[Article] Bill Gates on the 5 Books You Should Read This Summer

Check out this time article on the books Bill Gates suggest for summer reads. I’ll be giving you my input in a later post. 

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Not Another Fall Reading List

Fall is officially among us! It’s time to break out the hoodies, sweatpants and warm cider. There is never a bad time of year to break out a new list of books to get caught up in. In any event, check out the list of books I’m excited to conquer, and don’t forget that October is national reading group month. Get excited! Don’t forget to share some of what you are reading with us.

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A buddy of mine recommended this book after I realized I had been living in the past for too long. If you are ever going to move forward, you have to AT LEAST TRY living in the here and now.

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I can’t even remember how I came across this book. Most likely I was web surfing and it caught my eye. I’m not super familiar with stoicism but different schools of thought tickle my fancy. Anyone read this yet?

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Every book list needs some good fiction right?! I did a little reading on the author, Dharma Kelleher, after this book popped up in my book bub list. Kelleher seems like a certified badass and I’m stoked about Iron Goddess.

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I find myself reading Andy Warhol quotes and laughing hysterically. Warhol is one of those artist that (in my humble opinion) is not over rated. I’m expecting this to be a great read.

What are you currently indulging in? Let me know your thoughts!

Not Another Spring Reading List

Muahahahah!!!! It’s spring again, and I’m back on the hunt for good books to enjoy in the sun. Check out what I’m reading right now (or am about to start reading this week). Be sure to share what  literature you are currently indulging in.

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I just finished Anne Rice’s Called Out of Darkness: A Spiritual Confession and I cried and yelled at the book the entire time. By society’s standards, I am a Christian, but moreover I am a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. You don’t have to be religious to see that his moral was pretty stellar. I had been in love with Anne Rice since I was a teen, and though I hadn’t read very many of her books, I still considered her one of my favorite authors. Called Out of Darkness was a non fiction autobiographical account of her journey through spirituality and at times the lack thereof. Many emotions overwhelmed me as I related so closely to her words. To start, I LOVE and have always loved her great attention to detail and ability to set the scene. Though the book is non fiction, her childhood memories and love for religion mirrored my own in a comforting, nostalgic way. I used to love church, the hymns, and the story of a mystical God who had done all of these wondrous things using ordinary people. Rice told the story of how she turned away from religion (and ultimately God) because of the church. This is something TOO MANY people have experienced all too well. It’s a damn shame. Anne Rice addressed her spiritual journey through her fictional writings, her atheism, her love, and her Catholicism. Anyone who wants to take a gander at the wisdom of Anne Rice need read this book, no matter if you are religious or not.

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I read books one and two of the Chanda Hahn’s Unfortunate Fairy Tale series rather quickly and am embarking on book 3. They are Young Adult/Sci-Fi ebooks that follow young Mina Grime through tales of heartbreak, deception, and battles with fictional creatures all while surviving high school. These are my favorite types up books to curl up to at any given point in the day. I’ll probably have the series finished before summer. Hahn is a New York Times best-selling author who resides in Washington.

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Niurka’s Supreme Influence: Change Your Life With The Power of the Language You Use caught my attention while listening to Jonathan Levi’s Becoming A Super Human podcast. She was a guest on the show and talked a lot about the things we say, having the ability to manifest things (good or bad) in our life. The power of the tongue is not a new ideology, In fact it’s one we know all too well; however, in hearing Niurka’s take on it, I was compelled to check out her book. Check out Becomingasuperhuman.com for the podcast, and check out the book if you feel prompted.

What books are you currently reading? Let me know your thoughts!

Not Another Summer Reading List

Oh yes! I’m sure one of you read the title and vowed to throw your tablet as soon as it danced it’s way through your email. In any event, all of the websites I indulge in are posting their “Summer Reading List”, for the book lovers worldwide. While such a phenomenon  is trending, I was forced to face several truths:

  • I am not the nerd I used to be. About 5 years ago I tapped out my yearly reading list at about 40 books per year. Since then, the list has dwindled down drastically to about 10. Dont. Judge. Me
  •  People still read? Aw shucks! With the whole Kindle and e-book movement, it made life a lot easier for bookworms to stay on top of the new…and get to it a hell of a lot faster.
  • I still owe my local library about $11. They will get it when I feel like getting it to them, damnit.
  • Classic literature is making a comeback. I am seeing more Dickens on people’s list than ever before.

While I am moving at a snails pace with my reading, I still would like to share with you a few books that I’ve already knocked out and enjoyed. Explore them at your leisure.

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I found this e-book via Forbes and just had to read it. I think anyone trying to stay ahead of changing trends in tech & money should read this. It isn’t a long read, but very informative! I am practicing some of it’s many gems…right now.

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I found this on amazon as free e book, I think. I’ve never really been into sci-fi/fantasy type of books, but this was dope. It follows Sarah Phoenix, a girl with a gift (no spoilers) through her plight out of a povertous environment, to compete for a better life. With all sorts of twist, you will probably read this in no time and await the next book.

Art of war plus

Ah,my secret weapon. I admit I do read a bunch of random stuff to keep my mind crisp. I read years ago, that successful people are often sales people…no matter what product they are selling. Why not sell yourself?! You are an ever changing product! In order to maneuver through different jobs and life situations, I find it highly effective to know how to present yourself. Oddly enough, because of this book, I am now trying my hand in the sales department at my job *pops collar*. Still a great read for people who prefer strategy over window jumping. You can apply this book to every aspect of your life since The Art Of War is included. Thank me later.

I am currently reading:

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What are you currently reading? What’s on your summer List?