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), C. 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), M. Manson

The book relates stories about fear of rejection, fear of death, fear of commitment and more. The kind of fear that preclude long term happiness. I've had those fears too and reading about them helps me.

Saying "no" is something I've been working on for the last few years. When I realized I was bad at it, it was difficult to change. Setting boundaries leads to short term uncomfort to the benefit of long term happiness. I've been choosing the latter more and don't regret it.

I also like how this book says we don't need to be exceptional. We need to do that we want to do and just not give a fuck about what's not aligned with our values. Society dictates a lot of things to us, sometimes contradictory too. Sticking with what matters to us is the most important.

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.

Hopefully, the reading of this book will help me be "a little less wrong" everyday, as Mark says.

The Lean Startup (2011), E. Ries

Being a software engineer, this book opens me up to the business and operational aspects of running a company.

I had heard of "lean startup", having lived in Paris for a while. But I didn't have the full picture of what it was. Now, I can finally say:

I've read "The Lean Startup". — Me, potentially

Reading this book reinforces my will to shorten the feedback loop at work. More and more, I realise that when we do to much to early, we create waste. But when we get feedback early, we can change directions easily, throw out the bad, keep the good and stay innovative.

References to lots of other authors make for a good list of further readings: Geoffrey Moore, Clayton Christensen, Taiichi Ohno are just some of them.

Never Split The Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It (2016), C. Voss

At times, it reads like a thriller. But this book really is about how human emotions work and about how to more deeply connect with people to reach certain goals.

One sentence that really stuck with me, and that I think sums up the book quite well, is this one:

With the style of negotiation taught in the book — an information-obsessed, empathic search for the best possible deal — you are trying to uncover value, period. Not to strong-arm or to humiliate.

I've always hated the cold phone calls from window sellers that try to get me to pay for something I don't want. Reading about ways to more deeply understand your counterpart is both pleasing and enlightening.

And indeed, Chris is obsessed with information gathering. He also warns against agressive techniques. Instead, he recommends a large variety of gentle ways to find solutions, which supposedly translate into more value for everyone involved.

The frequent references to other authors, such as Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Jeffrey J. Fox or Jim Camp, make for interesting further readings.

Remote: Office Not Required (2013), D. H. Hansson

As a remote worker myself, I was looking for ways to improve. This book was helpful in a variety of ways.

As a lead full-stack web developer, it reminded me of the need to remove roadblocks within my company. As a remote worker constantly connected to a chat application, it reminded me how to stay productive while handling dozens of questions every day on said chat application.

And moving forward, the book gives some interesting ideas, like asking nearby companies if they happen to have an extra desk available that I could rent to cut costs.

It also refers to other books which I'd like to read as well in order to become a better writer: "On Writing Well" by W. Zinsser, "The Element Of Style" by W. Strunk and E .B. White, and "Revising Prose" by R. Lanham.

ReWork: Change the Way You Work Forever (2010), J. Fried

The main idea from this book is to think over how we work, keep things simple, increase productivity and happiness.

One of the things that stuck with me was the chapter that recommends throwing out long todo lists because the best ideas will stick in our heads anyway. I've had these long todo lists many times and have always ended up deleting them because they got so large as to create stress and useless sense of failure.

I also really enjoyed the chapter "They're not thirteen". I have always felt that we should trust people to do a great job with things that might seem out of their league at first. The pride of being tasked with something difficult can lead to great results. I've seen this happen both at work and within my family.

This book is an interesting read just after having read REMOTE. It's written in the same style: short & focused chapters with simple wording.

Er ist wieder da (2012), T. Vermes

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

Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (2014), F. Laloux

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.