Reading One Book A Week 2019 July Update Non Fiction Heavy 25 Book Recommendations


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hey guys it's David doing my first follow-up video for reading a book a week originally started as a New Year's resolution like most New Year's resolutions I had no confidence that I was actually going to follow through with that but here I've been a sixth month update and while it hasn't been everything that I thought it was gonna be as far as habit setting and what-have-you it's been more successful than I thought it was gonna be so right now we're in the 26th week at the halfway point of the year and so far read 25 books in this video I'm gonna kind of go over what I've been reading so far give a brief description and if I would recommend it or not so hopefully you can get some book recommendations but also talk about kind of my thoughts and feelings about this whole challenge is it worth it my personal habit building aspect of it so I guess to start with that end of it and then go into the book recommendations it's been very weird and has not been habit-forming at all in the beginning of the year in winter my offseason at work I was reading a ton at one point getting four or five books ahead by February at the end of February myself my girlfriend went out to Tulum Mexico and we got sick so that was awesome and provided a lot of time for reading highly recommended I ended up finishing March 8 books ahead but then got into busy season at work which killed my reading habit at one point I was reading every morning for a 30 minutes and at night for up to two hours sometimes but then that crashed and burned once I started getting a little resistance in my life and just an urge to go to sleep so I never falling behind by five books I think it was like a 13 week span that I did not read at all so in the past two or three weeks I've actually picked up my habit again with the close of our spring season at work and it's been going well I've read a lot of shorter it's kind of restarting to have it as well as chunking off some slightly larger books they've been sitting on my uh what's it called a nightstand sitting on my nightstand for a second now um overall I think the challenge has been worth it I'm really loving reading as well as reading multiple books from the same topics I'm really getting in on a lot of death related stuff as well as kind of like a overall history of everything and I can notice it affecting my worldview how have you times and events with historical dates as well as like a understanding of every day to day life it's not super impactful but is kind of little interesting bits of pieces that I'm remembering from books through various times in the day and can sort of apply and kind of make fun facts in regards to certain situations so by no means has it been life changing so far but I can say it's slightly insightful and I definitely feel more confident on the topics I'm reading about regardless let's jump into some reviews and see if you find anything that you would like to read we're gonna go in the order in which I read these books so if you've seen my previous video that at the start of the year some of these will look a little familiar to you starting out we have astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson this book serves as a introduction to a lot of topics regarding astrophysics but very briefly so everything from dark energy to dark matter to time and space and similar topics kind of our place in the universe it does a very good short introductory to those topics while maintaining a sense of humor so it's a quick read it's fun it's not an intimidating dry fiction or nonfiction book the second book I read is actually the metamorphosis by Franz Kafka this is my one fiction book my one fiction book my girlfriend ended up getting this to me for I think my today it was one of her favorite books and I enjoyed it I don't think I have a literary mind to analyze it and figure out what every thought is supposed to be but it's a very weird quirky little book starts out kind of humorous and gets very depressing fast so there's that I would also recommend this book alright so social wealth is how to build relationships whether that's for personal use or professional use it just talks about some resources like meet-up sites how to get into philanthropy groups and similar aspects along that topic for me I wasn't able to implement much of the information however if that's what you're looking for I would recommend it but personally I didn't gain a lot from this book so we have a short history of nearly everything by Bill Bryson I believe this book I read on audiobooks it's a heaping little book with just under 600 pages I think believe was written in 2003 but it goes over the history of everything from the beginning of the universe and space and astrophysics how things formed how we measured those things all the way up to archaeology modern tectonic movements and evolution so it's kind of a brief overview of everything I thought it was a great building block to expand from would highly recommend this book then we have the denial of death by Ernst Becker I've also learned this book out so I don't have it in physical copy but it's basically a reconstruction of Freudian thought and how we build illusions in life whether through heroic acts or religion how to avoid death super-interesting look I think at times he is trying to build his own religion through this book and I don't kind of take everything with a little grain of salt in the book but I think it was very insightful highly recommend sapiens another one I read early and then gave the book away sapiens by you will know a Ferrari was an amazing book in my first video I mentioned it was reduction list will I still think that I gained a lot of value from it especially when thinking of the human race and if assonance as a timeline feels like you kind of have a top-down look of how we progress chronologically as a species and for that that was super valuable highly recommend right back to a physical copy ten percent half beer by Dan Harris so Dan Harris is a co-anchor on Nightline on ABC and this is a very secular approach to meditation and kind of his journey what he's learned along the way if you're into that secular meditation then I would highly recommend this book it's kind of a nice little almost motivational aspect as to get you meditating phantoms in the brain bathrooms in the brain is a another book I think the last that I've load out this book was phenomenal at five es Ramachandran and basically he looks at patients of his that have had various cognitive disorders whether it be strokes or what-have-you that isolate the damage in certain parts of the brain and shows you what those certain areas are in control of with us body image or cognition behind sight or what have you super super interesting book of how the brain works any holds a fantastic sense of humor throughout it highly recommended alright hello world but being human at the age of algorithms by Hannah fry so this book is all about as the title says algorithms how they affect the justice system courts DNA testing and self-driving cars it's pretty interesting on those modern topics as well as dives into a little bit about privacy related topics especially in regards to genetic DNA I would recommend this book the doors of perception by Aldous Huxley so this is one of the first documentation of one of the first Westerners mescaline trips so it dives deep into his psyche and how he was interpreting the world while tripping as one of the first Westerners in this book and in his timeframe they were likening psychedelics to schizophrenic so you get a lot of insight as to his thought processes in relation to that as well alright um man's search for meaning by victory truncal a lot of people said this book was one of the most impactful books they've ever read I feel like I've missed the train a little bit it's super good don't get me wrong it's about his development of like a therapy and trying to find meaning in life while in Nazi death camps and being transferred between the losing family along away and looking at the struggles of other my issue with it wasn't the story itself but I think it was overhyped to me with the amount of meaning people took back home from the book and their life which I'm a little disappointed personally but this book is amazing if not just for the stories within it and Victor's own personal journey then we have a fact fulness by Hans Rosling so this book was actually on Bill Gates must-read list and it's about why the world is a better place than what we think it is through poverty world hunger female education and what have you it is a healthy return it's a kind of statistics like I think right now we're just constantly seeing headlines about terrible stuff so this kind of keeps you from getting to being depressed a little bit I would definitely recommend this book we have one of my least favorite books so far the miracle morning by Hal Elrod it's a self-help book I've been tinkering around with these types of books and it's all about waking up early and developing a morning routine he writes in a way that this is going to be the best thing you will ever do with your life and to me I can't get to bed before 9:00 and therefore can't implement the aspects of this book that we're saying we're so life changing if you can structure your social life around getting to bed earlier and thus implementing the tactics in this book you could find value from it but for me I wouldn't recommend it we will contrast that with one of my favorite books of this year the botany of desire by Michael Pollan this is how a nonfiction book should be written in my opinion it reads like a fiction story but is obviously nonfiction related it talks about the symbiotic relationships between various different plants that we have whether that's marijuana too potatoes or apples and you learn fun little tidbits along the way and you really really really get an appreciation for how they've affected our evolution and society in different ways I highly recommend we have digital minimalism by Cal Newport this was a book that confirmed some of my habits of those already trying to instill prior to picking this up obviously digital minimalism it's about being a little bit more purposeful with your time online deleting social media but finding the high-value replacements that make up for what you're pulling out of highly recommend this book so then we have to be awakened eight this book was actually a recommendation on the bio hacking subreddit now this book is basically telling you to do paleo and meditation in order to be happy and reach natural ecstasy's I didn't love the writer of this book to me he came up as a little bit sexist and but if you can get past that I do you think it has a few interesting tidbits around how humans in tribal societies live that he used to back up his points in defense of paleo and meditation it's a decent book I didn't love it however but I would recommend it how to win up the sport of business by Mark Cuban and it's a collection a blog post and it reads like a collection of blog post I think it can be summarized by try harder and do things that other people aren't doing if you need a little bit of motivation and entrepreneurship then give it a read but didn't make an impact on me have a new reality by Jonas Salk and Jonathan saw this is probably one of the most beautiful books I've read this year it has tons of gorgeous statistical graphs small typeface and just kind of cool it is human evolution for a sustainable future and basically like the lines on the front of this book talks about like a generation will divide how he moved with exponential growth and how we're studying off into sustainability it's a pretty cool read I recommend that drugs by David Nutt minimizing the harms of legal and illegal drugs I really really really love this book it's a realistic look at the dangers of utilizing drugs but uses that information to talk about the war on drugs and how to minimize harm in society how to discourage drug use moving forward and other great topics highly recommend this if you're looking into drug policy alright ways of looking by this name I'm gonna put your Ossian ward how to experience contemporary art as far as a book that has changed my life this is actually given me a implementable guide of how to look at contemporary art it's actually a super useful book and I've noticed a few museums I've been to after reading this I've appreciated a whole lot more it's also a beautiful book with how he analyzes and experiences different art forms highly recommended alright then we have the tipping point by Malcolm Gladwell how little things can make a big difference he's really well known for his book outliers but this book tackles how obviously small things make a big difference whether that's word-of-mouth trends and faction or simple things like removing graffiti in order to stop crime but also delve into some pretty heavy topics like a suicide epidemic of micronesia super super interesting book kind of reminds me of the botany of desire where it reads like a story but you also take something home from it highly recommended and then we have the gene which I read on audiobook the gene is a amazing end up full history up to the modern day of genetics everything from we discovered what DNA was to how we started synthesizing it for research to CRISPR and genetic engineering and ethical topics moving forward highly highly highly recommend this book the craft of dying the modern face of death by Lynn Laughlin so this book is 40 years old I actually picked this up at the Museum of Contemporary Arts and was surprised it only had like two reviews on good read this book references the denial of death and a few other classic books about death and it argues that one of the main problems with modern society is the length at which somebody is dying prior to modern medicine if you had a heart attack you die if you had a bacterial infection you died it was a matter of days from the onset to the end this is talking about cancers and different other ailments that put somebody in a bid for months two years and how that affects the modern perception of death and our lack of coping with it highly recommend this book what does it mean what does it mean what does it mean a very short introduction to philosophy by Thomas natural Naugle stop guessing and just skip the ones you don't know what does it mean what does it mean what is it what does it all mean this book is a very short introduction to philosophy it doesn't delve into any specific thoughts but it props up the questions that most of them talk about like what is consciousness what is free will what is death and different topics like that it's a good groundwork for getting into more philosophical subjects I would recommend this it's a super short read as well finally we have coma Deus by Yuval no Harare this is a follow-up of sapiens the first two thirds of this book is kind of prop up how we got to modern day abandoning religion different topics akin to that what is consciousness what is consciousness and other ethical topics and then moves in to talking about how we move from current liberal humanism into a future societal religion Bob which he argues is data ism which is the collection and worship of doubt over a large scale all right so that's the twenty five books I've read so far I hope you can get something out with this and maybe add something to your TBR s if you like any of these let me know if you have any recommendations also let me know I'll be adding those to my personal list as well so yeah so that's a kind of how I've been coming along reading one book a week for 2019 I'm looking to take this habit into the future so if you'd like to follow along I would be honored to have you subscribe and loving the reception so far I'll also leave the link below to follow on Goodreads I love discovering what you all are reading and I've definitely found some recommendations from the comments section on my last video so yeah drop me what you like and hopefully I can pick up some more books thanks