The 2021 Book Club (Reading Group)

Discussion in 'Self Improvement' started by StoicContemplation, Jan 15, 2021.

  1. I only finished reading it 2 weeks ago and I think the method for quitting is easy. I guess it helped me to see the picture clearly and what I was doing wrong before.
     
  2. PegasusKid

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    2021:
    • The motivation myth by Jeff Haden
    • Caffeine by Michael Pollan(only available in audio format)
    • Discipline equals freedom expanded edition by Jocko Willink

    Currently Reading:

    • Practical Ayurveda by Sivananda yoga vedanta center
    • The body keeps the score by Bessel van der kolk
    • How to read a book by Mortimer J. Adler & Charles van doren

    Personal recommendations:
    • Anything that is relevant to your life and current situation will be easiest to become personally immersed in and apply to your life. Take your time with great books, and don't be afraid to drop a book if it feels like a waste of time(even if it has 1,000 5 star reviews on amazon or whatever).
    • Atomic habits, besides its obvious selling point of establishing habits, is really great because the author actually backs up every argument with real field tested knowledge to the point where you can't deny it. He single-handedly debunks westernized ideas of success such as magical amounts of willpower, discipline, constant drive and motivation, "just do it" as well as other ways people try to broadly give self help advice by actually showing the real science of habit building.
    • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius, the Gregory Hays translation, is great regardless of how you feel about stoicism or philosophy in general. It can be a difficult read if you're not used to old english but can offer great perspective on many of our life issues that seem monumental at first, but are very much in our control. Read this if you feel helpless or highly reactive to the things around you.
     
  3. Ruhns9593

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    Reading is probably one of the only truly good habits I have never struggled with and always seem to find time to do it.

    Books of 2021

    1. Dune - Book 3
    2. The Checklist Manifesto
    3. Less Stuff
    4. Armada
    5. Sicily 43'
    6. Life of Pi
    Currently reading: - Shoe Dog

    But I am currently finding it rather slow and boring. Trying to keep in the rhythm of fiction, non fiction, fiction, non fiction. I think the reason I am stuck on this current non fiction book is because I took the time to read some in-depth articles and essays across three magazines so maybe I need to spice things back up with fiction.
     
  4. Riser

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    Books finished:
    1. Physics of the future - Michio Kaku
    2. A Brief History Of Time - Stephen Hawking
     
  5. En?gma

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    Finish:
    Tolstoj, Why i am vegetarian
    Tolstoj, Death of Ivan Il'ic
    Tolstoj, Kreutzer Sonata
    Iamblichus, Pitagoric life
    Plato, Timeo
    Steiner, Philosophy of Freedom (Second Run)
    Steiner, About Ahriman Incarnation

    Reading:

    Tolstoj, Father Sergij
    Steiner, Myth of Ancient Egypt
    Konsalik, Frauenbatallion
     
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  6. Started listening to the audiobook "Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin" by Benjamin Franklin (who would've thought). How do we feel about audiobooks here? Personally I believe there is nothing wrong with counting them, as you do get the same information as when you're reading the book.

    Good to see so many people joining this book club! :)
     
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  7. WHMvsPMO

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    For me it depends on the content with audiobooks. I am more visual but also if driving it depends on whether the attention has to be focused on traffic or if it's smooth sailing on open highway etc.
     
  8. En?gma

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    Good for blinded people or half blinded like my Grand Father., despite he refuse them. Also if you think a book is hard to read, it become easy to understand it with audio book. Honestly i can't understand ebook. It make your eyes tired, i cannot do long session with ebook.
     
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  9. WHMvsPMO

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    Eink display makes a difference for me fwiw.
     
  10. WHMvsPMO

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    Starting Stories of Your Life and Others - that one is what the movie Arrival is based on.
     
  11. Ruhns9593

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    If it gets you enjoying books then go for it! I do struggle to concentrate on listening to them. I always seem to get distracted, it's the same with Podcasts and therefore a medium which I don't use. But each to their own. Enjoy!
     
  12. Karumi

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    Hey guys,

    Last year I read:
    • No More Mr Nice Guy by Robert A. Glover.
    • Show Your Work by Austin Kleon.
    • Models by Mark Manson.
    • How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell.
    This year I've read Cal Newport's So Good They Can't Ignore You and I'm currently reading Scott H. Young's Ultralearning.
     
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  13. Watanabe

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    Finished

    1984 - George Orwells epic prophetic dystopic.

    What I Talk About When I Talk About Running - Haruki Murakamis running memoirs.

    Reading

    Scenes of Clerical life - 3 stories from the pen of George Eliot.

    The World of Jeeves - P.G Wodehouse

    Next in the queue

    In Search of the Miraculous : Fragments of an Unknown Teaching - P.D Ouspensky
     
  14. Ruhns9593

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    I've shelved shoe dog for now. Wasn't quite clicking with me. Started on the first book in the epic fantasy series The Wheels of Time!
     
  15. WHMvsPMO

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    I read the first couple sections and never finished, would be curious in a review of the rest...
     
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  16. Today I finished:
    • On Friendship - by Montaigne;
    • The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin - by Benjamin Franklin.

    Today I stopped reading:
    • The Developmental Psychology of Jean Piaget - by John Flavell (just could not bring myself to read it any longer, maybe later).

    Today I started reading:
    • Our Mutual Friend - by Charles Dickens.
     
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  17. AJ777

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    Books finished so far this year:
    Can You Keep A Secret - R.L. Stine
    The Lost Girl - R.L. Stine
    The Bad Place - Dean Koontz
    Halloween Night - R.L. Stine
    The Babysitter - R.L. Stine
    H.G. Wells - The Invisible Man
    Off Season - Jack Ketchum
    Goosebumps Most Wanted: The Haunter - R.L. Stine
    The Beast 2 - R.L. Stine
    Goosebumps Horrorland: Scream of the Haunted Mask - R.L. Stine
    And I've read books #1-14 in the Goosebumps Series 2000. / re-reading that entire series this year / 11 books left to go.

    Book currently reading:
    Mr. Murder - Dean Koontz

    I have a goal of 75 books to read this year as part of my reading challenge. At 24 of 75 currently.
     
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    @Watanabe
    I read George Orwell's 1984 last year.... what a dark, depressing book!
     
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    Yep, I almost couldn't complete it, its themes and darkness seemingly reflecting my covid restricted lockdown life. I've had to immerse myself into The World of Jeeves by way of antidote! The most comically genius collection of stories in print, if you ask me.
     
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    The road less traveled
    (how to deal better with depression and spiritual development)

    The sublte Art of not giving a fuck
    (creating purpose in our lives,forming values and distinguish between the two)
     

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