2019 is almost here and we wanted to share with you the best stories we’ve read and listened this year. Have a seat and get your headphones. Here’s the list of the best books and podcasts for 2019:

**To read: **

We Should All Be Feminists

“We Should All Be Feminists” is a personal essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, inspired and adapted from her famous TEDx talk. Adichie gives us a “unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century, drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of the often masked realities of sexual politics”. This is a book from “one of the world’s great contemporary writers”, according to Barack Obama.

Bad Blood: Secret Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Bad Blood is about the “the biggest corporate fraud since Enron”. It’s about the breathtaking rise and shocking collapse of Theranos, the multibillion-dollar biotech startup and its revolutionary technology that didn’t work. John Carreyrou tells us the story of Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and CEO of Theranos, once seen as the female Steve Jobs, and the threats by her lawyers.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

“Grit” is passion and persistence, as the author explains on this book. In this instant New York Times bestseller, the psychologist Angela Duckworth tells us the secret to outstanding achievement and helps anyone striving to succeed. In Grit, she inspires us on her powerful story and shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers.

Tribe: on Homecoming and Belonging

“We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding”. Tribe explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, this book explains the irony that “for many veterans, as well as civilians, war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more”.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less** **

Are you frequently busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? Essentialism is “a must-read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives. It’s a movement whose time has come”.

To listen:

Conversations with Tyler

The economist Tyler Cowen interviews today’s deepest thinkers in wide-ranging explorations of their work, the world, and everything in between.

How I Built This with Guy Raz

“How I Built This” is a narrative journey about innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists created by Guy Raz. You can’t miss the stories of some of the world’s best-known companies.

Masters of Scale with Reid Hoffman

“How companies grow from zero to a gazillion, testing his theories with legendary leaders?” That’s what Reid Hoffman, Co-founder of LinkedIn and Investor at Greylock, will tell in every episode of this original podcast.

The Role Models Podcast

Role Models started in 2015, with the purpose of connecting the local tech and startup community in Berlin with women role models. The original podcast - now well-known – is a series of “recorded conversations with inspiring women about their approach to life and career, lessons learned, and challenges tackled”.

Science: Disrupt

“The Science: Disrupt” team speaks to innovators, iconoclasts, and entrepreneurs. The science industry is in much need of disruption, they believe. So it’s time to create change in the field.