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2022.07.08

Books From 2022 (So Far)

Every year I try to compile a list of games, books and movies I experienced. Let’s go.

I continue to read (listen in fact) almost every day for the past years. It’s in my daily routine when I walk the dogs. It’s a very different proposition from laying down and dedicate some time to read them. I have a urge of a secondary task when I am performing a no-brainier routine, just as.. walking the dogs. Otherwise, I just feel wasting my time my just walking and no thinking.

This is the list of this year’s books that I ingested. These lists are -definitively- not comprehensive ones. Since I’m not updating my GoodReads personal records nor writing about them in this blog, they are just the ones I remembered. I may edit this post if I remember other items.

  1. Piranesi (Susanna Clarke) (9β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): Piranesi lives in a fantastic place. He forgets a lot, but keep detailed notes. A great mystery.
  2. The Well of Ascension
    The Well of Ascension (Mistborn #2)
    (Brandon Sanderson) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : just after the events of the first book, the protagonists now have to maintain the power they acquired. Fascinating.
  3. Steal Like an Artist
    Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative
    (Austin Kleon) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : great super-short book about creative process. He incentives people to leap forward in creative work disregarding self judgment. Get inspired and try to copy work of other in order to practice and find one own voice.
  4. Keep Going
    Keep Going: 10 Ways to Stay Creative in Good Times and Bad
    (Austin Kleon) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : another small but very motivational work from Austin Kleon. Do not stop creating. Do small iterative works until it’s done.
  5. Show Your Work!
    Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered
    (Austin Kleon) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : another small piece of Austin. Create a blog, Twitter, Instagram, Tiktok account and show people what you being working on. Even hobbies stuff, like sketches. Eventually it could become your masterpiece.
  6. Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): is the sequel of the excelent Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler) (9β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…), telling about the protagonist is her daughter.
  7. The President Is Missing (James Patterson, Bill Clinton) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): modern cyber terrorism thriller. Very beliable. Tips and ckecks done by no other than Bill Clinton!
  8. The Power of Habit
    The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    (Charles Duhigg) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : a modern classic self-helping book. It starts preaching the power of understanding and controlling habits. The it exemplify, chapter after chapter, the different facts of habits interfering in our decision making. Very good.
  9. Different
    Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd
    (Youngme Moon) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : essay about competitive advantage of being different in the market. Curiously enough, the second half of the book she acknowledge that being different might not be important depending on the situation and market. Good book.
  10. Communication Skills Training
    Communication Skills Training: How to Talk to Anyone, Connect Effortlessly, Develop Charisma, and Become a People Person
    (James W. Williams) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : comprehensive discussion about communication skills. Nothing fantastic. But very good.
  11. Justice
    Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do?
    (Michael J. Sandel) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : several philosophical aspects, situations and approaches of what is justice. It does not, however, present definitive answers about anything.
  12. The 4-Hour Body
    The 4-Hour Body: An Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman
    (Timothy Ferriss) (5β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : several tips about proper workout, diet and routines to get the body you want.
  13. The 10x Rule
    The 10x Rule: The Only Difference Between Success and Failure
    (Grant Cardone) (4β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : sales people kinda talk. Super aggressive, alpha behavior about using all your power and willing to achieve goals and success. I tried to focus the core messages and occasional motivation in his words, but it’s hard to not get pissed with the alpha male dominant attitude.
  14. Think Sex and Grow Rich
    Think Sex and Grow Rich: How to use the power of your sex drive to succeed in business
    (Marcus El) (4β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : it tries to sell the idea that we are driven by sex and we should channel this constant desire towards business goals. It starts fun, then became very tedious.

From the second part of 2021 that was not in the mid 2021 list

  1. Dune (Frank Herbert) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): read in 3 nights in order to watch the movie. Loved it.

For more books, you can check my online read list on GoodReads.

edited in 2022-07-14 because I forgot some books. In fact, I believe there are even more.

2021.08.15

Books From 2021 (So Far)

I continue to read (listen in fact) almost every day for the past years. It’s in my daily routine when I walk the dogs. It’s a very different proposition from laying down and dedicate some time to read them. I have a urge of a secondary task when I am performing a no-brainier routine, just as.. walking the dogs. Otherwise, I just feel wasting my time my just walking and no thinking.

This is the list of this year’s books that I ingested. Later I present a list of books from the previous years that did not mention before. These lists are -definitively- not comprehensive ones. Since I’m not updating my GoodReads personal records nor writing about them in this blog, they are just the ones I remembered. Eventually I might edit this post in case I remember other entries.

  1. Remote (Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson) (10β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): I’ve read this book few years back and I’m planning to do a annual reading of this book, along with the other Jason Fried books. They are mind opener, very opiniative and thought provoking. Yet so elegant and simple. It points advantages and disadvantages of remote working, some misconceptions and prejudices. During the radical change of life during the pandemic, it was still valid (it was published in 2013)
  2. Foundation: a SCI-FI classic that was always in my “want to read” list. Since I’ve heard that it’s going to become a TV Show from Amazon Prime, it climbed up to the top of my next books. And it did not disappointed. A superb novel that deals with the idea of a guy that can forsee the future and plan each step to change it.
  3. Parable of the Sower (Octavia E. Butler) (9β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): a 5 stars recommendation from The Wertzone, it was amazing and rich as I was told. The next book, Parable of the Talents (Octavia E. Butler) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…), also recommended, will be read soon.
  4. Torto Arado (Itamar Vieira Junior) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): this Brazilian first time author conquered most of national and international Portuguese awards. Tells a story of two girls from the almost deserted region in Brazil, fighting against poverty, misogyny and happiness.
  5. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (Yuval Noah Harari) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): another hit from the same author of Sapiens, focusing on some pressing issues of the contemporary times, like genetics, robotics and artificial intelligence.
  6. Shaping the Future of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Klaus Schwab) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): the same vein of the previous book, analyzing global issues, from the executive chairman of the World Economic Forum. I think I liked more than 21 Lessons
  7. The Final Empire
    The Final Empire (Mistborn #1)
    (Brandon Sanderson) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
    : in a universe that magic spells can be cast by consuming metals, Sanderson starts the sprawling saga with a epic heist.
  8. Letters From An Astrophysicist (Neil deGrasse Tyson) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): Tyson is a well known scientist and his polite, yet firm, way to respond questions in TV shows is also presented in this collection of letters received by fans and not-fans alike. He talks a little bit of everything: science methods, physics, astrophysics and, but also about astrology and religion.
  9. Project Hail Mary (Andy Weir) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): The Martian was a mega hit. As a movie adaptation, it was the most viewed and profitable project from the acclaimed direction Ridley Scott, which includes Gladiator, Blade Runner and Alien. It takes the same Weir’ nerdy writing style, again with a very lonely protagonist and the roller coaster plot. This time, I have big doubts that a film adaptation would be a similar success, due the complex narrative and scope.
  10. Foundation and Empire (Isaac Asimov) (6β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): the second book have two different stories and is less interesting due the lack of the main characters from the first book. Of course, it takes places centuries after the first book’ events. The new characters are all nice, but the Hari Seldon previsions becomes both too mystical and precise to my taste.
  11. The Miracle Morning (Hal Elrod) (4β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): I heard about it while listening the Jeff Goins podcast interviewing the author. He mentioned coming to Brazil to advertise his new book and discovering a huge fan base. So why not try. I found a very obnoxious self-help book about waking up early, do some exercises, meditate and suddenly one would become 999% more productive.

From previous years but not yet mentioned (and worth mention)

  1. It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work (Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson) (10β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): Like Remote, it’s worth to re read periodically.
  2. The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss) (10β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): Kvothe’s early stories are fascinating. The universe blends Harry Potter with Lord of the Ring, with a very likable cast of characters.
  3. The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): read years before the Black Lives Matter movement, is still a valid story about racism and police brutality. I’m yet to see the movie adaptation.
  4. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Stephen King) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…)
  5. Judas Unchained (Peter F. Hamilton) (8β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): the second book, just after the events of Pandora’s Star. Breath holding.
  6. How To Write 50,000 Words In 30 Days, and survive to tell your story! (Mike Coville) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): dogmatic but can serve as a powerful inspiration.
  7. Artemis (Andy Weir) (7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): first Mars, now the Moon. The this sci-fi story is well grounded in science and the protagonist is tenacious
  8. The Wise Man’s Fear (Patrick Rothfuss) (5β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…): the The Name of the Wind’s protagonist transformed from a poor underdog in the first movie to a almighty demigod. There are basically no impossible obstacles that are solved a couple later.

For more books, you can check my online read list on GoodReads.

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2018.12.13

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

This title-provoking book tries to tell a very important lesson: not everything is worthy of your attention and worries. In fact, most of things that makes us worried and down could be easily avoided if we maintain a strict rule of not

It’s kinda a Buddhism in modern blogger language. Like the book, Buddha tells that wanting leads to suffering. So you must clear your mind of all desires, not giving a f*ck about stuff. Specially material stuff.

The first third of the book is pretty nice. Is a bit thought provoking, giving you a sense of perspective of your life. I liked this part very much. I believe that it’s worth of a reread time to time. The second and third parts directs the same philosophy towards more practical aspects of life, like relationships, love and work. There the advises becomes a bit too narrow and full of must do and must not do kinda lists.

Overall, I liked the book. It’s that kind of self helping book that shakes a bit the status quo and makes as reevaluate our lives.

My Rating:7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Goodreads: 4
2018.05.15

Zoe’s Tale

The forth installment of the Old Man’s War series focus on the same events of the third book, The Last Colony. This time it uses the perspective of the little girl Zoe, the adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan.

She is quite brilliant and clever. As a teenager, she is experimenting love, fear and adventures for the first time.

And you might find that several important events from the previous book.

My Rating:7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Goodreads: 3.74
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2018.05.10

Last Colony

From the same universe of books of Old Man’s War, John Scalzi tells a story of a human colony in another planet. It’s a new colony, so mostly tells the hard conditions and situations that they have to face.

They are far from home. And contact with the former homes are prohibited. Most do not know why. Just focus on creating the initial conditions for a bigger and definitive immigration waves. Wild animals, inhospitable weather and lack of resources and technologies makes everything a very dire situation.

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You follow the story of John Perry, the same protagonist from the original novel. This story takes place many years after the events of the second book in the series, The Ghost Brigade. Perry and his wife Sagan are now trying to have a normal civilian life with their new daughter Zoe.

My Rating:7β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…
Goodreads: 4.05
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