Books That Have Made Me

My notes to you from my Kindle

Although I loved paper-and-ink books all my life, I now love Kindle books more. One of the many advantages I get from reading on my Kindle (I've got a Kindle Oasis) is that, while I am reading, I can easily select and save salient sentences or paragraphs into a document on my computer. Later, if needed, I easily and quickly give myself a refresher course of what I thought important in reading the book.


Sharing these clippings with you


Also, I can share these clippings with you. Yes, you could read the entire book like I did. And you might decide to after perusing the parts that I thought especially juicy or valuable.


This link will be updated with new book notes from time to time. 

You also might want to check out my book recommendations on Amazon. And the book titles further down on the page in Acknowledgements.

My eclectic life (and mind)

When I was fourteen years old, I decided to put together my "philosophy of life" eclectically. I would explore many different thoughts, belief systems, perspectives, and life arguments somewhat regardless of whether I thought they might align strongly with what I already believed. Thinking for myself, as my mother had taught me to do from age five (or earlier), I would adopt (at least provisionally) new ideas and approaches as they seemed to fit and make sense and let go of the rest. I would also question in what circumstances the ideas may apply and may not apply.

A few of the continual flow of books that have and are making me, in chronological order of my reading


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Second Edition: The Process and Practice of Mindful Change

-Steven C. Hayes, Kirk D. Strosahl, and Kelly G. Wilson

The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed on Your Own Terms

-Vishen Lakhiani (I read this in December of 2017)

The Extended Mind: The Power of Thinking Outside the Brain

-Annie Murphy Paul (I read this in October of 2021)

Maxims for Thinking Analytically: The wisdom of legendary Harvard Professor Richard Zeckhauser

-Dan Levy (I read this in August of 2021)

A Minute to Think: Reclaim Creativity, Conquer Busyness, and Do Your Best Work

-Juliet Funt (I read this in November of 2021)

The One-Minute Workout: Science Shows a Way to Get Fit That's Smarter, Faster, Shorter

-Martin Gibala and Christopher Shulgan (I read this in June of 2018)

How Not to Diet: The Groundbreaking Science of Healthy, Permanent Weight Loss

-Michael Greger, M.D., FACLM (I read this in February of 2020)

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most 

-Douglas Stone (I read this in April of 2020)

Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life

-Todd B. Kashdan (I read this in October of 2020)

"The Scout Mindset: Why Some People See Things Clearly and Others Don't"

-Julia Galef (I read this in August of 2021)