Books


A list of some books that I have read.

On this page I will list some books that I have read. I like reading on a wide variety of topics, I practice this activity as a form of studying on a regular basis for which I set aside time, and also as a form of entertainment in parallel. I do not read only one book at a time. I start off with several books and finish them at different intervals. This also helps me to progress on books that I find difficult to focus on for a long period of time. I read paper printed books and digital ebooks on a Kobo reader (you can instally an open source OS on it!) as I wanted to avoid using the Amazon eco system. I also listen to audio books. I also have a few lists of books that I want to complete, one of them is a list of Russian literature novels. I read books in 3 languages, mainly in English, German and French.

One of my favorite books is Der Zauberberg by Thomas Mann. Why do I like this book in particular? I like the way the author constructs his sentences, uses extensive vocabulary in a way that just is naturally pleasing, has the ability to describe the scenes and emotions of the plot in a way I can only admire! It is really a piece of art, it feels like consuming a very delicious liqueur with chocolate.

I do not like books that are by default full of vocabulary crafted together to impress in a way as if it is a form of encryption requiring you to spend a long time decrypting each sentence. I’m a fan of the KISS principle: Keep It Simple Stupid.

Currently I have also embarked on a journey of reading Russian literature and to me it comes into the same league as the Der Zauberberg book. It gives me a similar joyful experience of beautifully complexly crafted sentences without necessarily requiring you to decrypt each sentence. That is a beautiful poetic flow that makes the whole reading experience fun and the whole plots with all their complex twists and turns remain thrilling page turners to look forward to read in the early hours of the dark cold mornings where time stands still for a moment before the hectic vibrant street noise animal awakens. It is at that time of the day that I can feel the most intense the era of these books, the 18th century for instance.

In Mauritius, being in the tropics, we have high humidity and lots of insects which means storing paper printed books in cup boards can mean some of these books will over a few years start to deteriorate in it’s quality and slowly break apart. Certain paper quality holds better than others. Cheap books printed on recycle paper do not last long. Cup boards with glass doors seem to give the books a longer lifetime threshold. A few challenges when you want to keep a paper printed book collection.

I practice my reading in a seated position on a non-upholstered wooden chair, where I have the book lying on the desk so that I don’t have to hold it up most of the time. And sometimes seated in the sofa. If it’s a study book, I will take notes on the side.

The list below is not a recommendation list neither a review, that might come in the future if there are certain books I would recommend for certain topics. The lists intent is also to share with my reader friends what I have read, just like I like strolling through the lists of books my friends have read.

There are some sources that I like for finding great study material, one of them is Farnam Street.

You can share with me about your reading experiences in the comments section below.

Comics

Berlin by Jason Lutes

A big comic novel. Berlin nostalgia!

Blankets by Craig Thompson

A big comic novel.

habibi by Craig Thompson

A big comic novel.

Entertainment

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown

Suspense page turner.

Supply Chain

Free Trade by Kathiann M. Kowalski

A simple book to get introduced to the topic of Free Trade.

Guide To Supply Chain Managment by David Jacoby

A book on supply chain management.

Managing The Supply Chain by David Simchi-Levi, Philip Kaminsky and Edith Simchi-Levi

A book on supply chain management.

Modeling The Supply Chain by Jeremy F. Shapiro

This is more a technical study book. Yet a great way to get an idea of different approaches to supply chain.

The New Science of Retailing by Marshall Fisher and Ananth Raman

Was just curious to read that in line with my supply chain research.

The Travels Of A T-Shirt In The Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli

A nice way to look at the supply chain.

The Industries Of The Future by Alec Ross

Which industries was it again?

History

Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

You’ll look at humans in a different way after reading this. I would combine this book with the book “The Origins of Political Order” by Francis Fukuyama.

The Origins of Political Order – From Prehuman Times To The French Revolution by Francis Fukuyama

Asks some great questions such as Why did certain systems of order take place in some geographic locations and not elsewhere and tries to answer them.

The Fortunes of Africa – A 5000 Year History of Wealth, Greed and Endeavour by Martin Meredith

Great book! Not a dry history book! A real page turner! You’ll learn a lot from this book.

Biographies

Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

A great page turner read on the story of Nike!

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

You’ll look at Apple products differently after this read!

Personal Development

Start With Why by Simon Sinek

Why?

The Creators Code by Amy Wilkinson

What code was it again?

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason

Learn the basics of saving and compounding.

The Way Of The Seal by Mark Divine

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Stressed, overwhelmed, burned out Entrepreneur? Listen to this or read. I have it both as a book and audio.


Browse with Brave


Books by

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *