Reading matter(s) of the month: September, 2016

Last month I focused on re-reading the new edition of the productivity classic “Getting Things Done” by David Allen. It’s the method I use since 2012 and recently I decided to implement the system on a new tool: Todoist. So, I felt the need to review the GTD concepts and re-reading the book brought me valuable new insights!

On the other hand, I added 8 books to my “future read” endless pile! Many of the tiles were cited in the GTD book, I couldn’t help it, sorry!

“So many books, so little time” by Amanda Tipton is licensed under CC BY 2.0

The “Read” list of September, 2016:

  1. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity by David Allen: It was my second read of this edition. I noticed that I have missed many things the first time through, and it really seemed like a whole new book. I learned a lot and I realized how many details I haven’t implemented on my own system because I was still so focused on the Ground and Projects level.
  2. Romancing the Duke (Castles Ever After, #1) by Tessa Dare: a funny light romance to relax because, who wouldn’t?
  3. The Cozy Life: Rediscover the Joy of the Simple Things Through the Danish Concept of Hygge by Pia Edberg: a short and uplifting book about a Danish concept that can be understood “as creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people”.

The added “To-Read” list of September, 2016:

  1. Infomocracy by Malka Ann Older
  2. The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future by Kevin Kelly
  3. The 4 Hour Workweek, Expanded And Updated: Expanded And Updated, With Over 100 New Pages Of Cutting Edge Content. by Timothy Ferriss
  4. On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition: An Informal Guide to Writing Nonfiction by William Zinsser
  5. A Philosopher’s Notes On Optimal Living, Creating An Authentically Awesome Life And Other Such Goodness by Brian Johnson
  6. The Irresistible Introvert: Harness the Power of Quiet Charisma in a Loud World by Michaela Chung
  7. The Fix: How Nations Survive and Thrive in a World in Decline by Jonathan Tepperman
  8. Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength by Roy F. Baumeister, John Tierney

The “I am still reading and haven’t finished yet” pile:

Contact by Carl Sagan

And what is next?

I am inclined to read two books about productivity: Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experienceby Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi and “The 4 Hour Workweek” by Timothy Ferriss because I’ve seen countless recommendations for them.

And, for my French practice, maybe: “Stupeur et tremblements by Amélie Nothomb

See you next month! Happy reading!

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