Here is my Bucket List of Books for quasi40´s.
All of them I have read and loved. Sadly, the list is not very long. There is a whole bunch of other, highly advertised books, that I have read and found to be a waste of time and money. That list is so long, it would not fit on this page…
I read a fair amount since early childhood, but find it very hard to find high quality books with meaningful content, that will engage me, especialIy in recent years. I used to have a rule in my 20s that I would always finish a book, no matter what. Those days are gone. At (almost) 40 I just don´t have the time anymore to waste on literature that does not add value to me.
So, on the rare occasions when I stumble over something I like, I am very happy to share it below.
Health and Fitness:
Dr Stroud analyses feats of survival and athletic prowess that illustrate the way the body functions at its best. He tells his own experiences of crossing Antarctica, running marathons in the Sahara and participating in gruelling cross-country endurance races, including the seven marathons on seven continents in seven days challenge. He gives some tips on how to stay fit for life for those of us who find walking the dog an endurance challenge.
A mysterious tribe of Mexican Indians, the Tarahumara, live quietly in canyons and are reputed to be the best distance runners in the world; in 1993, one of them, aged 57, came first in a prestigious 100-mile race wearing a toga and sandals. The author joins a small group of the world’s top ultra-runners on a journey into the canyons to try to learn the tribe’s secrets and then take them on over a course 50 miles long.
Murakami reflects upon the influence running has had on his life and on his writing. Equal parts travelogue, training log, and reminiscence, this revealing memoir covers his four-month preparation for the 2005 New York City Marathon.
Finance & Personal Development:
A simple guide for reading financial statements from Buffett’s successful perspective. If you are a believer in fundamental analysis and want to understand Buffet´s approach to finding companies with a durable competitive advantage, this is a good book to read.
A story of growing up with two dads — a real father and the father of his best friend, and the ways in which both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. A thought provoking read that defines once and for all an asset and a liability, challenges the belief that your house is an asset and shows parents why they can’t rely on the school system to teach their kids about money.
I am a “habit freak”, so this book was meant for me. It explores how habits (good or bad) are formed and the true secret to changing them. An incredibly fun and engaging read, whether you want to eat more healthfully, stop checking your phone, finish a project or just find out more about this topic.
This book is funny, quirky and different. It is like a walk through the 20th century through the eyes of a Swede and narrated with their particular sense of humour. The story is of Allan Karlsson, who escapes from an old people’s home (in his slippers) on his one-hundredth birthday. And so begins his picaresque journey involving criminals, murders, a suitcase full of cash, and incompetent police.