Self Help And Other Stories
Here's a round-up of some books I devoured in 2015. Let me tell you, there were more (thanks to Audible, I can enjoy a book AND do laundry), but these were the highlights. You'll notice I'm a bit of a self-help nerd...but I did try to dip my toe back into fiction (one is better than none), and I even read an anti-self-help book (I like to be well-rounded). Here's a little note on each recommendation. Cheers!
By Charles Duhigg
A really digestible and fun read on how habits are formed, and how we can identify the triggers that shape our habits. Sociological and historical examples make it a relatable, easy read.
By Marie Kondo
There was a lot of hype around this book in 2015. (For good reason.) Not everyone needs to read this book...but if your stuff is causing you emotional stress, I recommend it! Not only did I go from losing my keys, glasses, and wallet at least four times a week to misplacing those things maybe once a month after going through the decluttering process—I also started sleeping through the night more regularly.
By Brené Brown
This book is about what happens in the space between falling flat on your face and mustering up the strength to pull yourself back up again. That awkward, painful space. We don't talk about it nearly enough. There are a lot of nuggets in this one, and I gather everyone might gain a little something different from it. Personally, I gained insight from the chapter that explores whether or not people, in general, are always doing their best.
By Greg Sestero
If you're a fan of (The Citizen Kane of Bad Movies) The Room, ohhhhhmygoddddd, read this booooooook. Hilarious. Read it before you see James Franco's adaptation for maximum Room-related nerdom.
By Greg McKeown
(Audiobooked this one, author narrates.)
Loved this book so hard.
"By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy – instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us."
By Debbie Millman
(Steer clear of the audiobook, the narrator doesn't know how to pronounce segue :( amongst other distracting things.)
This interview-format book doesn't tell you how to think, rather, it gives you insight into the differences between the way people think, and approach their life/work/practice. Thumbs up.
By Kevin Ashton
(Audiobooked it, narrator's good.)
To Create is human.
What leads to eventual breakthroughs in science, technology, medicine, and commerce? A lot of time, and a lot of people building off of other people's trials and errors. Much of this history is skewed and forgotten in that time. Fun book, great for perspective.
By David Allen
If you forget to break every big big project down into itty bitty bite-sized tasks like I often do, read this book. I heard Howard Stern recommended this book on his show, and now I'm recommending it to you. It's helped me change my habits when approaching work BIG TIME.
By Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks
SO FREAKING FUN.
Did I mention this book is FUN?
Written exclusively in short bits from the perspective of everyone and anyone involved in the MTV story. You don't even need to read it front-to-back for it to be fun.
Gives a lot more context to this clip of David Bowie confronting Mark Goodman about the lack of Black artists being played at the time.
By Carol Dweck
Studies on growth-based and fixed-based mindset.
What's on the cover comes off as a bit cheesy, but I promise, this is a great read. Especially if you're working with/raising children in any capacity. It's helped me become more aware of my own thought-processes.
By Daniel Kahneman
Full disclosure: I'm still only a couple of chapters in.
This book deals with the systems of the mind that drive the way we think, and cognitive bias. The author encourages us to explore and talk about this bias. Really fascinating if you're into deconstructing why people (including yourself) think and act the way they do.
By Jeff VanderMeer
Book 1 in the Southern Reach Trilogy.
Wahoo! I managed to squeeze some fiction in. And weird sci-fi/mystery at that. Recommended, but be warned, if you read this, you're in it for the trilogy.
By Ariel and Shya Kane
The gist: there's actually nothing wrong with you. The book walks through the concept of living in the moment. If you liked Deepak Chopra's The Power of Now, this is a condensed version that speaks in layman's terms.