We are a diverse group of people behind the brand ILNI, with many differing interests, as you will see from the list of books we are reading and enjoying right now. We decided it would be great to share what we are reading with you too.
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
The Vegetarian is a confronting fictional novel about quiet resistance and its consequences. Set in Korea, this story questions the idea of conformity by displaying the two sides of human nature; one part greedy and primal and one part accountable to family and society. The heroine of the story, Yeong-hye isolates herself trying to turn into something without meaning and completely ignoring the norms that are required of her by society. This provoking novel is well worth a read if you are looking for a fiction read that will get you thinking too.
Jesse Livermore is the man who made the most money ever over seven days on the American stock market. In 1929 he sold $450 million shares short and made $100 million. He is also considered to have singlehandedly caused the two great Wall Street crashes of 1907 and 1929, making his fortune from both and gaining him the name Boy Plunger. Livermore was the richest man in the world with a fortune over $150 million and is still known as the greatest investor and commodities trader that ever operated on Wall Street.
The China Study – The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health by Dr T. Colin Campbell
A highly readable book about the stunning findings of Dr T. Colin Campbell into the relationship between diet and disease. In this book, Dr Campbell explains the dangers of a diet high in animal proteins making a strong connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. The China study lays out his findings and highlights the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based diet. Considered one of the best books on the relationship between what we eat and our risk of developing a disease, this book cuts through the maze of misinformation in the diet world sending a clear message to anyone concerned about their diet and health.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
‘There is nothing hidden that will not be revealed…” This is the story of 18-year-old Nella who receives a most unusual wedding gift in the form of a cabinet-sized replica of her home from an elusive miniaturist. The miniatures reveal unexpected secrets about their real-life counterparts and the threat of danger to them all. A suspenseful and beautifully written story guaranteed to keep you intoxicated to the end by the evolving storyline.
Sapiens – A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Harari takes you on a journey to the beginning of human history to discover how we won the battle for dominance over other species, why we created cities and how we came to believe in gods, nations and human rights. Dr Harari then examines what in our nature has led us to become slaves to bureaucracy, timetables and consumerism. This book asks the important question of what will we be like in another millennium. Recommended by Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg and Barrack Obama; Sapiens is bold, provocative and calls into question almost everything we think we know about being human.
We live in a world where algorithms are increasingly responsible for making many decisions about us. The underlying assumption being that mathematical models make things fairer for everyone, by judging us all with the same rules and eliminating bias. But, as Cathy O’Neil reveals in this book, often the opposite is true. Many of the mathematical models used today by big business and governments are unregulated and often reinforce discrimination. This is the dark side of big data being used in the wrong way creating algorithms that can impact our lives without us even realising it. Weapons of Math Destruction challenges us to start asking the right questions about how our personal data is used and who is ensuring it is used in a way that is fair.
We love that we are a diverse group of people here at ILNI and we hope you have enjoyed our diverse list of book recommendations. After all, without diversity, life would be very boring.
“A lot of different flowers make a bouquet” – Muslim proverb