Nothing To Envy By Barbara Demick

Nothing To Envy focuses on the chaos of living in North Korea told by six defectors who over the course of the book realize their government has betrayed them. Rating: 4.2/5 Recommended for: Anyone who wants to hear the inside scoop from defectors about how fucked up ordinary life in North Korea actually is. Key … Continue reading Nothing To Envy By Barbara Demick

On Writing By Stephen King

Stephen King’s On Writing is basically a two part book merged into one. The first half of the book goes over his childhood, how he got into writing—picking up little lessons along the way. He touches on his influences growing up, school shenanigans, and how certain life experiences translated into his books. The second half seamlessly switches … Continue reading On Writing By Stephen King

Sacred Hoops By Phil Jackson

Sacred Hoops covers Phil Jackson’s upbringing and career through 1994. Demonstrating how he applied zen principles to his coaching methods. True joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way.  If we can accept whatever hand we’ve been dealt— no matter how unwelcome— the way … Continue reading Sacred Hoops By Phil Jackson

A More Beautiful Question By Warren Berger

To ask a powerful question, we must: Step back. Notice what others miss. Challenge assumptions (including your own). Gain a deeper understanding of the situation or problem at hand, through contextual inquiry. Question the questions were asking. Take ownership of a particular question.  To question well, you must have the ability to say, ‘It doesn’t … Continue reading A More Beautiful Question By Warren Berger

The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand. Look, I'm going to find a way to be happy, and I'd really love to be happy with you, but if I can't be happy with you, then I'll find a way to be happy without you. Experience is what you … Continue reading The Last Lecture By Randy Pausch

The Art Of Living By Epictetus

Happiness and freedom begin with a clear understanding of one principle: Some things are within our control, and some things are not. Think of your life as if it were a banquet where you would behave graciously. When dishes are passed to you, extend your hand and help yourself to a moderate portion. If a … Continue reading The Art Of Living By Epictetus

Maybe You Should Talk To Someone By Lori Gottlieb

But part of getting to know yourself is to unknow yourself—to let go of the limiting stories you’ve told yourself about who you are so that you aren’t trapped by them, so you can live your life and not the story you’ve been telling yourself about your life. There is a simple realization from which … Continue reading Maybe You Should Talk To Someone By Lori Gottlieb

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running By Haruki Murakami

You have to wait until tomorrow to find out what tomorrow will bring Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional The most important thing we learn at school is the fact that the most important things can't be learned at school. I’m the kind of person who likes to be by himself. To put a finer … Continue reading What I Talk About When I Talk About Running By Haruki Murakami