeting design by Kevin M. Hoffman 
  8. This Is Service Design Doing: Applying Service Design Thinking in the Real World by Marc Stickdorn, Markus Edgar Hormess Adam Lawrence, Jakob Schneider (more like reference book)
  9. The Master Algorithm: How the Quest for the Ultimate Learning Machine Will Remake Our World by Pedro Domingos
  10. Life 3.0: Being human in the age of artificial Intelligence by Max Tegmark
  11. Exactly what to say: Magic words of Influence and Impact by Phil M. Jones
  12. Living in Information: Responsible Design for Digital Places by Jorge Arango
  13. EQ Applied: The Real-World Guide to Emotional Intelligence by Justin Bariso
  14. Applied Artificial Intelligence: A Handbook For Business Leaders by Mariya Yao, Adelyn Zhou and Marlene Jia
  15. Power of Moments by Chip Heath & Dan Heath
  16. Understanding Comics; The invisible art by Scott McCloud
  17. How to find a black cat in a dark room * especially when there is no cat by Jacob Burak
  18. Liminal Thinking by Dave Gray
  19. Philosophy: A graphic guide by Dave Robinson & Judy Groves (Turkish)
  20. The Lean Product Playbook by Dan Olsen
  21. The Art of People by Dave Kerpen
  22. The way to Design by Steve Vassallo
  23. Good Charts: HBR Guide to Making Smarter, More Persuasive Data Visualizations by Scott Berinato


During this period, I experimented different methods like only reading, reading and listening at the same time, listening before sleeping, commuting and so on. Listening during commute and reading before sleeping work better for me. After a while, I start forgetting information and couldn’t recall them. I solved the problem by taking small notes after arriving home and work which increased the recalling rate and also have some nice references for my writings.

Economy, Raising Kids, Business Design, Artificial Intelligence, Communication are the 5 main themes and would like to keep as it is now. I hope that I will continue with this good habit in 2019.

I wish you the best in 2019, peace.