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๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿฅ“๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿด๐Ÿ›ป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ's books

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8% complete! ๐Ÿ„๐ŸŒˆ๐ŸŽฎ๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿšฒ๐Ÿฅ“๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿด๐Ÿ›ป๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ has read 1 of 12 books.

Anneli S. Rufus: Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto (2002) 5 stars

If the notion of the self is a product of human confidence and security, of free time and free choice, then it is nothing less than a product of civilization. Individualism is a reward, like the printed word and manicures, for millennia well-spent. By this logic, those who draw their sense of identity from within--from the self, as loners do --rather than from a group and it's folkways, are basking in the glory of advanced civilization.

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Anneli S. Rufus: Party of One: The Loners' Manifesto (2002) 5 stars

I like to leave my phone at home and walk to a coffeeshop by myself. On my way today I stopped at one of the little library boxes that people put in their yards and I found this book. As I sat alone in a corner of the cafe patio I read two chapters; easily absorbed by validating thoughts that it seemed I could have written myself. I couldn't have found a better book this morning, and I look forward to finishing it!

James Clear: Atomic Habits (EBook, 2022, Avery) 4 stars

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improvingโ€”every day. James Clear, โ€ฆ

Review of 'Atomic Habits' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

There's a lot about this book that I like, and that has helped me. Specifically the parts about breaking large daunting habits down into smaller achievable pieces, chaining habits together so that doing one makes you do others, and generally making habits enjoyable and convenient. There's a lot of practical advice. My only problem is that the book is framed from the perspective of an athlete who's striving for excellence. That's by no means unusual in self help books written by American men. I just don't derive a lot of motivation from a need to prove myself through competition.

Louis L'Amour: Hondo (2004, Bantam Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Hondo' on 'Goodreads'

3 stars

It's a western, and a pretty pulpy one at that, but I kinda liked it! It's got the things you expect; lots of flowery descriptions of the desert southwest, indian braves, backstabbing ne'er-do-wells, buffalo soldiers, a damsel in distress, and of course, a lone ranger, and his dog. The titular Hondo, can do no wrong. He's always trying to do the right thing with as few words as possible. Like a super hero in buckskin tights. It's a guilty pleasure, but I'm a white man and this book was written to pander to my masculine fantasies and I can't help but love it! I especially enjoyed the bits of Apache lore, though I take them with salt.