World Book Day 2018 – my recommendations!

What could I post on a World’s Book Day if not some book recommendations?!

Last year wasn’t the most fruitful one on my bibliophile shelf. University textbooks took over my reading lists. Nevertheless, I prepared for you some good titles, which I have devoured and especially enjoyed within the past 12 months (you can purchase the books by clicking on the pictures):

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The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan – if you ever wanted to find a single book which is going to cover a whole history of the world in a nice continuous story – this is the one. Author changed the way I perceive the current political situation in the world, especially looking at the history of Middle East and Asia. Frankopan shows the connections between different historical events and the countries in a clever and engaging way, so learning history on Friday afternoon is pure pleasure.

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Stuff Matters by Mark Miodownik – I have never thought I will get amazed by the chemical details of concrete or plastic. I was. Mark is an engineer and a great scientist, who shares some technical insights, development and features of different types of materials, from chocolate to glass. Do you remember reading an information which literally blows your mind, so you need to stop reading and tell your friend about it? While reading “Stuff Matters” I experienced that feeling every couple of pages – until my partner asked me when I’m going to finally stop talking about the melting temperatures of chocolate! 😉

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carengie – whether we like or not, we are constantly forced to interact with people. This book is a classic self-help guide and if you have never read it, start now! The wisdom of Carengie’s mind is far beyond what modern life coaches have to offer on their blogs and websites. My only thought, when I started reading this book was – why haven’t I read this ages ago?! Highly recommend!

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Essays in Love by Alain de Botton – regardless of your current state of affairs, you will enjoy this beautiful piece of everyday philosophy. The author taps us in our backs saying: we all go through the same problems, you are not the only one. It is a smooth, witty and eloquent evaluation of a relationship between two people. Alain dresses emotions into words, being able to describe the processes occurring in our heads when encountering intimacy, anger, fights, misery and excitement. An excellent short uplifting book!

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p53:The Gene that Cracked the Cancer Codeby Sue Armstrong – you don’t need to be a scientist to understand the story of p53, the tumour suppressor protein very closely related to cancer. Sue guides us through the history of the protein’s discovery, scientific frauds and modern advances in cancer research. She presents short biographies of researchers who changed the world, while showing their determination, failures and achievements. It’s a good title to start with if you are interested into science but haven’t read any pop-science books yet.

Audiobooks which I fall in love recently:

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Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection read by Stephen Fry – over 70 hours of pure pleasure. Fry’s voice is utterly amazing! He creates different voices, accents and impressions with a true perfection. The audiobook is split into few parts and each part has a personal comment from Fry, which makes the experience even more amusing.

  • The Great Courses series on Audible – when you want to know more about the world you live in, from mindfulness, through physics to cooking and history. This production offers you great courses on almost everything. The recordings are divided into 15-45mins sessions and you can listen to them daily while commuting to work or walking a dog. Very informative and enjoyable.

In my reading queue: Great Thinkers: Simple Tools from 60 Great Thinkers to Improve Your Life Today(Alain de Botton), 12 Rules of Life (Jordan B Peterson), Mythos(Stephen Fry), A Briefer History of Time (Leonard Mlodinow and Stephen Hawking).

Have you read any of the books mentioned in this post? What are your thoughts?

Do you have any recommendations for me? Comment below 🙂

Please like & share if you enjoyed it! 😉

Ewelina

  • https://www.pursesandpugs.com/ pursesandpugs

    Great post! I may try one of these 🙂

    • Motivelina

      It would be great 🙂

  • https://allaboutrosalilla.com/2018/01/04/kerala-blog-express/ Nicola

    Such great books suggested here. I will definitely be checking them out.

    • Motivelina

      Please do! They all are absolutely amazing 🙂

  • https://allaboutrosalilla.com/2018/01/04/kerala-blog-express/ Nicola

    Such great books suggested here. I will definitely be checking them out.

    • Motivelina

      Please do! They all are absolutely amazing 🙂

  • https://www.pursesandpugs.com/ pursesandpugs

    Great post! I may try one of these 🙂

    • Motivelina

      It would be great 🙂

  • http://armedwitharrows.com/ Emily

    How to Win Friends and Influence People is always a classic. There’s one on my shelf I have yet to read called “Thank You for Arguing” that you might enjoy!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your suggestion! I’m gonna research this book tonight 🙂

  • http://armedwitharrows.com/ Emily

    How to Win Friends and Influence People is always a classic. There’s one on my shelf I have yet to read called “Thank You for Arguing” that you might enjoy!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your suggestion! I’m gonna research this book tonight 🙂

  • https://www.pursesandpugs.com pursesandpugs

    Great post! I may try one of these 🙂

    • Motivelina

      It would be great 🙂

  • https://allaboutrosalilla.com/2018/01/04/kerala-blog-express/ Nicola

    Such great books suggested here. I will definitely be checking them out.

    • Motivelina

      Please do! They all are absolutely amazing 🙂

  • http://armedwitharrows.com Emily

    How to Win Friends and Influence People is always a classic. There’s one on my shelf I have yet to read called “Thank You for Arguing” that you might enjoy!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your suggestion! I’m gonna research this book tonight 🙂

  • http://jessicawhimsy.wordpress.com/ Jess Stranger

    Hi Motivelina, You put in some good work with this 2018 reading list. I tried reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, but I couldn’t get through the introduction. I listened to it on audiobook, which may have been the issue. There is something special about turning a page, after all. Since it appears you like works about society and coexisting, I suggest you read The New Jim Crow. It explains a lot about the blasphemy in America regarding race. Definitely not the easiest read, in terms of content, but it’s a big eye opener. Another one about science is Michio Kaku’s “Physics of the Future” – such an OUTSTANDING read.

    Anyway, The Silk Roads is actually up next on my google Goodreads wishlist, so running across your recommendation of it today is just another reminder that I better get my hands on it soon. 🙂

    https://www.learningfromstrangers.com

    • Motivelina

      Hi Jess!
      Thank you for commenting. I totally get you, I also found the introduction of HWFIP a bit like salesman trying to get you to buy his miracle bathroom cleaner. After the first chapter it gets much better, I promise:) Some books are just not good as audiobooks, that is true too. I’m going to research The New Jim Crow this morning, it sounds really good from what you are saying. I have Physics of the Future at home actually, I need to start reading it!;)
      The Silk Road is amazing, you are going to enjoy it!

  • http://jessicawhimsy.wordpress.com/ Jess Stranger

    Hi Motivelina, You put in some good work with this 2018 reading list. I tried reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, but I couldn’t get through the introduction. I listened to it on audiobook, which may have been the issue. There is something special about turning a page, after all. Since it appears you like works about society and coexisting, I suggest you read The New Jim Crow. It explains a lot about the blasphemy in America regarding race. Definitely not the easiest read, in terms of content, but it’s a big eye opener. Another one about science is Michio Kaku’s “Physics of the Future” – such an OUTSTANDING read.

    Anyway, The Silk Roads is actually up next on my google Goodreads wishlist, so running across your recommendation of it today is just another reminder that I better get my hands on it soon. 🙂

    https://www.learningfromstrangers.com

    • Motivelina

      Hi Jess!
      Thank you for commenting. I totally get you, I also found the introduction of HWFIP a bit like salesman trying to get you to buy his miracle bathroom cleaner. After the first chapter it gets much better, I promise:) Some books are just not good as audiobooks, that is true too. I’m going to research The New Jim Crow this morning, it sounds really good from what you are saying. I have Physics of the Future at home actually, I need to start reading it!;)
      The Silk Road is amazing, you are going to enjoy it!

  • http://jessicawhimsy.wordpress.com Jess Stranger

    Hi Motivelina, You put in some good work with this 2018 reading list. I tried reading How to Win Friends and Influence People, but I couldn’t get through the introduction. I listened to it on audiobook, which may have been the issue. There is something special about turning a page, after all. Since it appears you like works about society and coexisting, I suggest you read The New Jim Crow. It explains a lot about the blasphemy in America regarding race. Definitely not the easiest read, in terms of content, but it’s a big eye opener. Another one about science is Michio Kaku’s “Physics of the Future” – such an OUTSTANDING read.

    Anyway, The Silk Roads is actually up next on my google Goodreads wishlist, so running across your recommendation of it today is just another reminder that I better get my hands on it soon. 🙂

    https://www.learningfromstrangers.com

    • Motivelina

      Hi Jess!
      Thank you for commenting. I totally get you, I also found the introduction of HWFIP a bit like salesman trying to get you to buy his miracle bathroom cleaner. After the first chapter it gets much better, I promise:) Some books are just not good as audiobooks, that is true too. I’m going to research The New Jim Crow this morning, it sounds really good from what you are saying. I have Physics of the Future at home actually, I need to start reading it!;)
      The Silk Road is amazing, you are going to enjoy it!

  • http://annasophievg.wordpress.com/ annasophievg

    Will have to read some of these!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your comment! Tell me what are your thoughts when you read any of them!;)

  • http://annasophievg.wordpress.com/ annasophievg

    Will have to read some of these!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your comment! Tell me what are your thoughts when you read any of them!;)

  • http://annasophievg.wordpress.com annasophievg

    Will have to read some of these!

    • Motivelina

      Thank you for your comment! Tell me what are your thoughts when you read any of them!;)