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Books that I enjoyed during 2016

I’m proud to say that I’ve read 20 books during this year, quite a record in comparison with my average of 4 or 5 during the last years. I reconnected with the pleasure of reading away from screens (most of my books are now paperback and not from kindle.)

Here are my top 6 picks from that list and what I like about them. I will be happy to hear from you and see your own suggestions for great books to read during 2017!

The Italians. John Hooper. A fantastic déjà vu from my infancy and adolescence growing up inside Italian culturea “simple way” to understanding Italian culture and heritage.

Elon Musk. Ashlee Vance. I think that Elon Musk’s vision is simply genius. This is a guy that is truly changing the world. I’ve learned so many things from his angle of analyzing things and his perspective about taking on risk vs reward in business and life.

Screw it. Let’s do it. Richard Branson. I’ve admired Branson from a life and business perspective for years and my son and I were super lucky to spend one morning with him, while attending a lecture that he made for a small group of people. Reading this short but super interesting book has only reinforced my admiration for him.

In praise of slowness. Carl Honore. I had the pleasure to spend some time with Carl Honore during a visit that he made to Miami for a conference and enjoyed every single minute of our conversation. There are so many things to learn and apply from his “slow thesis” into our daily lives that can help us to live and enjoy a much better life. Big fan of Carl’s books and seminars as well as the Slow Food and Slow Culture movement.

El sol detrás del limonero. Angela Pradelli. (Spanish). Again, back to my Italian roots. A fantastic story from a granddaughter about her Italian family origins and the way that she reconnected with Italy through her family.

The subtle art of not giving a fuck. Mark Manson.

Super fun and practical book in order to get a better perspective on which things are really important in life to care about them. Even more importantly, it helps identify which things are actually really useful to really give a fuck about them ☺

What do you think? Which books should I add to my reading list for 2017? Here’s the Bloomberg list, which ones are on yours too?

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