I love reading books, especially biographies. It´s a wonderful way to get insight and understand how great minds like Steve Jobs and Phil Knight works. And once your done reading the book, your brain has established new neuron and glia cells and you have expanded your horizon. Beautiful.
I read about 15 books during 2017, which I suppose is okay, but below my average. Normally, I try to read around 2 a month, but since I had to spend 3 months memorizing a 450 pages book about accounting (the Norwegian school system favours memorizing), the total number decreased.
However, I managed to find some books that had a breathtaking impact, and I want to share them with you:
Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike
I devoured this book within two days. Simply astonishing book. What I liked most is maybe that the books shows us that one doesn´t have to be labeled a “child prodigy” in order to do great stuff. The story tells us that failure is okay, no, even more, it´s neccery. A valuable lesson for so many of us.
You can find the book everywhere, but I downloaded (since I like walking while listening) Storytel for free and listened to it there (Affiliate: only for norwegians)
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Harari
This book was truly wonderful. In a simple, yet accurate way, Yuval Harari guides us from the birth of the world to how we ended up being the species we are today. Again, I´m quite shocked, as in the stock market, by the power of randomness and how little we actually can control. A great read which should be mandatory in schools.
I also used Storytel here, but I really recommend using the english version and not the swedish (for you norwegians), because man is that guy a slow talker. I almost went mental at some point.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig
What a book! The books was published in 1974, but it´s so profound, so deep that I can´t even start to describe it. It´s a philosophical journey into the mind of a super intelligent person, but also a journey into the mind of a disturbed human being who can´t really find his place on earth. Breathtaking and beautiful. Highly recommended.
If you´ve already read the books that I mentioned, head over to my Reading List and I´m sure you´ll find something interesting.