2019: book reviews


Last year’s attempt to compile book reviews failed because I didn’t update it in real time. It was just too much for me to do it all at the end of the year, especially because Novembers and Decembers are generally busier than other months.

This year, I’m trying to update the books as I finished them in real time when they are fresh in my mind. Below are books that I read and enjoyed.

Essentialism by Greg McKeown – 4/5 [Nov’18 – Jan ’19]
It provided me a sense of clarity and empowered me to make intentional decisions, specifically saying no now so that I won’t regret later. Timely book to finish at the start of the year, as I’m trying to re-focus and re-prioritize.Read More »

2018 visits: nyc bookstores


Strand and McNally Jackson are my go-to bookstores. Starting this summer, I wanted to venture out to visit speciality bookstores focused on one genre. There’s something magical about these types of stores, even if I’m not totally interested in them.

I visited six new bookstores and look forward to adding more bookstore experiences next year.

1. Argosy Book Store
I stumbled upon this store during my walk back from the Korean Embassy and what a delight it was! Just surrounded by rare and old books

2. Books Are Magic
I walked in here with a friend after brunch nearby in July and what a lovely and sweet bookstore. I particularly loved that they posted about events on the shelves and that their staff were really knowledgeable about books. I chatted with the girl who checked me out about the Last Interview Series book and how I should read James Baldwin. Totally going to add to my running book list one of these days!Read More »

book shopping list: november, 2018


The Book of Why: The New Science of Cause and Effect – May ’19
Company of One: Why Staying Small Is the Next Big Thing for Business – Jan ’19
The Making of a Manager: What to Do When Everyone Looks to You – March ’19

Books Purchased
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Top 10 Barcelona: 2018 (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
Top 10 Paris: 2019 (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide)
Still Writing: The Perils and Pleasures of a Creative Life
A Writer’s Diary by Virginia Woolf
Chronicles of a Liquid Society
What Kind of Creatures Are We?

Books Reading
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Men Explain Things to Me

Books Finished
Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble – 3.75 / 5

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