Week 25 of 2017, 3rd post of the 4th year (May 2017 - May 2018)

Another bunch of books that I read within 3rd year and got to publish my opinions on now:

  • Fluent in 3 months by Benny Lewis

  • Just for fun by Linus Torvalds

  • Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio Cangiano

  • I’m the same as everybody else and How to become a businessman by Oleg Tinkov

Fluent in 3 months by Benny Lewis:

I’d recommend reading this book to anyone, who would want to start out with language learning as well as people who might have some experience with it. It’s written by a guy, who speaks few languages and he’s advocating an approach “start speaking from the day one” for language learners. As it gets deeper in the book, the author reveals (and I agree with him), that you should focus on the aspects of the language you want to improve from the very beginning (by default it’s speaking, but it could be anyting else).

Also, in general, there’re many other useful advices, and it’s very interesting to be able to look at how polyglots are.

Benny advocates learning Esperanto as well.

Just for fun by Linus Torvalds:

Autobiography of the linux’s creator. In which he writes about his childhood, making linux, his life. A pretty huge piece of writing is about the open source movement in general etc.

The author, according to the book, was a nerdy boy in the childhood. Started to get into computers, wrote his text editor, then read a famous book by Andrew Tanenbaum and decided to write his own kernel.

The book’s pretty good, also because it seems to be pretty open and sincere with a reader.

Technical Blogging: Turn Your Expertise into a Remarkable Online Presence by Antonio Cangiano:

I can’t say, I liked it that much, simply because, I’m not a good fit for that book. It’s, basically, a very basic guide to blogging, that could be nice for people who never done it. But hearing about all the reasons to blog, looking at bunch of pages with detailed descriptions of Wordpress interface, basics of SEO and content management didn’t help me to aquire anything new.

But I wish someone would have given me the book when I knew nothing about blogging.

I’m the same as everybody else and How to become a businessman by Oleg Tinkov:

The first one is his autobiography, I liked it a lot, he’s pretty open and sincere about different things from his life.

The second book is his guide to business which isn’t very great, but could give some basics for people who know nothing about business. It could be a supplemental reading or something.

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