Books

Man's Search for Meaning
it was amazing
I was three years old when Frankl died (which I know by looking it up), which is a shame because I’d love to have shaken his hand. Frankl’s theories as presented in Man’s Search for Meaning are rock solid, and his experience makes him li…

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success
it was amazing
Like anything from Adam Grant, this book is a gem. It presents a new paradigm for doing business, one where helping others—and doing it genuinely—is what gets you ahead. Give and Take has been criticized for being only applicable in the …

Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget It
it was amazing
Wyner really understands language learning. He gives it to you without any sugar coating, but he also gives you the tools you need to do it and helps you stay motivated and organized. After reading Fluent Forever, I can’t see learning a …

Practice Perfect: 42 Rules for Getting Better at Getting Better
it was amazing
These days there’s research on everything, so it only makes sense that there’d be some on the art of practicing. Lemov, Woolway, and Yezzis’ 42 rules take either a notebook or a spreadsheet to keep straight, but they contain the key for …

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World
it was amazing
If I only get one thing to say for Dolnick, it’s that he does his homework. I read The Clockwork Universe for curiosity, and it totally pulled me in, even though I’m not normally into history. It’s told largely in narrative fashion, and …

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
it was amazing
If there’s anything you’d like to change about your life, this book is a great starting point. Now going on a year since I’ve read it, I can trace most of this year’s accomplishments to principles I learned by reading Switch. Interesting…

Before Happiness: How Creating a Positive Reality First Amplifies Your Levels of Happiness and Success
it was amazing
When I was recommended this book, I was skeptical because it seemed like a fluffy read. According to the narrative, it’s a book on how to find happiness. There are plenty of those, and most of them aren’t very deep.

Before Happiness is …

Get Smart!: How to Think and Act Like the Most Successful and Highest-Paid People in Every Field
it was amazing
This is not my kind of title, so no, I didn’t choose the book. It was lent me by a friend who highly recommended it. Putting away my own judgment—it seems like a get-rich-quick book—I took his recommendation and started to read. And was …

The Tao of Pooh
it was amazing
As far as nonfiction goes, this one has about the highest fun-per-information yield of any I’ve read. Hoff beautifully explains the principles of the Tao with the help of characters from Winnie the Pooh, and it makes for a delightful ride.

The Emperor's Soul
it was amazing
I read this after my Mistborn binge. It’s not a trilogy, but it’s a great book, especially for being so short. Perfect for an afternoon.

The Hero of Ages
it was amazing
It’s now about three weeks later and I’ve read the entire Mistborn trilogy, which is comparable in length to the Old Testament. I’m not up on the reading scene, so I don’t know if that’s considered a lot of reading, but it was for me. No…

The Well of Ascension
it was amazing
Okay, how did Sanderson write this? This thing is a masterpiece. Honestly, it’s got it all. And I thought the first one was good (it was).

The Final Empire
it was amazing
This is the first fiction I’ve read in a while, and I’m blown away. It’s solely to blame for hundreds of dollars of lost productivity as well as a developing sleep problem, but notwithstanding, I love this book. Very worth the read.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
it was amazing
This books was required reading for my entrepreneurship class, so naturally I put it off until Finals Week. Big mistake: it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read. Originals is nonfiction, but don’t let that fool you. It’s about creativi…




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