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Kell1

Kell1

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By far the best book I have read this year. It will change the way you look at the world and expose your biases. Living in a developing country, I can attest to the author's point of view that people from the west are often shocked when they visit the country as they expect to find lions and zebras cohabiting with us, and find something very similar to where they come from. The book is filled with interesting facts and stories. Highly reccomended

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A comprehensive guide on how to invest in real estate. The book gives you all the options for investing in real estate from renting, flipping houses, investing in commercial buildings, land and so on. Also important is the advice on financing and refinancing.
It is an enjoyable read with plenty of stories from real people to take lessons from and get inspiration. Recommended.

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The Lessons of History | Will Durant, Ariel Durant
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This was a freebie on audible this month. I highly reccomend it, the author is unapologetic and clear on his view of the lessons from history. I found some similarities with Sapiens by Yuval, but this one is a bit more phylosofical. The audiobook includes an interview with the couple. It's a delight to hear the experience that comes with an old age filled with research and personal contemplation.

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This is so far one of the most entertaining and interesting audiobooks I have listened this year. The book describes the origins of the most important drugs in history. The book is filled with interesting stories, and facts, most notably for me are the origins of inoculation, the discovery and early use of opium, the refinement of opium and subsequent creation of opioids and opiates. Also interesting is the description of big pharma. Reccomended!!

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I was looking for a book to give me an idea of what the Spanish Flu was like, how it started, how it finished and it was managed at the time. This book does cover it and some more. It's filled with interesting stories about countries and people from all over the world. The similarities with the current pandemic are undeniable which proves the old saying that history repeats itself... unfortunately. I reccomend this book 100%.

SamAnne I read this one earlier this year and agree. So many parallels. I read this one along with And The Band Played On. 2y
Kell1 Will check that one @SamAnne , thanks 2y
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The book summarizes several psychology studies conducted by the author on the factors that contribute to people cheating. Why we cheat, are we influenced by a group for cheating, is cheating contagious, can wearing fake clothes influence cheating, and so much more. I enjoyed the book, it's quite funny at time and very relatable with lessons that can be applied in day to day life.

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The book started a bit "culty" but improved over time It focus on the concept of resistance which can be summarized as a barrier to achieve one's creative ambitions. I enjoyed it, it has interesting stories about the author's experience in the entertainment industry, his creative battles and some tips. Not that scientific, hence the "so-so" rating. But I recommend nonetheless.

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A book about how to build your business to sell it for millions of dollars. The author tells a story of a marketing company owner who finds himself overworked and in constant pressure to pay overhead and decides to sell his business. He asks advice from his mentor (Rich dad Poor dad style) who guides him throughout the entire process.
The book gives good and practical advice and tells the story in an interesting way. It's a nice and quick read.

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This is a very comprehensive and insightful book about Amazon, it covers it's origin, early beginnings, struggles, evolving business models, the failed partnerships they tried to make, media scrutiny, their ferociousness when trying to achieve something, etc. There is just so much in this book, you will not feel a need to read anything else about Amazon. Totally recommend it.

rather_be_reading oooo stacking this! 2y
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I think everyone should read this book. The authors aim to change the way we perceive oand overestimate our intuition in day to day life. They point out how we think highly of our attention, memory, the confidence displayed by others and ourselves, the illusion of our knowledge, cause and potential. Also, it specifically mentions the flaw in Malcolm Gladwell's book Blink several times in the book (I am sure he didn't appreciate that). Recommended

wanderinglynn Sounds interesting. 👍🏻 3y
Kell1 Very interesting @wanderinglynn 3y
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Good book with useful information about our gut. It's filled with interesting facts and tips you can use to improve your health in general. I learnt a lot with this book. Reccomended.

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Second book by Harari that I read, and I must say the man is a genius! The book tries to predict the future of human kind, how our society will be like, the implications of technology advancements, religion, music, labour, etc. There is a lot of content of human history, aprox. 70% and the actual predictions make up only 30% of the book, but nevertheless the author points out compelling facts and possibilites and even predictions. Reccomended.

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Heard a lot about this book. Finally decided to read it and I was delighted by it. To summarize it, it's ancient wisdom about wealth creation. The book is based on an archeological discovery of texts from ancient Babylon, a wealthy city of the past. In it are contained stories about wealthy man, how they got rich, their struggles, mindset, and a lot of timeless lessons about life in general. The principles and ideas are still applicable today.

Crazeedi Sounds really interesting 3y
Kell1 It is @Crazeedi money lessons still applicable today. Read it if you have the chance. 3y
Crazeedi @Kell1 I will! 3y
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Directing Actors | Judith Weston
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This is a masterclass on psychology, I was very suprised to learn about how acting actually works and the deep personal depths actors need to go in order to give academy award winning performances I was just looking for a book to teach me how to direct VO actors and found this gem with a wealth of knowledge into the art of acting. This should be mandatory reading in film school. Reccomended!!

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Very short book but filled with very good tips on how to improve your writing productivity. These are easy, ready to use techniques that any writer can use to improve their writing. Also some tips on story grid, editing, structure, etc. Highly recommend it.

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Can't say I loved this one, it's full of interesting facts and information about the universe, however I would prefer a little bit more structure and depth into some of the topics (I guess I shouldn't expect much given the title). It's a good read nonetheless.

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I am starting a business in radio and TV advertisement and was looking for a book that could help me understand the voice over world, the techniques and how to direct VO actors. This book gave me a lot of useful information, but it's more tailored to the VO artist and I found it lacking on the actual techniques to be a good VO director. Will need to do complementary reading. But a good reading for a VO artist. Recommended.

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This is probably the most useful influence book I have ever read. The book is filled with interesting stories about hostage negotiation which keeps the reader on the edge of their seats. The book has practical advice that can be used on day to day situations. I am already using the techniques taught in the book. Can't recommend this enough.

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Planets | Andrew Cohen, Professor Brian Cox
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My favourite book of the year so far. It explains how planets are formed, how they interact with each other, the weather, soil, atmosphere and geology of each planet in our solar system. Quite interesting is also the account of the various space rovers sent to the different planets and the information they gathered. This book sparked an interest in me about this topic. Just fascinating. Reccomended!

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Enjoyed this one, it was interesting to learn about the different personality disorders and how they manifest. I enjoyed the stories shared by the author which is a psychologist. His advices are good, but I think that the 48 Laws of Power is a way more useful on the tricks manipulative people use. But I recommended this book regardless.

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This book reveals what really works in advertisements and why. It also gives us a glimpse of the future of advertisement and what market research may look like. It's filled with interesting stories and it's a very pleasant and easy ready. Recommended

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Recently I have been curious about Carbon and it's influence in shaping the world. I was looking for a book that could put everything together in explaining why it is so, and this book almost satisfied that desire. It was written by a minerologist and it tends to wander off into that direction. It's a great read if you want to understand a little bit more about the world, but I will keep looking for more answers about C that I couldn't find here.

wanderinglynn In Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson, he has a chapter about the elements and their role in shaping the universe. Won‘t be as in depth as you want, but it might lead you to other resources. 3y
Kell1 @wanderingly, thanks for the recommendation, will definitely add the book to my stack. Much appreciated. 3y
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Man's Search for Meaning | Viktor E Frankl
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The book has 2 parts to it. The first is the author's recollection of his time as a prisoner at a Nazi concentration camp, the second part is the description of Logotherapy - a form of therapy focused on finding meaning in one's life to deal with mental issues. I think everyone should read this book, it will change your perspective on life and happiness. Recommended.

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A good and quick read, even though I believe the author's view is a bit simplistic considering the enormous number of variables to be factored in human interactions i.e. mental health, financials, social background, personality, etc. Nonetheless, his views are helpful and would definitely help bringing intimacy back in a relationship. But it's not a 1 remedy to cure all diseases. Recommended.

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Stephen King on Writing, quite a compelling book. The first half is filled with stories from his childhood which can be both funny and scary at the same time. The second half of the book are the actual tips from the author on writing. It's a very personal book which should be a treat for any Stephen King fan and at the same time a must read for any aspiring writer. Really enjoyed this one.

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Really enjoyed this one. It touches on triggers that makes us more prone to comply to compliance requests. The book depicts interesting study cases and psychological aspect of our behavior in different scenarios. Couldn't recommend it more!

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Every creative person should read this book. Written by the author of Eat Pray Love, this books is a deep dive into the writer's creative process, filled with great personal stories and cautionary tales. Being a creative person myself this book has inspired immensely. Recommended!!

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The Gene: An Intimate History | Siddhartha Mukherjee
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A history of the gene, a view of where and how the concept came to be, how humanity has used the knowledge from the time it came to knowledge and after recent discoveries. The book is sometimes hard to follow. It was masterfully written with a pint of personal family history from the author and valuable information that all comes together for a better understanding of the gene. Can't recommend this book enough.

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I first came across the 80/20 principle in university when studying industrial maintenance. It turns out that 80% of breakdowns come from 20% of equipment. I could later verify this in my graduate program when I joined an oil and gas company. I never thought this principle could be applied for almost everything in life. Richard Koch did a great job of expanding on Pareto's principle to a broader application. Highly recommend this great book.

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The latest Malcolm Gladwell book. I heard the audiobook and it was quite the experience. Music, actual audio from interviews and court hearings, police tapes, you name it. It brought so much "realness" to the experience that I believe this has set the new standard for audiobooks. The book is just amazing, and it challenges our bias about interactions with strangers and touches on very important topics about policing and diplomacy. Recommended!!

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A book about how to get in a state of total concentration to perform cognitive intensive tasks that advance one's carreer forward. The book has very helpful tips on how to achieve this and also some good examples of people applying these principles. However it gets a jit repetitive and I felt that it wasn't adding much value after a certain point. But I recommended it nevertheless.

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Misleading title, should be called the subtle art of giving a f*ck about certain things. I think I have read a lot of these books, the advices now sound almost the same. A good read nonetheless.

RedJhon And for me it didn't feel like the author was able to carry his "idgaf" attitude through out the book... Tge beginning couple of pages had strong language but it melted down towards the end lol 3y
Kell1 Yes, I felt the same @RedJhon I suppose that was his marketing gimmick to draw attention and potentially sell more books. 3y
RedJhon @Kell1 True. I did like a couple of points he made though, like focusing your energy on what matters and stuff..maybe a 3.5/5 from me... 3y
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Shocking revelations about the news media and conduct. The book gets very repetitive halfway and the stories are more of the same. Nevertheless I recommend it.

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The Magic of Thinking Big | David J. Schwartz
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Another highly recommended book. It has many great tips on how to tune your mindset to be successful, from the way you should dress to how you should set your goals and overall insight towards a successful career. The book is filled with stories with examples of do's and don'ts. A bit of the same if you have read books on the same topic, nevertheless this is a great read. Recommended!

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Really enjoyed this one. Great tips on how to work remotely having a day job. The book aims to change the paradigm on retirement, work, money making opportunities online and more. The author shares many useful tips to help your management of day to day activities. Highly recommended.

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A book about how a small change can make a big difference. Tipping point touches on the triggers to epidemics, the type of people/factors that create massive changes. It's a short book but very enjoyable.

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Third Malcolm Gladwell book I am reading this year. It's fascinating how he finds these simple topics and manages to change our paradigm with unusual yet compelling arguments. Blink is a very interesting read about first impressions, auto-pilot responses, profiling and bias. The book won't give you a guide in how to use the "blink method", it instead raises awareness about it calling for further introspection of oneself about first impressions.

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48 Laws of Power | Robert Greene
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I have heard a lot about this book, to be honest it is not what I was expecting, nevertheless I couldn't stop reading it. It is an evil man's step-by-step guide to deceipt & backstabbing, I am sure this book is popular amongst politicians and the mafia. It is useful to recognize power plays in the workspace and life in general. I hope the teachings of this book are not attractive to people, otherwise we will live in a terrible world.

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This is a highly recommended book, I have heard about it in different forums. Finally got to read it. It is a very personal book, the author shares many personal stories throughout the book. There are many references to the bible, which for an atheist like myself was not very relatable. The book is not an easy read, many "big words", and .the author constantly jumps from one theme to another. Overall I recommend it, there is a lot to take from it.

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Malcolm Gladwel does it again. This is a great book about underdogs and favourites, in traditional Gladwell fashion it aims to change the paradigm on the perceived advantages of powerful individuals and institutions over the perceived disadvantages of underdogs and why we are wrong in thinking the way we think right now. Very interesting read, will definitely change your perspective on this topic. Recommend it

Crazeedi Yep great book! 4y
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The title is a bit misleading. The book is more about the practice of SPEKT scans for psychological treatment in couples. Nevertheless, the book is filled with interesting information about how our brain works, the different parts of the brain and their functions and the effect of hormones on the brain. The sex tips make about 20% of the book. Also, too much advertisement of the author's medical clinic. Good book though. Recommended.

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A book about enlightenment, what it is, what experiences are expected from meditation, the nature of consciousness and other compelling arguments about the ego and thought. It's not an easy book to read sometimes, but nonetheless a great insight on an atheist's view on spirituality. This book has changed my perception of gurus and the like will definetly remember the teachings of the author for a long time. I recommend it!

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Great book, highly recommend for people looking to lose weight. It completely changes the paradigm on our perception of obesity, weight gaining and dieting. Spoiler alert: eating less and exercising more doesn't work for losing weight. The book explains the role of insulin in our metabolism and weight gaining, what to eat and when to eat. A great read!

Kell1 Been following the recommendations from this book for 2 weeks now. Lost about 5kg/11lbs. If you are looking for tips for weight loss, this works! 4y
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I learned a lot with this one, didn't realize my mitochondria was that important. The author gives a long list of changes to make in your daily life, however it can be too much to keep track or dedicate time to. Will definitely try some of the tips. If they work I will change my rating from So-so to Pick.

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Written by one of Warren Buffet's son, this book gives a very good insight of the core values of the Buffet family; work etic, money, philanthropy, vocation and so on. Peter buffet puts into perspective the blessings and curses of being born into a wealthy family, he uses very good examples of both sides of the coin. I totally recommend this book for an instrospective look at one's own life and pursue of happiness.

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Very informative book. Useful insights on raising a happy and stable child. Very good tips from a father and scientist whose passion shows throughout the book. I recommend.

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Great book, very good tips on how to get that extra advantage in life, through eating habits, sleep, exercise, even the use of (smart) drugs. A lot of gadgets are recommended in this book, will definitely try some of them. Dave Asprey is an avid promoter of the conceptbof biohacking, and this was my first experience with the concept and will definitely check his other book - headstrong.

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Fantastic book, very insightful, well written and unbiased. The author makes great use of metaphors to explain complex concepts. His scientific approach to the many topics gives the book more credibility. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to understand how to achieve happiness.

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A book about the author's journey from couch potatoe to mountain climber. The book is mainly a testimony from a student of the Wim Hof method, which is a breathing technique and cold terapy which boosts your imune system and brings about other health benefits. It is an interesting book, not only for the explanation of the method but also for the journey the author went through and the interactions with Wim Hof himself. A good read.

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Oh wow, what a fantastic book. It presents numerous case studies of innovative ideas and the environment and context in which these came about. You will sure change your perception of how inventionts come to be. The author also makes a comparison between cities and he animal habitat in ways that make you think how interconnected the two are without even realising. Highly recommend it.