• Playing With FIRE
––> good read and interesting story if you want to learn about the Financial Independence Retire Early movement. A bit too extreme for me, but you can apply the same principles and come up with your own version of FIRE. Wrote about it here
.• The Wealthy Gardener
––> wisdom on life and personal finance in the style of Rich Dad, Poor Dad. Cool stuff. Inspired too many thoughts and too many Medium articles. For example, this one
. Or this one
. Or this one
• Exhalation: Stories
––> I want to read more fiction this year (2020), and a good friend of mine recommended Ted Chiang and Ian Banks. This one is a great collection of short stories, each written as its own novel. If you're looking for something to unwind and relax your brain, give this one a go.
• Do The Work
––> if you're a creative (which you are) and searching for an inspirational short read, give this one a go. Steven Pressfield is amazing. When I read his books I can't help but think that this is the guy who became successful only at 50...in the world of 19-year-olds flashing cash and driving Lamborginis, teaching others to be rich, this is a very no-BS dude.
• The Dip
––> one of the best by Seth Godin. Love the concept of 'good quitting' when there's no point in going forward (as opposed to 'bad quitting' when it gets hard).
"Every project you start will have a Dip. The question is, are you ready to go through it – and are you ready to become worse at something you're already doing, as a trade-off".• Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves
––> I love this genre of books: 'understand the world we live in'. While it's a bit harder than Sapiens
(but definitely easier than Guns, Germs, Steel
), it's a great read if you want to understand the evolution of human species from the idea/meme standpoint. The author calls it 'idea sex', and I love the name. But unfortunately, the book became boring at 30-40%, so I had to stop it. • Living, Leading and the American Dream
––> my father and I re-read the chapter on 'Personal Renewal'
every New Year's, as a family tradition. This year (2020) I read some more of this book: chapters on maxims to live by + what creativity really is (good one).
J. Gardener is one of the most interesting humans I've read of. • War of Art
––> great book for any creative. It's short, but hard to grasp in 1 read. I will definitely come back to it every quarter or so. • Linchpin
––> you'll want to start approaching your work as an 'artist'. Everything is art because art is a gift that changes the recipient. • Notes From A Small Island
. ––> Bryson is funny, charming, as always. I didn't know anything about Britain until this book. Taught me to view England in a completely different perspective. Plan to go on a similar trip in April 2020 (i.e. backpacking in England).
• The Truth: Sex, Love, Commitment and the Puzzle of the Male Mind
––> I was attracted by the title and by few endorsements from famous bloggers. Didn't fulfill my expectations. This book is too depressing (I want to say the word 'dirty' too) for me. There's a fine line between being vulnerable and turning yourself into an emotional stripper: undressing your soul for money. Unfortunately, this one crossed that line.