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Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons
2 of 5 stars
While I agree with the fundamental principals of the book, the author uses anecdotal evidence of particular situations she has come across to support broad theories on parenting. There are some citations in the book, but very few. Most …

Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook
5 of 5 stars
Awesome follow-up to Kitchen Confidential. I would recommend reading Kitchen Confidential first as much of this book references that one, but this is still a captivating, albeit slightly more tempered than the first, read and an inside …

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
5 of 5 stars
Really great book that not only discusses the habit loop (cue, response, reward) but also how to identify those habit loops in yourself and in others. It gives, through example, tools and knowledge on how to proactively identify your ha…

Einstein Never Used Flashcards: How Our Children Really Learn--and Why They Need to Play More and Memorize Less
4 of 5 stars
Information provided in the book is very useful and practical advice. The book is backed by research efforts and not just arbitrary theory which was reassuring. The only complaint I have is that is was a bit tedious to read and didn’t…

Daemon
5 of 5 stars
An excellent sci-fi thriller. Written by a former IT security analyst turned author, this book has excellent credibility and frightening plausibility. The story pits artificial intelligence against government corruption in an all out w…

Ender's Game
5 of 5 stars
Fantastic book. Not much else to say that hasn’t been said already. Very enjoyable. Now I can go see the movie.

Remote: Office Not Required
5 of 5 stars
Concise and practical would be two good words to describe this book. 37signals is a great company, that knows a lot about this growing trend in the workspace. They do an excellent job, deriving from their experiences, outlining what wor…

You: The Owner's Manual: An Insider's Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger
3 of 5 stars
I was expecting more from this book. I don’t think of myself as a medical genius by any stretch, but much of the content in this book seemed rather common sense. Anyone who already likely takes care of their body well already may wish …

Calico Joe
5 of 5 stars
What a wonderful book. First time I finished a book in a single day, I could not put it down. If you love baseball I would recommend this book, or if you are a father I would recommend reading this book. If you are a father, and love …

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
3 of 5 stars
I have historically been fascinated by Gladwell’s writing and his stories are always intriguing and many are downright fascinating.

Unfortunately, after reading several scathing reviews of Gladwell (such as one by Chris Chabris in Sla…

Ready Player One
5 of 5 stars
Hands down the best novel I’ve read to date. A "must read" for any fan of science fiction, video gaming, or 80s pop culture. I could not put this down from the moment I got past the first chapter.

The Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy SEAL
5 of 5 stars
An amazing life story of a Navy Seal officer who led a life of service in both humanitarian and military efforts. The book is both inspiring and humbling to read as the author casually details his daily life which is certainly not ordin…

Eating Animals
5 of 5 stars
An amazing work if you are at all interested in the process of animal agriculture. The book’s author has a strong vegetarian stance (not initially evident at the front of the book), however the author does an excellent job of citing as …

The Personal MBA: Master the Art of Business
5 of 5 stars
Josh Kaufman does a great job at consolidating popular business books: How to Win Friends and Influence People, Rework, Good to Great, etc. and presents them in a great format of 1 – 2 pages per topic. It’s easy to pick the book up and…

Stumbling on Happiness
2 of 5 stars
Unfortunately, stumbling onto this book did not make me happy to read it. The book is not a self-help book, which I knew going into it, rather it explores the human psyche and explains why we as a species have a difficult time knowing w…

Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain
5 of 5 stars
Excellent book that explores the impact physical exercise has on the brain. I’ve read many articles and seen results from exercise on my waistline and energy level, but never fully understood the chemical changes that happen in the brai…

Steve Jobs
5 of 5 stars
Well written book of a man who had a laser like focus for making great products. Isaacson portrays Jobs as a man of many character flaws, but explains how those flaws helped him build the company that Apple has become today. You truly …

The Hunger Games
4 of 5 stars
This is a very engrossing, unconventional rags to riches story with a little something for everyone. The story has elements of love, social class, sport, brutal combat, and even politics.

If I had one criticism of the book is that it t…

This is a Book
3 of 5 stars
Demetri Martin is both unpredictable and broccoli. See what I mean?

The Girl Who Played with Fire
5 of 5 stars
This series is quickly becoming my favorite. The character development is addicting, and the story keeps you at the edge of your seat the entire time.

Also, as a side note, I had no idea Stieg Larsson died at age 50 and that all 3 of …




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