Νίκη by Χρήστος Χωμενίδης

Το βιβλίο μου το πρότεινε ο μπαμπάς μου και ήταν ένα από τα τελευταία πράγματα που πήρα πριν φύγω από την Αθήνα. Μια πολύ ενδιαφέρουσα ιστορία για την Ελλάδα του 20οθ αιώνα, ιστορία που δεν διδαχτήκαμε όσο εκτεταμένα διδαχτήκαμε τους αρχαίους στο σχολείο και για την οποία ξέρω πολύ λίγα. Ευτυχώς τώρα έχω το site της Ευθυμιου και θα αρχίσω να αναπληρώνω τα κενά.


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: History

Μικρό χρονικό τρέλας by Αύγουστος Κορτώ

Το διάβασα απνευστί, το μισό στη πτήση Αθήνα – Λονδίνο και το υπόλοιπο στη πτήση Λονδίνο – Μαδρίτη. Όπως πάντα με τα βιβλία του Κορτώ έκλαψα και γέλασα μαζί, ευχαριστήθηκα τη χειμαρρώδη γραφή και σκέφτηκα την επόμενη φορά που είμαι στην Αθήνα να πάω στα Εξαρχεια και να παραμόνευσω στο κεντρικό περίπτερο μπας και πάμε για καφέ 🙂 Καθώς διάβαζα το βιβλίο σκεφτόμουν κάτι που διάβασα στο τελευταίο βιβλίο του Tim Ferriss. Σε μια ομιλία του τον πλησίασε ένας άνδρας και με δάκρυα στα μάτια του είπε πως ο αδέρφια του ήταν μεγάλος φαν, πως αυτοκτόνησε πριν ένα χρόνο και ρώτησε τον Ferriss γιατί δεν μιλάει ποτέ εις βάθος με τους  καλεσμένους του για ψυχολογικά προβλήματα. Ένα χρόνο μετά ο Ferriss έγραψε έναν εκτεταμενο κεφάλαιο στο βιβλίο του για την κατάθλιψη που έπαθε στο Princeton και τις αυτοκτονικές του σκέψεις με σκοπό να βοηθήσει αναγνώστες και φαν που έχουν ίδια / παρόμοια προβλήματα.

 


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: comedy, Depression

I call myself a feminist

Book 3 on my feminist curriculum. This was a disappointment and I have to be upfront in that I am only 25% in. But I dont see how I will be wrapping this up 🙁

The book focuses on feminist issues from women who are 30 years or younger. And whilst I am not that older myself I find a lot of the issues irrelevant and more frustratingly I dont see any original thoughts or questions arising from the short essays. The inspirational quotes from famous women on feminism (eg Nora Ephron, Audrey Hepburn etc) I find a lot more interesting.

If i finish this I will come back to update this (unlikely)


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: feminism

We should all be feminists

Another very short read this time by the superbly eloquent Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. It offers a very interesting perspective in African feminism (is that even a term) and some of the struggles that women in countries like Nigeria face; some of which we have long forgotten about in the West.

Arguments are building up nicely


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: feminism

Feminism: A very short introduction by Margaret Walters

Feminism has been a burning topic of conversation in our long drives. Body image issues, my occasional (?) obsessions with food and need to exercise, Sheryl’s ‘Lean In’ book, the Womens Hour Power List 2016 (and Beyonce’s inclusion in that). They are all on the table and have at times prompted Andy to tell me that he’s more of a feminist than I am. So I decided to learn more about this and build my arguments.

This is the perfect place to start. A short (very short) history of the feminist movement starting in the 1700s and running up to the 1980s. A lot of food for thought, further books to read and notes made. A must


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: feminism, History

Me talk pretty one day

I read this book in parallel to Tools of Titans whenever I needed a break. It’s a fast read, funny at times but otherwise uneventful.


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: comedy

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss

This is no easy read. Over 600+ pages, Tim Ferriss outlines all advice, lessons and ideas discussed in his podcasts with  overachievers. His guests cover a breadth of different backgrounds and professions. Professional athletes, Silicon Valley serial entrepreneurs, actors, directors, photographers, stand up comedians, CEOs … anyone who’s reached the top of their chosen field has been interviewed.

The book splits across three chapters: Healthier, Wealthier and Happier and offers so many tips and ideas that at times it becomes overwhelming; you can’t help but wonder what you are doing with your life. But we have already started implementing a lot of things suggested in our daily lives in addition to some practices we had already implemented (Eg gratefulness here)

  1. meditation. Andy was already doing this but I was amazed as to how many ‘titans’ use this
  2. cold showers. Trying this at the moment (staying next to glacial lakes helps)
  3. ‘no hurry. no pause’. This is one is specially dedicated to me. I am consciously trying to take in the journey rather than the destination
  4. slow carb diet. Tim has written a whole book about this here and briefly discusses the diet here. I am trying it out for a month

Genre: non fiction
Subjects: advice, self improvement

The Penguin history of Latin America

This is an absolute must-read for anyone travelling in South America. The book covers all aspects of the history of the continent. From Columbus’ discovery, the colonisation by the Spaniards and Portueguese and the resistance offered by the local populations to the struggle for independence in the 19th century and from there to an in depth sociopolitical analysis of the 20th century.

We first read the chapters around Columbus’ discovery and early colonisation by the Spanish before we moved to the chapters dedicated to the 19th and 20th century Chile. We then moved on to examine recent Argentinian history.

As we go through different countries we take it in turns to read out loud to each other over long drives. It enables us to understand the countries we are in far better than the brief historical accounts of guide books allow.


Genre: non fiction
Subjects: History