Good Reads, Summer 2016

My recommended good reads of summer 2016

Here are some of the books that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading so far this summer. Each of these books has truly impacted me in both large and small ways. I give each my whole-hearted recommendation.

[amazon text=Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience&asin=0061339202] – Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

  • Better understand what creates that magical feeling of being in the groove and being fully present in a moment
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[amazon text=Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind&asin=0062316095] – Yuval Noah Harari

  • Illuminating insights into the evolution of Homo sapiens. In this book, Harari has succeeded in embedding many “Aha!” moments of realization about why we are the way we are.
  • I’m so cool, I read it before Bill Gates published his summer 2016 reading list.
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[amazon text=Seveneves: A Novel&asin=0062190377] – Neal Stephenson

  • The moon blows up. Humanity has ~2 years to try and save itself from the 2000 year long “hard rain.” Will we survive underground, in the oceans, or in orbit? Follow the politics and evolution of different factions, dependent on the divergent, historical decisions each make.
  • Also read it before Bill Gates 😉
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[amazon text=The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, Meaning, and the Universe Itself&asin=0525954821] – Sean Carroll

  • A thorough inspection of the impact that our modern understanding of science, and more specifically the natural laws of physics, has on our conceptions of the universe, time, consciousness, the human condition, and morality
  • What are the consequences, for some of our deepest held beliefs, of undertaking a fearless investigation of reality and ourselves in the light of poetic naturalism? Hint: prepare for more than a few of your traditionally held beliefs to be challenged.
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[amazon text=On Writing – A Memoir of the Craft&asin=B009BDVD2Q] – Stephen King

  • King tells of his journey as a novelist and briefly outlines his writing process and tools of the trade.
  • Write first draft with the door closed, aka don’t tell anyone what you’re doing
  • Creative substance abusers are just plain old addicts who also happen to be creative
  • Note: this one’s 15 years old now
  • tl;dr – “Tell the truth!”
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