My Notes on Books

Learning from the knowledge recorded throughout human history.

Convict Conditioning — Paul Wade

This book explains what calisthenics is, its importance, and its benefits while proposing a very simple but complete workout program that only requires you to the work. 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 simply 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

This book explains how to burn the fat through workouts while feeding your muscles with proper nutrition instead of starving your body in a non sustainable way. It proposes to lose fat by improving your body composition rather than simply losing weight. Be advised, this is 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

This book contains 21 tips on to sleep better at night. Some of the tips are common sense and some are counter-intuitive. It ends with a useful 14 day gradual plan to apply almost all tips. It’s an easy book to read but 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

A small book about minimalism applied to travel. It has good and actionable ideas to make your travels lighter, less stressful, and more enjoyable. Its most important message is that 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

A short book emphasizing the importance of loving yourself. Very repetitive, with several references to the author, different practice exercises to love yourself, and how it can help you.

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

Master Todoist — S. J. Scott

This book explains how to use one of the best task tracking tools out there, Todoist, with the Getting Things Done philosophy. It doesn’t have anything new but it does a pretty good job to help you avoid analysis paralysis by suggesting you 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

Clean Coder — Robert Martin

The only book I’ve read that talks about how to be a professional. It’s extremely insightful, encouraging you to take responsibility, and be a better professional in this very young industry. It has great examples to help you figure out what you’re doing wrong and how to do it right.

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 are not that good. We need other people. We need them to strive at our side. We need luck. Don’t let ego make you think otherwise. Don’t let ego make you think that you can be successful completely on your own. Stay focused and do better.

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. Imagine leading a tribe that shares your beliefs and vision of the future. Wouldn’t that be a good reason to go to work every day?

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. It’s also amazing how he always tried to approach the problems not using his power, but as a good person. This book contains timeless lessons about how to live a good life with the advices that Marcus Aurelius continuously told himself.

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

Effective Java — Joshua Bloch

A great book on how to write better Java applications. Java is a very big language with a very big standard library. This book will help you focus on some very good tips and idioms to create saner and clearer applications, avoiding that feeling of drowning over all the options that Java offers. I recommend it to anyone that works 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 your invaluable time doing the right things instead of doing many things. Being busy isn’t valuable nor important. What’s important is working towards the life you want. Accepting that everyone leaves things undone, but deciding to leave undone the least important ones.

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

The Way of the Superior Man — David Deida

An interesting book 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—just how much different we are and what men can do about it.

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

Effective Programming — Jeff Atwood

The book is very well structured with advice on how to improve as a programmer in several different aspects; writing better code, treating your customers better, and improving your communicating. It explains everything with examples and solid advices.

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

Don't Make Me Think — Steve Krug

It’s not very hard to make usable software if you follow the directives explained in this book. It’s not long but it’s full of examples, knowledge, and tips. It will help you make software less frustrating, easier to navigate, and better for your users.

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

The Obstacle is the Way — Ryan Holiday

An awesome book about how the practice of three disciplines: perception, action, and will, can make you overcome obstacles in a whole new way. The main idea is that obstacles are not there to stop you, but to show you the correct path. If you find my notes valuable, the book is strictly better. I highly encourage you to read it.

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

The Total Money Makeover — Dave Ramsey

This book doesn’t have any new secret, and the author knows it. It’s main value is the simple (although not necessarily easy) 7 step plan. It’s a detailed plan to helps you to, slowly but steadily, get out of debt and build wealth. He makes you want to improve your money habits to achieve financial freedom. This book is about putting what’s important to you, before childish “needs”.

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

Simpler — Mike Burns

I’ve been a minimalist for a while, but this book opened my eyes on what’s 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 itself. 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

This book is great, it will definitely take you to the next level. Using a simple language, clear ideas, and concrete examples, it builds a wealth of knowledge. It’s very deep, touching very hard topics of software maintainability, such as software architecture and good design.

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

To-Do List Makeover — S. J. Scott

This book doesn’t have new techniques. It’s rather a mixture of several ideas from other places. Its great accomplishment is its simple and actionable system that actually 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 busywork masqueraded as urgent tasks.

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

Tyranny of the Urgent — Charles Hummel

A small book about 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. Even though written more than three decades ago, it’s still very relevant in these times.

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, it just depends on you. Realize that life, as it is today, is full of unnecessary burdens. Constantly clean up and periodically reflecting upon your life to achieve freedom. Experiencing what life can give you. 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 building a better life. A life with less stress and worries. A life with more meaning and joy. Impress your friends with your lifestyle. It’s a book on minimalism, getting rid of anything that distracts you from what you value most.

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

The Power of No — James and Claudia Altucher

It emphasises the importance and benefits of saying no to several situations that can cause us harm. It doesn’t go into the details of how to actually say “no”. It includes an interesting 5 year plan for success. Focused and constant effort will undoubtedly help you make a living by yourself.

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 us. It’s surprising to read a book that talks about relationships in a such rational way. Even though a rational approach might sound distant or cold, the way it’s written makes complete sense. The ideas expressed 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, because 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, every decision you make, and don’t make, is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Eventually, nobody will care, 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, without supporting studies or evidence (not that it needs it anyways), to convince you to take action on improving your life. You’re the sum of our thoughts, so changing your thoughts will change yourself. Cultivate calmness of thought to be in control of your life.

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

Make it Stick — Peter Brown

Most commonly known ways to study doesn’t work. There are more effective ways to learn, which may seem counter intuitive or difficult at first. This book explains different techniques to improve your learning; full of references and stories to support their ideas. It ends with practical 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

A kind of handbook that defines “lying” and explains how to be honest all the time. Even though it might seem trivial, it’s actually a lot harder than it seems. It includes several examples to help you determine how to be honest. Being honest is the greatest gift you can give to others and to yourself.

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