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These are the latest books I've read.

Johnny Carson by Henry Bushkin


It’s a biography written by a guy who was his layer, business partner and friend for many years.

Entertaining. Probably the first biography I read of a man who was not inspiring. Interesting, but mostly sad. A phrase near the end summed it up well. Bushkin and Carson’s goals weren’t aligned. He always wanted to help Carson which means that carson wasn’t so interested in helping himself. The relationship was fantastic for an up and comer, but frustrated the development of a mature man who wanted to do business well.

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.

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.

Minimal mac: what we believe in by Patrick Rhone


It’s the summary of the best articles from the blog, Minimal Mac. About minimalism, mostly about computers and how Apple approaches it. A lot about iPad, MacBook Air and handling your data. Questioning how much you can get by with. Experiment to find what really is enough.

It’s good. It’s dated since technology changes so fast in a few years. But still has lessons that are timeless about the tools we use.

Shift by Hugh Howey


A prequel to Wool, but you need to read Wool first. Wool is about life in the silo and Shift is about how the silo came to be and jumps both through time and different perspectives. Really three stories intertwined.

Not as good as the first one but still great. Impressed with how it ties in so well with everything in the first book.

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.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown


It’s like hunger games but in space and with a cast structure of different human races.

It was just an alright first quarter. Pretty predictable. Then it got more and more interesting with twists and surprises. Overall it was good. Glad I read it. Might read the rest of the series because the the full story isn’t over at all. The world he’s invented is interesting but not one of the best. Doesn’t have the depth or the wow of others.

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.

Lost at sea by Bryan Lee O'Malley


It's a coming of age story of a girl who goe son a road trip with a few classmates she barley knows.

Very teenage-y. I think I'm too old to really get into the story because the issues seem petty. Not to say it was bad, just that I think a teenager would connect more to it. It's a bit slow at the start. Art style is very simply, but I must say there is skill behind it.

Shinrin-Yoku by Qing Li


It’s about the work of a Japanese researcher about the effects of nature on people. Reports significant improvement in mood and health. It goes through what forest bathing is and how to do it in detail.

I liked it. I was convinced by it. It was written in a light way and honestly it was pretty drawn out. Could have been much shorter and bullet points. The idea isn’t complicated; go out to a forest and just be with it, use all your senses to take it in.

Communism, AVSI by Leslie Holmes


Goes through the basics of the history of communism. Like an in-depth Wikipedia article. What is not included is much description or any debate about the actual philosophy of communism. This is about what communism was like and what happened.

Good. To the point. I’d say it was objective, despite portraying communist states as horrible. The facts are horrible alone. But it does mention positive aspects when possible.

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.

Origins by Neil deGrasse Tyson


It’s about how lit began on earth. How planets and moons formed. Alternate ways life could come about. How we could detect extraterrestrial life and the chances such exists.

The summary sounds interesting but it was the most boring of the three or four books I’ve read of his. It’s just so drawn out. I suppose it’s a good book if you’re specifically interested in the subject. But I was just after some science entertainment and this did not stimulate me.

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.

Sprit by Örjan Westerlund


A rather short book on liquor, particularly Swedish.

Veey unstructred book. Basically unorganised thoughts on liqor. He just wrote down all he could think of to write about the subject, bascially. From how it's made, to drinking songs and the history of Swedish distilleries.

101 Öl Du Måste Dricka Innan Du Dör by Örjan Westerlund


Listing 101 beers, one on each page and for each describing itds flavor.

Incredibly simplistic and boring book. I suppose if you like beer you get a list of ones to try. But the author must just have bought a bunch of beer, drunken it and jotted down his thoughts.

101 saker du måste veta om vin by Michel Jamais


101 questions about wine, with at least a page answering each question.

Very knowledgable author. Manages to both be easy to read with the ability to jump to any section, yet going pretty deep into each one. I will say the book is aimed towards someone who is somewhat familliar with wine who will likely have had these questions cross their mind in their wine-drinking.

Vin - så funkar det by Petter Alexis Askergren


Book about wine. An introduction and just an assortment of thoughts and lessons on drinking wine.

A fun book. Especially if you like wine. Doesn't go super deep, but I can see it bringin something to the table for anyone interested in wine.

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.

Last updated 9 February, 2020


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