A summary of book recommendations and updates from the books page for the month of November 2016. This is a monthly post emailed out to my newsletter. I’m also always on the hunt for good books contact or tweet @juvoni.


Books Added:

Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words

by Randall Munroe

Tags: Humor, Reference, Science

Rating: 6/10 — Reading Ease: 3/4 —Reading Time: 4 hours

“By choosing the right words, you can take an idea that’s happening in your head and try to make an idea like it happen in someone else’s. That’s what’s happening right now.” — Randall Munroe

3 Reasons to Read

  • Complicated things explained simply with great illustrations.
  • Examples of how to communicate technical subject areas using the most 1,000 common words.
  • Entertaining explanations with insight into big concepts in the world.

The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, the Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World

by Edward Dolnick

Tags: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Science

Rating: 6.5/10 — Reading Ease: 3/4 —Reading Time: 7 hours

3 Reasons to Read

  • Those interested in the history and the history of science specifically.
  • The history of Isaac Newton and the transition to modern science.
  • Learn about London in the 1600s.

Notes Added

The Seven Laws of Learning: Why Great Leaders Are Also Great Teachers

by Richard L. Godfrey

Tags: Education, Education Theory, Leadership, Psychology

Rating: 7/10 — Reading Ease: 3/4 —Reading Time: 4 hours

“Leaders don’t change lives. Teachers do.” — Richard L. Godfrey

3 Reasons to Read

  • Learn how to be a better teacher
  • Improve your communication skills
  • Understand the power of stories and how to utilize them to get your message across

How to Read a Book: The Classic Guide to Intelligent Reading

by Mortimer J Adler

Tags: Education, Personal Development, Philosophy, Writing

Rating: 8/10 — Reading Ease: 2/4 —Reading Time: ** 13 hours**

“….a good book can teach you about the world and about yourself. You learn more than how to read better; you also learn more about life. You become wiser. Not just more knowledgeable, books that provide nothing but information can produce that result. But wiser, in the sense that you are more deeply aware of the great and enduring truths of human life.” — Mortimer J. Adler

3 Reasons to Read

  • Become a more intelligent reader.
  • Learn the different reading styles: Elementary reading, Inspectional reading, Analytical reading, Synoptical reading.
  • Get better at reading seemingly difficult books, so you can expand your knowledge even further.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

by William B. Irvine

Tags: Philosophy, Psychology, Stoicism

Rating: 10/10 — Reading Ease: 3/4 —Reading Time: 9 hours

“If you consider yourself a victim, you are not going to have a good life; if, however, you refuse to think of yourself as a victim—if you refuse to let your inner self be conquered by your external circumstances—you are likely to have a good life, no matter what turn your external circumstances take. (In particular, the Stoics thought it possible for a person to retain his tranquility despite being punished for attempting to reform the society in which he lived.)” ― William B. Irvine

3 Reasons to Read – Learn about Stoicism. – Acquire a philosophy of life that can help you become a thoughtful observer of your life. – Learn how to find your triad of control, reduce stress, manage your emotions and live a fulling life.


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