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Books

  • Back to physical books

    I've been a long-time user of Kindle and Audible, with a few physical books thrown in here and there in an attempt to determine my preference between physical or digital formats. I think the truth is that I like both, as each has its advantages. Digital is convenient. There is no doubt that the … read more

  • Want to read: How to Be Miserable by Randy J. Paterson 📚

    This was talked about on the Focused podcast episode 185. It sounds like a fun read if you’re tired of the typical self development books.

  • Currently reading: The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain by Annie Murphy Paul 📚

  • Finished reading: The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter 📚

    It is a nice blend of story and scientific evidence stating how we have grown too comfortable in our day-to-day lives.

    No big surprises were revealed. Yet an interesting story made it enjoyable to read. It was inspiring but depressing knowing how much healthier I could be with significant lifestyle changes.

  • Want to read: The Comfort Crisis by Michael Easter 📚

  • Currently reading: Fundamentals of Software Architecture by Mark Richards 📚

  • Finished reading: The Lost Metal: A Mistborn Novel by Brandon Sanderson 📚

    As expected, this book was a lot of fun!

  • How to Live a Long and Healthy Life (Outlive by Peter Attia MD Book Notes)

    Finished reading: Outlive by Peter Attia, MD 📚 The book Outlive by Peter Attia, MD is a guide to learning and planning for a long, healthy life. It is very detailed and covers the science behind it, as well as providing actionable advice. This post includes some of my notes from the book and the … read more

  • Currently reading: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin 📚

  • If you’re into self-help books but don’t want to waste time, check out Bookworm Podcast. Hosts Joe Buhlig and Mike Schmitz drop a new episode every couple of weeks, and they give a thorough review of each book. It’s been a huge help for me when it comes to deciding which books I wanna read.

  • How to Calm Your Mind by Chris Bailey

    Finished reading: How to Calm Your Mind by Chris Bailey 📚 This book discusses different ideas for managing stress, cultivating a mindset for productivity, and several techniques to help improve overall well-being. My Summary The book, How to Calm Your Mind by Chris Bailey is about determining what … read more

  • Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte

    My notes on the book Building a Second Brain by Tiago Forte. Overall, the book is solid. If you already have an organized digital system, you may pick up some tips from the book to help you think through your current setup. If you have no system, then this system is a great place to start, as it is … read more

  • 📚 Stolen Focus by Johann Hari

    I finished reading: Stolen Focus by Johann Hari 📚 Stolen Focus does not provide a personal step-by-step guide to remove distractions from our lives. Instead, it is about how this “Attention Crisis” impacts society. Here are some of my notes about the author’s points in this book. What impact is this … read more

  • 📚 What I’m Reading

    I’ve been jumping between 3 books this week. The first is Fairy Tale, by Stephen King. I’m about 3/4 of the way through and have to say it’s excellent. I highly recommend the audiobook. The next is Stolen Focus by Johann Hari. Another book is about how the distractions from today’s technology are … read more

  • Currently reading: Stolen Focus by Johann Hari 📚

    As a kid, I’ve always struggled with focus and attention, even without digital distractions. I’m a daydreamer. Today’s digital tools have made our lives simpler, yet at a cost. Even as I read the introduction to this book, I noticed I picked up my phone at least twice.

    Staying focused becomes more manageable when working on something I enjoy—writing code, building something, solving a problem. It’s easy to get into focus during those times. We can’t always be in deep focus. What do we do when we’re not?

    I’m hoping this book is not only about scare tactics. I’m not expecting some miracle cure, but perhaps a guide through my own thoughts to help figure out what works for me.

    I hope I can stay focused enough to read through the nearly 300 pages in this book. :)

  • I Didn't Do The Thing Today

    While over the past decade, “Productivity” books try to teach you how to be productive and get things done, “I Didn’t Do The Thing Today” jumps on the recent “Anti-productivity” bandwagon and reminds us that to be genuinely productive, we need to relax, rest, and embrace the unexpected. I Didn’t Do … read more

  • Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir

    Finished reading: Project Hail Mary: A Novel by Andy Weir 📚. Project Hail Mary is a story by the same author of The Martian, Andy Weir. While The Martian’s story is grounded in the science we understand today, Project Hail Mary goes beyond that and adds more sci-fi without breaking the rules of … read more

  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

    I have started to tackle Meditations. I usually don’t read this kind of book, but I thought I would give it a try. I am taking notes as I go. I am just writing down what comes to mind as I read each part, even if my interpretation is completely off. Introduction Real name Marcus Annius Verus.- Born … read more