I’ve Owned a Kindle for a Month Now

Let Me Spin Ye a Tale

For Prime Day this year, I was like well, screw it, why not buy a Kindle? The PaperWhite was only $80 and I’m a sucker for deals. The problem is, I’ve never been much of a reader. I’d start a book from time to time, but I’d never really get through an entire work. I’m glad to report that since I’ve bought a Kindle, this has become way less of an issue. I think the uniformity of the text, the ease of handheld use, and ease on the eyes really allowed me to nuzzle deep in the pages of a book the backlit screen of a Kindle. Also, most importantly, it turns out that books are like, really good. Huh.

The Reading Lists

Since I had no idea where to start with reading, I took to the internet to find some reading lists. These people are like super reviewers for books basically, curating from a large pile and selecting books that they find help shape their world view. Much thanks to them!

Bill Gates
Derek Sivers
Tim Ferriss
Neil Pasricha

The Books

Disclaimer: I’ve attached affiliate links to these books, but only check em’ out if you want!

Here are the books I got through this month.


The War of Art

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

  • The War of Art addresses resistance, the invisible enemy stopping all of us from approaching our goals
  • Resistance comes in many forms, and to dispel it one must learn its sneaky ways and outsmart it
  • The book itself kinda reads like a collection of short stories
  • Its all bold on the Kindle for some reason

He: Understanding Masculine Psychology

He: Understanding Masculine Psychology

  • He is a story about a man’s journey through life, about the battles we face with our internal masculinity and femininity
  • It’s a very short read
  • It follows the growth of a character but alludes back well to modern struggles men face
  • It should be read along side its companion novel, She: Understanding Feminine Psychology

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

  • Sapiens is amazing. Harari takes an extremely comprehensive look at human history and development from fields spanning from biology to theology
  • It’s very long, but it’s impressive he fit 300,000 years into a book, so meh
  • It’s a bit depressing at times, and can really put a lot of things into perspective

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

  • When I started 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, I’d assumed it was going to be a cheesy self help book. I was wrong.
  • It does help the self, but not the self you’re thinking of. It helps the metaphysical self, and helps align yourself each and every day
  • There are too many takeaways in this book to count, it’s phenomenal

The Happiness Equation

The Happiness Equation: Want Nothing + Do Anything=Have Everything

  • The Happiness Equation by our main man Neil Pasricha (mentioned above in the reading lists)
  • Extremely focused around positivity, with a ton of nuggets on how to be happier any given day
  • I didn’t feel too inspired by the takeaways, but it’s a very good book, and I have the utmost respect for it’s author
  • The steps can be cumbersome to implement in daily life without forethought

Afterword

I hope you enjoyed these quick thoughts on the books I’ve read this month. I feel so proud that I’ve been able to finish so many, especially since I’ve gone years without finishing one. Books truly are wonderful, and I’m excited to devour some more.

Let’s try this again next month. Same time, same place? Yeah? Yeah. Cool. Cool.

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