Much like working out or hard labour I sometimes find it hard to start on a new book. However, when done I probably feel about the same as bodybuilders after a good training session. Therefore I have created this small book log with mini-reviews. I want to read more and keep myself accountable.
Ét liv, én tid, ét menneske
In this book philosopher Morten Ålbæk, tries to answer a severe problem in the commercial and capitalistic world we live in. We have never been richer, never had access to so many possibilities in life. However, a negative trend in our mental health is starting to show. Anxiety, stress, loneliness and suicidal thoughts are growing problems. So, why is that and what can we do? Morten thinks that one of the most significant issues is the idea that we have different lives. A work life, a family life and so on. We need to see our life as one thing and ask ourselves if the time we use has purpose and meaning. One hour wasted on the job is just as bad as one hour lost in our time off work. The book is very much a wake-up call for leaders, and this is where its primary focus lies. He tries to make them understand that the humans they manage need to be fulfilled on all levels. You don't have the right to waste peoples time just because you pay them for it. The workplace needs to have a purpose, and we need to respect humans as intelligent beings with feelings and emotions and not just a resource you can manage as if they were coal, iron or aluminium.
A good read but the heavy focus on leadership and managers may narrow the number of people that will genuinely benefit from it.
Danish, Written by Morten Albæk, 204 pages, Politiken Books, Finished on December 2018
HOMO DEUS: A BRIEF HISTORY OF TOMORROW (Yuval Noah Harari) (2017)
JOURNALIST (Lasse Jensen) (2017)
SAPIENS: A BREIF HISTORY OF HUMANKIND (Yuval Noah Harari) (2015)
MINE HELTE (Jørgen Leth) (2015)
THE RISE AND FALL OF THE THIRD REICH (William L. Shirer) (1960)
PALE BLUE DOT (Carl Sagan) (1994)
Et Hus Er Mere End En Ting: Det Uperfekte Menneske 3
The third book in Danish poet, writer and filmmaker Jørgen Leth's autobiography. In the third book, he focuses a lot on the terrible earthquake that hit his then home in Haiti. He also writes about his struggles making his movie The Erotic Man (Det erotiske menneske.) As always a great read that I highly recommend to people that like his honest and simple way of observing life.
Danish, Written by Jørgen Leth, 241 pages, Politiken Books, Finished on July 2017
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
One of the best "be better" books I have read in a long time. Learn to say no, learn why less, in fact, is more and get the tools to achieve it.
Written by Greg McKeown, 272 pages, Audible, Finished on June 2017
Astrophysics For people In a Hurry
I wonder and marvel at what is the universe. That being my own backyard or the entire thing (whatever that this.) I find comfort in the insignificance we as human beings represent in the grand scale of things. Neil Degrasse Tyson is as witty and clever as he as ever been and he is trying to cover as much of the cosmos as he can in 114 pages. A most read if you want a taste of the amazing things that are all around us and beyond.
Written by Neil Degrasse Tyson, 114 pages, Audible, Finished on May 2017
Into the Black
This one is for the fans and geeks that love NASA and the space program. When you spend 480 pages covering only the creation and first flight of the shuttle you get the idea. New things learned and recommendable if you are into this stuff. If not this is not a book for you.
Written by Rowland White, 480 pages, Audible, Finished on May 2017
2010: ODYSSEY TWO (Arthur C. Clarke) (1982)
GULD PÅ HAVETS BUND: DET UPERFEKTE MENNESKE 2 (Jørgen Leth) (2007)
DET UPERFEKTE MENNESKE (Jørgen Leth) (2005)
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (Arthur C. Clarke) (1968)
THE POWER OF HABIT: WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO, AND HOW TO CHANGE (Charles Duhigg) (2012)
HOW TO LIE WITH STATISTICS (Darrell Huff) (1933)
OUTLIERS: THE STORY OF SUCCESS (Malcolm Gladwell) (2008)
THE BLUE ZONES SOLUTION: EATING AND LIVING LIKE THE WORLD'S HEALTHIEST PEOPLE (Dan Buettner) (2015)
CAPITAL IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY (Thomas Piketty)
HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE (Dale Carnegie)
MORE FOOL ME (Stephen Fry)
THE ART OF THINKING CLEARLY (Rolf Dobelli)
BUDDHISM FOR BUSY PEOPLE (David Michie)
INTO THE WILD (Jon Krakauer)
GETTING REAL (Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson and Matthew Linderman)
REWORK (Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson)
MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION (Buzz Aldrin and Ken Abraham)
FIRST MAN: THE LIFE OF NEIL A. ARMSTRONG (James R. Hansen)
MOAB IS MY WASHPOT (Stephen Fry)
STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST (Austin Kleon)
THE FRY CHRONICLES: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY (Stephen Fry)
NINE ALGORITHMS THAT CHANGED THE FUTURE (John MacCormick)
MY BEAUTIFUL GENOME (Lone Frank)