Weekly Non-Fiction Reading List 5.3.21

Whoa! I haven’t finished 10 books in one week in a while, but here we are. I read some incredible books from so many different niches. As a newer investor, this week’s review starts out with an awesome book about keeping your priorities straight while building wealth and security. I also read about managing anxiety, how our genes influencer our behaviors, why conflict is not abuse, and one of the most insane non-fiction books I’ve read about some shady and unethical things that go down in the science community. Enjoy!

AND after months of work, I’m launching a brand new project this week involving a lot of inspiring and wise authors, so make sure you’re following me on Twitter and Instagram so you don’t miss it!

Each of the links to the books are affiliate links, so if you use my link to purchase any of these books, some comes back to support what I do (and it also helps fund my reading habit).

The Geometry of Wealth: How to shape a life of money and meaning by Brian Portnoy

Brian Portnoy does an incredible job with this book, reminding us about what really matters in life. As a psychology nerd, I was glad that Brian started the book off by discussing hedonic adaptation and why we’re always striving for more. Portnoy then lays out a sort of roadmap/formula for how we can live a fulfilling life while also making good investments. He reminds us to remember to put our intrinsic motivations above our extrinsic motivations and keep our priorities in line. I was pleasantly surprised that this book leaned more towards philosophy and mental health than actual investments. But with that being said, there’s also a ton of great investment advice in here, such as being mindful of our fast vs. slow thinking and some of our biases.

I highly recommend this book to not just investors but anyone who ever stresses about money (which is just about everyone). I can definitely say that I’ll be reading this book again when I need a reminder to get back on the right path.

Similar books:

How I Invest My Money: Finance experts reveal how they save, spend, and invest by Joshua Brown, Brian Portnoy, and Carl Richards

The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert

Unwinding Anxiety: New Science Shows How to Break the Cycles of Worry and Fear to Heal Your Mind by Dr. Judson Brewer

I’ve been waiting for months for this book, and it didn’t disappoint. Jud breaks down how anxiety works and how we get into terrible habits that perpetuate anxiety. Without even realizing it, we’re making our anxiety worse, but there are simple ways to become more mindfully aware and begin managing it in a much better way. Jud’s mindfulness methods have taught me to work with my anxiety and not run from it through practices like R.A.I.N., and it’s a life saver. While there is some repeat information from his first book The Craving Mind, it was great to have a refresher to better understand the teachings of this book.

I may be a little bias because I’ve had the honor and the pleasure of speaking with Jud on many occasions and even interviewing him for my YouTube channel. But to date, he’s one of the kindest guys I’ve ever met who is passionate about helping others. So, if you’re struggling with anxiety, do yourself a favor and get this book.

Similar books:

The Craving Mind: From Cigarettes to Smartphones to Love — Why We Get Hooked and How We Can Break Bad Habits by Dr. Judson Brewer

The Mindful Path to Addiction Recovery: A Practical Guide to Regaining Control over Your Life by Lawrence Peltz

Rewire Your Anxiety by Chris Boutté

Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan

Similar books:

Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality by David Linden

Behave: The Biology of Humans at Our Best and Worst by Robert M. Sapolsky

The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity — and Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Daniel Z. Lieberman and Michael E. Long

The Book of Mistakes: 9 Secrets to Creating a Successful Future by Skip Prichard

Similar books:

The Serendipity Mindset: The Art and Science of Creating Good Luck by Christian Busch

The Success Equation by Michael J. Mauboussin

The Rudest Book Ever by Shwetabh Gangwar

Conflict Is Not Abuse: Overstating Harm, Community Responsibility, and the Duty of Repair by Sarah Schulman

So, what happened at the end of the book? Well, I knew what was coming, but it just seemed so out of place in this book. Towards the end, Schulman tells stories of real conflicts around the world, and the whole flow of the book completely changed. It went from this deep philosophical discussion for most of the book into the author writing about specific stories from Twitter and Facebook where people are arguing about Israel and Palestine. Schulman is a great writer, but it felt like this should have been two separate books. With that being said, I still highly recommend the book so more people can learn how to calm down and have mature conversations without feeling as though it’s abuse.

Similar books:

The Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars by Meghan Daum

Conflicted: How Productive Disagreements Lead to Better Outcomes by Ian Leslie

Giving the Devil His Due by Michael Shermer

Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events by Robert Shiller

Similar books:

Irrational Exuberance: Revised and Expanded Third Edition by Robert Shiller

Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception by George A. Akerlof and Robert J. Shiller

The Dumb Things Smart People Do with Their Money: Thirteen Ways to Right Your Financial Wrongs by Jill Schlesinger

The Influential Author: How and Why to Write, Publish, and Sell Nonfiction Books that Matter by Gregory V. Diehl

Similar books:

How To Write Non-Fiction: Turn Your Knowledge Into Words (Books for Writers Book 9) by Joanna Penn

The Business of Being a Writer by Jane Friedman

The Unstoppable Creative by Todd Brison

Content Marketing for PR: How to build brand visibility, influence and trust in today’s social age by Trevor Young

Similar books:

Superfans: The Easy Way to Stand Out, Grow Your Tribe, And Build a Successful Business by Pat Flynn

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin

So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport

Elastic: Unlocking Your Brain’s Ability to Embrace Change by Leonard Mlodinow

Similar books:

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by K. Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Perception — How Our Bodies Shape Our Minds by Dennis Proffitt and Drake Baer

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined by Scott Barry Kaufman

Galileo’s Middle Finger: Heretics, Activists, and One Scholar’s Search for Justice by Alice Dreger

Similar books:

The War on Science: Who’s Waging It, Why It Matters, What We Can Do About It by Shawn Lawrence Otto

The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters by Tom Nichols

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World by Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin West

I do this reading list every week, so stay tuned! You can follow me here as well as on Twitter and Instagram, and make sure you’re following me on GoodReads too.

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