Library - Filipe Medeiros

Library

Books, articles, etc. that I've read and recommend or that I want to check out in the near future. If an item has a checkmark "", that means I've read it, listened to it, etc.

  1. Trolling ourselves to death

    Democracy in the Age of Social Media

    Jason Hannan

    I started reading this one while reading the other one! It's short, I'm almost done :)

  2. Adults in the room

    Yanis Varoufakis

    Reading :) Loving it, although a bit saddening at times.

  3. One hundred years of solitude

    Gabriel García Márquez

    I gave this one back to the library. I think reading it in spanish doesn't allow me to enjoy the book. I definitely want to get back to it one day! Probably in Portuguese, maybe in English?

  4. Blindness

    José Saramago

    Weren't it for the demanding and at times confusing form Saramago uses in his writing, and I wouldn't have noticed I was reading one of his books; I could have been reading the plot for the next Netflix show. Maybe it is my fault, but I think I missed some of the more profound message that the author tried to convey. Maybe something tied to the ignorance of the masses in modern soceity? With that said, I enjoyed it a lot! It kept me hooked until the last page and I went through excitement, anger and curiosity. A small note: I read an English translation (it was the only version available at the library) and I think that hurt my reading a bit.

  5. Sputnik sweetheart

    Haruki Murakami

    In some random ranking I saw online, this book wasn't even in the top 10 Murakami works. Even so, I decided to give it a chance, and it did not dissapoint. It's, paradoxically, very fun and melancholic to read, and the typical tone of the Japanese author, in one moment mundane and surreal in the next, took my imagination to vividly imagine sceneries like an amusement park in Switzerland and sex scenes in a vacation home in fantastic Greece. As is custom by now, Murakami gave me a bittersweet ending, where I could only wish that the story wouldn't be over.

  6. The Strange Library

    Haruki Murakami

    This is a Murakami book that's very different from his other works. It's tiny and it's as much visual as verbal, with beautiful illustrations intertwined with the story. The creepy, unsettling and sometimes magical plot is not new to the author, and he still managed to make me feel new emotions: this time of fear and loneliness. The only unfortunate part is that the book is so short that these strange emotions can be more fleeting than one would wish.

  7. Doughnut Economics

    Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st-Century Economist

    Kate Raworth

    I loved it and highly recommend it! It's a book about economics, but a very unorthodox one. It has a degrowth side to it, but it's a great read for any person that wants a breath of fresh air in the field of economics.

  8. Limits to Growth

    The 30-Year Update

    D. Meadows, J Randers, D. Meadows

    This book completely solidified my urge to study political economics and system dynamics. It takes on a realistic but duly urgent approach about the problems that haunted the world at the beginning of the 21st century and that, unfortunately, still do. The authors present clear solutions but, above all, a new way of thinking about what it means to live in a society and the potential the human being has to build a new global community with well-being and Nature preservation at the core, based on empirical data when possible.

  9. Mission Economy

    A Moonshot Guide to Changing Capitalism

    Mariana Mazzucato

    I've read about half of the book (maybe a bit more, if you don't count references, etc). I can't say I was impressed. The book tries to use the case of Nasa's Apolo XIII project to explore how the Srare can and should be a leader in society, guiding investment, picking strategic areas, taking tisks for the common good, etc. However, I felt lost in the middle of the analogy, not being able to make a clear connection to its more general implications. I still haven't finished the book. One day I'll try again.