2022 Mental Diet Log

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Books read in 2022: 6
  1. Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring [B+] Author(s):
    • J. R. Tolkien
    Notes:
    • I enjoy this series more and more each time I read it.
    • This time, I noticed how the adventure begins right in Hobbiton as Frodo is almost caught on a number of occasions. The movies scale the danger as the adventure goes on, but the books introduce the danger right from the start

  2. Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High [B+] Author(s):
    • Joseph Grenny
    • Ron McMillan
    • Al Switzler
    • Kerry Patterson
    Notes:
    • I think this book is a ‘must-read’ for everyone and worth reading regularly. It provides so many practical, helpful tips applicable to relationships with a spouse, family, friends, co-workers, and bosses

  3. Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win [A+] Author(s):
    • Jocko Willink
    • Leif Babin
    Notes:
    • Absolutely fantastic read. A rare book I will read yearly.
    • Very challenging book that rips out the heart of excuses and apathy.

  4. Redeeming Mathematics: A God-Centered Approach [C] Author(s):
    • Vern S. Poythress
    Notes:
    • Mildly interesting
    • At times, the arguments seem overly simple, obvious, or forced. For example, the author argues that our ability to extrapolate natural numbers to infinity shows how we are thinking God’s thoughts after Him and imitating (in a small way) God’s infinitude. While this may be true, I don’t feel the weight/value of this argument.

  5. Trivium: The Classical Liberal Arts of Grammar, Logic, & Rhetoric [C+] Author(s):
    • many...
    Notes:
    • Fun and informative read, providing a number of basic constructs and principles in grammar, logic, and rhetoric.

  6. The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn [C+] Author(s):
    • Richard W. Hamming
    Notes:
    • Fascinating read on multiple levels: historically (as it describes the development of a number of computer technologies), mathematically, technologically, and philosophically.
    • Good read although a bit dry or wandering at times