Books Getting My Attention

I got into a rut recently with reading and then it went away. Partly I was getting out of a funk, which I will talk about in another post, but also on one of my weekly library trips I actually checked out a bunch of books. I hardly ever do this anymore, since the baby doesn’t take kindly to me attempting to read an actual book. I’ve been relying 100% on my kindle to get reading done. But I was so tempted by some of the books I saw that I ended up throwing caution to the wind and checking out 5 physical, real life books. And what I found was that pile of books was great motivation to read fast, so I made an extra effort to ignore the distractions that normally intrude on me, like Facebook, Twitter, and Feedly.

It’s so easy to take the path of least resistance and zone out, which for me means spending any precious minutes I have when Jack is playing by himself or sleeping on my phone because I don’t want to get distracted while doing something meaningful. But when I put in just the slightest effort and force myself to pick up a book instead of my phone, it’s always worth it. I haven’t been on Twitter in over a week and Facebook gets maybe 5 minutes of my attention per day, but I’ve read some awesome books! And that ultimately makes my life better.

Some books worth mentioning:

Resilience by Eric Greitens

I’d read his previous book, The Heart and The Fist, which I enjoyed. I love this topic (living a good life) so I picked it up. It’s really wonderful but it’s the kind of book you must own because there is just too much in it to absorb in one reading. Basically, it’s a book on how to live well, how to grow, how to handle stress, how to have a life of meaning, and how philosophers and others have defined and worked on these issues over the years. A great read.

Stuffocation by James Wallman.

This book started out slow but I ended up really enjoying the perspective it offered. It’s about materialism’s decline in the modern world and how people are rejecting materialism for expirientialism (experiences over stuff). I found it especially interesting to think about how social media has spread the new way of keeping up with the Joneses, by having better experiences than everyone else instead of better stuff. It seems gauche to post pictures of your new car on Facebook, but people will eat it up if you post pictures of your exotic vacation.

The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge

This was fascinating! I loved reading about all the new and old ways people are fixing brain problems. From Feldenkrais to Cold Lasers, this book was full of interesting information on tools your doctor probably won’t use or know about but might make a huge difference in your life if you have a learning disability, TBI, or any other brain problems.

Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin

I mentioned this in my last book roundup, but now that I’ve finished it I want to praise, praise, praise it. It’s easy to read and guaranteed to resonate with everyone in one way or another. I have already recommended it to one of my clients and think it would be a great book for everyone to read. We are all creatures of habit and those habits can bring out the best in us or sink us. This little book helps you figure out how to get the best results from good habits and eliminate bad habits.

We Learn Nothing by Tim Kreider

Oh my goodness, this book is absolutely amazing and beautiful and wonderful. I love it so much. I heard an excerpt on the Tim Ferriss Show and decided it would be a great book to listen to while running. I want everyone in the world to read this book! Click on the Tim Ferriss link and listen to the excerpt. You won’t regret it.