Reading matter(s) of the month: February, 2016

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There goes the second month of 2016, 09 weeks have passed, and I am happy with my reading habits. I did finish some unfinished books from last year, so that resulted in a high number of books read. But, I also added new books to my never ending “to-read” pile…

The “To-Read” pile of February, 2016:

In February I added a total of 09 books to my “to-read” pile. They are:

  1. The Productivity Project: Accomplishing More by Managing Your Time, Attention, and Energy  by Chris Bailey => I’ve been wanting to improve my focus because I still get distracted by little things, specially social media
  2. Yoga Anatomy, Second Edition  by Leslie Kaminoff, Amy Matthews => This book is an illustrated guide to Yoga and it seems there’s no digital edition available. It’s more like a “someday/maybe” book for me right now.
  3. The More of Less: Find the Life You Want Under Everything You Own by Joshua Becker => that’s a new book from Joshua that will come out this month. I hope it will inspire my minimalism project.
  4. What To Say When You Talk To Your Self  by Shad Helmstetter => this seems an interesting read to address the voices in my head.
  5. Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body  by Jo Marchant =>I read an article about this book this month and her research investigates the influence of our minds over our bodies: a topic I want to explore.
  6. Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists  by Joshua Fields Millburn, Ryan Nicodemus =>a book from The Minimalists on why to become a minimalist. Their podcast is awesome!
  7. enough  by Patrick Rhone =>another book into the “minimalist” theme: I think it was a recommendation I heard on The Minimalists podcast.
  8. How to Be Alive: No Impact Man’s Guide to a High Impact Life by Colin Beavan => a book on the theme of zero waste living: another topic I want to explore more.
  9. Zero World by Jason M. Hough => the only fiction book on this list, it’s a sci-fi thriller recommended by Felicia Day that I saw on Goodreads. I think it’s worth a try!

The “Read” list of February, 2016:

This month I wanted to read and/or finish some books that have been on my pile for way too long. I think I did a great job, I am happy with this list!

read books of february 2016

  1. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury => a classic that was on my Kindle waiting to be read. Enjoyable.
  2. The Freedom Handbook: An Incomplete Guide to a More Complete Life  by Jeff Hirz =>a very short book that was also forgotten on my Kindle.
  3. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change (25th Anniversary Edition) by Stephen R. Covey =>I started reading this book last year and put it down many, many times… I wanted to read it because almost everybody that is into productivity cites this book. I wasn’t impressed, really.
  4. Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness: One-Minute Tips for Decluttering and Refreshing Your Home and Your Life by Donna Smallin =>I love reading about organization and decluttering tips and this was a fast read on the subject.
  5. Delicacy: A Novel by David Foenkinos =>I finished a French book! Yay! I read this in its original version: achievement unlocked 🙂

The “I started reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of February, 2016:

  1. The Pillars of the World (Tir Alainn, #1)  by Anne Bishop => This book in the pick of the month of the Vaginal Fantasy book club, on Goodreads (it’s a book club for romance genre books with strong female lead characters). It sounds interesting!
  2. L’île mystérieuse by Jules Verne => I chose this book as my French reading practice this month, but I am already regretting it. It’s a very long book, and the pace is too slow for my taste, although I love Julio Verne. Maybe I’ll leave it and change to another one…just saying…

And, since March has already started, a quick update: I started reading “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth” by canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. I’m just loving it!

 

Reading matter(s) of the month: January, 2016

I will start a monthly series of posts with a review of my “reading matters” of the month. It is just a way of celebrating my achievements, sharing books recommendations and (maybe) helping others make their “to-read” piles even bigger (I’m sorry!).

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The “To-Read” pile of January, 2016:

So, since last month marked the beginning of a new year, I actually did a huge list of all the books I want to read in 2016 focused on personal development. For 2016 I have the goal of changing my habits, improving my GTD system and read more non-fiction books, including biographies (which I rarely read). The list contains books I have already added years ago, so this month I am going to share a (huge) list that contains not only the books I added in January, but also older ones, in no particular order:
  1. The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande => GTD related because it talks about checklist. I think it can be very useful to my GTD system.
  2. The Practicing Mind: Developing Focus and Discipline in Your Life by Thomas M. Sterner => I think I saw a recommendation of this book on a Lifehacker post. It’s always good to know how to focus.
  3. Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up by Marie Kondō => last year I read her first book and made huge changes in life. This the second one: I am looking forward to reading it (it was illustrations!!)
  4. Elon Musk: Inventing the Future by Ashlee Vance => a must read biography (or so I’ve been told) because I am huge fan of Elon Musk.
  5. The Mindful Geek: Secular Meditation for Smart Skeptics by Michael Taft => Part of my quest to dive deeper into meditation.
  6. Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi => I am really curious to know about “THE FLOW” and how to get there.
  7. The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption by Clay A. Johnson => I think it might contain some valuable information on how to deal with lots of information.
  8. The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload by Daniel J. Levitin => another one about how to deal with too much information.
  9. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem => the first of the Book Club about Feminism created by Emma Watson called “Our Shared Shelf” (check it out on Goodreads). I will be a little behind the schedule, because this was their January pick.
  10. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell => I am always interested on the success of the non-conventional.
  11. The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor by Mark Schatzker => I want to know what’s inside processed food (and be scared!)
  12. Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal by Nick Bilton => I want to know how the 140 character revolution started.
  13. Abundance: The Future is Better Than You Think by Peter H. Diamandis => a little bit of optimist is always good!
  14. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us by Michael Moss => Another one o get a little scared about the food industry.
  15. The Innovators: How a Group of Inventors, Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson => this book has been on my list for a long time now!
  16. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy and the New Science of Desire by Martin Lindstrom => Consumption or Consumerism?
  17. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield => I am a huge fan of Chris Hadfield!
  18. Bad Astronomy: Misconceptions and Misuses Revealed, from Astrology to the Moon Landing “Hoax” (Wiley Bad Science Series) by Philip Plait => I love Philip Plait blogs and videos (his series Crash Course Astronomy was amazing!)
  19. Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium by Carl Sagan => one of my favorite authors!
  20. Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The Origins Of The Internet by Katie Hafner by Matthew Lyon => I want to know how the internet came to be.
  21. The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leonard Mlodinow => a friend of mine recommend me this almost a decade ago. I think it’s time for me to read it!
  22. 168 Hours: You Have More Time than You Think by Laura Vanderkam => I love to read about time management and productivity and this one seems nice.
  23. Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet by Andrew Blum => I bought this book 3 years ago because I wanted to know how is the internet, physically speaking, literally.
  24. Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris => I am curious to know what this man has been talking about.

The “Read” list of January, 2016:

This month I finished reading two books. One of them has completely changed the way I think about my routines and life goals. The other was just fun and a bit silly:
  1. The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) by Hal Elrod => the first book of 2016 about personal development and I can say that it was an intense reading. Because of this book I totally embraced the morning person inside me.
  2. Radiance (Wraith Kings, #1) by Grace Draven => this goes into my “guilty pleasure fiction” pile. I didn’t enjoy it so much maybe because it had a young-adult feel.

The “I started reading but haven’t finished yet” pile of January, 2016:

  1. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain => I am loving this book! I consider myself an introvert and this book resonates deeply with me! And also the title of the book is fantastic!
  2. L’île mystérieuse by Jules Verne => it’s from a classic French author and it’s part of my “French Learning” project. It is a long book, so I’ll probably take a few more months to finish it.
And that’s it! I am actually now a little bit scared of my “To-read” pile but (hopefully) I’ll be able to tackle it until the end of 2016.
I will probably continue adding more books to my “to-read” pile but I’ll try to leave the new ones on a “someday/maybe” list because the ones I listed above are truly the books I’ve been wanting to read for a while so they have priority!
I also have an endless list of fiction books to read, but I haven’t decided yet which are my favorite ones because I started this year focusing more on non-fiction.
And, as I’ve been doing since 2012, I joined the Goodreads Reading Challenge with a goal of reading a total of 45 books in 2016 🙂
If you want to see a glimpse of all the books I read in 2015 click here.
What about you? Do you plan on reading more fiction or non-fiction this year? Do you also have an endless pile of books to read?

Reading plans for September 2013

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So, September has arrived in a weird kinda of weather around here (south hemisphere). One morning I wake up and see a beautiful blue sky with mild temperatures that tells me: “spring is coming!” and then the next day it’s a cloudy, windy and cold winter day.

Oh, well, let it be!!

It’s going to be a busy month for me and I’m feeling I began with a optimistic mindset. I will be working on my masters degree more than ever, I am going to a Conference on Building’s Energy Performance at the capital, I will finish working on a scientific article AND I my reading plan is as follows:

For the science fiction hunger: Nightfall by Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg =>I have already started, and it is very interesting!

For overall knowledge/skills: Mind Maps: Improve Memory, Concentration, Communication, Organization, Creativity, and Time Management by Ken Arthur => I read almost one third of it, and the past month I totally forgot about it. Now it’s time to catch up!

From The Sword and Laser BookClub: The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester => Well, it’s a classic science fiction, winner of the Hugo Award in 1953, need I say more?

And a little guilty pleasure: Warrior (The Blades of the Rose, #1) by Zoe Archer => romance with adventure and Indiana Jones type of scenario (so they say!)

And that’s it!! I will do my best to keep it up 🙂

Someday/Maybe Reading List

I have a challenge for myself this year: read a total of 24 books!

I’m the kind of person who feels incomplete without a book around me. I used to carry paperback books with me, but it was always one at a time. Sometimes, if the book was one of those 900 pages tomes, I wasn’t so eager to carry it around.

 But since I got a Kindle, my reading life changed!! My Kindle is a part of my daily possessions, and I open it whenever and wherever I can.

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There are months that I find myself reading 2 or 3 books simultaneously. It’s crazy sometimes because there are certain types of books that don’t match together (I mean, in this “simultaneity” scheme).  Like, reading two dark fantasy books together. Not okay. If the genres are too similar, I usually mix them up. It’s better to have contrast: a dark fantasy with maybe a very optimistic science fiction. Or, for instance, one fiction and the other non-fiction.

Anyways, today I stopped to do some math.  I have a list I’ve been keeping for some time now with all the books I want to read one day. It’s not necessarily the goal list for this year, or this month. It’s more like a lifetime list.

So, this list has 196 titles. My 2013 goal is 24 books, so I would probably complete 12% of the list, if I chose to read titles from that list.

BUT, Since I’ve joined book clubs on Goodreads, I have monthly new and interesting suggestions, other than those on my list.

SO, you might be thinking, “it’s insane! You’re never going to finish that!”. Well, that’s the beauty of it, it’s a “someday/maybe” list. I don’t feel obliged to follow it item by item, I use it when I don’t have any idea what to read next. And it’s good to know that there are so many other things to explore! I highly recommend it!

For instance, last year I read only 3 titles from this list, the rest were book clubs picks and friend’s suggestions… 🙂

So, here goes my “someday/maybe” list. Hope you enjoy!

Title Author Publication Year
2312 Kim Stanley Robinson 2012
2001: A Space Odyssey (Space Odyssey, #1) Arthur C. Clarke 1968
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking 1988
A Magic of Twilight (The Nessantico Cycle #1) S.L. Farrell 2008
A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3) George R.R. Martin 2000
A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens 1854
Agincourt Bernard Cornwell 2008
American Gods Neil Gaiman 2001
Animal Farm George Orwell 1945
Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood Oliver Bowden 2010
Assassin’s Creed: Renaissance Oliver Bowden 2009
Beyond Boundaries: The New Neuroscience of Connecting Brains with Machines and How It Will Change Our Lives Miguel Nicolelis 2011
Beyond Hades (The Prometheus Wars, #1) Luke Romyn 2012
Blameless (Parasol Protectorate, #3) Gail Carriger 2010
Boneshaker (The Clockwork Century, #1) Cherie Priest 2009
Burning Chrome William Gibson 1986
Changeless (Parasol Protectorate, #2) Gail Carriger 2010
Childhood’s End Arthur C. Clarke 1953
Contact Carl Sagan 1985
Cosmos Carl Sagan 1980
Count Zero (Sprawl, #2) William Gibson 1986
Daughter of the Blood (The Black Jewels, #1) Anne Bishop 1998
Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (Dirk Gently, #1) Douglas Adams 1987
Downbelow Station (Company Wars, #1) C.J. Cherryh 1981
Dragonflight (Pern, #1) Anne McCaffrey 1968
Dragons of Autumn Twilight  (Dragonlance Chronicles #1) Margaret Weis 1984
Empire State (Empire State, #1) Adam Christopher 2012
Enemy of God: A Novel of Arthur Bernard Cornwell 1996
Evolution Stephen Baxter 2002
Excalibur (The Arthur Books, #3) Bernard Cornwell 1997
Eye of the Needle Ken Follett 1978
Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy #1) Ken Follett 2010
First King of Shannara (Shannara, #0) Terry Brooks 1996
Foundation and Empire (Foundation, #2) Isaac Asimov 1952
Good Omens Terry Pratchett 1990
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies Jared Diamond 1997
Heartless (Parasol Protectorate, #4) Gail Carriger 2011
I, Robot Isaac Asimov 1950
Johnny Mnemonic William Gibson 1981
Lords of the North (The Saxon Stories, #3) Bernard Cornwell 2006
Mindstar Rising (Greg Mandel, #1) Peter F. Hamilton 1993
Mona Lisa Overdrive (Sprawl, #3) William Gibson 1988
Nightfall Isaac Asimov 1990
Pattern Recognition (Blue Ant, #1) William Gibson 2003
Ready Player One Ernest Cline 2011
Second Foundation (Foundation, #3) Isaac Asimov 1953
Small Gods (Discworld, #13) Terry Pratchett 1992
Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1) Gail Carriger 2009
Spin Robert Charles Wilson 2005
Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein 1961
Sword Song (The Saxon Stories, #4) Bernard Cornwell 2007
Terry Pratchett’s Guards! Guards! – The Play Terry Pratchett 1992
Terry Pratchett’s Men at Arms (The Play) Stephen Briggs 2000
Terry Pratchett’s Mort (The Play) Terry Pratchett 1996
The Android’s Dream John Scalzi 2006
The Archer’s Tale (The Grail Quest, #1) Bernard Cornwell 2000
The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) Joe Abercrombie 2006
The Burning Land (The Saxon Stories, #5) Bernard Cornwell 2009
The Dirty Streets of Heaven (Bobby Dollar, #1) Tad Williams 2012
The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory Brian Greene 1999
The Eye of the World (Wheel of Time, #1) Robert Jordan 1990
The Fabric of the Cosmos (Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality) Brian Greene 2003
The Flying Sorcerers Peter Haining 1997
The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3) Isaac Asimov 1951
The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov 1972
The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos Brian Greene 2011
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame Victor Hugo 1831
The Languages of Pao Jack Vance 1958
The Last Kingdom (The Saxon Stories, #1) Bernard Cornwell 2004
The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1) Scott Lynch 2006
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #2) C.S. Lewis 1950
The Magicians Lev Grossman 2009
The Mission (Remnants of the Past, #1) Bill Talcott 2011
The Once and Future King (The Once and Future King, #1-4) T.H. White 1958
The Pale Horseman (The Saxon Stories, #2) Bernard Cornwell 2005
The Princess Bride William Goldman 1973
The Sirens of Titan Kurt Vonnegut 1959
The Tale of the Body Thief (The Vampire Chronicles, #4) Anne Rice 1992
The Time Machine/The Invisible Man H.G. Wells 1969
The War of the Worlds H.G. Wells 1898
The Winter King: A Novel of Arthur Bernard Cornwell 1995
The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #2) Patrick Rothfuss 2011
Timeless (Parasol Protectorate, #5) Gail Carriger 2012
Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet Andrew Blum 2012
What the Dog Saw and Other Adventures Malcolm Gladwell 2009
Winter of the World (The Century Trilogy #2) Ken Follett 2012