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#GIRLBOSS
3.69
really liked it
Having been Nasty Gal's first intern during the early days in Berkeley when it was just Sophia and Christina (the first full-time employee who is now ...more
Jul 29, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
Narcissus and Goldmund
4.20
really liked it
Narcissus and Goldmund was recommended to me by a friend as a trade-off for him having read one of my favorite books, Shantaram. This book is deeply r ...more
Aug 10, 2014
Jul 28, 2014
 
Siddhartha
4.01
it was amazing
Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha is sort of THE book responsible for the evolution of Buddhism in the West. Hesse pulls elements from the Eastern philosophy ...more
Jan 30, 2019
Jan 23, 2019
 
Shantaram
4.27
it was amazing
If I had to pick only one book to take to Mars with me, Shantaram would be it. It is the greatest story of love I have ever read – from the love of a ...more
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Jul 27, 2014
 
Calypso
4.19
really liked it
This was my first ever Sedaris book. I listened to the audio book version, which I think made it more enjoyable as it was read by Sedaris himself; it ...more
Nov 26, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
 
A Man Called Ove
4.36
really liked it
A sweet, feel-good novel about a curmudgeon with a big heart. Backman’s prose and writing style caught me off guard at first—he has a tendency towards ...more
Feb 16, 2019
Jan 08, 2019
 
The Richest Man in Babylon
4.25
really liked it
This book is amazing for imparting knowledge in areas of life that are vital to success and offering practical pointers for actionable application. It ...more
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Jul 27, 2014
 
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
4.30
really liked it
A beautiful collection of letters to/from Sugar, where she gives her advice-seekers real, raw and relatable advice based on her philosophies and exper ...more
Dec 11, 2014
Nov 17, 2014
 
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics
3.97
really liked it
If you could paint the preliminary principles of physics with words, you would get this series of short essays by Rovelli. I've always found physics a ...more
Jan 20, 2018
Jan 23, 2018
 
The Art of Living: Vipassana Meditation as Taught by S. N. Goenka
4.32
it was amazing
Manual for living a happy, balanced life

One of the more helpful, contextual books I’ve read on meditation, though this is specific to the technique o
...more
Nov 20, 2018
Nov 08, 2018
 
Mating in Captivity: Reconciling the Erotic and the Domestic
4.13
it was amazing
Esther Perel provides a unique perspective on romance and relationships that challenges the status quo in the US and many other parts of the world, li ...more
Dec 12, 2016
Dec 15, 2016
 
When Breath Becomes Air
4.35
it was amazing
Beautifully poignant and deep, presented in artful prose rarely found in novels these days, reflective of the author's deep intelligence and knowledge ...more
Dec 19, 2016
Dec 19, 2016
 
Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
4.11
liked it
I probably should have READ this book rather than LISTEN to it, as the audio book read by NdGT himself at normal speed was still too quick for my brai ...more
Dec 16, 2018
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Nov 26, 2018
 
Norse Mythology
4.10
really liked it
I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into with this one; it ended up being a fun, enjoyable read. But unless you’re really into mythology, c ...more
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 14, 2019
 
Kafka on the Shore
4.13
it was amazing
This was my first full-length Haruki Murakami novel, and it won’t be my last. Kafka On The Shore is unlike anything I’ve ever read. Few authors can pu ...more
Jan 04, 2019
Jan 04, 2019
 
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
3.68
it was ok
I really wanted to like this book - and I tried. It took me a lot longer to finish this book than most - I almost didn’t. I love McSweeney’s Internet ...more
Sep 29, 2018
Sep 29, 2018
 
Rich People Problems (Crazy Rich Asians, #3)
3.95
it was ok
Definitely a guilty pleasure type-of-read; enjoyable in the sense that there are tidbits of cultural truisms that I could relate to, especially growin ...more
Jan 25, 2018
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Jan 24, 2018
 
Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment
4.04
really liked it
Carl Sagan once wrote, “The notion that science and spirituality are somehow mutually exclusive does a disservice to both.” Robert Wright serves both ...more
Mar 25, 2019
Nov 22, 2018
 
Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future
4.23
liked it
i was hovering for awhile between 3 stars and 4, but ended up giving it a 3 for the following reasons:

1) elon musk himself is fascinating and an extre
...more
Feb 09, 2016
Feb 09, 2016
 
The Great Gatsby
3.91
liked it
The first time I read this was in high school as required reading. It was not enjoyable because it was forced reading, and god knows I can't be bother ...more
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Jul 28, 2014
 
The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
4.00
really liked it
I first became infatuated with Milan Kundera in The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and while The Book of Laughter and Forgetting doesn't disappoint, I ...more
Mar 31, 2019
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Apr 06, 2017
 
The Pillars of the Earth (Kingsbridge, #1)
4.31
really liked it
Well-written, entertaining read (like a rated-x version of Narcissus and Goldmund)

While this book definitely had parts that were page-turning and "can
...more
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Sep 07, 2015
 
Flowers for Algernon
4.11
really liked it
More like a 4.5 but that wasn’t an option

Took me a few chapters to really get into the book because the writing was difficult to follow at first but t
...more
Nov 19, 2018
Oct 18, 2018
 
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto
4.08
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Jul 29, 2014
 
The Art of Possibility
4.05
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Jan 31, 2019
 
Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time
4.03
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Jan 19, 2018
 
The Denial of Death
4.16
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Dec 21, 2018
 
Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason and the Human Brain
3.97
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May 08, 2019
 
Clear and Simple as the Truth: Writing Classic Prose
4.03
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Feb 19, 2019
 
The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness
4.00
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May 15, 2019
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