I completed my GoodReads 2018 reading challenge. Which means I finished 12 books in 2018! Yay me! That's probably the most books in about 6 months that I've read in my entire life.
These are the books that I finished during that challenge. I probably won't do such a write-up again, rather highlight single books.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
I had this on my todo list for quite a while and actually started it it in December 2017. It took me a while to get into the story, but as the pace accelerated, it grew on me and I started to really like it.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Apart from the spiritual and religious nonsense it has a lot of valuable advice and insights for creative work. Just skip those passages. I read them for your, there's nothing valuable in them. The rest has value tho.
Beacon 23 by Hugh Howey
One of the best books I’ve ever read. The less you know, the better. Read it. It’s short.
Star Wars: Blood Line by Claudia Gray
Plays a few years before the Force Awakens. It was fun getting to know what the galaxy was like before the first order. Or what it is. It's focussed on Leia.
The Mental Game of Electronic Music Production by Jason Timothy
It’s one of those advice books that revolve around a single idea. In this case: do more stuff. Put the stress on any word. It focuses on electronic music production, but most of the advice is, as usual with those books, applicable for most creative work. But if you've read a few of these books, you can easily skip this.
Glass (The Dark Tower #4) by Stephen King
Finished it as an audiobook. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have been able to finish it. I really like the story, the characters and the world and all that. But I just can’t stand Stephe Kings very extensive way of writing. The Story in this book probably could’ve been told in half the length without loosing anything.
Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil De Grasse Tyson
I love pop-science books. I’m not a physicist but I like to read about these kinds of things. How our universe works, how much we know already, and how many questions are still to be answered. How insignificant the inhabitants of this planet are, yet how rare and special too.
Schatz, ich habe den Index geschlagen by by Christian Thiel
“Darling, I’ve beaten the index” a book about fonds and such as a pension plan. One of the tasks in the overarching 2018 bucketlist is to get a pension plan started. And I think this is the best way to do it. Also it’s very interesting and seemingly easier than I thought. But it's missing actual concrete steps to get started. But I assume that's to avoid legal issues?
Elon Musk by Joscha Barisch
Well, it’s a book about Elon Musik. How he got started. The story behind PayPal, Space X, Tesla and some other things. His visions and his way of life.
Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
Under the streets of London there's a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.
That’s all you want to know. It’s awesome.
Finish: Give yourself the gift of done by Jon Acuff
Possibly the best book on productivity, motivation and that kind of thing I’ve ever read. Funny, insightful and anecdotes that I 100% have seen myself do; either literally happening or mentally.
Screw perfectionism. Let’s finish things!
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
The norse mythology was always very interesting to me. But I somehow never bothered to invest time and read about it. But when I found out that one of my favorite Authors Neil Gaiman wrote a book about it, I immediately loaded it on my kindle to be read next.
And now I like norse mythology even more. Probably need to re-read it, because there are so. many. weird. names.
Currently I'm finishing "Never split the difference", a book about negotiation. I usually have another book waiting on my kindle before I finish the current one. And I really look forward to reading these from my to-read shelve:
- 48 Laws of Power
- His dark materials
- Bird By Bird
- Homo Deus