Reading List

Here's a list of the various things I've been reading, listening to, and watching recently.

We source information and content from all over the internet in all shapes and forms. Personally, I absorb and remember the most information when I expose myself to fewer sources of information.

This means fewer news subscriptions, fewer random newsletters and fewer books that I'm trying to read simultaneously.

And when it comes to my emails, a focused inbox leads to a focused mind.

Books

It's easy to find excuses not to read. Over the years, I've had phases with lots of reading, and phases with no reading at all. I've picked it up again more recently, and love self-help non-fiction as a genre.

Here are some of my recent reads:

  • The 5am Club - Robin Sharma (current)
  • When Breath Becomes Air - Paul Kalanithi
  • Zero to One - Peter Thiel

Tip: I'd recommend logging your reading on Goodreads. It's a nice way to remember the books you've read and your thoughts on each of them.

Podcasts

Podcasts are a fantastic way to absorb information on the fly. I've found, however, that it's difficult to retain what you listen to, so sometimes I sit and listen to podcasts while I'm at my computer so I can take notes for my future self. Here are some of my favourites

  • The Tim Ferriss Show - Tim Ferriss
  • Huberman Lab - Dr. Andrew Huberman (psychology, lifestyle optimisation)
  • Lex Fridman Podcast - Lex Fridman (More general, but with a tech angle)
  • UpOnly - Brian Krogsgard and Jordan Fish (lots of crypto)
  • This Week in Startups - Jason Calacanis (VC, startups)
  • All-in - Chamath Palihapitiya, Jason Calacanis, David Sacks, David Friedberg
  • Not Boring - Packy McCormick

Email Newsletters

This is quite a short list. I find that I am more likely to read newsletters consistently when I have a smaller number of subscriptions.

I prefer to subscribe to 1-2 regular newsletters (which email multiples times per week), and an unlimited number of 'occasional' newsletters, which may email me a few times a month

  • Money Stuff - Matt Levine - I wouldn't recommend this to anybody who doesn't have a background in finance. It can get very very technical and Matt often discusses advanced topics. But beyond the complexity, Matt's articles are extremely insightful and often written in a very colloquial and easy-to-digest form.
  • The 10th Man - Jared Dillian - Jared is based in the US, and these articles often explain the impact of the US macro-economy on the everyday investor. This newsletter is a really easy read and relatively infrequent, so won't clog your inbox.

News

  • Australian Financial Review - main driver. As a finance student, this is my main source of information about markets and the economy
  • The Australian - my source of more everyday news that the AFR doesn't report on
  • Social Media - not proud of it, but like most of us, lots of news comes through social media (e.g. TikTok, Twitter, Facebook etc.)

Investing

  • Bloomberg - I use this for global macro-news, but less-so than local Australian news
  • Reddit - quite honestly an underestimated trove of information and opinions. I never take anything I read at face value, but it is a great platform to give a voice to the everyday investor and I've found a number of gems of information
  • Google Finance - great platform for watchlists and information. Easy to use interface and links to articles from a range of different news outlets
  • Coinmarketcap - nice interface to log crypto transactions and track your portfolio across a range of different platforms

Fitness

  • Strava - Social network, primarily for running and cycling. Great motivator to get out and go for a jog. I've had Strava since early 2019, and it's amazing to look back on my running history these past few years
  • Healthmate - I recently bought a fancy Withings scale, and this application tracks my weight, BMI, body fat and other information in a clean interface. Will be nice to see this data develop over time and see the trends in my weight.