📚 Finished reading: Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro, ISBN: 9781090532084
Opinionated, polarizing, challenging. Unfortunate that the people who could benefit most by reading this book are the people least likely to read it.
I. Loved. This. Book.
“A lot of people train to have their best day ever,” he said. “In ultra running, you learn to train for your worst. I’m looking to get to the most painful spot I can.”
Walmsley beat me by nearly 9 hours at Western States last summer. I didn’t have a terrible race.
📚 Finished reading: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling, ISBN: 9781781100486
I first read this three years ago, out loud, to my son, a dyslexic 2nd grader. Now that he’s closer to Harry Potter’s age we reread it together. In some ways it was more enjoyable this time (he frequently pointed out differences between the book and the movie). In other ways the book made me more sad before (did I just completely forget all the ways the Dursleys tortured a child?). It’s also interesting to ponder how much and how little Rowling had planned out the entire series at this point. Good book. Good read.
📚 Finished reading: Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, ISBN: 9780385348621
This was good. Lots of entertaining anecdotes and (some) supporting data. In my opinion the most useful section of this book was her “four tendencies” framework, which the author later spun off into its own book (which I plan to read).
It’s hard not to compare this to James Clear’s Atomic Habits, which I read last May. I feel like Atomic Habits had more useful advice and had a cleaner, more methodical structure. However, Better Than Before made me laugh more. Both good. Both useful. Both recommended.