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…

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…

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…

Skin in the Game

I have thoroughly enjoyed almost all of Nassim Taleb’s books. This one (Skin in the Game) is one of my top 2 favorites due to how well it translates to real life practice. For Taleb’s books, I find his words to be one of the best ways to phrase his thoughts and ideas. Here are…

12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson The Rules: Stand up straight with your shoulders back Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping Make friends with people who want the best for you Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today Do…

You are not so smart

The book, You Are Not So Smart: Why You Have Too Many Friends on Facebook, Why Your Memory Is Mostly Fiction, and 46 Other Ways You’re Deluding Yourself by David McRaney, is an easy read. It reviews many cognitive biases and compares what we innately think compared to what we really do. This material is…