6 Kindle books
2 physical books
27% of them written/co-written by female authors
3 Fictions (the last fiction I read was probably Harry Potter …… )
2x: The speed I listened to audiobooks
Now, onto the books:
👾 Understanding Comics
By Scott McCloud
I love the book. It’s one of those rear successes in dissecting and understanding my own nostalgia. I wrote about my reactions here.
🌅 From a Certain Point of View (Star Wars)
By Renée Ahdieh, Meg Cabot, Pierce Brown, Nnedi Okorafor, Sabaa Tahir, and more.
Fan fiction by some really well known authors who were also Star Wars fans. For example:
- Griffin McElroy is a writer, co-founder of the video game site Polygon
- Ken Liu is one of the most lauded authors in American literature. His short story “The Paper Menagerie” is the first work of fiction to simultaneously win the Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy awards
🌏 The Ministry for the Future
By Kim Stanley Robinson
A fanatical imagination of how countries wrestled each other to confront with climate change through majestic robotics, cryptocurrencies, violence, incentives, and good old politics.
Because of this book, I have become very interested in this kind of environmental fiction, and the next one I am going to read is Termination Shock by Neal Stephenson, the author of “Snow Crash,” the OG metaverse.
📚 Write Your Book on the Side
By Hassan Osman
Did not finish but I might come back to it when I actually write a book.
📦 Amazon Unbound, The Everything Store
🚛 Working Backwards: Insights, Stories and Secrets from Inside Amazon
By Brad Stone, Colin Bryar, Bill Carr
If you are a boss, a founder, this book offers some intriguing management tactics that only bosses and founders have the power to experiment with. If you are not a boss/founder, don’t bother, because you will be wasting most of your time trying to convince people why they should adopt these peculiar management tactics.
🎙 A Promised Land
By Barack Obama
This book turned out to be the nail in the coffin for me to declare my impatience with autobiographies. They were just over-pruned and filtered.
🥤My Life in Full: Work, Family and Our Future
By Indra Nooyi
And this book was the hammer that hit the aforementioned nail. While her story was interesting, it was impossible not to think that the book was heavily curated and very one sided.
📬 A World Without Email
By Cal Newport
Another confirmation that we have not evolved much since the industrial age, when the ways of modern work and management were defined.
🗺 Prisoners of Geography: Ten Maps That Tell You Everything You Need to Know About Global Politics
By Tim Marshall
The author correctly concluded how the Afghan war would end, using geography. When I read this conclusion, I decided to start from the beginning of the book again and paid a lot more attention to every word he wrote.
🦮 The Happy Puppy Handbook
By Pippa Mattinson
Did not finish. The suggestions and explanations were unbalanced. It reminded of the fraught I could not not feel while reading books on parenting.
🦠 The Premonition: A Pandemic Story
By Michael Lewis
The book looked at how chaotic the US was handling the COVID-19 pandemic, which reminded me that everything was beautiful because everything was FUBAR.
🗄 An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization
By Robert Kegan, Lisa Laskow Lahey, Matthew L. Miller, Andy Fleming, Deborah Helsing
The book provides useful ideas on how to create organisations that are more people focused, but it must be listened to at 5x speed because it contained way too much fluff.
👨🏻💼You Are Not Them: The Authentic Entrepreneur’s Way
By Sid Mohasseb
A rant on why you should not hate yourself, not doubt yourself, that we are all entrepreneurs. Yes, it’s really quite a rant.
🐦 Night Heron
By Adam Brookes
Gripping story told by a master of written experiences : “It was morning, late in the summer. In the air, behind the heat, a whisper of cold to come.”
🍞 The Rise of Yeast: How the Sugar Fungus Shaped Civilization
By Nicholas P. Money
Perhaps the strongest scientific and anthropological argument for challenging the gluten-free movement.
🤣 Humor, Seriously: Why Humor Is a Secret Weapon in Business and Life (And How Anyone Can Harness It. Even You.)
By Jennifer Aaker, Naomi Bagdonas
Funny, useful, and naughty.
🐧🐦 Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life
By Anne Lamott
Writing is living because like living, writing, at its core, is the most engrossing single player game of continuous discovery. Her proses centred me.
👹 The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power
By Max Chafkin
Thiel is dangerous, and his followers are dangerous, without contradiction.
🤷🏻♂️ The French Art of Not Trying Too Hard
By Ollivier Pourriol
Approach life naively, genuinely. Improvise happily, and don’t let perfection paralyse you. Don’t start, don’t finish, just continue. And yes, try and not give a f*ck.
⏳ Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals
By Oliver Burkeman
Burkeman provided intellectually rigorous arguments and practical steps to assess how planning, schedules, and orders are limiting my ability to be present.
🌇 Dusk, Night, Dawn: On Revival and Courage
By Anne Lamott
“In the third third of life, you may become just as miserable and prickly as ever, but you cycle through more quickly.”
✝️ The New Testament: A Translation
By David Bentley Hart
This translation made me wonder how much all the other translations were manipulated. For example, the author resisted poetic renderings of the original and, for instance, stuck to the literal name of Jesus—“the Anointed—instead of “Christ” or “Messiah”; likewise Satan or the Devil is “the Slanderer,” and world becomes “cosmos.”
🇬🇧 The Great British Dream Factory: The Strange History of Our National Imagination
By Dominic Sandbrook
The great way to look at how empires rise and fall through the lens of James Bond, The Beatles, and the 9 to 5 work day.
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