Tuesday, December 5, 2017

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Former pick-up artist (PUA) and PUA coach Mark Manson offers some counter-intuitive approaches to living a good life in The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. The book is well-written, funny and full of wisdom.

Friday, December 1, 2017

All The Tomorrows

The action starts right away in All the Tomorrows as a woman suspiciously follows her husband in order to discover his secret. That secret would change her life.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

The Best Books of 2017

These weren't actually written in 2017 (most of them anyway), but rather I read them in 2017. I went through all the books I read this year, and have ranked them below, as holiday gift ideas for you!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Hatching Twitter

I enjoyed Nick Bilton's book, American Kingpin, so much that I decided to check out another of his books, Hatching Twitter: A True Story of Money, Power, Friendship, and Betrayal, especially because it's about one of my favourite apps.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Permanent Portfolio

You'd like to invest for the long-term, but you can't take the stomach churns that result from being fully invested in the stock market, no matter how rewarding the returns can be over long periods. The Permanent Portfolio: Harry Browne's Long-Term Investment Strategy is aimed at you. The authors have compiled a strategy that they believe generates decent returns in most economic periods - at the very least, it will lower your portfolio's volatility, even if you have to sacrifice returns in the process.

Friday, November 3, 2017

The Four Hour Chef

I generally select books by either their topics or because they come highly recommended; I rarely seek out books by a certain author. Tim Ferriss is an exception. I was enormously influenced by two of his books, so I decided to read The 4-Hour Chef: The Simple Path to Cooking Like a Pro, Learning Anything, and Living the Good Life, even though I have little interest right now in growing my culinary skills (but maybe someday!).

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Art of Learning

Do you remember the movie Searching For Bobby Fischer? It's about a child prodigy named Josh Waitzkin, who dominated chess matches from a tender young age. Well, he is the author of this book I just read, The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance.

You can't be blamed for thinking "What can an extremely talented guy teach me about learning? Things probably just come to him really easily." I don't think it's as simple as that, for two main reasons.

First, I doubt you can rise to the top of a field like chess without learning your way to the top. You have to study your own games, and those of other players, if you're going to adapt and grow as a player. If you don't, you're just reinventing the wheel as you play, and therefore will be passed by those who are learning.

Second, and perhaps more convincingly, Waitzkin has managed to become a top player in not just chess, but also in the martial arts. He is no one-trick pony, and so I would submit that his skill may not be some intangible talent but rather his ability to learn.

If you've read other books on learning, a lot of the material will be familiar to you. But Waitzkin puts his personal spin on all of it, applying it to examples in his own life where he has employed these methods and how they turned out for him. In some respects, the book felt like it was more about him than it was about learning. The material doesn't feel as generalized as in other books about learning, because Waitzkin applies everything very specifically to his experiences in chess and martial arts.

For anyone interested in learning how to learn more efficiently, I highly recommend the book.

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