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A guide to the good life by William B Irving

Stoicism is an old philosophy but it merits the attention those today that want a meaningful, fulfilling life. Out of many schools of philosophy, Stoicism is especially keen on the philosophy actually affecting life positively. A lot of it is really psychology. It stems from asking what you want out of life. Not just possessions, but ask yourself in the grander sense what existence can offer you.

The aim of the book is to write the guide for practicing stoicism that the ancient stoics would have written for our century. While I’d instantly give the ideas the highest rating, the author’s execution is not that impressive. He makes interpretation of masters such as Marcus Aurelius, Seneca, and Epictetus to describe how we can today live the “good life”.

Excuses begone! by Wayne Dyer

How to change limiting, destructive behavior. Basically tackling in different ways all the common excuses that keeps us from changing.

I like it. Good, useful material. Since it’s all about taking control over what’s within our control there’s nothing to argue with. Some may not be open to some of the spiritual stuff of trusting divine support for making a change.

The four agreements by Don Ruis Miguel

Third and last part of the Silo series.

Honestly the worst of the three books. All the mystery has been explained by this point and you kind of just want to know how it ends. But hey, entertaining enough.

Dust by Hugh Howey

Third and last part of the Silo series.

Honestly the worst of the three books. All the mystery has been explained by this point and you kind of just want to know how it ends. But hey, entertaining enough.

Little house in the big woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

It's really sweet. Simple text of course since it's for children. Very good insight to how life was back in the day too and surviving without modern technology.

Cat’s cradle by

It’s a story about a writer who sets out to write a book about the day the atom bomb was dropped and starts by contacting the children of the inventor.

It’s very interesting. It’s very funny. It’s written simply and the story is absurd but there is great skill tying it all together. I suppose the main message is questioning religion by having us look at the absurd one the protagonist discovers.

Capitalism and freedom by Milton Friedman

It’s an old book now but the lessons are timeless. It looks at different options a society has for government and shows though economics how the choice of optimizing for freedom makes the most sense.

The author is such a clear thinker and communicator the books is fantastic. It serves as a good introduction to classical liberalism or libertarianism and gives a solid foundation.

Japanese tea by Simona Zavadckyte

It’s written by someone who actually worked on a tea farm. Goes through from basic to pretty intermediate about what Japanese tea is. Goes through all the processing methods.

It’s great. Simple but thorough and reliable.

Ender's game by Orson Scott Card

It’s about a time a few hundred years in the future when humans have has battles with an alien race. Now they’re training kids to fight them. The story is about one of those boys in training school in space, learning through game battles.

Really good. Works for all ages without being too childish even if it’s about children. It got elevated from just good thanks surprises and the sophisticated ending.

Wherever you go, there you are by Jon Kabat-Zinn

Explains what meditation and mindfulness is and how to use it in everyday life. Through many explanations and practices tries to convince you of the value of being with what is.

Fantastic. Simple and clear. Boiled-down and touches deep into the heart of the subject. Great for beginners and not.

Porn generation by Ben Shapiro

It’s about the prevalence of porn in society and culture. From the schools to actual porn sites.

It’s a real eye-opener. Especially relevant if you’re a a parent. Unless you’re totally lost in the social liberal agenda its hard to imagine it not having an impact on your parenting. It’s so easy to be desensitized by it and not notice how much porn you’re swimming in. The references are dated to mid 2000s but his points remain as the examples would be even more extreme today.

Grant by Ron Chernow

Its a biography of the general and president. Thoroughly passes through his whole life. There were three parts to his life, before the civil war, during, and the presidency after. We was pulled to where he belonged and as much as he failed until then he succeeded at what he was meant for.

Fantastic. The civil war part was the least interesting. All the talk of battles was tedious. The part before was a truly inspiring story of how a simple man goes from poverty and nothing to a general and president. It’s very long, but seems necessarily so.

Why am i afraid to love? by John Powell

It's about love. It starts out more about psychology and how our childhood can give us issues. Then goes on to describe what love actually is and why it's important in live.

This book is short, a little odd, but gets better and better. It's the kind fo condensed book I like where almost every page is interesting and relevant. Just great, very clear and deep, which is difficult to balance.

As a man thinketh by James Allen

It’s the essence of “the secret” in a much less hippy-way, even less so than think and grow rich.

Really dense and short. Fantastic. Should be read regularly.

The diary of a young girl by Anne Frank

It’s the real diary of a girl locked in with her family hiding from the German Nazis.

They’re all so annoying and petty. Perhaps that’s not surprising under the circumstances but still, they don’t get along. Even Anne is annoying. I’m inpreessed by the style of writing. Very mature even when the constant isn’t. It’s clear it’s a young girl writing yet I can see why people think the diary is a fake written by an adult. It doesn’t go into horrible living conditions. You easily forget their situation. Occasionally they resort to raring ritten food and are fearful of being caught by people. But they just pass by as occasional difficulties. Day to day ladies seems alright with studying and socializing. By the end though. Just by the abruptness of it, I felt sad.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Its about a silo spanning over 100 floors underground. A bunker where people have lived for generations. The protagonist tries to uncover mysterious deaths and ends up uncovering what the silo really is.

Love it. One of my favorite science fiction books. I’ve read it two or three times. A lot of suspense and smart twists but also sweet moments making it a well-rounded story.

Bad blood by John Carreyrou

The story of a multi-billion dollar startups rise and fall due to being, to say the least, completely fraudulent. It quickly goes through the life of the founder and then slows down at her time in Stansford where she drops out to start a company. Then it recounts the company’s ten year run through patches stories from sources within and outside the company.

It’s a real page-turner. Loved it. Not only entertaining but and interesting case study of psychopathy. It’s destructiveness, disregarding for others, depth and breadth of lies, and pretense it tries to project.

Getting things done by David Allen

It’s simply a time management book. A great one. Timeless system that allows you to get things done. Unlocks tour creativity and streamlines your process.

I love it. Would recommend it to anyone, really.

True refuge by Tara Brach

It’s a Buddhism and psychology book. It lays out the Buddhist idea that instead of chasing things to make us feel good that doesn’t really work we can find a solution in truth, community, and love.

I like the book. I love the message, and it’s written good but I hesitate to say it’s conveyed in a great way. Perhaps my opinion is diminished due to having taken a few months break midway reading.

Dàodé jīng by Lǎozǐ

Condensed teachings of Daoism.

Amazing book. Might be the best I ever read. Will read it many times. The most boiled down condensed wisdom ever.

The tea enthusiast's handbook by Mary Lou Heiss

All about real tea, east asian, indian and south asian. It goes though the genres of tea and descreibes several teas in each to try out. It focuses a lot on how to buy them, and brew them.

It's amazing for someone new to real tea. For me, I learnt just a couple of new things. But it is good and accurate, even though I did not care for many of the translations from chinese.

Trump and a post-truth world by Ken Wilber

It’s an explanation of how the trump election came to be through the lens of integral theory. He very clearly summarizes postmodernism and how it has revealed its inherent flaws in spectacular ways.

I liked it a lot. Very concise and educational. A nice refresher of integral theory after being away from it for a few years. Would give this book to any postmodernist if I thought they weren’t too stubborn to hear the message. It’s actually an encouragement to them, that they can lead if they reign in their flaws and adopt a few integral ideas. Otherwise they can give way for integral to lead, but we’re still a minority.

Letters from an astrophysicist by Neil deGrasse Tyson

A large collection of letters her's written in reply to letters he's recieved the past 10 years or so. Many things are touched upon, but separate in groups such as, hope, life and death, belief, hate mail and parenting.

Very interesting and entertaining. Personally, not very educational, but I can see it being so for many. I also noticed a reproduction of a few texts he's published elsewhere, but it wasn't bothersome. The best thing abotu the book is the manner in which he writes. He's always kind and respectful. He's a very good educator.

I can see clearly now by Wayne Dyer

It’s a biography coupled with explaining the lessons he gained from from the events in his life. The underlying lesson is to see everything as beneficial in some way.

Great book. Great biography. Great angle. Interesting stories. It was a success story, like many other biographies, but it kind of snuck up on you. Suddenly he was rich and famous. At the same time, it was a slow transition, 35 years until his first book came out. That was a turning point separating his childhood, military years, college and university work, and the Wayne Dyer the author we know age 35 to 74, the year before he died.

Death by black hole by Neil deGrasse Tyson

It's a large collection or essays on physics I imagine would appear in populat science magazines. The topics range from explainng how things were discovered and invented, to what-if scenarios, and astronomical mistakes in movies.

I appreicate how he package his essays so nicely. It's concice, infomative, with a frinedly tone. All in all, while by no means a course in physics is entertaining and you might even remeber a few thigns you learn along the way.

The right side of history by Ben Shapiro

It’s a reading of history and the progress it’s made and how ideas influenced each other. Which worked and which were disastrous.

It’s a good book. Heavily researched. It is more broad than deep. The beginning is deeper with thoughts how to have meaning in life. I kept expecting him to return to it and flesh it out but he didn’t. The last chapter is a bit deeper two as he suggests how to move forward by illustrating how he will raise his children. Best thing about the book was the concept of Athens and Jerusalem. Representing as the birthplaces of values and reason respectively. His reading of history shows how both is needed.

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

It's basically letters to himself, reminding himself of what is important in life what kind of a man he should strive to become. He’s trying to distill and love up to the best qualities he's observed in other great men.

This book is really great. It's the kind that one could read once a year.

Lowest rated

Johnny carson by Henry Bushkin

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig

The story of tea by Mary Lou Heiss

Minimal mac: what we believe in by Patrick Rhone

Shift by Hugh Howey

Red rising by Pierce Brown

Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley

Shinrin-yoku by Qing Li

Communism, avsi by Leslie Holmes

Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Sprit by Örjan Westerlund

101 öl du måste dricka innan du dör by Örjan Westerlund

101 saker du måste veta om vin by Michel Jamais

Vin - så funkar det by Petter Alexis Askergren

Kimchi och kombucha by Soki Choi

Japansk whisky by Daniel Bruce

Manifest för bättre kaffe by Joanna Alm

Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson

Three laws lethal by David Walton

Discovery of the presence of god by David Hawkins

Waking up by Sam Harris

An object of beauty by Steve Martin

The lost symbol by Dan Brown

The essential scratch and sniff guide to becoming a wine expert by Richard Betts

Everything is illuminated by

The 50th law by Robert Greene

Zen mind, beginner's mind by Shunryu Suzuki

Tell all by Chuck Palahniuk

The relationship cure by John Gottman

Last updated 12 May, 2020


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