The Pensieve

By Elizabeth Filips

If you love books, this is for you. I’ll send you a summary, my honest thoughts, actionable takeaways and quotes from books as I read them. You can benefit from great authors even if you don’t have the chance to get your hands on their work. I love science, philosophy, psychology and literat... Read more

If you love books, this is for you.
I’ll send you a summary, my honest thoughts, actionable takeaways and quotes from books as I read them. You can benefit from great authors even if you don’t have the chance to get your hands on their work.
I love science, philosophy, psychology and literature. I’m always up for recommendations too.
I promise you a hectic, inconsistent and honest journey 🪄

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💫 Project Hail Mary

📘 Book: Project Hail Mary, Andy WeirI don’t know if you’ve ever read a psychiatric report on a patient. A whole breakdown of demeanour, communication, thought and processing. An analysis of someone’s reason, behaviour, emotions and manner. Now imagine a whole…


Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself

📕Book: Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself, Michael Singer If you opened this email despite the super-cringe title, you’re in for a treat. Letting my rolling eyes actually settle on this book is one of the best decisions I’ve made, because despite th…


🎧 How to Create Habits that Actually Stick

🎧 The podcast: THE SCIENCE OF MAKING & BREAKING HABITS‘Tis the season to try and fail to establish new habits, so a full two hour deep dive on how habit formation actually works in the brain is an absolute godsend. I’ve put together my favourite bits: the…


12.5: The Emotional Ingredients for Business Success

📕Book: Twelve and a Half: Leveraging the Emotional Ingredients Necessary for Business Success, Gary VaynerchukThis was a wonderful read, and my first proper interaction with Gary Vee. It feels like a book that was written in an afternoon, but it really worked…


Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention

📕Book: Creativity: The Psychology of Discovery and Invention, Dr Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi PhD This is one of those books that feels like it was written for me. The satisfaction of an interesting topic (how creativity works), a decent number of examples (not to…


Attached: How Science Can Help You Find and Keep Love

Book: Attached, Amir Levine and Rachel Heller This was a good book. I was already familiar with the studies on the attachment styles in babies and had heard so many people rave about this framework, that within the first few pages the pleasure of finding out …


A New Earth: Create a Better Life

Book: A new Earth, by Eckhart TolleI don’t know if you know Alan Watts, but I would play his lectures on repeat in my late teens. This was before I could splurge on books, so I never got to read any of his works, but the zen, acceptance and peaceful joyous wa…


The Soul of Money

Book: The Soul of Money, Lynne TwistSuper eyeopening. This book can be taken so much further than the relationship with money alone, although god knows that's a big of a change enough on its own.The realisation of how much I approach life from a scarcity mind…


With the End in Mind

Book: With the end in mind, Kathryn MannixI've thought a lot about death before, through a combination of childhood curiosity, being a lifelong fan of history (where everyone is already dead), being in medicine and having almost weekly existential crises sinc…


The book of beautiful questions

Book: The book of beautiful questions, Warren BergerI read this book on how to ask questions properly and I love-love-hated it. What I mean is that it had good sensitivity: it discussed topics that I'm generally very interested in, but very low specificity: I…


Rip it Up: how to (really) change your life

Book: Rip It Up, Richard WisemanThis book is gold. It should be mandatory reading for anyone in the times we feel sad, lonely, hopeless, less fun, interesting, extroverted and able to enjoy life than others. If any of that resonates, please pick this book up.…


Shoe Dog: When Work is Play

I thought this was going to be a dry business book about the founding of Nike, but it was a full life story of its founder, background and all, emotions and all, struggle and all. It reads less like a business education and more like a life education. I would…


The Science and Art of Receiving Feedback Well

I bought this book after hearing and loving the author on a Tim Ferris podcast.I'm a firm believer that not being taught/educated on understanding our emotions and thoughts and how to process them is like expecting people to reinvent the laws of physics and e…


🎧 Eating Disorders | Huberman Labs

Heya, I try to listen to quite a few podcasts, so I thought I would summarise them in this newsletter, just in case you don't have time/energy to listen to them yourself, or if you'd like some information on a topic you wouldn't be inclined to sit through a w…


Algorithms to Live By

This is a book that brings algorithms to everyday, real life practice. It explores how they can be applied to our normal problems. It started by stating that although we seem uncomfortable with applying algorithms to our life, we use them every day: following…


The Science of Storytelling

I bought this book hoping I'd learn a bit more about the structure of stories and how to better analyse them. I loved it.The main mindset shift the book offered was to view the story from the perspective of the character, as the plot itself just being there t…


The 1-Page Marketing Plan

I've been reading more about business and marketing in the attempt to become better at my current job as strategy consultant. I've found my notions around successful businesses (especially those of creators) wildly off-base and romantic.I used to think it jus…


Irresistible by Adam Atler

I first approached this book thinking it was going to be another cliche approach to "addiction is bad" and try to fuel some unrealistic, toxic-productivity, forced-detox vibes. But it actually made some great points. I did enjoy it in the end :)Book: Irresist…


How to Suffer Successfully

I've really needed some philosophy to distract myself this week. I'm adding all my notes. It's a long one.Book - How Proust Can Change Your Life, Alain de BottonStill reading - a bunch of "business books" for workWhat I got from the book: a new outlook: how t…


Why we're all bad parents to ourselves

The book every member of the human species should read. One of those sources of information that is never too soon or too late to learn. Although directed at a different target audience (I'm assuming soon-to-be-parents or parents of young children) this book …