Tita’s Book Wrapped 2021

Recent reads on data, product and life

Tita of Data
2 min readDec 9, 2021


This year, I spent some of my extra time, afforded to me by my freedom from commute, playing the bass, making my cat even fatter and lots of reading.

I was fortunate & blessed enough to get multiple offers from companies where majority of employees are distributed globally, hence, the opportunity for permanently remote work. If you are in PH and looking for opportunities that are permanently remote AKA “work-from-home”, I wish that you don’t lose hope and keep looking for job posts that offers work that’s remote forever — there’s quite a few out there!

On Data and AI

  1. Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
  2. Fighting Churn with Data: The science and strategy of customer retention by Carl Gold
  3. The Data Warehouse Toolkit, 3rd Edition The Definitive Guide to Dimensional Modeling by Ralph Kimball, Margy Ross
  4. Inventory Accounting A Comprehensive Guide by Steven M. Bragg

On Product Management & Startups

  1. User Story Mapping: Discover the Whole Story, Build the Right Product by Jeff Patton
  2. Lean Startup by Eric Ries
  3. Bad Blood by John Carreyrou — probably one of the best books I’ve read this year. Ignited my passion for startups, data science and biomedical engineering. Plus, reminded me of the times that I’ve turned down a lucrative job offer from companies with questionable engine of growth
  4. Become an Effective Software Engineering Manager: How to Be the Leader Your Development Team Needs by James Stanier
  5. An Elegant Puzzle: Systems of Engineering Management by Will Larson
  6. The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen

On the Life of Learning, Unlearning and Relearning

  1. Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World by Anand Giridharadas
  2. Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
  3. Poor Economics — Esther Duflo & Abhijit Banerjee
  4. Utopia for Realists by Rutger Bregman
  5. Racial Capitalism & Prison Abolition Zine
  6. When Cultures Collide Leading Across Cultures by Richard D. Lewis
  7. Ways of Seeing by John Berger
  8. Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits by James Clear
  9. NUDGE: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
  10. Veronica Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

On Music Theory and Bass

  1. Bass Guitar for Dummies by Patrick Pfeiffer
  2. Hal Leonard Bass Method