book shopping list: august 2018


Another month, another list of books!

The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
How to Stop Feeling Like Sh*t: 14 Habits that Are Holding You Back from Happiness
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t
Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform Our Lives
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise
Pick Three: You Can Have It All (Just Not Every Day)
How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

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novels that i actually finish reading (in recent memory)

laetitia-buscaylet-299890-unsplashUnless I’m engrossed by the novel — like neglect to do anything else other than finish reading type of engrossment — I often cannot finish it.

Everything was going right this summer, expect finishing lighthearted summer read. To remedy this, I spent over an hour browsing the fiction section until I spotted a gem in the rough, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine.

As I was reading it, it dawned upon me that most books that I enjoy are either centered around quirky and socially inept characters or has surreal plots that takes over my entire mind until I see how it ends.

To see if it’s true, I’m going to list novels that I enjoyed during the last decade and half. Read More »

book shopping list: july 2018

annie-spratt-475541-unsplash.jpgAnother month, another list of books that I want to purchase. Trying to be considerate and deliberate about my book purchases. Curious to see what actually happens down the road.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill It in Your Career. Rock Social Media
Dollars and Sense: How We Misthink Money and How to Spend Smarter
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance
What Would Virginia Woolf Do?: And Other Questions I Ask Myself as I Attempt to Age Without Apology
Mistakes Were Made (but Not by Me): Why We Justify Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life
Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

Travel / Memoirs
The Only Street in Paris: Life on the Rue des Martyrs
Feel Free by Zadie Smith
Calypso by David Sedaris

Books Purchased
Nora Ephron: The Last Interview: and Other Conversations
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success


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book shopping list : june 2018


I come across various books and I often buy two copies of the same book (Kindle and paperback version). However, I’ve also found myself unsure of which book to buy, next, when I’m browsing on Amazon.

In hopes of streamlining my future book purchases, I’m going to create a list of books that I’m interested in at various points of my browsing.

They are in no particular order.

June, 2018
The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters
Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy
There Are No Grown-ups: A Midlife Coming-of-Age Story
So Good They Cant Ignore You
Barking up the Wrong Tree
Frank Sinatra Has a Cold and Other Essays – Gay Talese
The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream

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what it means to be a “serial book-adulterer”

serial book adulterer

I’m a promiscuous reader. I go from one book to another without any guilt. In fact, I used to be proud of the fact that I’m reading multiple books at a time. It made me feel smarter and most importantly, justified all of my book purchases.

After a decade of promiscuity, I’m having second thoughts. The excitement of shuffling from one book to another is slowly being replaced by frustration of not recalling what I was reading about and consequently, not finishing the book.

At the start of 2018, I made a resolution not to purchase any more books until I finished all the books in my possession.Read More »