List of Books [Updated Mar 31, 2017]


Books are collections of knowledge, adventures, curiosity, and when applied they can be very powerful.  Reading one or two books per month seems like a good idea.  I'll update the list as I read more.

IN PROGRESS
- Faith vs Fact by Jerry A. Coyne (amzn).
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers, by Tim Ferriss (amzn).
- Compilers: Principles, Techniques, & Tools, by Aho, Sethi, and Ullman (amzn).
- Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach, by Russell and Norvig (amzn).


WANT TO READ
- Aristotle's Physics (free, summary).
- Choose Yourself by James Altucher (free/amzn).
- Principia Mathematica (free).
- On the Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin (free, have read one chapter before).
- The Bible (Christian, free, have read some, but never from beginning to end fully).
- The Quran (Islam, free, have read a few hundred pages, but never finished it).
- Doctrine and Covenants (LDS, free).
- Pearl of Great Price (LDS, free).
- Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought by Pascal Boyer (amzn).
- Not Even Wrong: The Failure of String Theory and Search for Unity in Physical Law (amzn).
- The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S. Collins (amzn).
- Ethereum Programming (amzn).
- Armada, by Ernest Cline (amzn).
- Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, by Christian and Griffits (amzn).
- The Gene: An Intimate History, by Mukherjee (amzn).
- Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future (amzn).
Body by Science: A Research Based Program for Strength Training, Body building, and Complete Fitness in 12 Minutes a Week.
- The Red Queen by Matt Ridley.



FORMAT
[category]
[book title] [author] (links)
- [short summary or highlights]
- [my thoughts]


BRAIN
The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine (amzn).
- Dive into the latest scientific findings on the female brain--from birth until death.
- The book has plenty of technical jargon, but there is plenty of content that is easy to understand. The parallels between species should be taken with a grain of salt. Although not the main topic, the author notes that there is a choice between what we wish to believe (as femenism tends to do) and what science is discovering. If we wish to understand we must be willing to explore books like this.  I would encourage men to read this.

The Male Brain by Louann Brizendine (amzn).
- Like the Female Brain, but it's the boys turn.
- Similar to the previous book.  Women should read this in order to understand men.

Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown (amzn).
- Learn a little about hypnosis, religion, memory, NLP, and cleverness.
- The book felt to me as a scattered collection of topics.


FANTASY
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline (amzn).
- A book for those that enjoy anything 80's, video games, and futurism.
- The audio book is excellent!

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling.
- Teenagers go to wizard school, learn, experience many adventures, and fight the bad guys.
- Great for the growing and adventurous mind.  One of the few books I enjoyed reading when I was a teenager.


FINANCIAL & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason (amzn).
- Stories filled with financial advice.
- I think the book is easy to read and has great principles that we can follow.

The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsay (amzn).
- A collection of financial information.
- I think the modern structure of finance is important to know. This is the type of book that one should use as an adult in the USA.

How to Be the Luckiest Person Alive (free/amzn).
- Stop believing what you are told, think differently.
- I think the book is entertaining, and delivers a dosage of common sense.

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk (amzn).
- A short guide to becoming an internet entrepreneur.  Includes: branding, storytelling, online platforms, advertising, concepts of transparency and community.
- The book is highly motivating,

How Come That Idiot's Rich and I'm Not? by Robert Shemin (amzn).
- Simple, and get-rich-quick style.
- The book is an ok read, but I think this is one among many "go out and do it" type books.

How to Win at the Sports of Business by Mark Cuban (amzn).
- Learn about effort, motivation, destiny, and advice on startups by billionaire Mark Cuban.
- Another great entrepreneurship book.

The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss (amzn).
 - Learn how to DEAL (Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation) in order to get success in entrepreneurship.
- This is the type of book that illuminates possibilities of money-making, but even more important the principles that can help create a nimble profile.


HEALTH
Carb Backloading by John Keifer (pdf).
- A book that explains concepts of science and body building. The book covers timing, misconceptions, terms, supplements. The book has a food guide as well.
- The book is worth reading if you intend on body building and muscle strength.  It is likely that you will want to read it a few times.

The Carb Nite Solution by John Keifer (amzn).
- Explanation of a low-carb/keto diet with a cheat/break day.
- This is the type of book that I would recommend to those that have the need to lose body-fat, and do so in a sustainable way. The book is only about 100 pages long, the rest are: nutrition information

The Bulletproof Diet (amzn).
- The low-toxin food guide.
- Worth a read.

Keto Clarity by Jimmy Mooreand Eric Westman (amzn).
- Explains the alternative body-energy mode known as ketosis.
- Worth a read.

The 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss (amzn).
- The body hacking guide.
- Another good book by Ferriss, this is a large book and reading it from cover to cover is quite the chore. But it works well as a reference book.


NATURAL SELECTION
Outliers by Baker and Taylor (amzn).
- A synthesis of opportunities and chance that leads to the amazing success of a few individuals.
- If you can I recommend the audio book. I think this is the type of book that is in alignment with concepts like Natural Selection (meaning that the environment rewards certain traits more than others).

Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry, et al.(amzn).
- Learn about emotional intelligence, and how to improve it.
- The book is broken down into many sections, it almost feels as if the author is just trying to thrown every variance of emotional aspects into the book. Read once and forget it.


RELATIONSHIP AND ADVENTURE
The No-Nonsense Guide to Women by Marc H. Rudov (amzn).
- Be selective, don't waste your time and money on incompatible women.
- Read once and forget it.

The Game by Neil Strauss (amzn).
- A geek infiltrates the seduction community.
- Listen to the audio book a few times, it's quite entertaining.


RELATIONSHIP MAINTENANCE
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman (amzn).
- Learn to be attentive of your partner's communication needs.
- The book is easy to read, and well-structured. It breaks down several major communication methods, but eventually mixes them. Later down on the book there is some salesmanship of selling "love-languages" books for specific groups (such as "for men", and for xyz).


SCRIPTURES
The Book of Mormon (LDS, free).
- A middle eastern family travels to America, establishes a colony, divides into two major groups. Jesus appears in America, teaches stuff, then leaves. Eventually the two groups (white folks, and dark folks) try to destroy each other. The white guys lose. The last white guy travels around carrying the book, some sword, and some translation stones, and eventually buries this stuff in New York, USA.
- I went through it when I was a kid, and thought it was good.  If I went through it again, with a greater capacity of critical thinking and an improved scientific mindset, then it would probably not do too well.


EDUCATION
D Web Development, by Kai Nacke (amzn).
- Learn to use the D language along with vibe.d framework, and databases, in order to create a web server.
- The book is fairly simple and will prove useful for many simple servers. Synchronizing methods of threads could be better explained, also better anti-hacking routines and examples could be good for the beginner programmer.

Published: Jul 22, 2016

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