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September 2, 2016

Books I Read in the Last 3 Months

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This was initially a small list, part of this article. It got longer, so I created a new article, specifically for it.

Following are some of the books I’ve read in the last 3-4 months or so.

Altered Carbon – Richard Morgan
– a “noir like” SciFi detective book

What I Talk About When I talk About Running – Haruki Murakami
– great book on writing and creative process and, obviously, running.

The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
– a great, funny, book on the underlinings of relationships. There’s another book, The Rosie Effect, a sequel, that I hated and stopped reading at 30%

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
– the play continuing the 7 HP books. Interesting, but not as good as the books. I wanted to go and see the play, but it’s fully booked until June 2017, at least – I stopped looking for tickets afterwards. On viagogo, the good seats go for about $3000 for both acts. I am not that much of a fan!

FlashPoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe – George Friedman
– written in 2012, reading it may feel creepy, because it sees the migrant crisis, the structural issues of EU 2 years before being obvious and it makes you think what else might come true?

The Mandibles: A Family, 2029-2047 – Lionel Shriver
– a post-apocalyptic book on what would happen if the US economy goes to shit. The book is quite static, but the ideas behind it are interesting.

The Simple Path to Wealth – JL Collins
– a financial blogger’s book. His blog is one of the blogs I would recommend to anybody trying to reach financial independence. His Stock series is something I recommend to anybody trying to get the basics of stocks, obviously.

American Gods – Neil Gaiman
– a book everybody recommends when talking about Fantasy must read. It’s interesting, but I didn’t like it that much, though it makes you take an fascinating trip through the US.

Uncharted – The Fourth Labyrinth
– yeap, I really like the Uncharted gaming series, so I also read the book. It’s similar to the games, so go and read it if you liked them.

Anything You Want – Derek Sivers
– I love his blog, so it was obviously I would buy his book. Great book on entrepreneurship and business building. He’s built his business without VC funding, so have that in mind when reading it.

The Truth – Neil Strauss
– I didn’t like it. The guy that wrote The Game is back with a book about his discovery of a real relationship. But I think that this was just a reason to try everything possible about sex (from swinging to open relationships). It’s fascinating this way, but I just feel like all he wants is to brag. It might be different for you. The Game was a lot more interesting, talking more about social patterns and behaviours.

Disrupted: My Misdventure in Startup Bubble – Dan Lyons
– the guy that used to be Fake Steve Jobs and is now a writer for the Silicon Valley TV Series tells the story of his life in a startup. HubSpot, specifically. He exaggerates the bad things and he ignores the good ones, I think. It’s interesting to see how people outside the startup ecosystem see this world, though.

Total Recall: My Unbelievable Life Story – Arnold Schwarzenegger
– a surprisingly good book on business, motivation and life. Great, great, great read. Couldn’t recommend it enough.

In Europe’s Shadow: Two Cold Wars and a Thirty-Year Journey Through Romania and Beyond – Robert Kaplan
– a good book on Romania and the neighbouring countries, from late 70s to today, written by an outsider. It gives you a good understanding of the geopolitics of the last 30-40 years in this part of the world.

The link above are Amazon affiliate links, so you are supporting my reading habit with it. Just so you know. Also, since I read mostly Kindle books, these are the versions I link to. You can find hardcover/paper books there, as well.

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