Books


Published: 2018-12-28; Last update: 2019-04-30

Here, you can find technology and non-technology books, which I am reading, or already have read. This is mainly my placeholder for tracking, but maybe you can also find something interesting.

Sidenote. Many books are very actionable. To better remember main ideas, I make notes while reading, and I usually make them by writing and drawing in the book itself. It’s very efficient. I really recommend that. I used to buy books, bearing in mind, that I will sell them later. That was so wrong. The book is your knowledge and your notebook, it’s much easier to go through the most important takeaways if you made your own notes inside. That’s why I usually do not listen to audiobooks unless I really have to (no paper book available or I’m driving a car).

Books read in 2019 (reading order) – 20

  1. The Circadian Code; Dr. Satchidananda Panda
    • 5/5. A broad look at many aspects related to sleeping. Some new topics that I have not found in previous books.
  2. The Ultimate Guide To Red Light Therapy; Ari Whitten
    • 5/5. I created many useful notes from this book, and I am buying myself a red-light device.
  3. Study Skills Essentials; Patrick McMurray
    • 3/5. Some good advices, but most of them are related to an academic approach (tests, essays, etc.)
  4. You Can Have an Amazing Memory; Dominic Obrien
    • 3/5. I found two very interesting methods in this book, which I am now implementing in my learning, but most of the book is about memorizing card decks.
  5. The Art of Creative Thinking; Rod Judkins
    • 2/5. It was very hard for me to read this book, it’s too poetic. Also, very few actionable ideas.
  6. Start Now. Get Perfect Later; Rob Moore
    • 4/5. Very well written, easy to read. Quite motivating. This book made me change a few of my habits. I am still struggling with my perfectionism 🙂
  7. Unlimited Memory; Kevin Horsley
    • 4/5. Quite good tricks for memorizing data. I still need to somehow apply it to learning technical stuff.
  8. The Fitness Mindset; Brian Keane
    • 3/5. Overview of some good habits. After reading other biohacking books, not many new tips here.
  9. Essentialism; Mr James Latham
    • 3/5. I think I have to read it again. It didn’t get to me as much as I thought.
  10. Exactly What to Say; Phil M. Jones
    • 5/5. Short, but very actionable. Many examples. Nice solutions.
  11. The Biohacker’s Guide; Anthony DiClementi
    • 3/5. Some useful tips, but somehow poorly written. Lots of  text fillers. So far, the worse book about biohacking.
  12. Fluent Forever; Gabriel Wyner
    • 5/5. This is one of the most comprehensive guides for learning new languages (and other things) I have ever read. Very actionable. After I incorporate those principles into my studying habits, I plan to learn one new language every year.
  13. Szkoła Mówców; Buksak Lidia
    • 5/5. It is nicely written. Many useful tips on preparing catchy presentations and becoming professional presenter/storyteller.
  14. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance; Jeff S. Volek PhD RD
    • 4/5. Quite valuable regarding on a keto diet and it’s basics, but focuses mainly on athletes.
  15. Visual Thinking; Williemien Brand
    • 3/5. Several good tips on how to prepare your long-term vision and goals, but presented in interesting visual way.
  16. The Coaching Habit; Michael Bungay Stanier
    • 4//5. Many interesting questions and approaching them during a discussion. Useful not only when you are a manager, but also when you are mentoring your teammates.
  17. Your Best Brain; John Medina
    • 3/5. Not many new information, at least for me, after reading all other books on how the brain works. Although, it was nice listening to it.
  18. Grywalizacja; Paweł Tkaczyk
    • 5/5. Very actionable. Many tips on how to hack your productivity using gamification.
  19. Mind To Matter; Dawson Church
    • 3/5. Quite interesting, but not much actionable.
  20. Peak Learning for Expertise; Peter Hollins
    • 3/5. Quite interesting, but not much actionable.

Reading

Books read in 2018 (alphabetical order) – 26

  1. 21 great ways to manage your time; Brian Tracy
    • 4/5. Good overview, combined with GTD makes powerful duo
  2. 4-hour body; Timothy Ferriss
    • 4/5. Very good resource for starting taking care of your body. This is one of those books that changed my lifestyle and got into the new flow.
  3. 4-hour week; Timothy Ferriss
    • 3/5. Somewhat useful. Not everyhing is actionable for everybody.
  4. Anything You Want; Derek Sivers
    • 5/5. Very short, but nice reading. Many simple, but effective guidelines on running your business.
  5. Atomic Habits; James Clear
    • 5/5. Excellent book, must-read. Very practical tips on how to form habits.
  6. Deep Work; Cal Newport
    • 2/5. There are many good reviews of this book, but somehow I didn’t find a flow. Maybe I will read it again in 2019.
  7. Dr. Berg’s New Body Type Guide; Eric Berg
    • 4/5. Lots of usefull, scientific information regarding fasting and diet.
  8. Getting things done; David Allen
    • 5/5. This book is an ultimate guide for managing your time. If you plan to optimize your life this book is what you should definitely read first.
  9. Head Strong; Dave Asprey
    • 5/5. This is one of the best books I have recently read. A good introduction to biohacking. However, many commercial advertisements of Dave’s products, but also with guidelines on other alternatives.
  10. How to deliver a great TED talk; Akash Karia
    • 4/5. Very nice, short, but condensed overview of key points of an efficient public presentation.
  11. How to Study and Master Any Subject – Quickly!; Mario J. Giordano
    • 3/5. Some good bits of advice, very condensed.
  12. How to Win Friends & Influence People; Dale Carnegie
    • 5/5. Timeless book. One of those books you should read, whoever you are and whatever your profession is.
  13. Mind for numbers; Barbara Oakley
    • 5/5. Excellent guideline on studying and learning things. It is an extended version of the course Learning How To Learn.
  14. Narratologia; Paweł Tkaczyk
    • reaso5/5. Very good introduction to storrytelling
  15. Sleep Smarter; Shawn Stevenson
    • 5/5. Lot’s of smart advices on how to get the best quality sleep
  16. Speed Reading with the Right Brain; David Butler
    • 3/5. I expected little more. Not many advices, half of chapters can be skipped.
  17. The complete guide to fasting; Jason Fung
    • 4/5. Very good resource on how to start fasting, from intermittent to prolonged.
  18. The Neurogenesis Diet and Lifestyle; Brant Cortright Ph.D
    • 4/5. Lot’s of usefull tips, some are commonly known, but many are new.
  19. The Inevitable; Kevin Kelly
    • 5/5. This book is mindblowing. It’s like reading a technological Nostradamus.
  20. The Obesity Code; Jason Fung
    • 5/5. It’s a must read, if you want to know where obesity comes from.
  21. The science of acceleated learning; Peter Hollins
    • 4/5. Good resource, but nothing very new if you read other books on studying.
  22. Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story; Arnold Schwarzenegger
    • 5/5. Reps, reps, reps – this is the only thing that matters. One of the most motivating biographies.
  23. Why we sleep; Matthew Walker (2nd time)
    • 5/5. It’s a must read, if you want to know why you should sleep at least 7 hours a day, not to die early.
  24. Willpower Doesn’t Work; Benjamin Hardy
    • 4/5. Nice examples of how to hack your ambient environment to make things done.
  25. Włam się do mózgu; Radek Kotarski
    • 5/5. Excellent book on different methods of studying. Fresh look and approach to known methods. Very nicely written, and very actionable.
  26. Zawód programista; Maciej Aniserowicz
    • 3/5. Very well written, but rather for junior programmers without longer job experience. Too many things were too obvious for me.

Purchased, waiting to be read (random order)

Non-tech:

  1. The Art of War; Sun Tzu
  2. Upside of Irrationality; Dan Ariely
  3. The War of Art.; Steven Pressfield
  4. Life Leverage; Rob Moore
  5. Mindset; Dr Carol Dweck
  6. Outliers; Malcolm Gladwell
  7. The Psychology Book; Multiple
  8. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; Stephen R. Covey
  9. Mitochondria and the Future of Medicine; Dr Lee Know
  10. Behave; Robert M Sapolsky
  11. The Dictionary of Body Language; Joe Navarro
  12. Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade; Robert Cialdini
  13. The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing; Al Ries
  14. The E-Myth Revisited; E. Gerber
  15. Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience at a Glance; Barker, Roger A.
  16. Physiology at a Glance; Ward, Jeremy P. T.
  17. Anatomy at a Glance; Omar Faiz
  18. Medical Pharmacology at a Glance; Neal, Michael J.
  19. Design for How People Learn; Julie Dirksen

Tech:

  1. Data Center Virtualization Fundamentals; Santana, Gustavo A. A.
  2. Building Data Centers with VXLAN BGP EVPN; Krattiger, Lukas
  3. Mastering Data Visualization with Microsoft Visio Professional 2016; Parker, David J
  4. Alexa Skills Projects; Bhargava, Madhur
  5. Hyperconverged Infrastructure Data Centers: Demystifying HCI; Halabi, Sam
  6. Cisco Digital Network Architecture; Szigeti, Tim
  7. SSH Mastery: OpenSSH, PuTTY, Tunnels and Keys; Lucas, Michael W
  8. How Linux Works: What Every Superuser Should Know; Brian Ward
  9. Troubleshooting Cisco Nexus Switches and NX-OS; Vinit Jain
  10. Virtual Routing in the Cloud; Arvind Durai
  11. IPv6 Fundamentals; Rick Graziani
  12. Learning PowerCLI; Robert van den Nieuwendijk
  13. Deploying ACI; Frank Dagenhardt
  14. Troubleshooting BGP; Vinit Jain
  15. Implementing Cisco UCS Solutions; Anuj Modi
  16. Cisco ACI Cookbook; Stuart Fordham
  17. VMware vSphere PowerCLI Reference; Multiple authors
  18. Cisco Digital Network Architecture; Multiple authors
  19. NX-OS and Cisco Nexus Switching; Ron Fuller
  20. IP Multicast, Volume I; Josh Loveless
  21. IP Multicast, Volume II; Josh Loveless
  22. MPLS for Cisco Networks; Mr Stuart D Fordham
  23. Hyperconverged Infrastructure Data Centers; Sam Halabi
  24. Practical Network Automation; Abhishek Ratan
  25. Network Programmability and Automation; Multiple authors
  26. Data Analytics for IT Networks; John Garrett
  27. Integrated Security Technologies and Solutions – Volume I; Multiple authors
  28. The LISP Network; Multiple authors

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