My Notes on Books

Learning from the knowledge recorded throughout human history.

Convict Conditioning — Paul Wade

Explains what calisthenics is and proposes a simple but complete program that only requires time and commitment. No equipment, no excuses, only hard work.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
4 min · October 12, 2018 · Amazon

Sure You're Joking, Mr Feynman! — Richard Feynman

Feynman’s stories are awesome. His curiosity and focused personality allowed him to pursue a lot of interesting—but arguably useless—experiences that ended up filled with life lessons. He definitely enjoyed his life.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
3 min · August 14, 2018 · Amazon

Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle — Tom Venuto

Burn fat through workouts and feeding your muscles with proper nutrition — improving your body composition — instead of starving your body. It’s not a quick program; it’s a lifestyle change.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
8 min · June 14, 2018 · Amazon

Sleep Smarter — Shawn Stevenson

21 tips on how to sleep better. Some of the tips are common sense and some are counter-intuitive. Proposes a useful 14 day plan to apply almost all tips. Repetitive.

My rating: 2/5 · It was ok
2 min · May 05, 2018 · Amazon

Food Rules, An Eater's Manual — Michael Pollan

A handbook more than a book with simple easy to follow rules to know what and how to eat. A much needed guidance in a world full of things we can digest but that are not really food.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
1 min · May 05, 2018 · Amazon

Ultralight — Leo Babauta

Minimalism applied to travel. Good and actionable ideas to make your travels lighter, less stressful, and more enjoyable. It’s up to you to try out different things and eventually find your own ultralight meaning.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
3 min · January 27, 2018 · Amazon

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It — Kamal Ravikant

Short book that emphasizes the importance of loving yourself and exercises to improve your self-love. Repetitive with multiple references to the author.

My rating: 2/5 · It was ok
1 min · October 29, 2017 · Amazon

Master Todoist — S. J. Scott

Explains how to use one of the best task tracking tools out there, Todoist, with the GTD philosophy. It doesn’t have anything new but it does a good job proposing how to use Todoist to achieve your goals.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
4 min · October 28, 2017 · Amazon

How to Stop Worrying and Start Living — Dale Carnegie

Forget yesterday and don’t think about tomorrow. Focus on today. Accept the worst and improve from there.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
1 min · October 27, 2017 · Amazon

The Daily Stoic — Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

A lot of stoic quotes explained and brought to our daily lives. Even though you should read this book on a daily basis, I couldn’t do it. I would either forget or read more than one quote per day.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
6 min · October 08, 2017 · Amazon

Clean Coder — Robert Martin

How to be a professional! Encourages you to take responsibility and be a better professional in this young industry. The examples are great to help you figure out how to communicate better.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
12 min · September 09, 2017 · Amazon

Ego is the Enemy — Ryan Holiday

Personal skill, effort, and consistency is only a small part of success. We’re not that good; we need other people, we need luck. Don’t let ego make you think otherwise, don’t let it think that you can be successful on your own.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
4 min · June 21, 2017 · Amazon

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck — Mark Manson

You’re already making decisions and choosing, all the time. You just need to change what to give a fuck about. It’s going to suck. You’re going to be nervous. You’re going to freak out. You may get pissed off at people or piss off people. These are all necessary side effects of choosing where to place your fucks. Choose wisely.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
5 min · June 08, 2017 · Amazon

Tribes — Seth Godin

Being part of something is a natural desire. A group with a shared vision becomes a tribe and tribes needs leadership. This book is about what it means to lead a tribe and how to do it.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
4 min · May 23, 2017 · Amazon

Meditations — Marcus Aurelius and Gregory Hays

It’s amazing how one of the most important person in the world, who lived more than 18 centuries ago, had to deal with the same problems that we deal on a daily basis. Contains timeless lessons about how to live a good life with the advice that Marcus Aurelius continuously told himself.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
5 min · May 21, 2017 · Amazon

Effective Java — Joshua Bloch

How to write better Java. Has multiple tips and idioms to create saner and clearer applications, avoiding that feeling of drowning over all the options that Java offers. Recommended for everyone working with Java on a daily basis.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
13 min · May 13, 2017 · Amazon

Time Well Spent — Mike Burns

Time management techniques has nothing to do with managing time. Spend time doing the right things instead of doing many things. Being busy isn’t valuable. Accept that everyone leaves things undone, but decide to leave the least important ones undone.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
2 min · December 10, 2016 · Amazon

The Way of the Superior Man — David Deida

About the balance (or polarity) between men and women. Everyone knows that men and women are different but this book explains it—in a repetitive way so that you really understand—how much different we are and what we can do about it.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
7 min · November 19, 2016 · Amazon

Effective Programming — Jeff Atwood

Very well structured with advice on how to improve as a programmer in different aspects; writing better code, dealing with customers, and improving your communication. Has examples for everything.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
5 min · November 10, 2016 · Amazon

Don't Make Me Think — Steve Krug

Follow the directives explained in this book to build usable software. It’s short but full of examples, knowledge, and tips. It’ll help you make software less frustrating, easier to navigate, and better.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
4 min · October 21, 2016 · Amazon

The Obstacle is the Way — Ryan Holiday

Explains the three main stoic disciplines, perception, action, and will. Obstacles are not there to stop you, but to show you the correct path. The book is strictly better than my notes. Recommended to everyone.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
7 min · October 17, 2016 · Amazon

The Total Money Makeover — Dave Ramsey

Doesn’t have new information and the author knows it. It’s main value is the simple (although not easy) 7 step plan. It’s a detailed plan to helps you to, slowly but steadily, get out of debt and build wealth by improving your money lifestyle.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
8 min · September 29, 2016 · Amazon

Simpler — Mike Burns

Explains the importance of being a minimalist. People are more important than things. Time is more important than things. Minimalism is a process not an end. The purpose of minimalism is to enjoy all the extra time, money, and energy that we gain by being a minimalist.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
3 min · August 31, 2016 · Amazon

Growing Object Oriented Software, Guided by Tests — Steve Freeman and Nat Pryce

Using a simple language, clear ideas, and concrete examples, it builds a wealth of knowledge. It’s very deep, touching hard topics of software maintainability, with real life examples. It’ll get you to the next level.

My rating: 5/5 · It was awesome!
6 min · August 30, 2016 · Amazon

To-Do List Makeover — S. J. Scott

No new techniques, rather a mix of several ideas from other places. Its accomplishment is a simple and actionable system that works. I absolutely like this system, and it’s what I’m using right now. It has helped me focus on what’s important instead of doing busywork.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
5 min · April 29, 2016 · Amazon

Tyranny of the Urgent — Charles Hummel

How we allow the urgency of tasks dictate our lives, taking all our time, whether we want it or not. Time is best spent doing important things. Looking back, a list of urgent tasks finished generates anxiety. A list of important tasks finished generates peace.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
1 min · April 17, 2016 · Amazon

The Freedom Handbook — Jeff Hirz

You can achieve personal freedom. It doesn’t depend on external factors, only on you. Life, as it is today, is full of unnecessary burdens. Constantly clean up and periodically reflect upon your life to achieve freedom. Enjoying every bit of it without regrets.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
2 min · April 17, 2016 · Amazon

Simplify — Joshua Becker

Focusing on a simpler life helps build a better life. A life with less stress and less worries. A life with more meaning and joy. Impress your friends with your lifestyle.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
3 min · April 10, 2016 · Amazon

The Power of No — James and Claudia Altucher

Emphasizes the importance and benefits of saying ‘no’ to situations that can cause us harm. It doesn’t go into the details of how to actually say ‘no’. Focus and constant effort will help you make a living by yourself. Includes an interesting 5 year plan for success.

My rating: 2/5 · It was ok
4 min · April 03, 2016 · Amazon

Some Thoughts About Relationships — Colin Wright

Relationships are hard, and cultural knowledge and archetypes aren’t helping. Talks about relationships in a rational way. Even though it might sound distant or cold, the way it’s written makes complete sense. The ideas are pragmatic and, in most cases, actionable.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
3 min · March 19, 2016 · Amazon

You Are Dying, and Your World is a Lie — Johnny Truant

A short guide on the importance of doing important things. The time you spend worrying about things is time you’re never getting back. Use your time to test your boundaries and increase your levels of discomfort. Greater joys comes after great discomforts.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
1 min · March 01, 2016 · Amazon

The Universe Doesn't Give a Flying Fuck About You — Johnny Truant

Everything you do, and don’t do, is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Eventually, nobody, and then nothing, will care. Stop worrying and start living.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
0 min · March 01, 2016 · Amazon

As a Man Thinketh — James Allen

Highly motivational, although without supporting studies or evidence, to convince you to improve your life. You’re the sum of your thoughts; change your thoughts to change yourself.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
1 min · March 01, 2016 · Amazon

Make it Stick — Peter Brown

Most known ways to study doesn’t work. This book explains different techniques to improve your learning; full of references and stories to support their ideas. It includes tips for teachers, students, trainers, and lifelong learners.

My rating: 4/5 · I really liked it
3 min · February 10, 2016 · Amazon

Lying — Sam Harris

Defines “lying” and explains how to be honest all the time. Even though it might seem trivial, it’s a lot harder than it seems. Includes several examples to help you be honest. Being honest is the greatest gift you can give.

My rating: 3/5 · I liked it
2 min · January 31, 2016 · Amazon