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Lao Tzu : Tao Te Ching (1998, Shambhala) 4 stars

No other English translation of this greatest of the Chinese classics can match Ursula Le …

Review of Tao Te Ching

5 stars

Firstly, I want to mention that I didn't read this exact copy of the Tao Te Ching; I just found it to be better to leave the review here instead of fragmenting by finding the exact translation with the exact ISBN-number of my copy.

I've had an interest in Taoism for a while now. A thing that's been irritating me with the Western world is materialism and the ruthless obsession with the pursuit of more, bigger, better, instead of acceptance of what exists and of the current moment. The constant chase of consumerist activities used to pain me, and fighting off the temptation of them weren't exactly easy.

Due to this, taosim and taoistic philosophies gave a refreshing view on all of this, on society, and on how I can live my life in a more meaningful way. I finished this book about two months ago, but I still find …

reviewed Ego is the enemy by Ryan Holiday

Ego is the enemy (2016) 4 stars

Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside …

While interesting, it doesn't feel too original or inspiring

3 stars

While the book is interesting, it doesn't feel too original. Whereas books like Stolen Focus by Johann Hari include new nad interesting interviews with world-leading experts, this is mostly based on anecdotal stories which makes it less interesting (why would I want to be told about Kirk Hammet from a subjective viewpoint when I could have a journalist ask though-provoking questions to a world-leading scientist) and also less informative; it feels more like one is trying to repeat the same idea enough times for someone to believe that it is the objective truth.

However, this book is still a book worth reading and far from the worst of the self-help genre. There are many small notes I've made myself while reading this book, and I do have some main takeaways unlike other books where I struggle to find more than one minor takeaway.

I'd give it 3.5 but I can't …

Fahrenheit 451 de Ray Bradbury (French language) 4 stars

Fahrenheit 451 is a 1953 dystopian novel by American writer Ray Bradbury. Often regarded as …

Review of 'Fahrenheit 451 de Ray Bradbury' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

While Fahrenheit 451 is a good book that has interesting parts, I feel as if it's more like a sketch than a complete book. This might come from me not having read fiction in a while and the book being 70 years old, but I couldn't get the sense that this was a literary work on the same level as other books I've read.

However, I still found this to be a good book. As someone who's interested in philosophy and social sciences, I was very intrigued by the topic of this book and it's dystopian nature. It has undoubtedly made me reflect more on how society works, how information in society works and how reading (in my opinion) makes us better people.