It’s unsurprising that 100% of Mindstone staff love to read. We have more than our fair share of nerdy, bookish types (and proud of it).

The diversity of reading across the company is much more varied however. Leading up to World Book Day (March 2nd), we're sharing some of our team's recommended reads below.

Stefan Keranov - Co-Founder & Engineer

"A lot of literature focuses on understanding and driving change in institutional and societal systems but I would argue that the built-up world is closely tied to both and has had a perhaps overlooked impact. We perceive it as an ever-being unmoving environment but the rate of change is accelerating on par with other shifts and it’s important to recognise the impact studies like these can have on our surroundings."

Book recommendation:

Traffics in Towns book cover

Andrea Saez - Head of Product Marketing

“𝘈𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 2021 𝘐 𝘴𝘦𝘵 𝘢 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘮𝘺𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘧 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 - 𝘨𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘐 𝘩𝘢𝘥 𝘰𝘯𝘭𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘱𝘱𝘪𝘯𝘨 3 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳. 𝘉𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘰𝘧 2022, 𝘐 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘦𝘥 30 𝘣𝘰𝘰𝘬𝘴, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘺 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘺𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥 40. 𝘕𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘦𝘢𝘬𝘴 𝘮𝘺 𝘪𝘮𝘢𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘨𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘪𝘯𝘢 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘺! 𝘕𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘪𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱𝘦𝘥 𝘮𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱 𝘮𝘺 𝘰𝘸𝘯 𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘴𝘦𝘭𝘺.”

Book recommendations:

  • Almond, Sohn Won-Pyung
    The story of a monster who isn’t a monster, but rather a child full
    of love who doesn’t know how to recognise it.
  • The Rook, Daniel
    O’Malley - Jane Bond meets X-men in the most amazing story of a government secret society of super-powered humans.
  • Humans: A Brief History of How We F*cked It All Up, Tom Phillips
    Cause if you’re gonna read about how disastrous we are as a species, do it with some humour.
The Rook book cover

Romanie Thomas - COO

"The power of now by Ekhart Tolle has been one of the most
profound and transformational books for me in recent years. I have to re-read it (regularly) but the concepts and writing continues to impact me in ways I can feel at a core level.”

The Power of Now book cover

Guilherme Mota - Android Engineer

“Hands down “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” - the first book I remember reading, I was 8 at the time I believe. It immersed me into a wonderful world of magic and I felt like I was day dreaming throughout the entire thing. It also bootstrapped my interest for the UK and its culture - hence me wanting to live and work there since a young age. In a way, I am humbled to be around you all due to HP and the curiosity and (yes, I’ll say it) magic it brought to my life”

Joshua Wöhle - CEO

“I always wanted to be a wizard and Gandalf was the perfect example. On top of that, I’m a sucker for a difficult hero story with the backdrop of an otherwise easy/perfect world :)”

Book Recommendation: The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien

Learning tips from the Mindstone team 💡

Read according to your energy levels

Are you fresher in the morning? Read a challenging book or piece of thought leadership that will benefit from that energy. Be realistic and accepting that in the evening your goal is to wind down, not up, and read accordingly, perhapsa genre you’re more familiar with or a novel that really transports you to a different world.

Digital or not? Mix it up!

Are you a digital reader? Try going back to a paperback book for your next read and physically move it to spots you’re likely to sit and read. Does it improve the frequency of your reading? Are things going in (or less) than in a digital environment? Mixing up your mediums can help keep your brain engaged.

Seek out alternative views

If you read a piece of thought leadership with a particular argument, straight away seek out the alternate view. By analysing the argument on both sides, you develop critical thinking, and it helps you to really formulate your own opinion.

Bright ideas come up everywhere

Purchase “Aqua Notes” and stick them in your shower/bath areas. Lots of good ideas and learning reflections crop up when we’re submerged (remember Harry Potter in the prefect’s bathroom!)

Plan your time wisely

Diligent planning can help you stay on track and make
time for learning. Combining this with the concept of "spaced
repetition" can also be beneficial. Plan when to sit down, reflect, and consolidate what you learn on a regular basis.

Keep a daily learning log

Deliberate practice is key to achieving success, and that includes setting clear goals and regularly reflecting on your progress. For example, you might want to ask yourself: what I would do differently if I could relive the day?

Prioritise sleep!

Studies show that poor sleep can negatively affect learning. I recommend getting at least 7.5-8 hours of sleep each night. For more info, check out "Sleep, Learning and Memory" from Harvard Medical School.

Author: Romanie Thomas