5 books by Vyacheslav Stupak

Ready to read what I've read?

It’s time for interesting updates of ZANZARRA blog. Lately, we decided that every one of our team should  write about their favorite books. It is an honor for me to begin this marathon.

I can’t say that I read as much as I would like, but if the book is good, the hands and the eyes themselves are drawn to it and my free time are engaged in reading. At some point, I'm tired of fiction and I was interested to read non-fiction books. So, my top 5 for now.


5. "The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable" by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

Nice book that can make you think about the structure of the world in terms of random and non-random events. The author breaks many stereotypes imposed by analysts and experts in many fields of business, politics and social life. It’s better if you read the previous writer’s book before you start reading this one, it’s called "Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets". I was unable to get to it first, but it did not spoil the impression from reading this bestseller.


4. "Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World" by Chris Frith

Making up the Mind: How the Brain Creates Our Mental World

Considering my increased interest in how the brain works, this book was a great discovery for me. In fact, the book's title describes its basic idea. Inside the book you will find a description of the mass of experiments and researches of the human brain, which are responsible for many issues of interest to scientist and the common people for centuries, but the answer to that could be obtained only in the last 30 years with the appearance of MRI and other modern medical equipment.


3. "The Martian" by Andy Weir

The Martian

Many of you have seen the eponymous picture recently released in theaters. In reality the book is much better, even  though it may sound trite. The book is very interesting and easy to read so it’s impossible for you to put it down without finishing to the end.


2. "Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion" by Robert B. Cialdini

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Wonderful book. After reading it you will understand how people are influenced, even without realizing it. This may be the effect of marketers, who want to sell their goods, the effect of the politicians, who want you to vote for them or even the self-effect in certain actions and deeds. And what I like the most, the book explains the working mechanisms of these psychological principles.


1. "The Power of Habit" by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit

This amazing book is about habits, how they are formed, how can make the great impact on our lives, how to raise good habits, and most importantly, how to get rid of the negative ones. Strongly recommended!



P. S. Now the period of non-fiction is coming to the end and my to-read list has replenished by such writers as Bulgakov, Dostoevsky and Goethe :) But I will write about that another time.