The Never-Ending Year of The Book: Book Recommendations 2.0


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I want to tell you about a secret issue many writers have, which I like to call writing inflation. Like economic inflation, writing inflation happens when a writer's words lose value as they produce more work. Critics and readers complain about how prolific writers' newer works mirror older ones. The question arises: How can a writer's work evolve but not sound redundant? The answer is simple: Read books.



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With only twenty-four hours a day, how can you find the time to read? I learned that there are multiple ways to absorb knowledge. The main three kinds of learning are called auditory (learning from listening), visual (learning from reading or pictorial representation), and kinetic (learning by doing the task). If you are an auditory learner like me, you can listen to a book when driving, exercising, or even writing.



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I wrote a piece last year about the books I read in 2020. I wanted to create a follow-up book list so you might find some inspiration.






(Image of The Fabric of Civilization: How Textiles Made The Word by Virginia Postrel cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Fabric-Civilization-Textiles-Made-World/dp/B09B2QMJZC, Image of Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid cover courtesy of https://www.amazon.com/Daisy-Jones-Taylor-Jenkins-Reid/dp/1524798622, Image of A Separate Peace by John Knowles cover is courtesy of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5148.A_Separate_Peace, Image of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Grit-Passion-Perseverance-Angela-Duckworth/dp/1501111108, Image of This is Not a Fashion Story: Taking Chances, Breaking Rules, And Being a Boss In the Big City by Danielle Bernstein cover is from https://www.amazon.com/This-Not-Fashion-Story-Breaking-ebook/dp/B07Z7FP733, Image of HBR's 10 Must Reads on Emotional Intelligence (with featured article "What Makes a Leader?" by Daniel Goleman) cover is from https://store.hbr.org/product/hbr-s-10-must-reads-on-emotional-intelligence-with-featured-article-what-makes-a-leader-by-daniel-goleman/15036, Image of The Art of the Pitch: Persuasion and Presentation Skills that Win Business by Peter Coughter, Jr. cover is from https://ictusmarketing.com/blog/2015/10/26/book-summary-the-art-of-the-pitch, Image of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë cover by https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Jane-Eyre/Charlotte-Bronte/9781416500247, Image of Muse: Uncovering the Hidden Figures Behind Art History's Masterpieces by Ruth Millington cover is from https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/Muse/Ruth-Millington/9781639361557, Image of The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday is from https://www.amazon.com/Obstacle-Way-Timeless-Turning-Triumph/dp/1591846358, Image of Kitchen Confidential Updated Edition: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly by Anthony Bourdain is from https://www.amazon.com/Kitchen-Confidential-Updated-Adventures-Underbelly/dp/0060899220, Image of The Catalyst: How to Change Anyone's Mind by Jonah Berger cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Catalyst-How-Change-Anyones-Mind/dp/1982108606, Image of Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger is from https://www.amazon.com/Contagious-Things-Catch-Jonah-Berger/dp/1451686587/ref=pd_lpo_1?pd_rd_i=1451686587&psc=1, Image of Where the Crawdads Sing by Dehlia Owens cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Where-Crawdads-Sing-Delia-Owens/dp/B0874L23DT/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=where+the+crawdads+sing&qid=1663526441&s=books&sprefix=where+the+%2Cstripbooks%2C90&sr=1-3, Image of Titans of History: The Giants Who Made Our World by Simon Sebag Montefiore cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Titans-History-Giants-Made-World/dp/0525564462/ref=sr_1_1?crid=KNATM2FIA5ST&keywords=titans+of+history&qid=1663526490&s=books&sprefix=titans+of+history%2Cstripbooks%2C104&sr=1-1 , Image of Jerusalem: The Biography by Simon Sebag Montefiorecover is from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004LROX8S/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i0, Image of The Romanovs: 1613-1918 by Simon Sebag Montefiore cover is from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B013ZNNX5W/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_bibl_vppi_i2, Image of What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures by Malcom Gladwell cover is from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6516450-what-the-dog-saw-and-other-adventures, Image of Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Blink-Power-Thinking-Without-ebook/dp/B000PAAH3K/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1YLQKF8883BOO&keywords=blink+malcolm+gladwell&qid=1663526930&s=digital-text&sprefix=blink+%2Cdigital-text%2C91&sr=1-1, Image of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Subtle-Art-Not-Giving-Counterintuitive-ebook/dp/B019MMUA8S/ref=sr_1_1?crid=J7544MV58QR0&keywords=the+subtle+art+of+not+giving+a+fck&qid=1663526985&s=digital-text&sprefix=the+subtle%2Cdigital-text%2C751&sr=1-1, Image of The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem by Stacy Schiff cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Witches-Suspicion-Betrayal-Hysteria-Salem/dp/031620059X , Image of Cleopatra: The Queen Who Challenged Rome and Conquered Eternity by Alberto Angela cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Cleopatra-Queen-Challenged-Conquered-Eternity/dp/0062984217/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1663527234&sr=1-1, Image of The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir by André Leon Talley cover is from https://www.amazon.com/The-Chiffon-Trenches-A-Memoir/dp/B082QPZTSV/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=andre+leon+talley+book&qid=1663527328&s=books&sprefix=Andre+Len+%2Cstripbooks%2C105&sr=1-1, Image of Andy Warhol Was a Hoarder: Inside the Minds of History's Great Personalities by Claudia Kalbcover is from https://www.amazon.com/Andy-Warhol-Was-Hoarder-Personalities/dp/1426219474/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1663527424&sr=1-1, Image of Spark: How Genius Ignites, From Child Prodigies to Late Bloomers by Claudia Kalbcover is from https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08YS9XYGB/ref=dbs_a_def_rwt_hsch_vapi_tkin_p1_i1, Image of The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups by Daniel Coyle cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Culture-Code-Secrets-Highly-Successful-ebook/dp/B01MSY1Y6Z/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=culture+club&qid=1663527672&s=digital-text&sr=1-3, Image of Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Creativity-Inc-Overcoming-Unseen-Inspiration-ebook/dp/B00FUZQYBO/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=creativity+inc&qid=1663527924&s=digital-text&sprefix=creativity+inc%2Cdigital-text%2C103&sr=1-1 , Image of The Map of Knowledge: A Thousand-Year History of How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found by Violet Moller cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Map-Knowledge-Thousand-Year-History-Classical-ebook/dp/B07H1YGPF1/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+map+of+knowledge&qid=1663528032&s=digital-text&sr=1-1, Image of Dog Is Love: Why and How Your Dog Loves You by Clive D.L. Wynne, PhD cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Dog-Love-Why-Your-Loves-ebook/dp/B07LC7BQPK/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=dog+is+love+why+and+how+your+dog+loves+you&qid=1663528080&s=digital-text&sprefix=dog+is+love+%2Cdigital-text%2C93&sr=1-1, Image of Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Sex-Drugs-Cocoa-Puffs-Manifesto-ebook/dp/B000FC0U30/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=sex+drugs+and+cocoa+puffs&qid=1663528285&s=digital-text&sprefix=sex+drug%2Cdigital-text%2C104&sr=1-1 , and Image of In the Weeds: Around the World and Behind the Scenes with Anthony Bourdain by Tom Vitale cover is from https://www.amazon.com/Weeds-Around-Behind-Anthony-Bourdain-ebook/dp/B08PV5HYLG/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1ZQU3FGV3ITWO&keywords=in+the+weeds+anthony+bourdain&qid=1663528557&s=digital-text&sprefix=in+the+weeds+%2Cdigital-text%2C90&sr=1-1.)

















Me on my first day of graduate school

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