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Fear by Bob Woodward

If even half of what those Woodward interviewed for Fear said is true, that’s one crazy administration we’ve got there in Washington. Mostly, the book just confirms what we’ve been hearing since the election and stitches it together in a basic timeline. The writing style is engaging. Sometimes it’s hard to read, though, because it can be repetitive and also makes you sad about the current leadership of the country. I only recommend reading this book if you do not have high blood pressure.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 115
Pages Read in 2018: 29,652
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In Praise of Wasting Time by Alan Lightman

In our society, we’ve become addicted to always being connected, having instantaneous communication, and constantly being entertained by one device or another. This has improved many parts of our lives. But there are consequences. In Praise of Wasting Time presents some of the research both of problems with our constant connection and benefits of wasting time and urges us to just stop on occasion and enjoy life. Take a walk and think. Write in a journal about wherever your mind takes you. Play a mindless game of solitaire while your subconscious mulls over a task. The weird thing is, all evidence points to spending a little bit of “wasted” time will actually improve creativity, happiness, and productivity. I highly recommend reading this book (and putting the ideas into practice). It’s short so you can read it in one or two sittings if you want. It could change your life for the better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 55
Pages Read in 2018: 13,426
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