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August 2021 Book Reviews: The Chosen, The Inner Game of Tennis, Daughter of Cana, The Art of Racing in the Rain

August was surprisingly more fiction-heavy than usual. We’ve got two ancient history retellings, a story about life from the dog’s point of view, and then a performance-mindset/learning book masquerading as a book about tennis. To see how I did this last month with my To Be Read list, keep reading! (To learn more about the …

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July 2021 Book Reviews: The Inner Game of Stress, The Four Tendencies, Mark of the Raven, The Land Beneath Us

July turned out to be more fiction-heavy than usual, but I still got in a few interesting nonfiction reads. Fiction, particularly fantasy fiction, rarely catches or hold my attention nowadays, but this month I discovered a trilogy that had me binging the entire 3-book set in one day. Interestingly, it wasn’t even the best story …

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June 2021 Book Reviews: Room, Live Not By Lies, Reality Therapy, Positive Addictions

June was a bit of a dark reading month. Books read included a fictional retelling of a kidnapped woman and her son born in captivity, real-life interviews with people who survived Soviet communism, and two psychology books that contradict most of the popular psychological assumptions about mental illness and its proper treatment. Yep. Real light-hearted …

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5 Best Classic Books You Can Use as Self-Defense Weapons 

The following books are real door stoppers. I mean that physically and metaphorically. For this month’s “5 Best” booklist, I chose books that not only plumb the profound depths of our human experience, but do it brilliantly — with page-turning storylines that make the thousand-or-so-page-long experience feel like a too-short stroll in the neighborhood park. Not to …

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May 2021 Book Reviews: Six of Crows, Hope Was Here, The House at Pooh Corner, Before & After

As part of my plan to study story-creation in the next few months and beyond, I’ve been researching Booktube, specifically: TBR games. (More on that in future articles). Which is what inspired me to start a To-Be-Read project of my own. For the first couple months of this Project, I’ve been using a simple “spin …

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5 Best Habit-Formation Books

If you actually want to improve your life, it isn’t enough to think about it. All success depends on what you DO. And not just what you do, but what you do, repeatedly. As the famous philosopher Aristotle once said: We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit. If …

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