I had a great month of reading this time out. I read 4 books last month and 2 of them left me with a lot to think about.
I decided to try to make this happen more this time around. I do not intend to read any more books this month, so, I thought I’d get this post out.
Also, I’m done with my target of 52 books for the year. I’m actually now at 53!
I read 6 books this month:
12 Rules for Life — Jordan. B. Peterson
This is an author who has become quite famous over the past 18 months due to his public appearances. I found him interesting and decided to pick up his book to see what he has to say. I did not find it radically different from an advice perspective, but, how he arrives at the final rules and his interpretation of scenarios and texts is quite interesting in itself.
The New Evolution Diet — Arthur De Vany
I picked this up once I saw that Taleb had written an afterword to this book.
It’s an interesting take on dietary and exercise practices and how one should go about it. I haven’t quite begun putting this into practice yet, it sounds different in theory from a lot of the other advice I’ve read on the topic. Will try to do this before the year is out.
Pitch Anything — Oren Klaff
A friend gifted this book to me, I’ve decided to read any book that anyone gifts me immediately. Highly recommend the book, I’ve been trying to put this into practice since I finished reading it.
Wonder Girls — Varsha Adusumilli
An ex-colleague of mine wrote this book. It’s an great collection of stories of young women in India who have taken their own path while facing the pressures that a modern woman in India faces. I think she’s done an excellent job in bringing the stories to light and getting them to open up. I hadn’t heard of several of them prior to reading the book.
All the Presidents Men — Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein
Written by two journalists who worked for the Washington Post, it’s a beautiful narration of how the Watergate scandal blew up under Nixon. Superb read.
Self-Help — Samuel Smiles
Contrary to what the title suggests, this is a book that espouses the greatness in choosing the path of Self-determination and refusing to go down the victimised welfare route. This is a cautionary book against what is now Socialism written when it was seeing its first wave of adoption around the world.
Much like the last month, I ended up reading 2 books from my reading list from last month.
This is what I’m currently reading,
- Ethics — Aristotle
- War and Peace — Leo Tolstoy
- Measure what Matters — John Doerr
- Conversations with Myself — Nelson Mandela
- Thirukkural — Thiruvalluvar