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
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.
Another month, another reading list. I’am upping the ante and aiming to read six books during the month of the December. It’s a bit of a stretch I know, but seeing as we’re winding down the year I thought it best to end on a high note. Sometime before the end of the year I’m going to collate all the books I’ve read this year, a couple months here and there I didn’t read much for whatever reason but it’ll be interesting to see how many books I managed to get through this year, but more importantly I’m curious to see the range of books read.
Anyways, without further ado please find below titles and links for my December reading list and if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to email here.
‘Tribe of Mentors’ by Timothy Ferriss
‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce
‘Pour Me: A Life’ by A.A. Gill
‘Pablo Escobar: My Father’ by Juan Pablo Escobar
‘The Daily Stoic’ by Ryan Holiday
‘Managing Oneself’ by Peter Drucker
I’ve been meaning to pick up ‘American Kingpin’ for awhile, i’m fascinated about the origin story of the Darknet Marketplace especially in the wake of the recent seizures of AlphaBay and Hansa (R.I.P) and this expose of Ross Ulbritch founder of Silk Road promises to be a great read. I’m also really looking forward to getting into ‘1491’ – I was never a big fan of History in school, the way it was taught didn’t fill me with intrigue but through podcasts such as Hardcore History by Dan Carlin I’ve become far more curious and this book calls into question everything we know about Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the Americas.
Please find below a list of the books I’m reading October;
The Four Tendencies by Gretchen Rubin
1491: The Americas before Columbus by Charles C. Mann
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century by Timothy Snyder
American Kingpin: Catching the Billion-Dollar Baron of the Dark Web by Nick Bilton