Botany of Desire

This book describes the relationship that has developed between plants and people. Plants attract us through different desires: sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control. In many ways, both people and plants have benefited from these relationships, and that is what the book describes.

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Few books change the way you view how the World works. I was not expecting this one to open my eyes to how foreign policy works across the globe like it did. Confessions of an Economic Hit Man was an incredible story of how we in the US have used our financial system combined with…

Word by Word

This recording from a writer’s workshop was a surprise pleasure to listen to. It has won awards, and I can see why. I will need to listen to it again. Anne Lamott was inspiring, encouraging, and instructive during her workshop.

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear is a good, practical life book to read. Mr. Clear describes, using great storytelling, how to develop and incorporate small habits in your life to increase your potential. He gives solid advice that is simple to begin…

My Current (2019) Top Book Recommendations

I was recently asked by a friend for some book recommendations. As I was putting a short list together, I decided to go deluxe and break things out into categories. My Current (2019) Top Book Recommendations ranked within each respective category: Read these for knowledge: Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life –…

How to Read a Book

Having just read the classic book, How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading by Mortimer J. Adler, I must keep a synopsis of his rules for future reference! A classic book I have intended to read ever since my high school teacher read it and claimed it changed his life. The…

Why you love music

This book was a fun listen (I listened to the audiobook version). I learned a lot about the science behind music, how and why instruments sound different, and some psychology behind music. Here are some of what I learned:

Boys in the Boat

This book is a great story about the 1936 USA Olympic Rowing team in the Berlin Olympics. It goes into detail of each of the characters who made up that team, what they endured to make it there, and how they won. I learned a lot about the sport of crewing, life during the Depression,…

Mere Christianity

I have wanted to read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis for a long time. This book did not disappoint as I listened to it on audiobook. The book is written for Christians, not for those who do not believe. This is an important thing to understand as, it will not be understood by those who…

The Barefoot Investor

I love reading books on finances, so I read The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape. I did not realize this was a financial book by an Australian author and for an Australian audience. Still, the author presented an overall great plan for personal finances.