What I've read or I'm reading
All the books that I have read or I am currently reading.
Life lessons from Felix Dennis, founder of the publishing house Dennis Media, that became rich making magazines.
Read in 2023
Good life advices. Don't limit your thinking. When in doubt, think big.
After his custom-built sailbot gets destroyed while crossing the Atlantic, Steven has to survive on a emrgency raft using only his skills and few items. A true story of survival and resilience, with lot of technical details on how to survive in the ocean. Beautifully written.
Beautiful book that resonated a lot with me at this moment. Give yourself permission to follow what makes you happy. You don't have to do what anyone else is doing. You can live an unconventional life. Don't be afraid of making mistakes as they mean that you really tried and really lived.
A diary of travel in Thailand and Vietnam. I've read it while I was in Thailand.
Talks about the decadent life of expats in Bangkok. I've read it while I was in Thailand.
Biography and life advice in a fun way from the creator of Dilbert.
Il racconto dell'isola sconosciuta - Jose Saramago
Very short story from the Portugese author.
The sequel to 'The three body problem' that I read in 2018. An alien enemy is coming to the Earth in 400 years, in the meantime they have sent sophones, smart particles
A fresh approach to marketing, in contrast with the 'spam on social media' way that is very popular nowadays. Actually behave like a human and try to be authentic and helpful to someone else.
- Scott Admas (Dilbert)
Funny collection of comic strip and text
How To - Randall Munroe
A book from xcdc with absurd engineering situations.
March 22 - 320 pages
Spillover - David Quammen
Very good book on the discoveries of zoonotic virues, such as the Coronavirus.
The refusal of work - David Frayne
Just started. 270 pages. I don't know anything about the author and never heard of this book, but this is a topic that I'm interested in and wrote about recently [TODOlink]
Read in 2022
1. Atomic Habits - James Clear
Finished January 2022 - 200 pages
Good book. I wanted to read it since a long time and my brother kindly lend it to me. Main takeaways: a 1000 small improvements can lead to a tremendous change in your life.
2. On the Move - Oliver Sacks
Finished March 2022 - 400 pages
Autobiography of the great doctor and scientist, author of 'The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'. He talks about travels, motorbikes, weightlifting and his life as a british gay doctor in the US. His experience with patients and how he wrote his books, and the mosti important relationships of his life.
3. Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - S. Clarke
Finished March 2022 - 960 pages
It's the semi-realistic story of magic rising in the UK in the 1800s, thanks to two magicians: the old and grumpy Norrell and the young and brilliant Strange. I expected something similar to Bartimeus Trilogy by Jonathan Stroud (that i loved as a teenager) but the style is totally different, still very enjoyable. The narration starts very slowly but become more interesting as it goes on. When you reach the end, you are so familiar with the characters and the universe created, that you want to read a second book.
4. Questa e' l'America - F. Costa
Costa is an italian journalist, vice director of ilpost. He spent the last few years traveling in the US and covering the america politics through his podcast, newsletter and books. His
5. Memories, Dreams, Reflections - Carl G. Jung
March 22 - 500 pages
Autobiography of one of the most influential psychiatrist. He worked with Freud and lived in Zurich. Memories of his childhood, meeting with his inconscio and his travels. He had visions and giving a lot of importance to dreams, most of the time the latter would guide him in the direction to take.
Took me a long time to finish this, the biographical part goes well but the philosophical section in the end got a bit too abstract and technical.
Read in 2021
Unlike last year, this year I didn't set any reading target. However I tried to read less non fiction and more fiction, but only things that I enjoyed reading.
1. The miracle morning - Hal Elrod
When he thought he had everything in life, the author had a serious life-threatening incident. He fell behind everybody else and he started waking up early in order to recover. After this book I woke up at 7.30 every day for 1 week.
2. Men without women - Haruki Murakami
I wanted to read something from Murakami, but not something too challenging. I found this book for only 3$ in Bucher-Broky (a beautiful 2nd hand bookshop in Zurich). It's a series of short stories and there a couple of nice ones.
3. Hell yeah or no - Derek Sivers
A collection of 1 page posts from Derek Sivers. Beautifully written and dense. I already read most of them already, but I bought the physical copy to have in my library and read it again.
4. This is going to hurt - Adam Kay
The story of a life of a doctor in the NHS. Sometimes horryfing, sometimes funny, a nice reminder why I decided not to be a doctor.
5. Your music and people - Derek Sivers
Another collection of posts from Derek Sivers, more focused on pursuing a music career.
6. Le otto montagne - Paolo Cognetti
An award winning italian novel. The story of a man and his relationship with a mountain village, his family and his mountain friend.
7. Moonwalking with Einstein - Joshua Foer
An essay that reads like a novel. The author discovers the world of memory champions and decide to become one. Quite interesting, our mind is more powerful than we think. The method is based on encoding the information into something more memorable, usaully visual.
8. Il Pensiero Giapponese
I got this as a gift since I love the japanese culture. There are some interesting ideas.
9. Era meglio il libro - Valerio Lundini
A book of short stories by current favorite italian comedian. He has humor that is a bit difficult to describe, sometimes surreal and other times cringe on purpose.
10. Endurance - Alfred Lansing
Amazing read. 22 men survive for 2 years in the south pole, after their boat is crushed by ice.
11. Mi chiamo Matteo e faccio il contadino - Matteo Fiocco
The story of an italian guy that decided to buy a piece of land and start farming and filming himself. Sharing his journey he became a somehow famous youtuber.
12. Helgoland - Carlo Rovelli
Helgoland it's a desertic island in the north sea where Heisenberg went as a 23 years old to think about his research and come up with a quantistic theory.
13. The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck - (in italian: Diario di bordo, Canale di Cortez)
The nobel prize winner Steinbeck goes with his friend Ed Ricketts in a naturalistic mission in the California Gulf, with a unique ecosystem and indigenous people. The way it's written reminds me a lot of Bukowski.
14. Solve for happy - Mo Gadwat
Written by a Google employee that loses his son and talks in a scientific approach about how to be happy. There are some nice lessons in there but for some reason I took me a long time to finish it, probably I didn't like it that much.
15. Il conte di Montecristo - A. Dumas
Written 170 years ago and it's still one of the best novels written. It never ends (about 1000 pages) and feels like 3-4 novels fit into one.
16. Let my people go surfing - YC
I expected more from this book. I liked the idea of letting people stop working and go surfing,when there are waves. This goes in the direction of having
17. Spillover - David Quammen
I didn't finish it yet but it's very good.
18. Brave New World - A. Huxley
A very interesting novel from Huxley, with some thought-provoking ideas about a society of the future. Some of these things we are already living them.
Read in 2020
Target was 50 books. Read 43 books.
1. Il formidabile esercito svizzero - John McPhee
A very interesting book about about the swiss army that you can summarize with the motto "Be prepared". Recomended. I wanted to read something from McPhee and I recently moved to Swtitzerland so this combination was perfect.
2. Il libro dei cinque anelli - Musashi
3. Messaggio ad un’acqua la che si crede un pollo - Anthony De Mello
4. La fine è il mio inizio - Tiziano Terzani
5. The Game - Neil Strauss
6. Discipline equals freedom - Jocko Willink
7. Story of your life - Ted Chiang
9. Show your work -
10. Story of your life - Ted Chiang
11. L'arte di trattare le donne - Schopenauer
12. Essentialism - McKeown
13. I figli di Dune - Frank Herbert
14. I bottoni di Napoleone - 368pp
15. Creative calling - Chase Jarvis
16. Il sistema periodico - Primo Levi
17. Woman in the dunes - Kobo Abe 179pp
18. Talking to strangers - Malcom Gladwell 346pp
19. Così un uomo pensa - James Allen - 100pp
20. The subtle art of not giving a f* - Mark Mason
21. Il coraggio di non piacere
22. Possiamo salvare il mondo prima di cena - Safran Foer
23. Homo Deus - Harari
24. Lolita - Nabokov
25. La dieta della longevità - Valter Longo
27. Day skipper for sail and power
28. My year of rest and relaxation
30. So good they can't ignore you - Cal Newport
31. Scrivo poesie solo per portarmi a letto le ragazze - Charles Bukowski
32. This book will save your life
I found this book for free somewhere and read it while I was on vacation in Crete, Greece. It's a story about a rich man in LA who has everything but doesn't remember to enjoy his life. At some point he start feeling some kind of pain
33. Unthetered soul - Michael Singer
34. Normal People - Sally Rooney
Found this book on the street for free. It's a very popular novel nowadays. Two people that love each other but are too afraid to tell each other, end up growing apart and meeting again and again. Without a happy ending.
35. Norse Mithology - Neil Gaiman
Beautiful prose and stories.
36. Steve Jobs non abita più qui - Michele Masneri
The weirdness of the Silicon Valley viewed and told by an italian journalist
37. Not fade away - Peter Barton
Biography of Peter Barton, founder and CEO of Liberty Media. An intense life cut short by cancer.
38. How to get filthy rich in rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid
Funny but also sad, the stereotipical story of a guy from childhood poverty to success and death.
39. Sum - David Eagleman
Different views on what happens once we are dead. We may discover that...
40. Il maestro e la margherita - Michail Bulgakov
It's a weird russian novel that includes the devil, Pontius Pilatus and a witch. It's quite slow and don't understand where it's going. You meet the main characters after few hundreds pages.
41. Mord am morgen (in german)
Very simple german book for learning the language.
42. Café in Berlin (in german)
Same as above.
43. Life is what you make it - Andrewe Buffett
Written by Warren Buffett's son. Not particularly insightful.
Read in 2019 or before
1. The sun and her flowers - rupi kaur
A modern poetry book about the end of a love and the start of a new one.
2. Vivere momento per momento
About mindfulness and silence, a bit difficult to read.
3. Walden - Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau spent two years in 1845 in a small hut on the lake Walden shores, away from society, observing nature and writing. The language is not always easy but some images are beautiful. It's also incredibly practical sometimes and describes how much money he spent in total for getting the food.
4. Art of Learning - Josh Waitzkin
Josh was a chess champion when he was 10, he traveled the world and learned from different Grand Master. Then a movie about his life came out and he was submerged by fans. He couldn’t not focus on chess anymore. His intimate relationship to the game was ruined. But then he started Tai Chi. He found a lot of similarities between the two sports. They are part of the art of learning. He also became a Tai Chi Push Hands world champion.
5. The Phoenix project
Bill is promoted VP of IT operations just before the rollout of Project Phoenix, a mystical application that what its supposed to make his company competitive again. The project is largely behind schedule and full of bugs, but the CEO forces the rollout anyway. Of course it’s a disaster. Bill can only improve from there.
6. Art of asking - Amanda Palmer
Learn how to ask support to the people who want to support you. Learn how to show your vulnerability.
Show your work
Essentialism - Georg McKewon
Understand what’s really important and drop everything else.
Siddartha - Herman Hesse
The story of brahamin that want to reach the nirvana.
Art of Hacking
Finished on Thursday 15 August 2019 Anectodes and strategies used to enter systems and gather protected information.
Il silenzio è vita - Chandra Livia Candiani
Finished on Thursday 15 August 2019 Remembers you to slow down. Enjoy the silence and the moment. Be aware means living. Distraction means death. A lot of short stories of wisdom.
Ego is the enemy
__Finished on Thursday 1 August 2019 This book is so full of wisdom that it makes you want to underline everything. Stories of men and women from that past the learned how Our ego is part of our lives that Più abbiamo successo e più siamo spinti dal nostro ego a comportarci male. Dobbiamo essere attenti a non farci guidare dal nostro ego ma usare l'amore e
When breath becomes air
Finished on tue 30 July 2019
The story of how the neurosurgeon Paul K faced his lung cancer. The part I liked the most is his history, from being a child in a desolated town in the desert to being a known surgeon who works 12 hours a day. The stress the he was living was incredible and his diagnosis finally let him take a step back and reevaluate his life. Illuminating the part on med school, how the kids are facing with death, our permanent partner. The body of a patient is a machine that you try to fix as good as you can but it’s unbelievable complexity limits you. For trying to fix the brain This is even more true.