We’re going through a time with the coronavirus pandemic, most of us are on lockdown, some people have lost loved ones and others have lost their jobs. Finding the motivation to create during turbulent times can be difficult, but it’s your duty to do right with the gift of creativity you’ve been given. So here’s a quote is taken from How Music Works by David Byrne, enjoy.
I know it’s a bit late in the month but I went ahead a bought a few books I aim to finish reading by the end of the year. I wanted to end the year strong and after spending a good chunk of October / November finishing up books I hadn’t got around to reading this year, I’ve got some space on my reading list for a few more. Continue reading
It feels like politicians nowadays scaremonger more than they ever did in the past, the motives are complicated but for the most part it can at times feel like one big distraction after the other. I sometimes catch wondering “what should I be paying attention to instead?” Thankfully someone more intelligent than I’am has been mulling the same thing and for our benefit covered various aspects across three books. His name is Yuval Noah Harari and I’m sure most of you have heard/read is his most popular book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind which chronicles the history humankind whilst questioning commonly beliefs. Next in the series is Homo Deus which I’ve recently got around finishing last week. I read for at least 1 hour per day but sometimes I don’t get around to finishing books, so towards the end of the year I like to revisit some books and attempt to finish them! I’m not sure why it took me so long to finish Homo Deus, I probably just got distracted, but wow, what an amazing book. I answers so many questions I have about the looming job crisis but also makes contemplate other things I haven’t thought about such as consciousness. I also recently finished listening to the audiobook of version of 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by the same author, it’s a been a hell of a year for reading for me, I’m really enjoying it.
One of my New Years resolutions was to read 4 books a month, but I let life get the best of me and ended up with a pile of unread books, so I set myself a target of reading as many as I could before I bought a new book. It was quite fun going back into the “library” and revisiting some of the books I’d forgot about. With that out of way, here are the books I’m reading during August! The first book Barbarian Days: Surfing Life was recommended to me via Corporate Lunch podcast. I didn’t research it and kind of bought on a whim hopefully it’s good. I’m trying to up the consistency levels on the blog and post every day (or at minimum Monday – Friday) so hopefully the book The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century will be help along the way! And last but not least, human longevity is a hot button topic within Silicon Valley but I’m not sold on the idea of freezing brains just yet. The Blue Zones adopts a more pragmatic point of view to the whole affair with the author traveling to various places around the world where the population lives the longest and trying to understand why, should be a good read! As always links to purchase can below;
Barbarian Days: Surfing Life by William Finnegan
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker
Last month’s reading list was incredibly fun, I managed to read three out of the five books purchased cover to cover and learnt a lot more about Miles Davis in the process; but this month’s promises to be one of the best ones yet! I can’t wait to dig into The Autobiography of Gucci Mane and Murder Machine, the latter recommended to me by Joey Diaz himself! You can find the entire list of books I’m reading in April below and if you have any other question please feel free to contact me.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The Great War for Civilisation: The Conquest of the Middle East by Robert Frisk
The Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane
Murder Machine by Gene Mustain
I’ve just started listening to Nassim Nicholas Taleb‘s new book Skin in the Game and it’s really good. I’ve always been a fan of his work but more importantly I love how riled up he gets, he seems to always have a chip on his shoulder about something or the other but instead of allowing it to consume him, he uses it as fuel to help him spread his ideas to the masses. Not everything he says is spot on, but for the most part I’ve got a lot of value from his work and I think you could too. In short the books message can be whittled down to the following quote; “Critique by creating” – Michelangelo
If you’re still on the fence check out the video above where Nassim Nicholas Taleb discusses the origin the book and more with Gad Saad, enjoy.
Another month, another collection of books I’m aiming to read in the month of March. Crushing It! was an obvious choice, I consume a lot of Gary Vaynerchuk’s content and some of his tips on social media and personal branding have really helped me, so the best way to pay it forward is to buy a book! The other choices are mix between things I’ve had on my Amazon Wish List for a while and a couple of titles I was reminded about through random podcasts. If you’re interested to find out more, please find a list of the books below…
New month, new books! I’ve just finished reading ’12 Rules for Life’ and I’ve generally been on a bit of a Jordan B. Peterson content tear, so it only make sense that’ I’d finally pick up a copy of ‘The Gulag Archipelago’ by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn one of the most cited books by Jordan Peterson, it’s a bit hefty, so I don’t imagine I’ll finish in a month, but it’s something I’m aiming to finish by Easter. The other books are all random picks from my Amazon Wish List with the exception of ‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ by Jonathan Haidt which I picked up after watching this interview with you-know-who. Oh and before I forget, whilst I’m on the subject of Wish List’s, if anyone knows of an app/hack or anything else I could use that will help me pick random items from my Amazon Wish List please email me and let me know! I’ve got over 800+ books on there and it gets a bit difficult choosing which books to read each month, so if I can automate that in some way that would be great.
Anyways enough blabbering from me, if you wanna read along or you’re just generally interested and want to find out more, please find links of the books I’m reading below;
‘The Happiness Hypothesis’ by Jonathan Haidt
‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ by Jared Diamond
‘The Gulag Archipelago’ by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
‘Grit: Why passion and resilience are the secrets to success’ by Angela Duckworth
Do you remember when Donald Trump said this? Who would have thought a few months later journalist Michael Wolff would be allowed unprecedented access to the White House, documenting his experience in a tell-all book titled ‘Fire and Fury’. I’m only a few pages in and so far I’ve learnt Trump never wanted to be President, he only wanted to run so he could boost his level of fame and eventually launch his own TV network to rival Fox, oh and no-one in his team thought he would win, except for his wife Melania, who according to the book burst into tears when the news was announced, upset that her way of life would be disturbed and her every move scrutinised (and I think she’s a got a point #PrayForMel). Wild!
I had to wait a few weeks to get it, since it was sold out everywhere, but if you want to confirm your suspicions of the Trump White House, I recommend you get yourself a copy too! To purchase your book click here.
I’m completely obsessed with the TV series ‘Gomorrah’ and anything Roberto Saviano writes at the moment. I’m working backwards on his books and currently reading ‘Zero Zero Zero’ before I make my way back to the beginning (if anyone has a spare copy of Gomorrah lying around let me know). Sebastian Junger has fascinated me too ever since he appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience a few months back, primarily known as a journalist and war documentarian and the book ‘War’ details his experience visits from June 2007 to June 2008 to eastern Afghanistan and if Wikipedia is to be believed it was voted TIME magazine “Top Ten Non-Fiction book” of 2010. The other two books I’m reading are ‘Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives’ & ‘The Dhammapada‘ for some much mindfulness in 2018.