The books I liked best in Q1 2023

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These four books are the books I enjoyed reading most during the first three months of this year. I managed to read many other good books, and you can find them on my Goodreads profile.

What Happened to You?

By Bruce Perry and Oprah Winfrey

The book delves into the impact of trauma on individuals and provides insights on how to heal and move forward. The authors explore the science behind trauma and offer practical advice on creating a more trauma-informed society by sharing stories of people who have experienced various types of trauma, including childhood neglect, abuse, and violence. The book emphasizes the importance of understanding the effects of trauma and taking a compassionate, empathetic approach to supporting those who have experienced it to foster healing and resilience.

The Elephant and the Mouse

By Laura Liswood

The phrase “elephant and the mouse” describes a relationship in workplaces that prevents intentionally inclusive success. The Mouse understands much more about the Elephant than the Elephant does about the Mouse. These two groups exist in distinct worlds within diverse workplaces where the Mouse is often the non-dominant group. Only if everyone works together in a genuine meritocracy will success occur.

The Innovators

By Walter Isaacson

This book takes the reader on a journey from the early days of computing, with pioneers such as Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing, to the development of the internet and the creation of modern computing giants such as Microsoft and Apple. Along the way, the contributions of key figures such as Vannevar Bush, Grace Hopper, and Steve Jobs are highlighted, showing how their innovations paved the way for the digital world we know today. These stories reveal the importance of collaboration, creativity, and a willingness to take risks in the pursuit of innovation.

Moonwalking with Einstein

By Joshua Foer

The book follows the author’s journey from journalist to memory competitor as he trains with some of the world’s top memory athletes and learns their secrets for memorization. The history of memory techniques, from ancient Greek mnemonics to modern memory palaces, is explained along the way. So is the science behind how our brains encode and retrieve memories.


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