Some Books You Might Enjoy

by Stephen Mills on October 29, 2009

I thought I would list some of the books I’ve read recently and found interesting or enjoyable recently.  I won’t write a lot about them because they are Amazon links that you can follow and get a lot more information than I can provide here.

Heart Warming

I love animals and this book just made me feel good.  A Lion Called Christian: The True Story of the Remarkable Bond Between Two Friends and a Lion.

Happiness and Well-Being

Curious?: Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life – I highly recommend this book.  It doesn’t seem to be too well known but 64% of Amazon reviewers gave it 5 stars.  I agree.  The author Dr. Todd Kashdan claims the missing ingredient in much of the popularization of positive psychology is curiosity.  Very well written.

Two books by Tal Ben-Shahar The Pursuit of Perfect: How to Stop Chasing Perfection and Start Living a Richer, Happier Life and Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment.  The author has a very personable writing style and these books are full of insights that I found valuable.  They are both fairly short (200 pages) and easy to read.  I found the one on perfection to be slightly preferable because it covers less well-travelled ground.

Sonja Lyubomirsky’s The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want is outstanding.

I wrote a whole article called Positivity Leads to a Flourishing Life on this book so I won’t say anymore here other than I recommend it: Positivity: Groundbreaking Research Reveals How to Embrace the Hidden Strength of Positive Emotions, Overcome Negativity, and Thrive.


Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less is a unique and fascinating book by Sam Carpenter. It gets an 90% 5 star rating on Amazon.

I absolutely loved Can I Have Your Attention?: How to Think Fast, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Concentration.  This book is obviously not widely read and my review on Amazon is the only one out there.  I gave it 5 stars when I was only 1/2 way through the book.  So maybe I’m crazy and maybe I liked it because it was so unique.  I really don’t know, but it is an inexpensive and short 200 page paperback so how can you lose?

I devoured The Age of Speed: Learning to Thrive in a More-Faster-Now World and now I’m trying to figure out how to use it.  It is a quick and interesting read.

OK, I read this one a long time ago but it is an idea that most people just don’t seem to apply: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Success by Achieving More with Less.

Good to Great

The book gets a 94% 5 star rating on Amazon: The Leap: How 3 Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career from Good to Great. I truly enjoyed this book and it has a fairly unique thesis.  Rick Smith the author writes about how to make “the leap” without leaping and taking a lot of risk.  It’s 200 pages long and is an easy read.


I bought this book the day it came out.  I noticed it has since received a 100% 5 star rating on Amazon.  It is a fascinating and unique book and I strongly recommend it.  Move into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality

Transcend: Nine Steps to Living Well Forever – This is a very interesting and highly valuable book in my opinion.  The nine steps are a mnemonic for the word “transcend”: Talk with your doctor; Relaxation; Assessment; Nutrition; Supplements; Calorie reduction; Exercise; New technologies; Detoxification.  The authors have an extremely optimistic view of the future in health that may not come to pass, but this is an excellent resource.


I thoroughly enjoyed The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, but it is rather controversial and gets mixed reviews.  To a curious person like myself it was a very interesting read.


American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer is a long (721 pages) biography about the father of the atomic bomb.  I found it engrossing.

True Story

Trail Of Feathers: Searching for Philip True is about a reporter who was murdered in Mexico and the subsequent search for justice.

Life in General

I thought this book was excellent but be forewarned: it is a rejoinder to the very popular The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  Thus, it is not for everyone.  Robert M. Price writes from a humanist perspective:  The Reason Driven Life: What Am I Here on Earth For?

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meatlessmama October 29, 2009 at 9:26 am

wow, thanks for the list, many here I would never have found. I am especially intrigued by Can I Have Your Attention…
.-= meatlessmama´s last blog ..Love Notes Left Behind =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 8:54 am

Hi meatlessmama, thanks for commenting. I could have listed 50 books but I picked these. I’m going to read can I have your attention again. I loved the book but I read it while I was travelling and didn’t really come up with a plan on how to apply it.


Vin - NaturalBias October 29, 2009 at 9:48 am

Thanks, Stephen! As if I don’t already have enough books at home waiting to be read, I’m going to add the ones you mentioned about health and fulfillment to my list.

Are you into stock or currency trading? I know The Black Swan is popular in those circles.
.-= Vin – NaturalBias´s last blog ..Is this Invisible Product of Technology Harming You? =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 8:56 am

Hi Vin, no I am not into trading. I know the book and it’s author is orienting toward trading, but I still thought the fundamental idea was fascinating. It’s one of those things I don’t really quite know how to apply though. I know how you feel with too many unread books. I have too many to keep track of 🙂


Ideas With A Kick October 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

Gracias Stephen. Considering I’m a slow reader, this list is big enough to last me till spring 🙂

I think I’m gonna start with looking into the positive psychology books. I read “Happier” by Tal Ben-Shaharand I found it very useful and well researched. More than the self-help fluff you find in other books.
.-= Ideas With A Kick´s last blog ..Sometimes forgiveness isn’t the answer =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:01 am

Hello Eduard. You need to read more and get faster. 🙂 It’s a wonderful hobby. If you liked “Happier” you will like his book on perfection. I think the “Curious?” book would be good for you too. It’s definitely a different take on positive psychology than you usually get.


Armen Shirvanian October 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

Hi Stephen.

This is a cool thing to do for a few reasons. You get to organize the books you have read into certain categories so you can easily see which you read the most, and we get to see them in their cool separate groups.

On that section about the 80/20 book and how most don’t apply it, I think many of us forget to use it often times until after we have performed an activity, and then see where 80/20 would have helped. The few that have thought of it and used it for an activity sure have been glad about it, though.

Cool set here.
.-= Armen Shirvanian´s last blog ..Timeless Information Video #2 =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:03 am

Thanks, Armen. I LOVE reading. I should have written a lot more articles like this one.


Belinda Munoz October 29, 2009 at 11:13 pm

Stephen, interesting list. I enjoyed Black Swan, too, though it wasn’t at all what I’d hoped. I’ve been interested in Oppenheimer for years and you saying you find the book engrossing despite the off-putting length makes me want to pick it up. Thanks.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:07 am

Hi Belinda. If you asked me if I was interested in biographies, I would probably say no. On the other hand some of the most wonderful books I’ve read are biographies. I loved this one and it is rather a tragic story.


Jonny October 30, 2009 at 3:03 am

Really recommend “The Leap”.

Rick Smith sent me his book a few weeks ago and I have done a recent “Non-book review” article for it and its key points at my site under the same title as the book.

If you are interested in buying it, it might be worth checking out and Rick has been kind enough to be on hand to answer any questions you might have.
.-= Jonny´s last blog ..The Leap – How Three Simple Changes Can Propel Your Career From Good To Great =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:18 am

Hi Jonny and thanks. Great minds think alike right? 🙂


Diggy - October 30, 2009 at 3:20 am

Yes!!! There is one book on your list I have read! Woohoo 🙂
I read the Black Swan, that is the only one.

Out of your list the book that appeals to me most just from the title is the “Work The System” one. Ill look out for it next time Im in a bookstore!

Thanks Stephen!
.-= Diggy –´s last blog ..Inspirational and Awesome Quotes =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:21 am

Hello Diggy. “Work the System” is definitely an interesting book. Thanks for stopping in to comment!


Dragos Roua October 30, 2009 at 6:07 am

Wow, thanks for the list, that will surely stretch up my reading hours 🙂 I saw at least 2 that I would really want to have, and “Work The System” is one of them.

Thanks for sharing, this is really useful.
.-= Dragos Roua´s last blog ..44 Tips for Traveling Long Distance =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:25 am

Hi Dragos, I really think “Work the System” is right up your alley. Thanks for your ongoing support.


Dayne | October 30, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Love this list of books. I’m going to have to check out “Black Swan” now. You have me intrigued!

Thanks for this great list!
.-= Dayne |´s last blog ..Clean Your Desk, Clear Your Life =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:26 am

Hello Dayne, thanks for stopping by. I really did enjoy “The Black Swan”. It is a fascinating idea.


BunnygotBlog October 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

Fantastic list! I have to check some of them out.
.-= BunnygotBlog´s last blog ..12 On Blogging: Katie Clemons, “Making This Home” =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:28 am

Hi Bunny! Thanks for your comment.


Karlil October 30, 2009 at 5:13 pm

This is a great list Stephen. I’m waiting for The Leap to arrive at my doorstep. It’s great to know the book make it in your list. I heard many good reviews for the book.
.-= Karlil´s last blog ..5 Simple Tips To Increase Everyday Laughter =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:27 am

Hi Nik. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in “The Leap”. It is an easy, but valuable read.


Lana-DreamFollowers Blog October 31, 2009 at 3:11 am

Great list, I will check out 80/20 principle, sounds like exactly what I need now!
.-= Lana-DreamFollowers Blog´s last blog ..Relationships Advice – Other People Are Just Mirror Images Of You =-.


Stephen Mills October 31, 2009 at 9:31 am

Hello Lana. I’ve recently decided to recommit myself to the 80/20 principle. It is something that is so easy to forget even when you know what you should be doing. Thanks for commenting.


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