Books on my Imaginary “To Read” List

pile of books in shallow focus photography

Now, I say my imaginary list, because I don’t really have this written down anywhere except in my brain and on my Amazon wish list. I grew up despising books and reading; You’d never catch me with a book in my hand. It wasn’t until I had an extremely traumatic relationship that I picked up a book. I had just gotten out of the hospital for overdosing on many different medications. Really, it was a miracle that I was still alive. I needed to keep my mind occupied and not give my mind a chance to wander and think of worst-case scenarios. I decided to go to the library and get a library card. That day, I walked out with about 4 books to read. I would be making trips to the library weekly because I was starting and finishing books daily. I started to absolutely love books. Now, every time I see one that I might be interested in, I’ll immediately go on Amazon to put it onto my wish list so that I don’t forget the title.

Currently Reading

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Crushing It
by Gary Vaynerchuck
Grain Brain by David Perlmutter, M.D.
Brain Maker by David Perlmutter, M.D.
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves
Ageless Brain by The Editors of Prevention & Julia VanTine

To Read

Inside the Criminal Mind by Stanton Samenow
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
What Every Body is Saying by Joe Navarro
Your Life on Purpose by Matthew McKay PhD, John P. Forsyth PhD, & Georg H. Eifert PhD
Power Foods for the Brain by Neal D. Barnard
Awaken the Giant Within by Anthony Robbins
Love is Letting Go of Fear by Gerald G. Jampolsky MD
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Dangerous Personalities by Joe Navarro
The New Codependency by Melody Beattie
Madness: A Bipolar Life by Marya Hornbacher
Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
Complications by Atul Gawande

Done Reading

The Future of the Mind by Michio Kaku
Tweak by Nic Sheff
Emotions Revealed by Paul Ekman PhD
When Rabbit Howls by Truddi Chase
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan
The Center Cannot Hold
by Elyn R. Saks
A Million Little Pieces
by James Frey
An Unquiet Mind
by Kay Redfield Jamison
The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
by Oliver Sacks
Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus
by John Gray PhD
Codependent No More
by Melody Beattie
by Nicholas A. Christakis & James H. Fowler
by Jon Acuff

I bet you can’t guess what genre of books I prefer!! Haha, just kidding. It’s pretty obvious. Click on the pictures of the books to be directed to Amazon!

These are all of the books that I own (excluding some giant textbooks). And yes, I do have text books that I willingly read. I also have a lot of PDF files on my computer of books.

My Book Tips:

  • I’ve found quite a lot of books online by Googling the book title [& author, if needed] with “PDF” after the title. The most promising sources are the links that look like this:
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    With the internet, you have to be extremely careful with viruses and all that lovely crap. When in doubt, follow my next tip.
  • Amazon is amazing, we all know this. Being able to buy brand spankin’ new books all the time would be awesome, but lets get real…We don’t need brand new.
    When you search a book on Amazon, check the “Used” area before anything else! There are a couple things to keep in mind, though, to get a good deal.
    *Make sure the seller is rated above 90% or 95% – this is usually pretty promising.
    *Some companies already say “Fulfillment by Amazon” Screen Shot 2018-07-05 at 3.20.50 PM which, in my experience, ships faster because…..well, it’s at the Amazon warehouse.
    *Look for FREE SHIPPING (unless you are okay with paying but make sure the total cost is going to be less than buying the brand new book….Yes, people will sell a book for $1 and then charge $10 for shipping, haha)
    *Depending on how picky you are:
    You can get a book in pretty good shape even though it is used.
    Look for conditions that are “Good”, “Great”, and “Like New” – there is usually a description of what is worn on the book.
    From my experience, seller’s overestimate a book’s wear & tear. I’ve gotten books listed as “Good” or “Great” with a couple pages bent and pencil marks. It really just depends, use your best judgment.
    It’s only a book for gosh darn sake!

These 2 tips can save you a lot of money. My book When Rabbit Howls was bought used for 1 cent and $4 shipping (this was the cheapest I could find.) The book sells brand new for $8.76!



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