Books

What I enjoyed to read and my thoughts about.

Who would have bet 1-cent on my love for reading when in the school I have literally hated it?

When I was imposed to read I hated it. It was a such a boring thing to me, I saw it just as a waste of time. Then I slowly re-approached books, focusing on the ones whom I was really interested in and, one page at a time, I re-discovered the pleasure and huge value of reading.

It is not just about relaxing for some time, it is about having new ideas, discovering new concepts, approaching new cultures, better acknowledging yourself and your inner, seeing things with someone else eyes, wearing his mask and diving into his secret world.

Books list:

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MUST Sophie's World

Jostein Gaarder

Awesome book, the author explains in an addictive way the evolution of the human's highest thoughts (philosophy) through time, from the ancient greek philosophers to our days. Everything is written as a fictionalized adventure between Sophie and Hilde.

my rating: 10
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The Art of War

Sun Tzu

The Art of War is an military treatise which is attributed to the ancient Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu. It shows distinct aspects of a warfare and how they apply to military strategy and tactics. It has a profound influence on military thinking, business tactics, legal strategy and beyond.

my rating: 9
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MUST Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

Edwin Abbott Abbott

Written pseudonymously by "A Square" from the two-dimensional world. Great book to reflect on our limits, false perspective and ignorance. Should we rely on our senses? How much is our knowledge depth? Nice mental exploration about the possibility of others space dimensions and how we could perceive them.

my rating: 10
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The Metamorphosis

Franz Kafka

Gregor Samsa, a traveling salesman, wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. The novel tells the story on how his life and social interactions changed from his transformation.

my rating: 7
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MUST Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

Peter Thiel

Amazing book. Peter (ex CEO of PayPal) shows a list of really interesting insights on how he succeeded and what are the common traits and patterns he found on successful companies. There are notes on all the lifecycle of a new product: concept, founders, hiring, selling, marketing, customers, consolidation, expansion.

my rating: 10
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Brave New World - Revisited

Aldous Huxley

This is a non-fiction work in which Huxley considered whether the world had moved toward or away from his vision (Brave New World). Huxley analysed problems such as overpopulation, as well as all the means by which populations can be controlled. He was particularly interested in the effects of drugs and subliminal suggestion.

my rating: 9
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MUST Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Another must read, such a fine book. The novel anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that are combined to make a profound change in society.

my rating: 10
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Zeno's Conscience

Italo Svevo

The main character is Zeno Cosini and the book is the fictional character's memoirs that he keeps at the insistence of his psychiatrist. Throughout the novel, we learn about his father, his business, his wife, and his tobacco habit from a psychological perspective.

my rating: 7
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To say, to do, to braise

Carlo Cracco

A cooking book about different cooking techniques by the michelin starred chef Carlo Cracco.

my rating: 6
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MUST Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury. The novel presents a future American society where books are outlawed and "firemen" burn any that are found. The lead character is a fireman named Montag who becomes disillusioned with the role of censoring works and destroying knowledge.

my rating: 10
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MUST Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

Masterpiece by Orwell. This is one of my favourite books, a must read. An hypothetical society where everything was strictly controlled and the motto was 'Was is Peace; Ignorance is Strength, Freedom is Slavery". The history was every-day rewritten by hands to better accommodate the political needs.

my rating: 10
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Animal Farm

George Orwell

"All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others." Orwell described Animal Farm as a satirical tale against Stalin.

my rating: 7
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We are the martians

Giovanni Fabrizio Bignami

The wire between the Big Bang and life. Is it more scaring to know that there are other types of intelligent life or that we are alone in the entire universe?

my rating: 8
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Quantum Effect

Alberto Lori

About our consciousness, our limiting thoughts and how we "create" our reality. How can we introduce a new model into our mind to "collapse" a new reality? How to fuel a change starting from our inner? Quantum effect -> quantum physics -> the observer effect -> focus and collapse a reality from a mess of possibilities / potential waves.

my rating: 7
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Q Factor

Alberto Lori

Pseudo-science and pseudo-psychology trying to confirm the 'Law of Attraction' through the idea of waves and resonance. Before actually having / being something you have to strongly feel to have / be that something in order to attract it.

my rating: 6
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With you and without you

Osho

Osho's thoughts on love, both spiritual and physical. Love is not a need, is a luxury, is having so much that you literally overflow, love is playing a beautiful melody without caring if someone is listening or not.

my rating: 7
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The Rajneesh Bible

Osho

Osho's first words spoken after a period of three years of silence, he exposes the psychology of all creeds based on the idea of "following" and takes apart the whole question of belief in God.

my rating: 7
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MUST One, No One and One Hundred Thousand

Luigi Pirandello

Awesome book which make you think about the idea of yourself. Who are ourselves? One is the idea of ourselves (our inner image), No-One is who we truly are, and a Hundred-Thousands are the different ones in which other people perceive and identity us.

my rating: 10
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