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Last year, I read (only) 7 books. It’s not too bad (2251 pages), but it’s far from good, and less than what I wanted.
Each year, I take Goodreads Reading Challenge, but besides pledging to read XY books, I didn’t actually plan which books I would like to read.

In 2019, I decided to take a more structured approach to the whole thing, so I made a reading list of 8 English, 4 Norwegian and 4 Serbian books.
You can see them below.

P.S. You can track my progress over at Goodreads, and feel free to connect with me as well.

My “to read in 2019” books in English

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t

Why do some organizations make a leap and go from good to great, while others don’t? Even when we speak about the same period, same markets & industry. This book tries to answer this question:
“To find the keys to greatness, Collins’s 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others”

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

If you’re into design thinking, agile and lean methodologies, startups and building up stuff… you’ve probably heard of  The Sprint, a five-day process to solve problems and test out different ideas. The minds behind that created this book. And hopefully, it will help you focus on what matters and make time. 

“Nobody ever looked at an empty calendar and said, “The best way to spend this time is by cramming it full of meetings!” or got to work in the morning and thought, Today I’ll spend hours on Facebook! Yet that’s exactly what we do. Why?
In a world where information refreshes endlessly and the workday feels like a race to react to other people’s priorities faster, frazzled and distracted has become our default position. But what if the exhaustion of constant busyness wasn’t mandatory? What if you could step off the hamster wheel and start taking control of your time and attention? That’s what this book is about.”

On Being a Data Skeptic

Last year I read Weapons of Math Destruction, by the same author. It’s a critical look on how big data can actually increase inequality due to “blackbox models that shape our future”. I think questions like these are important, and look forward to reading this book as well.

“Data is here, it’s growing, and it’s powerful.” Author Cathy O’Neil argues that the right approach to data is skeptical, not cynical––it understands that, while powerful, data science tools often fail. Data is nuanced, and “a really excellent skeptic puts the term ‘science’ into ‘data science.'” The big data revolution shouldn’t be dismissed as hype, but current data science tools and models shouldn’t be hailed as the end-all-be-all, either.

How Will You Measure Your Life?

As Christensen struggled with the disease, the question “How do you measure your life?” became more urgent and poignant, and he began to share his insights more widely with family, friends, and students.

In this groundbreaking book, Christensen puts forth a series of questions: How can I be sure that I’ll find satisfaction in my career? How can I be sure that my personal relationships become enduring sources of happiness? How can I avoid compromising my integrity—and stay out of jail?

Using lessons from some of the world’s greatest businesses, he provides incredible insights into these challenging questions. How Will You Measure Your Life? is full of inspiration and wisdom, and will help students, midcareer professionals, and parents alike forge their own paths to fulfillment.

The Intrapreneur, Gib Bulloch

I’m really interested in innovation management (finishing my MSc on Innovation and Challenges in Startups this year), so this book is obviously something exciting for me :) 

For over a decade, Gib Bulloch led a corporate “guerrilla movement” within one of the world’s largest global consulting organisations. Against the odds, he created a not-for-profit inside one of the most profit driven corporations in the world. Plaudits, prizes and promotions followed.

But success came at a price: It ultimately cost him his job, his health and perhaps even his sanity as he found himself the unlikely resident of a psychiatric hospital in Glasgow. The Intrapreneur is an honest and insightful critique of the “craziness” of today’s business environment – and a call to action for a new breed of social activist working within, about to join or completely disillusioned by today’s business world.

Finding your purpose… can feel like losing your mind.

Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, Nick Bilton

Nick Bilton of the New York Times takes readers behind the scenes with a narrative that shows what happened inside Twitter as it grew at exponential speeds. This is a tale of betrayed friendships and high-stakes power struggles as the four founders—Biz Stone, Evan Williams, Jack Dorsey, and Noah Glass—went from everyday engineers to wealthy celebrities, featured on magazine covers, Oprah, The Daily Show, and Time’s list of the world’s most influential people.

Tech Humanist: How You Can Make Technology Better for Business and Better for Humans, Kate O’Neill

The world becomes more tech-driven every day, and with it, the experiences we as humans have are increasingly shaped by algorithms, automation, and machine learning. Moreover, anyone who creates experiences for humans is inherently amplifying the values they encode far beyond whatever decisions they address. […] The future is uncertain, but so are the impacts on the future from today’s decisions. So the moment is right, argues experience strategy expert Kate O’Neill, to make technology better for business and better for humans.

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow, Yuval Noah Harari

Over the past century humankind has managed to do the impossible and rein in famine, plague, and war. This may seem hard to accept, but, as Harari explains in his trademark style—thorough, yet riveting—famine, plague and war have been transformed from incomprehensible and uncontrollable forces of nature into manageable challenges. For the first time ever, more people die from eating too much than from eating too little; more people die from old age than from infectious diseases; and more people commit suicide than are killed by soldiers, terrorists and criminals put together. The average American is a thousand times more likely to die from binging at McDonalds than from being blown up by Al Qaeda.
What then will replace famine, plague, and war at the top of the human agenda? As the self-made gods of planet earth, what destinies will we set ourselves, and which quests will we undertake?

Norske bøker jeg ønsker å lese i 2019

Se på oss nå, Geir Gulliksen

Begjær kan oppstå når man minst venter det – og iblant får tilfeldige møter overraskende ringvirkninger. Hans Kaasajordet møter Harriet Aakre, og det får vidtrekkende konsekvenser. Ikke bare for Hans og Harriet selv, ikke bare for Ingunn som er gift med Hans, eller Pål som er samboeren til Harriet, men også for barn, kollegaer og andre personer rundt dem.
Hans er pr-rådgiver, Ingunn er byråkrat på høyt nivå, Harriet driver et lite filmdistribusjonsselskap, Pål er rådgiver for statsministerkandidat Salomon Olsen. Alle har sentrale stillinger i politikken og samfunnslivet, men det som driver dem, er likevel fascinasjoner, forelskelser, fantasier.

Hvem sa hva, Helene Uri

Jeg er bl. a. utdannet filolog, og ellers synes jeg språk er kjempeviktig – for vår identitet, verdenssyn og hvordan vi er med hverandre… Derfor er denne boken veldig spennende for meg.

Han sutrer som ei jente. Hun har hår på brøstet. Han kjører som ei kjerring, og det er på tide at hun manner seg opp.
I mange år har Helene Uri vært opptatt av språk og kjønn. Snakker kvinner og menn forskjellige språk? Er kvinner mer indirekte i sitt språk? Finnes det egne kvinneord og egne mannsord? Og hva skjer med språket når kvinner og menn blir omtalt? For ti år siden begynte hun å klippe ut artikler og legge dem i en blå mappe. Hun har også tjuvlyttet til samtaler på buss og på fest, hun har målt taletid og tellet nekrologer. Og hun har finkjemmet bøker og filmer på jakt etter hva vi sier, hvordan vi sier det, og hvem som sier hva. Hvem sa hva? er en bok om hvordan språket speiler virkeligheten, men også om hvordan det former den

Kunsten å oppdra en verdensmester, Gjert Ingebrigtsen, Frode Saugestad

Dette blir vel en spennende bok om en uvanlig familie!

Å oppdra en verdensmester er en bok som tar oss med på innsiden av galskapen og genialiteten i Team Ingebrigtsen. Gjert Ingebrigtsen er mannen mot strømmen, pappaen som nektet sønnene å ha kjærester, mannen som måler melkesyre hvert tiende minutt og laminerer treningskjema så det ikke kan tukles med. Boken gir oss et åpenhjertig innblikk i de store tankene og de små detaljene som kjennetegner Gjerts metode og som har fostret tre brødre i den ypperste verdenseliten.

Begynnelser, Carl Frode Tiller

Jeg likte Innsirkling veldig godt, så jeg er spent på å lese denne boken også. 

«Livet må leves forlengs og forstås baklengs», skrev Kierkegaard og i BEGYNNELSER rulles livet til miljøverneren Terje opp i omvendt kronologi – fra selvmord til fødsel. Hvorfor gikk det som det gikk? Vi får innblikk i Terjes valg i voksenliv, ungdom og barndom; den store kjærligheten hans i relasjon til naturen; og smerten som kommer fra at han ikke mestrer relasjonen til sine nærmeste. BEGYNNELSER er en roman som går rett inn i vårt tids kanskje mest avgjørende spørsmål – klimadebatten – men fortalt gripende gjennom Terjes historie

Knjige na srpskom koje želim da pročitam u 2019.

Moram da priznam da nisam baš u hodu sa savremenom literaturom sa naših prostora, te sam za preporuku zamolio prijateljicu koja je mnogo više u materiji. (Inače smo sarađivali i preko moje izdavačke kuće Kovačnica priča.

*Za četvrtu knjigu prijateljica nije odgovorna :p 
Takođe mislim da ne treba suditi o nečemu dok se ne pročita, kao i da je – ako ništa drugo – knjiga (potencijalno) vrlo zanimljiva, i da svako ko postigne uspeh tog kalibra zaslužuje rispekt za određene veštine koje su za takav uspeh potrebne, sviđao se nama ili ne njihov stil, politika i ostalo.

Tiho teče Misisipi, Vladimir Tabašević

Papirne disko kugle, Dragoslava Barzut

Uhvati zeca, Lana Bastašić

Ja, tajkun, Miroslav Mišković

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