Here you'll find a collection of notes from books I’ve read. It's a massive archive of ideas worth reading.
I use these notes to remember important lessons, or whenever I need inspiration. You'll find them useful to learn quickly about the main ideas of many books.
The book notes list:
- The War of Art by Steven Pressfield (10/10).
Main idea: The most important thing about art is to work. Turn pro, sit down every day and try, overcome Resistance.
- The Truth by Neil Strauss (9/10).
Main idea: Love is not about finding the right person, it’s about becoming the right person.
- 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson (9/10).
Main idea: Meaning is found in responsibility.
- On Writing by Stephen King (8/10).
Main idea: To be a writer, read a lot and write a lot (4 to 6 hours a day).
- The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson (8/10).
Main idea: Simple daily disciplines—little productive actions, repeated consistently over time—add up to the difference between failure and success.
- The Pleasure Trap by Douglas J Lisle (8/10).
Main idea: We're not evolutionary designed to experience the huge amount of pleasure the modern world offers. Excesses make us unhappy and unhealthy.
- This Is Marketing by Seth Godin (8/10).
Main idea: Good marketing isn't about hacks and SEO, but about what we do, how we do it and why we do it.
- Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston (8/10).
Main idea: A collection of ideas about life, death, love, happiness.
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson (7/10).
Main idea: Choose better things to give a fuck about (values), because then you get better problems and a better life.
- How To Think More About Sex by Alain de Botton (7/10).
Main idea: Sex is complex.
- Everything is F•ckd by Mark Manson (7/10).
Main idea: Pain is the universal constant. The quality of your life and character is determined by your relationship with it.
- Deep Work by Cal Newport (6/10).
Main idea: Deep work is important and valuable but requieres focus. The best way to achieve it is with daily planning and rituals.
- Manage Your Day-to-Day by Various Authors (6/10).
Main idea: A collection of essays about productivity by some well-known creative minds.
- The One Thing by Gary Keller (6/10).
Main idea: Not everything matters equally, focus on your most important goal.
- Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon (6/10).
Main idea: Put your work out there and make it discoverable while you’re focused on getting really good at what you do.
- The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner (6/10).
Main idea: Focus on the process.
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (5/10).
Main idea: New technologies can distract or support your life. Use the ones that suppot your values and quit the others.
- Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer (5/10).
Main idea: Eating animals is a deep topic worth thinking about. It affects our health, our relationships, our culture, our values, the animals, the environment... We avoid it because we don't want to face some uncomfortable facts.