Books on my Kindles #2 (part 3)
This is a continuation of a recent series of posts:
in which I list and talk about the books I currently have downloaded to my Kindles. For more information on this, see that first post linked above.
Listed in the previous posts:
- The City on the Edge of Forever (at AmazonSmile*)
- Soft-Wired: How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Can Change your Life (at AmazonSmile*)
- These Are The Voyages, TOS, Season One ( Season One Book 1) (at AmazonSmile*)
- These are the Voyages – TOS: Season Two (at AmazonSmile*)
- Ghosts: True Encounters with the World Beyond (at AmazonSmile*)
- The Painted Word: A Treasure Chest of Remarkable Words and Their Origins (at AmazonSmile*)
- Wild and Untamed Thing: Richard O’Brien – the LOST interview (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping)
- Flying Saucer to the Center of Your Mind: Selected Writings of John A. Keel (at AmazonSmile*)
- THE ROAD TO LOCH NESS (The Kodiak Books) (at AmazonSmile*)
- Batman Eternal (2014- ) #1 (at AmazonSmile*)
- Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less(at AmazonSmile*)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (the one I have isn’t available any more, so no linking)
- The Rise of the Humans: How to outsmart the digital deluge (at AmazonSmile*)
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)
by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
3.9 out of five stars, 319 customer reviews
bought for $1.99
I’ll be interested to see how I come out on this. I’m not a very emotional (I tend to stay on a pretty even keel) person, but I do think I’m pretty good at understanding other people’s emotions. I think that empathetic sense helps me as a trainer, and when I was hiring trainers, it’s one of the things I sought in candidates. I’ve been stalled on this one because it wants me to take an online test to set a baseline, and I just haven’t gotten around to that. There is a basic concept at work here, that there are many kinds of “intelligence”. I wrote a paper in high school on “optimum IQ”, in which I argued that the highest IQ wasn’t necessarily the best one, in terms of success in the world. Obviously, I’m not the only person to have thought that. This quotation, which I have in my book of quotations, The Mind Boggles: A Unique Book of Quotations (at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*), gives one perspective:
Cassie Hughes (played by Christina Cole): “So, what’s it like being so wise?”
Azazeal (played by Michael Fassbender): “Well…obviously, it makes normal life difficult. The trouble is, you see everything before everyone else, and then you have to wait for them to catch up.”
Cassie: “That must be very frustrating.”
Asazeal: “You’ve no idea.”
–Possession episode of
screenplay by Julian Jones
A Game of Thrones 4-Book Bundle: A Song of Ice and Fire Series: A Game of Thrones, A Clash of Kings, A Storm of Swords, and A Feast for Crows (at AmazonSmile*)
by George R.R. Martin
4.4 stars, 390 reviews
purchased for $15.72
No, I’ve never seen the series. 🙂 We don’t have HBO, and while I probably would try it if it eventually became free or “no additional cost” (available through Prime Video, for example), I’m not willing to pay for it.
What happened here is that a relative (one generation down) asked me if I’d read it because it was hard to follow and my relative wanted to ask me some questions about it. So, I bought it. 🙂
I’ve only been reading it off and on. I haven’t found it all that engaging and while it does have non-human animals (always a plus for me), it’s quite harsh, which I tend not to prefer. Our adult kid has both read the books and seen the series, and recommended to me watching the series first (a very unusual suggestion from that source), since it gave you more of a “road map”, which made the books easier to follow. I’m a bit torn, because of that…our adult kid is very wise. 🙂
With the Daniel Radcliffe-starring, Alexandre Aja-directed version opening in the USA at Halloween, I was intrigued…and picked this up on sale.
How To Get Instant Trust, Belief, Influence and Rapport! 13 Ways To Create Open Minds By Talking To The Subconscious Mind (at AmazonSmile*)
by Tom “Big Al” Schreiter
4.7 stars, 175 reviews
not yet started
bought for $2.99
Using “Big Al” as a nickname didn’t immediately gain my trust or belief, but we’ll see how the book goes. 😉
This Explains Everything: 150 Deep, Beautiful, and Elegant Theories of How the World Works (at AmazonSmile*)
by John Brockman
4.0 stars, 97 reviews
not yet started
bought for $1.99
“The great tragedy of Science: the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.”
–Thomas Henry Huxley
That quotation is paraphrased a lot, but I would also say that’s the beauty of science…you want your hypotheses knocked down by facts: that’s why they are there. 😉
I’m looking forward to starting this one, when the timing is right.
This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking (This Will Make You Smarter: 150 New Scientific Concepts to Improve Your Thinking)
by John Brockman
3.8 stars, 148 reviews
bought for $2.99
0% (still in the front matter)
That’s not like me! I didn’t even realize until now that these were both by the same author. 🙂 I will say, though, as I check the prices, I got some good deals! This one is currently $8.81. Now, though, I’m much more likely to just get something through Kindle Unlimited, so books being on sale won’t tempt me as much.
The Battle of $9.99: How Apple, Amazon, and the Big Six Publishers Changed the E-Book Business Overnight (Kindle Single) (at AmazonSmile*))
by Andrew Richard Albanese
3.8 stars, 138 reviews
Got it as a gift
Not sure why this one is still on my Fire. 🙂 I got this Kindle single as a gift at the holidays, and I have read it. I’ll remove it after this. You can read my review of it on Goodreads
This one was purchased by Significant Other…probably give it a shot when my SO is reading it, so we can talk about it afterwards.
I was able to help with this in the pre-publication phase, doing proofreading and making some editorial suggestions. For that reason, I don’t want to say too much about it (although I don’t have any financial connection to the book, and I don’t have a relationship with Derek outside of having read the first book, reviewed it, and then helped with the second gratis). Both books are available through KU.
Here’s my review of the first book, which will give you some idea:
I think that’s enough for this post! One more ought to catch us up.
By the way, my SO used KU for the first time….and borrowed a couple of cookbooks and got a couple of recipes…that’s an excellent use of it, in my mind.
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