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
Over the last few years I’ve gone back and forth between reading 2-4 books month. What started off as some sort of weird challenge to see how many books I could get through in a calendar year, has now evolved into a life-long practise (I hope) of trying to soak up much knowledge as I can. There’s a lot to be said about reading books, more than I care to expand on here, I think sometimes book readers can veer on the side of extreme self adulation when talking about books. It’s not that big of a deal and it’s not something everyone should do if they don’t want to. But what I will say is, being able to carve out a minimum of a 1 hour a day of reading time, away from any technological device has greatly benefited my life in ways I’ll probably only understand when I’m old and grey.
With that being said here’s the books I’m currently reading in the month of September – I picked up ‘City of Night’ on the back reading ‘Please Kill Me’ – citations are a great way to get book recommendations – and ‘The Gift of Fear’ after listening to an episode of Sam Harris’s Waking Up podcast with the author Gavin DeBecker. Enjoy.