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What I read in 2022

I joined Goodread’s reading challenges back in 2018 in an attempt to “force myself” to read more; make a habit out of it. Back then, I wasn’t sure if it was going to work but, looking back, it seems it did. Here are some stats:

  • 2018 | Goal: 4 books | Read: 3 (75%)
  • 2019 | Goal: 10 books | Read: 7 (70%) | ~133% more than 2018
  • 2020 | Goal: 12 books | Read: 10 (83%) | ~43% more than 2019
  • 2021 | Goal: 15 books | Read: 17 (113%) | ~70% more than 2020
  • 2022 | Goal: 24 books | Read: 17 (71%) | 0% (same as 2021)

So since 2018 that I kick started the challenge, epically failing to read 4 books in a year 😅, I have been gradually getting better at it for four consequent years. Getting to 17 books per year, is already a great achievement. I am grateful to have managed to do it. In 2023 I am aiming for 2 books per month. This is not an easy one to tackle, so I’ll probably hold on to this goal for a couple of years.

In 2023 I will try and invest more time in audiobooks. Audio has always been my favorite medium of consuming content (i.e. podcasts) and it seems to help me consume books faster. I will let you know how this worked, in next year’s review 😃

What I have been reading in 2022

The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle is an awesome book about leadership and how to thrive in an environment that requires team work. Some insights are especially useful for remote workers. The Heart of Leadership by Mark Miller is another great one. It highlights so nicely the role of the servant leader. Servant leaders are, in my honest opinion, key ingredients for creating and fostering culture to a company or organization.

The Good Life Handbook: Epictetus’ Stoic Classic Enchiridion by Chuck Chakrapani is an analysis of Epictetus’es Enchiridion (= meaning literally Handbook). I also read another philosophical book about the Epicurian philosophy during 2022, Επίκουρος του Διογένη Λαέρτιου (in Greek). I have been reading philosophy these past 3 years and I believe it has been both helpful and rewarding for me. If you consider to start reading philosophy, I highly recommend the Stoic, Aristotelian and Epicurian philosophical schools. And also a piece of advice; don’t be afraid to consume a translation of the original text. It is quite easy to understand and very rewarding.

Finally, Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey was a very pleasant surprise. The writing of McConaghey is soothing and inspiring at the same time. Great stories all the way from his childhood to adulthood. I originally bought the Kindle version but, if I was to read it again, I would definitely go for this Audible version, narrated by McConaghey himself.

I am also honored and proud… drum roll…

… to have read 3 books written by friends this past year. I want to express my gratitude to all of them for sharing them with me🙏 and let them know that I absolutely loved the books!

That’s all from my reading journey in 2023. What did you read this past year? I’d love to read your suggestions on the comments!

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COVID-19 Stories

Reading during the COVID-19 pandemic

This year was undoubtedly a troubled one. A worldwide pandemic forced us to live completely isolated from our friends and loved ones for 10 out of the 12 months. Moreover we had to request permission to move around and live with a curfew for almost half of the year.

So what do you do in a quarantine? Apart from trying to figure things out, obviously! Well, for one, you read. Reading was a habit I had seriously neglected for nearly a decade. Lock-downs were a golden opportunity to get back to it.

During 2020 I read 10 books in total. Following you can find the list and a brief comment:

  1. The Last Bluff: How Greece came face-to-face with financial catastrophe & the secret plan for its euro exit. An interesting book about Greece’s nearly Grexit, the referendum and the negotiations of SYRIZA with the IMF.
  2. The road to character. Nicely written, this book discusses the concepts of ego, personal ethics in the age of information (and social media) and how / if we can navigate through this flood of information to a better character.
  3. Enchiridion. Stoic philosophers became a trend during the pandemic. I thought I dive a little into them. (NOTE: Follow the link to find the full version of the book available for free).
  4. Shakespear’s Sonnets. Amazing work by Shakespear. Made the difficult days of the quarantine, well… not so difficult.
  5. The subtle art of not giving a f*ck. Interesting and with some pretty practical tips, but overatted in my honest opinion.
  6. OFF – Life starts when you turn your mobile OFF. A bit harsh since technology was a great part in our quarantined life but reading it while in quarantine might make us appreciate face to face contact when we get it back.
  7. I will teach you to be rich. A guide to automate our personal finance, organize our savings and get to investing. Written with the US bank system in mind, but many of the recipes can be applied to the EU financial reality as well.
  8. Bushido. The soul of Japan. Great philosophical work from the Japanese philosophy. (NOTE: Follow the link to find the full version of the book available for free).
  9. Egcheiridio Vlakeias (in Greek). A rational book about stupidity being a part of the world and how to use that in our everyday life.
  10. Meditations by Marcus Aurelius. The second Stoic philosophy work I read during 2020. (NOTE: Follow the link to find the full version of the book available for free).

Looking forward to more reading during 2021 (pandemic aside :P)!

PS: For more information about the books you can visit my Goodreads Reading Challenge page (2020 edition).

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Διαθέσιμο ως Creative Commons: The Open Revolution by Rufus Pollock

The Open Revolution - CoverΞεχάστε όσα ξέρατε σχετικά με την ψηφιακή εποχή. Δεν αφορά την ιδιωτικότητα, την παρακολούθηση, την τεχνητή νοημοσύνη ή την τεχνολογία blockchain — έχει να κάνει με την ιδιοκτησία. Γιατί, στην ψηφιακή εποχή, αυτός που κατέχει την ιδιοκτησία της πληροφορίας, είναι εκείνος που ελέγχει το μέλλον.

Το βιβλίο “The Open Revolution” δημοσιεύθηκε πρόσφατα. Ο συγγραφέας του Rufus Pollock, ερευνητής, τεχνολόγος και entrepreneur, είναι μια ιδιαίτερα ενδιαφέρουσα φυσιογνωμία. Εκτός του αποτελεί πρωτοπόρο στην ενασχόληση με τα ανοικτά δεδομένα (open data) αποτελεί επίσης τον ιδρυτή της Open Knowledge, μιας μη κερδοσκοπικής οργάνωσης με παρουσία σήμερα σε περισσότερες από 35 χώρες (συμπεριλαμβανομένης και της Ελλάδας).

Το βιβλίο έχει δημοσιευθεί κάτω από άδεια Creative Commons, Αναφορά, Παρόμοια Διανομή, έκδοση 4.0 και είναι διαθέσιμο για (δωρεάν) κατέβασμα, διαμοιρασμό και επανάχρηση. Μπορείτε να προμηθευτείτε το βιβλίο από το επίσημο website https://openrevolution.net/.

Καλή ανάγνωση!