Posted by: LYF | July 22, 2009

What I’ve been reading

Moby Dick – Herman Melville

Awesome book.  Some stretches can be really difficult to get through.  Melville takes a lot of time describing the minutia of whaling and Moby Dick enters the story very late in the book.  But the frustration and anticipation make the ending that much better, and when you look back on the novel you can appreciate why Melville did this.

Captain Ahab had the best quotes by far – “Talk not to me of blasphemy, man: I’d strike the sun if it insulted me.” or “I am madness, maddened!  Badass.

The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

Good book.  Really practical.  I’m a huge fan of Tim’s blog, I’d recommend checking it out.

Ignore Everybody and 39 other keys to creativity – Hugh McLeod

This is a really quick read, similar to Tribes.  I don’t have much to say about it.  Yeah, it was good and the advice made sense.  Was it awesome? Meh, not really I guess.  It only reaffirmed the way I felt about certain things.  I’m happy it read it though.

Seneca: Letters from a stoic – Seneca

I’ve read a few books on philosophy.  Most of them aren’t the least bit accessible to the average guy – the person they’re supposed to be helping in the first place (i.e. Carl Jung).  Others are so hopelessly stupid that they make you want to punch yourself in the face – ahem The Secret.  Stoic philosophy isn’t like that.  It’s practical advice for everyday problems, designed for the average person.

My favorite quotes, “A person going out into the sun, whether or not this is what he is going out for, will acquire a tan.” and “It is in no man’s power to have whatever he wants; but he has it in his power not to wish for what he hasn’t got, and cheerfully make the most of things that do come his way.”  Good stuff.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – Robert M. Pirsig

I tried really hard to like this book.  It didn’t work.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan

Great book.  Well laid out, really interesting and written in such a way that you don’t get overwhelmed when the author introduces complicated topics.

Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell

Liked this the best out of his three books.

Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Caroll

Really liked these a lot.  It was nice to read after a heavy book like Moby Dick.


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