Books I read

Here is a list of books I'm reading and what I think about them. Maybe it will spark up conversations or inspire you to read up on some of these. Or maybe you can suggest books you think I might like.

L'Appel, 1940-1942 (1954), Charles de Gaulle

Interesting to read about Charles de Gaulle from the man himself. Nowadays, French politicians like to say they are "gaulliste" but after reading this book, I feel like most of these politicians are miles away from the difficulties Charles de Gaulle had to fight with.

What also strucks me is how little the English people seemed to care about the war next door. The General says they were living on life like normal. But then again, we French people keep on living like normal even though countries near by are also in wars.

One more thing I find interesting is the role of the colonized territories in the fight against Nazi Germany. Basically, without colonization, it seems like there would no France as we know it today. It looks like colonization is what allowed "La France libre" to exist and to become strong enough so as to win against Nazi Germany.

All in all, very enlightening book. I highly recommend it.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2016), Mark Manson

The book relates stories about fear of rejection, fear of death, fear of commitment and more. They prevent us from living life and finding long term happiness. I've had those fears too and it helps to read about them.

Setting boundaries, saying "no" and doing what you want to do despite the potential consequences leads to short term uncomfort to the benefit of long term happiness. And no, we don't need to be exceptional. We need to do that we want to do and not give a fuck about the unimportant stuff.

Clearly, a lot of research has gone into this book. References to Shakespeare, Ernest Becker, Tim Ferriss, Roy Baumeister and others support that and make for interesting further readings.

If, like Mark says, you want to become "a little less wrong" everyday and are wondering how to achieve that, this book may be a good read for you.

The Lean Startup (2011), Eric Ries

Currently reading. Will post about it when I'm done.

Thinking Mathematically (1982), J. Mason, L. Burton and K. Stacey

Currently reading. Will post about it when I'm done.