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Hello there, thanks for popping in! These are the books I've read over the last four months, summarized and reviewed for your brain's easy consumption.

I read a new book every week, so you don't have to!

If you want to learn more about any of the books, just click it's picture and you'll be brought to Amazon where you can check out other reviews and hopefully add a few new books to your own shelves at home!

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Secrets Self-Made Millionaires Teach Their Kids 
by Steve Siebold  

This is an excellent book everyone interested in wealth should have on their shelf. I noticed some mild redundancy toward the end, but considering this book is intended primarily for educating teens, it makes sense to repeat the more important or difficult tips, to really drive the ideas home.

Probably the best part of this book is that each chapter is 1-2 pages long, and comes with it's own book recommendation at the end of each chapter!! A book lover's dream.

There are SO many great parts of this book, I'll list a handful of my favorites here:

- Think  Use metacognition (think about what you're thinking about, AKA awareness of your own thoughts) to be sure you're staying focused on what's most important. Train yourself to think constantly. Train your brain to have greater capacity for concentration and creative problem solving than you did yesterday. Focus on education rather than entertainment.

- Focus on earning money  This is going to separate you from the masses, so be prepared for that. The author points out that most people aren't focused on earning money and they're not doing a great job at it. When YOU focus on it, and pull it off, it may make the average person feel bad about what they've created in their own lives. It's easier to hate the wealthy than it is to become one of them. It might not make you popular, but it might make you wealthy. What's more important to you?

- Objective reality  Avoid "magical thinking" as he calls it in the book - don't trick yourself into believing things that aren't reality. Stand firmly on the ground of facts and truths. Let's tie the importance of emotional control and compartmentalizing in here, too. Make decisions based on logic and reason, not emotions and feelings.

- Persistence  Be a comeback king/queen. Don't let failures stop you. Get back to work. Be determined - more determined than anyone else. Do not get discouraged. Brush off the mistakes - we all make them. Maybe daily! Trust yourself. Believe in what you are capable of.

- Hang out with winners and those with power. BECOME a person with power. They say we're the sum total of the 5 people we spend the most time around. Who does that make YOU?
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less 
by Greg McKeown


I loved this book! There are only a few truly important things in life and in our daily decisions.

I liked how in each chapter he would run the comparison between essentialists and nonessentialists - how they behave differently in different similar situations both in business and personal relationships. Constantly be refocusing your decisions through the essentialist lens.

Realize that MOST things are unimportant - they're distractions from what's really important. If you don't stay clear on what's important to reaching your goals, someone else will impose what's important to THEM onto YOU.

It is wildly important to be unavailable and protect your time as much as possible. After reading the 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss maybe 2 years ago, I put my phone on silent - permanently - and never looked back. I'm not a parent or a doctor, there is no reason someone will need me in an emergency survival situation. I've had nearly 100% control over my time ever since. I highly recommend this book and this lifestyle of essentialism.
Chaos Theory: Two Essays on Market Anarchy 
by Robert P. Murphy  


This was written in clear, simple to understand language which I profoundly appreciate. This is broken into two sections - Private Law and Private Defense. He explores how law and military defense would be executed in a market anarchist society.

The society would be contractually regulated. When dealing with people, you'd have a contract/agreement clearly outlining the expectations of the deal and the penalties if either party is unable to do their part. If there is a problem, both parties would agree to an objective third-party "judge" to make a ruling that both parties have to honor. This judge would be agreed to PRIOR to the deal. This is the most efficient way of running both the legalistic and militaristic aspects of society.

Disagree? I'd love to hear from you! Please message me on Instagram.com/femyogataylor so we can discuss this - maybe I'll even invite you to be a guest on my show!

The only criticism I have is: the author says in part 1 he will address the issue of how private property would be determined initially - at the outset of an anarchist society. How would we functionally make that transition from coercive government to market anarchy? He said he would address this, but failed to do so. Unless I missed something. I really would have liked to explore that and learn what the author thought of that process.

Overall, a short easy read for anyone interested in the free market or anarchocapitalism.
The Art of The Argument: Western Civilization's Last Stand
by Stefan Molyneux


Although Stefan's biases are abundantly obvious in this book, I still enjoyed nearly every moment of reading it. 

My biggest takeaway was the value of ostracism. Ostracism is just exclusion - leaving someone out of something. We do it every time we block someone on a social media page or intentionally don't invite someone to our party because their behavior is inappropriate in some way. This is the key to social change in a free, voluntary society. As an "anarchocapitalist" or whatever you care to call me, this has helped to explain practical ways to effect societal change and improvement without the need for a forced government.

I really enjoy how he's glorified arguments in this book. People often have so much fear around disagreement, I don't understand it. How can we learn anything if we're all afraid of disagreeing? As long as disagreement doesn't get you violence, it's important to the progress and development of society as a whole. Don't go into a debate to win. Go into it to figure out the truth. It's not about feelings. It's simply about truth.

The last point I'll leave you with is the difference between philosophy and sophistry. Sophists are what we refer to as "trolls" on the internet. They seek to hurt your reputation and credibility through lies or preying on emotional triggers. When you ostracize them, they say you're censoring free speech and try to enlist the support of other sophists AKA "trolls." Stand strong in your convictions, if you really find them to be true. Don't let emotional con artists distract you or your audience from your pursuit of truth. Be clear about the reasons you ostracize anyone and hold the pursuit of truth as the highest form of morality. This is the true walk of a philosopher. Avoid sophistry at all costs. To summarize, philosophers care about truth, where sophists care more about winning - or at least in taking someone down with them. Don't go down with them. Stay courageous.

My favorite quote from this book was - "The victory is in the courage, not the fight, because courage so often wins the fight simply by showing up."

You can follow this author closely through his YouTube channel and podcasts at www.freedomainradio.com

I actually modeled my business model after his! We offer the vast majority of our content for free, but ask our viewers to financially support the content - if they find value in it, so we can remain on the air and increase the reach of our ideas.
The Little Book of Life Hacks: How to Make Your Life Happier, Healthier, and More Beautiful
by Yumi Sakugawa

If you know me, you know I love practical books. This is exactly that. Tons of DIY suggestions from hair care to cooking tricks - and beyond. I’ve noted at least 13 different things I’ll be trying in the near future - most of which will be broadcasted live on pscp.tv/femyoga - I’m excited!!!

One interesting example - putting an avocado on your hair as shine treatment! Let's try it!
Mental Health: Personalities: Personality Disorders, Mental Disorders & Psychotic Disorders 
by Carol Franklin  

I love short concise books so much! This one is packed with interesting information on a wide range of personality disorders I’d never even heard of before! And I’m pretty interested in this topic.

If someone you know comes to mind as you read down the symptoms of one of these disorders, regardless of whether they actually HAVE the disorder, maybe re-evaluate who you spend your time with. It’s been said we are the result of the 5 people we spend the most time with. Let’s hope those people don’t have personality disorders. If they do, this book may be a valuable resource for you.

One I find interesting is schizophreniform - someone who displays the symptoms of schizophrenia, but only for 1-6 months.

There are a bunch in here I learned of for the first time.  Paranoid schizoid, schizotypal, histrionic, avoidant, dependent...honestly this book is fascinating and at an easy breezy 81 pages, why not?
Real Happiness at Work: Meditations for Accomplishment, Achievement, and Peace
by Sharon Salzberg

A great meditation book for beginners!

I most enjoyed chapter 5 - Communication and Connection. Be especially mindful with written communication - is this something you would say to the person directly? She also explores the balance between the desire to be independent and the benefits of working in groups/teams. 

I look forward to trying the “Interdependence Meditation” and the “Deep Listening” practice.

One great concept - the ripple effect. Stress in one area of your life (for instance, work) will ripple into other areas of your life (relationships, health, etc) Be aware of health and balance in all areas. Set boundaries. Prioritize your activities and be mindful in your time management.
Keep Your Brain Young: A Health and Diet Program for Your Brain, Including 150 Recipes
by Fraser Smith & Ellie Aghdassi


This book is particularly geared towards dementia prevention and care, but it's useful for everyone with a brain ;] More of a reference book you keep on the shelf than something to read just once.

I plan to live stream a lot of the recipes in here on my social media channels, which is really helpful to my business - so thank you docs! Let's eat!
Atlas Shrugged
by Ayn Rand  


I’m not much for fiction novels, and this one could certainly have been SIGNIFICANTLY shorter. It was overly redundant for such an intelligent woman, almost as if she were writing it for people who might not get things the first time (or two) around, haha...

If you’re not one for 1000 page books, read this authors more concise summary of her philosophy in her short collection of essays called - Virtue of Selfishness. You can check out my review of that one while you’re there!

This story makes a strong point. I just don’t think she needed all that space to make her point. The point(s) take(s) up this much space: 
1: The producers in our society are wildly important, we should never take them for granted - and strive to become them. 
2: The government is rarely motivated by what they publicly claim to motivated by, and extreme corruption can completely and entirely destroy a nation.

Where Ms Rand and I disagree is to what level a coercive government should exist, if at all. I say no. The ideal is an entirely free society, with a private market, private law and private defense. Private everything. Ayn, the author, subscribed to a more libertarian “small government” solution, which I truly believe is just the seed of large overreaching government.

What do you think? Reach out to me, I love discussing philosophy - especially Ayn Rand’s - with high level thinkers! 😄
Patty's Got a Gun: Patricia Hearst in 1970s America 
by William Graebner  

This was a great book! I found it so interesting it took me longer to read than I expected, because I wanted to read nearly every word! 

This is an in depth look at the 1976 trial of Patricia Hearst, a woman from an affluent background who was kidnapped and ended up helping her captors and basically joining up with them. Stockholm syndrome was popularized by mainstream media a few years later. Her case was so unique and fascinating from a psychological standpoint. 

This book isn’t in my typical genre, but I quite enjoyed the exploration of the power of the human mind - as well as learning about the 1970s and the way court cases are influenced by politics and media.
The Chimp Paradox: The Acclaimed Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness 
by Steve Peters  


The author categorizes 3 parts of the psychological part of the brain.
1) The human, which is the logical and reasonable part of your brain, your prefrontal cortex.
2) The chimp, which is the emotional, instinctual, reactive nature, the limbic system.
3) The computer, which is our storage of data, beliefs, values and expectations, the parietal lobe.

He discusses the importance of emotion and stress management, as well as how to best communicate and have relationships with other people that have the same psychological breakdown. He also addresses how to change your deeply ingrained beliefs and values and to be confident and successful in your endeavors.

As I often do, I recommend Barbara Fredrickson's book Positivity instead of this one to help with understanding psychology and how to get your life on a positive, upward trajectory.

To it's credit, though, I have used this "chimp" metaphor many times since reading this book. It's proven somewhat handy
Dragonfly
by Robert W. Oliver II

This was a really well written romance novel. That is not my typical genre - I read this by request of one of the sponsors of my live streaming channel. If I was into fiction novels with supernatural elements and steamy sex scenes, I'm sure I'd have given this 5 stars. With the exception of a few mild typos, I didn't find anything WRONG with the book. It's just not my thing.

The story was really easy to follow and I repeat - VERY well written. I read this very quickly and was still able to get tied into every character. I even found myself hoping for a sequel where Tuhre wants to get in on the marriage of Izzy and Kuruks! Great elements of being comfortable in your own skin - clothing optional hehe - trusting your intuition and being strong enough to speak up when the group disagrees with you, overcoming racial and cultural differences, sustainable living, etc. 

Really a great story overall, I just can't bring myself to rate it any higher because of my own preferences. 

Thanks for the chance to read this, Robert - you are an extremely talented writer!!!
The Selfish Gene
by Richard Dawkins


This book was overly focused on genetics and evolution for what I had anticipated. I think most of the ideas in this book are relative common sense. I don't know many people who believe that it is our nature to be altruistic and self sacrificing. Let alone our DNA. It's not that I disagreed with anything he said in particular - it just seemed like a lot more words than necessary to say that we're selfish by nature. I agree with that.

I find the author's recent association with lab grown human meat as a way of overcoming our "cannibalism taboo" to be a bit off-putting to say the least. Shoutout to Stefan Molyneux, author of one of my favorite books - The Art of the Argument, for tweeting out that little tidbit of knowledge. Haha!
Tribe of Mentors
by Timothy Ferriss


Overly anecdotal and long. So many unnecessary words. Definitely a few good tips, but really no reason to read this book in my opinion.

The most interesting takeaway for me was that Ashton Kutcher is a surprisingly intelligent person, rumored to have an IQ of 160. Haha, not much, I know!

This book was very similar to his other book Tools of Titans. Almost identical. 

You can see my review and summary of that one at 
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1847733501?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
Entrepreneurship Philosophia: Love of Business Wisdom
by J. M Okello


I found this book a little hard to follow - almost as though the thoughts were not organized clearly enough. It seemed like the topics would jump all over the place, both from one chapter to the next as well as from one paragraph to the next. When the religious rhetoric began, I realized this book wasn't for me. I sped-read the rest of the headings and chapter titles. I did not have any takeaways from this book, but I did think it was very kind of the author, Josh Okello to give me a copy for free to share with my livestreaming audience. Thank you Josh!
The Red Dress
by Jai-Jai Grant-Said
 
This was written by my friend. I had him on my show to discuss it and promote his live channel. I'm not much into fairy tales and fantasy; I also don't exactly grasp what the moral of this particular story was. That hate is a great way to heal your pain? Haha...surely I missed something. 
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole


An entire book of antagonists - AKA characters no one likes. It’s supposed to be funny but I just found it to be rather depressing. I laughed occasionally, but not worth the other 300+ pages of basically looking into the lives of the lowest functioning people of society. I was aware of Wallace Wattles’s warning from his book The Science of Getting Rich, don’t spend much time studying the things that don’t serve you. Like illness, poverty, addiction, racism, deception, abuse, etc. All of which (and more!) can be found in this atrocity of a book.

The last 2 words of the book are “wet mustache,” just to give you an idea. Haha!
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