Starting in 2013, I begun writing reviews of some of the books I read, movies I watch, and occasionally, games I play. What I’ve noticed already is that this habit has led to some fundamental changes. When I know that I’ll have to summarize my thoughts afterwards, I analyze books, movies and games more critically, which makes these activities less passive and more rewarding. I won’t review all of the books, games or movies that I consume. I will strive to highlight only those which I recommend here.

In 2015, I started writing about apps which I use and recommend, so those appear here now also.

Book Recommendations

  1. Sperm Wars by Robin Baker
  2. McAfee’s Last Stand by Joshua Davis
  3. The Analects of Confucius translated by James Legge
  4. Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson
  5. Why School? by Will Richardson
  6. Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  7. More Guns, Less Crime by John Lott
  8. The Zen of Steve Jobs, by Caleb Melby
  9. Guns, by Stephen King
  10. Engineering the Alpha, by Adam Bornstein and John Romaniello
  11. One World Schoolhouse, by Salman Khan
  12. The Turning, by Steven P.R.
  13. A Pocket Full of Needles, by Steven P.R.
  14. No Exit: Struggling to Survive a Modern Goldrush, by Gideon Lewis-Kraus
  15. Creativity, Inc., by Edwin Catmull
  16. The Proteus Paradox, by Nick Yee
  17. Zero to One, by Peter Thiel
  18. The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday
  19. Do the Work, by Steven Pressfield
  20. The Heart Never Dies, by Steven P.R.
  21. Before Ebola, by Peter Apps
  22. The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg
  23. Make Your Mark, by Jocelyn Glei
  24. Fight Club, by Chuck Palahniuk
  25. Cocaine Cowgirl, by Jennie Erin Smith
  26. The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande
  27. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
  28. Unmade in China, by Jeremy Haft
  29. You Are Not So Smart, by David McRaney

Film Recommendations

  1. Flight, directed by Robert Zemeckis
  2. Beasts of the Southern Wild, directed by Benh Zeitlin
  3. Seven Psychopaths, directed by Martin McDonagh
  4. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes
  5. Sound City, directed by Dave Grohl
  6. Wreck-It Ralph, directed by Rich Moore
  7. Killing Them Softly, directed by Andrew Dominik
  8. Zero Dark Thirty, directed by Katheryn Bigelow
  9. Downhill Racer, directed by Michael Ritchie
  10. Olympus Has Fallen & White House Down
  11. Hunger Games: Catching Fire, directed by Francis Lawrence
  12. Vertigo, directed by Alfred Hitchcock
  13. The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels
  14. Dallas Buyers Club, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
  15. Blue Ruin, directed by Jeremy Saulnier
  16. Wild at Heart, directed by David Lynch

Game Recommendations

  1. Grand Theft Auto V by Rockstar Games
  2. Hotline: Miami by Dennaton Games
  3. Card Wars – Adventure Time by Cartoon Network
  4. Disco Zoo by NimbleBit
  5. Destiny by Bungie
  6. Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor, by Monolith Studios
  7. Bitcoin Billionaire, by Noodlecake Studios
  8. Gone Home, by Fullbright
  9. Papers, Please by Lucas Pope
  10. Towerfall, by Matt Makes Games
  11. Undertale, by Toby Fox

In December of 2015, I published a post outlining the year in mobile games, with links to 85 games available on the App Store.

App Recommendations

  1. Mood Notes by ustwo