2018 Quarterly Reads #2

  • Kitchen Hacks
    • An encyclopedia of fun little kitchen hacks. I started reading this in a Barnes & Noble about three years ago and decided I would finally finish it off.
  • The Big Ones
    •  Natural disasters terrify us when they happen, and we tend to forget about them otherwise. But history has proven that it's not "IF it happens" but "WHEN it happens", and it should be our responsibility to be ready to respond when they do. So do you have an emergency plan ready for your lifestyle? Totally worth the read even if you're prepared because Dr. Jones goes through and analyzes all the big natural disasters in human history - some of which I had no idea about.
  • Rejection Proof
    • "The way someone feels about me, or about a request I'm making, can be impacted by factors that have nothing to do with me. Then why should I take everything about a rejection so personally?" So many valuable lessons from a man who decided to take on a crazy 100-day challenge. I very much enjoyed Jia Jiang's story. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has ever allowed their anxiety to take over and dictate their life.
  • Educated
    • Kino and I listened to this via audiobook on our drive from Portland to San Antonio, and we actually had to pause so many times due to disbelief and emotional weight. Educated recently came out this year and was suggested to me by one of my clients; it traces the isolated childhood and upbringing of Tara Westover, whose Mormon Fundamentalist family distrusted all schools, doctors, etc. and raised their family accordingly. Juxtaposed to our modern city lives, it's hard to believe that experiences like these happened so recently, are happening now, and very well could be happening for who knows how long into the future.
  • Buddha's Brain
    • Favorite book of the quarter!!! Did you know that Tibetan Buddhist monks have demonstrated the ability to produce gamma waves during meditation? Buddhism is the one religion that aligns most with science, encouraging you to take nothing on faith alone and to question its teachings. Every moment reading this book was like settling into a peaceful guided meditation, backed by scientific evidence around every corner. Growing up Buddhist, many of the teachings covered in this book were familiar to me, and in the context of a science-backed guided meditation, I feel that this book would be a wonderful teacher to anyone I know, regardless of religious affiliation or lifestyle.
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