Artemis by Andy Weir

Having recently read The Martian, I was really hyped when I heard that Andy Weir had another book out set again in space. I was really worried that the rinse and repeat Formular would be used from his previous book, but I was happy this wasn’t the case.

The story follows the main character throughout, you grow with the character and can relate from time to time with the choices they have to make. The world in which the book is set is really thought out and yet again Andy Weir has done his research into technology and what actually would be possible in space. This makes the book and story even more believable.  

The book has many up and down moments that keep you open the edge and want to keep reading, I can highly recommend this book and think that Andy Weir has successfully departed from The Martian way of writing (which also is a good book).  

If you’re into near future sci-if and want some drama, a little romance and a thrilling storyline, then I can truly highly recommend this book.

Munich by Robert Harris

This was my first Robert Harris book and I would for sure read more. The book was intense and was well written and researched. It almost seemed as though I was reading a transcript of the history books. 

The book leads you from a start not knowing the progression, with it slowly opening up as you progress. The only dull moment was the ending which was lacklustre.  

The Martian by Andy Weir

I was recommended this book by a good friend and work colleague amd I’m really happy they did.

The way the book is written totally grabs you. Every page there is some intense moment while you follow the survival of the main character on the surface of Mars. Even if you’ve already seen the film I can totally recommend a deep dive into the book. 

Its very easy to read and well thought out with it seems very scientific and plausible facts and situations.

 

Recommendation:

Must Read

Start with Why by Simon Sinek

I must admit before I read this book I was already a huge fan of Simon. It all started with his video on why leader eat last (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReRcHdeUG9Y&t=2238s) and this led me to this book and it wasn't a disappointment. 

The book really explains why brands and companies are successful, as well as why projects and teams succeed. It's all about starting with the why. . . . .

I think this is a must read for anyone to get a good understanding and to also challenge your leaders and bosses. 

Recommendation:

Must Read

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

I can really highly recommend this book to everyone, it really talks about the value of deep work and how you can go about setting up a routine and approach to getting your boss, leader or manager on board with the approach. I think we are living in a very reactive world right now and I think deep work is not really utilized that much as we are always firefighting the status quo and trying to keep the ship afloat. 

I will definitely revisit this book overtime and check in and make sure I’m still aiming for larger amounts of deep work. 

Recommendation:

Must Read

Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson

This book was recommended to me by a good friend and the title was something that really grabbed me. I’m some one who aims for freedom when it comes to where I can work and so I went into this book with a lot of enthusiasm. What it turned out to be was more of a soft commercial for campfire and the 37 signal products, this in no means is a bad thing as their products are engineered mainly for distributed organizations and they also dog food their own products and this has been a big driver for them to tweak the tools and processes to work.

 

I went into the book expecting more philosophy, processes and ideas behind how you can switch to working solely remotely, some best practices and some pit falls. But in the end I was let down. I would’nt say that this is a bad book at all, I guess my expectations were not in line with the content of the book. I will definitely added it to the “Must Read Again” pile.  

 

Recommendation:

Unsure 

Modern Mindfulness by Rohan Gunatillake

I am currently around 70% through this book, even though I like the premise and it comes up with some very good points the way the book is structured is something that has now made me put this book on hold. This means I’m not actively reading it and I will try and come back later to pick it up again. 

 

The book in a nutshell describes how we should be more in tuned with ourselves through meditation and it gives you many many many different options for being able to meditate. I just found when reading it that it tells me to close my eyes a bit strange as I’m unable to proceed, when I’m reading its not the time to meditate (for me that is) and so I totally found it an awkward read. Which is a total shame as I am totally behind the ideas in general

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

I’ve been fascinated with the story of Steve Jobs and Apple for many years. My first foray into the story and history was an old movie called “Pirates of Silicon Valley” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168122/) which was released in 1999. This is an excellent film, and I still recommend to go and watch it get a slice of history from when Microsoft and Apple first started and roughly how it got started. The movie goes all the way from the foundation until Steve Jobs came back to Apple and that’s where the movie ends. 

The book, on the other hand, covers Steve’s full life from his childhood all way the up until his death and it's a somewhat inspiring read. It paints a picture of his colourful character nd some of the struggles he faces in life from his early days until later on in life. 

Steve saved Apple while it was laying on its death bed and it’s a shame he wasn’t able to overcome this personally. 

By the end of the book, I have to admit I did have some tears rolling down my face because of the way it ended (no spoilers ;)). Because of Steve’s character and mindset, he died way earlier than he should have, Steve could have been saved and cured of his cancer, but his stubbornness and reality distortion field made him believe he can fully overcome it himself. 

I can highly recommend the read, and I recommend it in audio form as its a large book and easier to digest in audio form. 

My Recommendation:

MUST READ

 

Minimalism by Joshua Fields MillBurn & Ryan Nicodemus

This book and the approach has been gaining in popularity within a lot of circles of recent. I, myself have had this book on the pile for a couple of months, and I go it after I watched their documentary (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/minimalismfilm or found on Netflix). 

The book is small and is around 120 pages long. I managed to complete this book within a few hours, and it's something that I will keep around. It describes the five areas in your life that you should declutter and gain more value from them. 

The book provides many insights, and I believe it will have something which almost everyone can pick up from. If you want to better structure your life and focus actually on being happy, then read this book! Build a foundation for yourself.

My Recommendation:

MUST READ

Scrum The Art of Doing Twice The Work In Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

For me personally, this was the best book I've read about any sort of agile process. The book gives you not only theoretical aspects of establishing a SCRUM workflow, it also gives you practical advice which is also backed up by real world examples. The book also touches on that SCRUM is not only for software development but its approach can be applied for a magnitude of different situations. One of the examples is that how a school in the USA is applying the same approach to teaching and enabling the students to run with SCRUM for learning various topics and was dubbed the new monastery in the book also.

If you are using SCRUM or any kind of agile process, or you're hearing the hype of such process. I can defiantly recommend this. I also think this is a good starting point if you want to organise your own life much better aswell as its a very versitile approach. 

My Recommendation:

MUST READ

Purity by Jonathan Franzen

From the premise this book seemed like it would be a really good read. But after reading 140 pages it became really a lot of work to motivate myself to be able to continue. Because of this I’ve put this book on hold for the time being.

Steal Like an Artist b Austin Kleon

This book was totally not on my radar. It was something my better half (who is way more creative than me) had finished and thought I would like. 

It is a relatively short read that doesn't go too deep on any ideas but gives a good overall feeling on the topic of copying to a point others work and how this is at the heart of all great creatives out there. Throw in a few quotes from some well-known people from history and you have this relatively light read that makes you feel ok with being "inspired" by others. 

I could recommend this for anyone in a creative field (not just arty farty people) as it can be applied to so many different situations and circumstances. 

My Recommendation:

READ

Smart Faster Better by Charles Duhigg

I was really excited by the title of this book, I was expecting it to tell me about some other methods to be productive and share with me some insights. In the end, it turned out to various case studies on varying different situations but it stopped so far as tell you the method that was used or summarizing the different approaches. I was disappointed with this book and cannot really recommend it. Maybe in the future, I would listen to it again to double confirm my thoughts.

My Recommendation:

NO NEED TO READ