• On Work

    On Work

    This is a collection of essays from the author all about the culture of work. Thompson covers our move from religious accomplishment as a defining factor of our lives in previous generations, to how we’ve supplanted that need for accomplishment with workism, the worship of work. The biggest benefit to reading this short book was…

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  • How to Do Nothing

    How to Do Nothing

    Jenny Odell spends the first half of this book looking at how to disengage from the attention economy and the second half trying to give us the tools to engage with something worthwhile in our live. I particularly like the idea she presents that social media promotes connectivity, mere likes and shares, while what we…

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  • How to Make Notes and Write

    How to Make Notes and Write

    The goal of Dan’s book is to teach you to take good notes and turn them into good writing in the academic/school world. Dan says that if you have an assignment you should always be able to find something interesting in it and turn that interesting bit into something you can write well about. I’d…

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  • Warbreaker

    Warbreaker

    In this part of Brandon Sanderson’s world magic is endowed by the consuming of the spirit of another being. While this doesn’t kill the being, this does leave them “drab” so they pass through life as just a little bit less than whole. Full of political intrigue and the bad people aren’t who you think…

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  • Conspirituality

    Conspirituality

    Conspirituality examines how the Yoga and wellness world moved from doing things that are good for your body, into conspiracy theory through the COVID19 pandemic. This book covers insights from the 3 authors that were very involved in the health and wellness world, until they started to see the bad turn it was taking into…

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  • The Good Enough Job

    The Good Enough Job

    The main premise of this book is that workism is particularly American and a fairly modern phenomenon. Workism is the belief that work is the source of meaning in your life, and the author explores how work has come to replace religion, and any other type of volunteering, to become the main focus for everyone.…

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  • Manufacturing Happy Citizens

    Manufacturing Happy Citizens

    This book explores how the wellness industry has built itself by telling us that we’re not complete without whatever trick they have to offer. One of my favourite insights comes near the end where the author states that happiness doesn’t fit into our lives now, we have to shape our lives around the ideas that…

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  • A Day of Fallen Night

    A Day of Fallen Night

    This is a prequel book to The Priory of the Orange Tree, which I read a few years ago and enjoyed. A Day of Fallen Night takes you back to earlier days of The Priory, and we get to see how the blood of the Priory with it’s magic is brought into a kingdom that…

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  • Jaws – The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

    Jaws – The Story of a Hidden Epidemic

    Jaws explores the idea that our jaw is becoming undersized and it’s a hidden thing that no one but the author sees. The “establishment” won’t recognize the problem, but keeps treating the symptom only. The first hint that this book might not be as good as the author thinks is that it’s co-author is Paul…

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  • Tress of the Emerald Sea

    Tress of the Emerald Sea

    Tress is nobody living on an island so dismal that you’re not allowed to leave it, because no one would ever want to live there anyway surrounded by spores that can kill you if they touch water. Yup, that means if they get in your eyes they can sprout and you’re dead. Tress discovers that…

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