Jonathan Thiry

Books I've Read

These are the books I've read since the beginning of 2016, more or less in the order I read them. There aren't any buy links because I don't want to promote any online seller and I don't know of any open database with a good catalog. I get books from my local library, ebook downloads, or local bookstores.


Tillbaka till Naturen by Lota Skoglund

Beautifully illustrated and simple book to get a better overview of the Swedish nature. The book is divided by seasons and includes several lists of trees, insects, plants, flowers, animals mixed with the author experience of (re)discovering this nature.

Surdegsbröd / Bröd och pizza by Martin Johansson

Martin is a well-known home baker in Sweden. His blog made me want to pick up these two books in which he explains how to make good sourdough bread at home.

Espressoboken by Matts Johansson and Petter Bjerke

Nice small book about espresso to feed my interest about coffee. It goes through the history, the culture, the methods and everything that comes with a good cup of espresso.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The stories of Mowgly are great. They are much darker than I anticipated after watching the cartoon when I was younger. I didn’t enjoy the other stories that much though. It could be because I didn’t know the characters but I suspect that the introduction of new characters for each of them made it more difficult to create a connection.


The Good Gut by Justin Sonnenburg

The microbes in our gut are the key to good health and it’s time to take better care of them. Antibiotics, pesticides, C-sections, reduced breast-feeding, extreme sanitisation and pasteurisation are exemples of modern practices that hurt our microbiota and the book goes into details on how to reduce their impact. Fermented foods, dirt, dietary fiber feed the good bacteria.

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

This classic brought us time travel and the mind bending issues that come out of it. Short and delightful read.

The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon

In a dystopian future, people are getting sick because of the devices they are wearing. Is it science fiction?

The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

This fabulous book pushes the reader to look at the world more carefully when travelling or not.

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

The book was published 10 years ago and most of its ideas have spread since then. Yet it is a good reminder of how the food industry works and what solutions could lead to a better system. Michael Pollan tells nice stories and the book is a great read in general.

The Village Against the World by Dan Hancox

A small village in Spain and its charismatic leader created an alternative community. In contrast to the rest of the country, people have homes, food, work and overall a better life. It’s a concrete alternative to the struggling capitalist society. The author presents the origins and the limits of this interesting take on the search for a better lifestyle.

Purple Cow by Seth Godin

Revolutionary ideas when published in 2003, I didn’t learn much from it in 2016. It’s important to make your product remarkable, this book explains why and how.

How to Talk About Books You Haven't Read by Pierre Bayard

The title says it all but don’t be fooled, this is for book lovers.

The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

In an alternative reality, the nazis have won the war. This exciting story shows how living in America could have become.

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Sally Fallon relies on the research done by Dr. Weston Price on traditional diets to show how modern process food are bad for health. This book is great mix of research, practical advice and recipes.

Brodo: A Bone Broth Cookbook by Marco Canora

Make broth but don’t waste your time with this book.

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

This classic has great characters, mind bending paradoxes and reveals the absurdity of war. I understand the praise but I did not enjoy this crazy story.

The Vegetarian Myth by Lierre Keith

Required reading for all vegetarian/vegans. Lierre Keith is sadly too provocative and it’s not the best strategy to convince most but the book contains good arguments for whoever is ready to hear them.

Animal Farm by George Orwell

Inspired by the Russian revolution, Animal Farm is a great political satire and shows how communism can go wrong.