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Default 30-12-2018, 02:14 PM

Just finished reading The Power of Habit

I thought it was the perfect book to go through just before the calendar flips. Especially since I'd already decided beforehand that instead of making any stupid new years resolutions, I'm making a list instead, of new good habits that I'll apply, and bad habits I want to eradicate.

It's actually difficult to separate them into the categories. For example me not taking my phone into the gym with me, is that a bad habit being eradicated, or is leaving it in the locker a new good habit? ... By deciding not to complain about things unnecessarily, is that eradicating a bad habit, or building a new habit by remaining positive?

I think I'm over-complicating it. Just realised it's actually both, the bad habit is being replaced with the good habit...duhhh

Also read Mans Search for Meaning last week. It was recommended to me after having had a difficult few months, which all began when I fucked a customer off (yes, guilty). It wasn't that long and I think it could have been wayyy more in depth. The second part of the book was written with - in my opinion - over the top complexity, in that it sounded like a counselling textbook... Having originally been published in 1946, nobody would have had a fucking clue what all the psycho-dynamic malarkey he was talking about meant.

If it doesn't evolve me it doesn't involve me

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Default 26-01-2019, 05:20 AM

Originally Posted by kowalski View Post
I try to pick books that I believe I will get more from than just enjoying the story. So, for example, I wouldn't read an airport book-bin crime, romance or adventure novel as generally there is only the story and as enjoyable as it might be it's just not worth the investment that goes into reading a book for me. I would watch a movie of a book like that, no problem as movies are usually under 2 hours and you don't really have to pay attention nor use your imagination. Obviously, the story needs to be good and well written as well.

Often books have been so popular and influencial that their concepts become part of everyday language like with 1984 and Big Brother, or with Catch 22 and catch 22. It is obvious that books this influential do more than just tell a story.

And, sometimes I have read books that are not fun to read just so that I can enter a dialogue with the other. Like The Bible. I read it just so that when in debate with Christians I can point out that I have actually read The Bible but they have not (most haven't)... man, they don't even know the details of what they claim to believe in.

Off the top of my head, books I would recommend to almost anyone...

1984, Animal Farm, Down and Out in Paris and London... Fuck it, let's just say anything by George Orwell.
Anything by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
Anything by Kurt Vonnegut.

On the road, Jack Kerouac
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas, Hunter S Thompson
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis
Steppenwolfe, Hermann Hesse
Catcher in the rye, J.D Salinger (This book affected people so much that John Lennon's killer was found calmly reading a copy and had written "This is my statement' in the sleeve, later Salinger went into hiding).
The Stranger, Albert Camus
Lord of the flies, William Golding
The Raw Shark Texts, Steven Hall
A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess

P.S. Every single library in the world will have at least one copy of The Brothers Karamazov... maybe with the exception of libraries in Communist dictator states like the bad Korea.


Some right gems in there. Down and Out in Paris and London is probably one of the best books I've ever read, and rather surprisingly underrated. Orwells vrious shorts stores are rather good too, such as The Hanging. On the topic of short stories, Dubliners by Joyce is well worth a read!

I see your love for Dostoyevsky is strong, but see nothing of Tolstoy. How come?

If you like science fiction or intelligent adventure novels, check out anything by Jules Verne. His Voyages extraordinaires. The series includes ourney to the Center of the Earth, Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Seas, Around the World in Eighty Days and The Mysterious Island. #1 is one of my all time favourite books. The series was well researched for the time and most are considered encyclopedic novels.
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Default 14-03-2019, 10:33 PM

Just finished reading Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. Actually, I read most of it, and listened to the last 3 chapters in audio form.

The book opens your eyes a bit as to what's possible in terms of making money work for you. Although he makes it sound easy, he did have the guidance of a rich man in his life since he was 9 years old. Lucky fucker. But I think I'll be a tiny bit more willing and/or analytical in taking calculated risks.

It's the first time I've ever listened to a book in audio form. I'm intrigued to try some more, since it's hard to physically read as much as I want, I can listen to books whilst cooking/shaving/cleaning/wanking or whatever.

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Default 16-04-2019, 07:14 PM

I have read a couple of these books and they're good in a somewhat shallow way. Any confidence or benefits gained by them will be mostly built on sand.

For a more solid foundation you need to read deeper level stuff. Like Carl Jung and Nietzsche.

Perception is Projection.
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