READING LIST (in progress…)

List of some of the books I’ve read, how I liked it and what I’ve learned (newest on top).

  1. Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance [Audible]
    • Rating: 4/5
  2. SHOW YOUR WORK by Austin Kleon
    • One line summary: The pep talk you need to show your work to the world (even those you think are not worthy)
    • Things to ponder
      1. “It sounds a little extreme, but in this day and age, if your work isn’t online, it doesn’t exist”
      2. “If you want fans, you have to be a fan first. If you want to a be accepted into a community, you have to first be a good citizen of that community. If you’re only pointing to your own stuff online, you are doing it wrong. You have to be a connector…Shut up and listen once in a while”
      3. “Do you have a troll problem? Use the BLOCK button on social media sites. Delete nasty comments. My wife is fond of saying, “If someone took a dump in your living room, you wouldn’t let it sit there, would you?”
    • What other books/links it led to? A sanitation worker who collected garbage and turn them into a museum! Taste is classless Link
    • Rating: 4/5
  3. THE COURSE OF LOVE by Alain de Botton
    • One line summary: Possibly the most realistic ‘romance’ novel exist which delves into human psychology to explain why we love,  why it goes wrong and how to navigate it with skills.
    • Rating: 5/5
  4. The Salt Book: Your Guide To Salting Wisely & Well, by David Glynn and Fritz Gubler
    • Things to ponder
      1. Too much salt leads to hypertension, and other cardiovascular diseases. Recommended 6 g, what we eat 9 g. 75% salt comes from processed food, 10% natural, 15% cooking.
      2. What is processed food? Preserved meat e.g ham, canned food e.g campbell soup, (cheese, bread too)
      3. Why is modern tablesalt not good for your?
        1. Added iodine (to iodised it)
        2. Sugar to prevent loss of iodine/ stop it from yellowing
        3. Anti-caking agent e.g calcium silicate
        4. All minerals naturally found in seawater is removed in refining processed
      4.  There are many sweet sources, but salt is the only source for saltiness
      5. Sodium (Na) in Salt (NaCL) suppress bitter taste, that’s why salt always make things taste better
    • Rating: 3/5
  5. The Power Of Less, by Leo Baubata
    • One line summary: A simple book that teaches you very simply how to simplify your life, and be more productive.
    • Things to ponder:
      1. Single-tasking: Do one thing at a time, and do it well.
      2. Don’t schedule task back to back
      3. Avoid procrastinating big task by breaking it into smaller ones
      4. Focus on getting task done instead of planning
    • Rating: 5/5
  6. TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking, by Chris Anderson [Audible]
    • One line summary: One of the best public speaking guide in the market that tells you the  big picture of public speaking, and the nitty-gritty.
    • Rating: 5/5
  7. FOOD: A Cultural Culinary History
    • One line summary: Unless you have great interest in food, this could be dry. But if you do, you’ll be amazed by random facts like how people started counting because they have to keep count of stocks/grains, and the ‘apple’ in Eden could be a pomegranate instead!
    • Rating: 4/5
  8. Hagakure by Yamamoto Tsunetomo 
    • One line summary: The stoical, and rather dark philosophy of the Samurai.
    • Things to ponder: 
      • “There is something to be learned from a rainstorm. When meeting with a sudden shower, you try not to get wet and run quickly along the road. But doing such things as passing under the eaves of houses, you still get wet. When you are resolved from the beginning, you will not be perplexed, though you will still get the same soaking. This understanding extends to everything.”
    • Rating: 4/5
  9. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
    1. One line summary: I don’t remember much of it as I don’t take notes when I read novels (fiction). But it was a very witty novel which made me chuckle throughout (Jane Austen that rare effect on me!).
  10. The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    • Things to ponder
      • “When you tell them (the adults) that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, “What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?” Instead, they demand: “How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?” Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
    • One line summary: A reminder to jaded adults to find the child within them.
    • Ratings: 5/5
  11. Status Anxiety by Alain de Botton
    • One line summary: Deep insights to why people are more anxious than they were before, and what could be done.
    • Things to ponder:
      • Art  – literature, paintings, comic etc- show qualities that are important in life other than money and status
      • Definition of success changes over time. In industrialist time like ours traits like entrepreneurship and intelligence are valued; it wasn’t so before.
    • What other books it led me to:
      1. One’s Room, Virginia Woolf
      2. Unto This Last, John Ruskin
      3. Walden, Henry David Thoreau
    • Ratings: 5/5