Category: Books

  • Four Thousand Weeks by Oliver Burkeman: Top 5 Lessons

    One of the things I love most about this book is the author’s personal history. You see, long before publishing Four Thousand Weeks, Oliver Burkeman wrote a weekly column on productivity. He’s a productivity geek. A guru. He knows every trick in the book — and added a few chapters. Did it make him happier, though? Complete, […]

  • 3 Deep Lessons from Greenlights (and Why You Should Get the Audiobook)

    Ironically, I’ve never been a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey. The only noteworthy thing I used to know about him was the insane number of “Murphs” he dropped in Interstellar.  But then, I picked up his memoir Greenlights on a whim. (It was a long train ride, and I needed some soothing words in my […]

  • 3 Key Lessons From Rest by Alex Pang

    Sometimes you’re lucky enough to read a book when you really need it. For me, Rest by Alex Pang was such a book. See, at the time, I was spinning too many plates. Heavy plates. On the one hand, I did a full-time master’s program where I was head over heels in projects and courses. […]

  • Deep Reading: The Skill to Absorb Everything You Read

    Deep reading helped me level up my reading practice in every possible way: I become totally absorbed in books. Everything I read is more memorable. Books are more attractive to me than social media. Ironically, I discovered it after a long and painful reading drought that was caused by… reading too much. See, I stopped […]

  • How to Worry Less About Money: 5 Lessons from the Book

    Normally, I really hate books about money. Sure, they teach you how to invest, how to go by with less, how to save for retirement, and all that. But here’s the problem: These are band-aid solutions. They might butter up your financial situation, but neglect far more critical, underlying questions: How much money do I […]

  • Why Reading ‘The 48 Laws of Power’ Is a Huge Waste of Time

    Goodreads rating: 4.15 Stars. Over 1.2 million copies sold in the US alone. Recommended by Will Smith, Kanye West, and Michael Jackson. I desperately searched for a silver lining in The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Unfortunately, though, I hated every second of reading this treasure map to hell. I can’t tell you […]

  • 4 Addictive Books for Short Attention Spans

    Whenever I feel my attention span dwindling, I turn to these four books. They’re highly condensed, edited to the maximum, and hook your attention on every page. Plus, they’re made up of stand-alone chapters so you can flip them open and start wherever you like. These quietly addictive books are ideal if you want to […]

  • 5 Lessons From Dune by Frank Herbert

    (Note: This article will include elements of Dune’s early plot, but it will not contain any spoiler material.) When the credits of Dune rolled on the big screen, I was blown away. In fact, I was still trembling when I walked out of the theater. What is it about this world leaves me shaken to […]

  • 3 Life-Changing Books I Re-Read Every Year

    Many books are 90% fluff. There’s one good idea explained on five pages, and the remaining 300 pages are filled with empty words coating that single idea like the fat rim of a steak. That’s why I generally dislike re-reading books — it can feel like a waste of time and energy. But every once in a […]