#Reading in January
BLOGS. These are some posts I read this month.
What You Give Up by Becoming an Entrepreneur | Inc.com There’s negative aspects that are not currently commented among entrepreneurs. And this is a great article for them, because entrepreneurs don’t have time for reading. And because “entrepreneurs have struggled silently. There’s a sense that they can’t talk about it, that it’s a weakness.”
7 Lessons in Creativity From the Brilliant Code Breaker of the Imitation Game | Fast Co.Create I went to see the movie at the beginning of the year and it was amazing. You can always learn from movies. And in this article, you will see a list of key learnings that one can take out from watching this movie.
Bluebird | Charles Bukowski This is a lovely poem I have never read before for some reason. Yes, sure, I don’t read much poetry. But I have read Bukowski and I can say I love his writing. But I only read his novels so far. So now I can also say I love his poetry. It’s amazing how one can receive such good texts at the adequate moment.
How To Be an Explorer of The World | Brain Pickings Keri Smith is known for her Wreck This Journal book. Where you can see that the reader became a co-creator of the story. By creating its own story. This post explains the purpose of her last book, that is aimed for the creative people out there. If you don’t want to buy the book, it’s nice to read this post instead.
What I Learned About Life After Interviewing 80 Highly Successful People | James Altucher What can I say? I love how straight-forward this guy is in his writing. He doesn’t write bullshit. And whatever he writes, it’s worth millions. His books are under 1$ on Amazon. I recommend you starting with Choose Yourself. Such a powerful read. But if you want, you can start with this post instead.
Trends in 2015 | Accenture Digital It’s about 2015 Annual Trends report from Fjord, Design and Innovation from Accenture Interactive. They highlight the impact of digital on the real world and explores how this will shape both consumer expectations and service design.
BOOKS. Most of the following links are affiliate links. So I get a small comission to buy more books if you click into them and/or buy a book through them. Because I have an addiction problem, you know. And also because I am trying to build up my personal library.
At the end of the post, I pick my favorite readings from January. Enjoy!
A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. A lovely book for every writer. This was my second novel by him (after The Old Man and The Sea) and I loved this one even more. Hemingway talks about his experience as a young writer back when he was 24 years old living in Paris. He even writes about his relationship with F. Scott Fitzgerald.
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide. I didn’t like this one… but I may not be the best person to comment on Japanese literature. I have read most of Murakami’s books and a couple by Natsume Soseki. But for some reason, The Guest Cat was not good for me. There was no arc… nothing that made me want to keep reading it or care enough about the characters’ life.
Stoner by John Williams. Fascinating. Incredible. The writer is as good as some of the well-known catalan writers like Mercè Rodoreda or Isabel-Clara Simó. The story features idiosyncratic characters that evolve over a lifetime… Everyone should read this book.
The Driver’s Seat by Muriel Spark. A lovely short story. It was recommended to me by the bookseller from Come in, a bookstore in Barcelona. I don’t know her name, but when I get back I’ll thank her for the great recommendation. It was such a great gift to read this author.
Murder in the dark by Margaret Antwood. It’s a recompilation of short stories and poems by the author. A perfect book for those who want to read succulent language to get inspired for writing short stories or long-lengthened posts for your blog.
Taipei by Tao Lin. A huge disappointment. Everyone seems to like this book… except for me. I couldn’t finish it. It was THAT bad for me… At page 83 I decided not to give it a third chance.
What Work Is: Poems by Philip Levine. Again: I’m not an expert of poetry. I haven’t read Walt Whitman (W.W. or Walter White… hehe) But I very much enjoyed this poems… even some of them moved some feelings inside me.
No Word From Gurb by Eduardo Mendoza. Amazing. Mind-blown. I read it under two hours. Couldn’t put it down. This review is not making it justice. I love this writer. Funny, clever and oh well, just read it.
NW: A Novel de Zadie Smith. Nor excelent or horrible. It was normal. Nice prose, very seductive. But the story itself didn’t mattered to me.
Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life by Thich Nhat Hanh. This is a book about nutrition & mindful eating. The integration of buddhism with nutrition are perfectly mixed together in this book. This initial idea is persuasive enough, right? But the book doesn’t talk much about Mindfulness in eating. Only a 1/5 part of the book (last pages) talk about it. The rest is about obesity and losing weight. I was kind of disappointed. Because if I already saw from the beginning that was targeting people trying to lose weight, I wouldn’t have bought it. But well. What can we do. It’s not bad either.
BEST BOOKS READ: No Word From Gurb, A Moveable Feast, Stoner and The Driver’s Seat.
And you, what have you been reading? Any recommendation for next month? Happy reading!