Itโ€™s Out of Control! What The Laws of Human Nature will do to your To-Read-List

Is your To-Read-List (TRL) growing faster the more effort you put into working your way through it? I know the feeling – and I feel it might be especially true for non-fiction readers.

Every good book opens up your eyes for new topics and bombards you with new exciting ideas of what to read up on next (as illustrated above ๐Ÿคช), filling your TBR to the brink.

Today Iโ€™m presenting some new additions to my TRL, courtisey of the book The Laws Of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

๐Ÿ“– The Tigress of Forli by E. Lev ๐Ÿ“–

Caterina Sforza, she seems to be such a bad ass warrior countess! Greene uses her as an example of how masculine/feminine aspects of oneโ€™s personality, when well integrated, leads to more authenticity. โ€œIn the theater of life, expand the roles you play.โ€

๐Ÿ“– Born Red by Gao Yuan ๐Ÿ“–

Gaoโ€™s account of the Cultural revolution in China and how he and his fellow students โ€œmade revolutionโ€. Greene uses this story as an example of how our personalities changes in a group context.

๐Ÿ“– Chekhov by Henri Troyat ๐Ÿ“–

Chekhov, Russian play-write, is brought up by Greene as an example of how you can change your circumstances by changing you attitude. โ€œHe made a vow to himself: No more bowing and apologizing to people; no more complaining and blaming; no more disorderly living and wasted time.โ€ Now I just want to know more about this exciting fellow!

What are you reading and what additions is that book adding to your To-Read-Lists? ๐Ÿค”

Favorite Books of the Year 2018: โ€œIn the Realm of Hungry Ghostsโ€ – Gabor Matรฉ

๐Ÿ’‰ An excellent introduction to the complex problem of addiction. Dr. Gabors is specialized in its study and treatment. His book offers powerful portraits of his patient lives, the story of his own addictive behaviors and the path to recovery.

๐Ÿ“ โ€œAs a rule, whatever we donโ€™t deal with in our lives we pass on to our children.โ€

โญ๏ธ TAKEAWAY: Regardless of your degree of addiction or whether your drug of choice is heroin, TV, food or shopping – reading the stories and research presented in this book will help to shine a light on your own addictive tendencies.

This year I got rid of two addictions: Nicotine (snus) and caffeine. ๐Ÿšฌโ˜•๏ธ

Read the full list of favorites or check out previous lists right here!

Thoughts on: โ€œ”The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard

In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt was shot in the chest by some crazy saloonkeeper on his way to deliver a speech on his third term election campaign. The bullet was slowed by his spectacle case and speech manuscript in his inner pocket, which kept it from reaching his lungs or heart. With blood dripping from his shirt and the bullet hole clearly visible through his notes he spoke the now famous line,

“It takes more than that to

Kill a bull moose!”, before delivering a 90 minute speech I front of a awestruck crowd. Not long after that he suffered a great defeat in the president election. Defeat was never easy for Theodore.

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He took to physical exhaustion and the wilderness to think sharp, fight depression and recover from loss. Roosevelt was not getting younger and wanted a last big adventure.

Together with Brazilian explorer Rondon he set out to an extraordinary journey to map an uncharted river in the most inhospitable parts of the amazon rainforests. It was going in to be a rough ride. Even for a “rough rider”.

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This book reads like fiction and I’m ones again amazed by Theodore Roosevelt’s character.

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Im also amazed by the Amazons, but I don’t want to set my foot there myself. Hearing about penis entering fishes, malaria, the skull crushing fall of the Brazil nuts from their trees and cannibalistic tribes (maybe not so much anymore..) make me suffice with reading about it.

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On a side note: TD brought “Meditations” by Marcus Aurelius on the expedition. He said he took great comfort in reading it during the worst parts of the journey. Great packing advice for dangerous adventures. ๐Ÿ˜€

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“The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard (Get Book)

5/5

 

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Best Books of the Year: #1

#1 โ€œLevels of Energyโ€ by Frederick E. Dodson

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Here is something they didnโ€™t teach you in school! The premise of the book is that there are clearly defined levels of consciousness. Basically, people experience reality differently – and act and think in a certain ways -depending on their energy โ€œlevelโ€. Dodson lays out his whole spectral energy scale, from 0 – 1000, from the hellish to joy and bliss. Itโ€™s quite a ride!

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

Itโ€™s fascinating! I donโ€™t think itโ€™s possible to read through this book without discovering something new about yourself or the people and environment around you.

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” IMPACT โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

The key to enjoying this book is to not expect to resonate with or believe everything it says. Thatโ€™s also what open-mindedness is for me – to be able to listen to arguments and ideas that goes against ones believes, then experiment with that new information and see what works – and change views accordingly. You donโ€™t have to believe the content and still you get huge benefits from reading it. Which is really cool! This book was the most interesting book I read this year. It’s super weird, but I think you can handle it! ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017

Best Books of the Year – #2

#2 โ€œThe Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brainsโ€ by Nicolas Carr

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Having anxiety about how the Internet is changing us? As we enjoy new ways of consuming information, are we sacrificing our ability to read and think deeply?

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

The book is incredibly interesting and explains a lot of behavioral changes I’ve noticed in myself in recent years. It discusses the science around how internet browsing affects the way we think and learn. We also get a fascinating history of how, throughout time, the introduction of new media have changed the human perspective. Well researched and eye-opening! “To be everywhere is to be nowhere”

-Seneca

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Most of all it has helped me keep and expand good learning habits and to notice – and discard – bad ones. One notion Iโ€™ve had for a while is that the length time you are exposed to an idea matters. Learning about 30 different topics for 30 min each (by reading articles and blogs for instance) is less effective for accumulating knowledge, than learning about one topic for 15 hours by reading a book. Something that research seems to support.

We also have to make some room here to consider the confirmation bias; of course I will appreciate a book that says that reading books is a great for deep learning and retaining knowledge. ๐Ÿคฅ

โ€”โ€”โ€” ๐Ÿค”QUESTIONS๐Ÿค”โ€”โ€”-

How do you go about creating as much retention as possible when learning new thing?

#2 โ€œThe Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to our Brainsโ€ by Nicolas Carr

Find more favorites here:ย Favorite Books of 2017

 

Best Books of the Year: #3

#3 โ€œSiddharthaโ€ by Hermann Hesse

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Hesse influential book about a wealthy Brahmin son that casts off a life of privilege to find spiritual fulfillment. A short read and profound read!

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

“This book is scripture posing as literature and is best read after getting what you thought you wanted.” – Gary (Goodreads). I think this sentence really captures why this book is important.

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” IMPACT โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

It ended up in my possession by coincidence. It was not on my radar at all. I met the mysterious man behind @booksonthetub in the subway one autumn morning at 5am. He had brought a stack of books for me that he thought might be of interest and โ€œSiddharthaโ€ was one of them. Iโ€™m happy I read it! Itโ€™s not every day you find a book that you know you will go back to over and over again throughout life. This book also spawned my first fiction review on my page. There will be more of that going forward!

โ€”โ€”โ€” ๐Ÿค”QUESTIONS๐Ÿค”โ€”โ€”-

What book was surprising for you last year?

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This book got me so inspired that I made a fool of myself and wrote the review of it in verse.

Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017

Best Books of the Year – #4

#4 โ€œSteve Jobsโ€ by Walter Isaacson

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The gripping biography of the most prominent innovator of out time.

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

Parts goes to Isaacson for being able to write a 600 page book without any real low points, and parts goes to Steve for being such an interesting fella! Anyhow – itโ€™s just an excellent biography!

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” IMPACT โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

These is something with the intensity and focus with which Steve engaged with the world that I find truly fascinating. Thatโ€™s what Iโ€™m taking away from this book.

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything – all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.”

โƒ Steve Jobs

โ€”โ€”โ€” ๐Ÿค”QUESTIONS๐Ÿค”โ€”โ€”-

Whatโ€™s your favorite biography you read last year??

Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017

Best Books of the Year – #5

#5 โ€œInto the Wildโ€ by Jon Krakauer

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Christopher McCandles was found dead in an abandoned bus in the Alaskan wilderness in 1992. He had left society and family behind, burned his money (literary) and set off on a journey to find the true essence of life, far away from job security, conformity and a monotonous middle class existence.

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

Itโ€™s a incredible story that stays with you long after you turned the last page.

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” IMPACT โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

Apart from forcing me to ask myself a lot of questions about how life ought to be lived, it also introduced me to the author Jon Krakauer. I have now started my third book by him, โ€œUnder the Banner of Heavenโ€, and earlier this year I read his Everest-book โ€œInto Thin Airโ€. Good stuff!

โ€”โ€”โ€” ๐Ÿค”QUESTIONS๐Ÿค”โ€”โ€”-

Have you read any Krakauer books?

Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017

Top Books of the Year – #7

#7 โ€œThe Marathon Monks of Mount Hieiโ€ by John Stevens

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The “1000-Day Marathon”, a big part of their practice, takes 7 years to complete. For the first 5 years they run a marathon a day for 100 days straight. This is repeated 7 times. For the last 2 years the distance is increased to two Marathon distances a day (84km!). They also throw in a 9-day fast into their practice, with continuous meditation, without water and sleep, to keep things interesting.

โ€”โ€”- WHY THIS BOOK? โ€”โ€”โ€”

This books in not for everyone – Itโ€™s poorly written at times and weirdly edited, but if you are a fan of running, endurance or just fascinating by incredible human achievements – then look no further!

โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€” IMPACT โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”โ€”

It has has impaired my ability to complain about monotonous and repetitive tasks. It also pushed me to train harder for the 20km trail race I ran with (against?) my brother this November. Unfortunately for me he finished faster ๐Ÿคฌ ๐Ÿƒ

โ€”โ€”โ€” ๐Ÿค”QUESTIONS๐Ÿค”โ€”โ€”-

Do you run?

Find more over here: Favorite Books of 2017

Niche Books That Really Tickled My Fancy!

best niche books of the year

Now and then you need something completely different to spice thing up. I wanted to highlight a few cool books that stand out from what I usually read:

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Heavy metal, dungeons and dragons, huge egos and code! It’s the the story of Id software, the creators of legendary games like Wolfenstein, DOOM and Quake. It’s fucking amazing and a must read for anyone with a ounce of nerd bubbling within.

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I don’t watch TV much, but when I do, I watch Hoarders! It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. This book is about is not an exploitable freak show though, but a deep dive into the psychology behind the behavior. I loved it!

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Bondage, drugs and rock n roll! A Hilarious (and sometimes very sad) California punk rock biography. The audiobook is especially awesome since it’s read by the band members. I enjoyed it immensely!

 

Want more best of 2016?ย  Read the full list with all it’s categories here!