Books I read in Summer 2021
出去玩？拜託，防疫規定欸。 運動減重？沒，我可能還生了"重"病。 coding？不，我感覺沒怎麼寫code。 電影影集？我好像也沒看多少。 戒掉社群媒體？好吧，這之後再講。
by 大橋弘祐、坂野旭(繪者) 原著by G.S.Clason
這本是英文老師Amar先前推薦給我的，原著是The Richest Man in Babylon，以巴比倫帝國為背景的理財寓言故事。自己在誠品看到時就發現了四本的譯者都不一樣，著實感受到這本書的名氣。家裡最近投資理財上也有些問題，所以選了對不怎麼看書的妹妹(和爸爸？)比較友善的熱血劇情漫畫版。這本書不會探討各種投資方法的優劣，也不教你看K線，而是講一些再簡單不過，卻難以遵守或執行的觀念。“存下十分之一的收入"是這本書想傳達的核心想法之一，畢竟這麼做不影響生活品質，卻能為後續的錢滾錢埋下資本。
by I.Goodfellow, Y.Bengio, A.Courville
Okay, I get it, Monday. Officially delayed. Maybe start on Saturday next time.
I packed up my stuff and went back to dorm at school. To sum it up, what’s the biggest gain this summer?
Trips with friends? Come on, COVID rules are there. Losing weight? Nope, I might have got heavier. Coding? Nah, I’m sure I didn’t do much. Movies and Series? Some, but not a lot really. Quitting social media? We’ll have a talk on this later.
What’s really special this summer, could be that I read quite a lot more than I ever did.
We can’t really go far this summer due to COVID, but a couple of hours soaking in the Eslite Bookstore 10 minutes away from home turned out to be quite a regular event. I even went to the big Xinyi store with Ian last Tuesday, spending another 5 hours there. Performing a DFS in the bookstore is what I enjoy, finding interested topics and sweeping through all the shelfs in the section is pretty fun. A few names might catch my eye, and if I stop to read long enough, it’s possible I’ll end up leaving with it. I’m not a guy that can stick to a book until I finish it, so several books with it’s own progresses, switching books after a few chapters is quite normal for myself. Here’s some thoughts of the books I read this summer, whether those finished or barely flipped. The titles below will also give a link to the book at books.com.tw.
I agree the idea that tiny habits build up your life. The author introduced how to build a habit by first making it obvious, attractive, easy and satisfying in the mentioned order. To achieve a big habit, you could start with tiny moves, like putting on your sneakers to lead yourself to a jog later. As someone that lives okay with nothing done but couldn’t wait to finish something if it has 5% progress, how to get things started is more of a crucial task to myself, thus the 2 minute rule is pretty useful for me.
by K.Ohashi, A.Sakano (Illustrations) original works by G.S.Clason
My English teacher Amar recommended me the original version “The Richest Man in Babylon”, a fable of financial management with an ancient background of the Babylonian Empire. I saw four books each with different translators on the shelf, totally impressed there by it’s fame. As our family had recent issues on the topic, I chose the manga version that might be friendlier to my sister (and Dad) who rarely reads. The book doesn’t talk about pros and cons of different investments or candlestick charts, but more simple concepts that might not be easy to execute. A main idea in the book is to save 10% of your income, as it doesn’t effect your life quality and will be the capital to start making money from money.
A narrative perspective of a crocodile’s 100 days before he dies in an accident. Every day is expressed on a 4 picture comic, so it only took me half an hour to finish the book in the store. The crocodile lives a pretty ordinary life like you and me, hanging out with friends or staying on the couch all day, but you see the days of his life ticking down without his awareness. The story sort of reflects how we waste time without thinking that one day we could pass away like that. The crocodile often says “people don’t die that easily”, but how wrong you are. If there’s anything you wanna go for, just do it.
The legendary Ichiro’s biography done by a Taiwanese column writer with all sorts of information collected. From how he treats people, the game and even his kit, you clearly see how Ichiro is a living example of Japanese craftsmanship.
The 5 second rule uses a countdown to erase your doubts and take action immediately. I’ve seen the speech the author did at TED, and a concept in both the book and speech is that feelings aren’t important, since you won’t feel like it when you’re trying to be who you wish to become. So just do it.
While the author has a main job as vet, she is also a YouTuber and stage-actor, who insists that creating a second life after work is better than lying on the couch watching Netflix. A good thought is that repeating tasks over a long period is more important than doing it perfect, and don’t leave the stuff to the weekend while you can do it today.
by the Kyoto U. Learning Method Association
While Tokyo University teaches efficiency and the ability to summarize, Kyoto University values exploration and thinking. The book introduces various concepts where Kyoto U. students think different than others, where they believe is why they stand out on thoughts. A Japanese saying is that “Todai produces nerds, Kyodai produces weirdos.” Instead of being a nerd, I might like being a weirdo more.
by I.Goodfellow, Y.Bengio, A.Courville
Textbook for next semester’s master courses. I thought of a peek in summer, but it’s too mathematical so see you when school starts.
Talks about problem reconstruction and finding a creative way to solve problems. Not an urgent problem right now.
Novels on parallel universe. Novels can go unstoppable once I dig deep, so maybe leave it for a holiday.