#REIDREADS posts are dedicated to books I’ve read via Kindle, physical copy or my personal favorite (because you can speed up the reading), Audible, in a no bullshit-cut-to-the-point (biased) review at the end of every month.

“The best investment you can EVER make is in yourself.”

1. How to own your OWN MIND

How To Own Your Own Mind
How To Own Your Own Mind

– Napoleon Hill
[7 hrs and 45 mins]

The name that stands above all in forefathers of the self-development movement: Napoleon Hill. If you are familiar with any of Napoleon Hill’s work, this is quite literally “Think & Grow Rich” with a new title. This piece emphasizes on taking action through a Q&A approach via Andrew Carnage. It is a long and dense read, even when sped up at 1.5x, any faster and the words become too clustered to make sense. A more advanced reading for those already well on their way for self-development yet almost too dry and unbearable at times for me although, great for a reader who is familiar with Mr. Hill’s philosophies.

Available in: Kindle $9.99 || Hardcover $14.90 || Paperback $10.75 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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2. The art of stopping time

The Art of Stopping Time
The Art of Stopping Time

– Pedram Shojai OMD
[5 hrs and 17 mins]

I’m glad you don’t have to read this because it was a calendar book. Unless you like those types…then great! One of those where the author digs deep into what to focus on today. For example today we will practice patience. What did you do today to help you practice patience?” This is great for those starting off the stoic/meditation mindset but again, for the daily practitioner of such ways of life, you will gain little to possible nothing like I did. What I did gain is “Hey, be patient and read the reviews Reid, before buying.” The best part was the inro.

Available in: Kindle $9.99 || Hardcover $12.74 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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3. Why we sleep: unlocking the power of sleep


– Matthew Walker, PhD
[13 hrs and 51 mins]

A book that I will, no doubt, be reading again simply because it was a plethora of information that I am almost certain I missed a few points from dozing off. Even the 30-second back button couldn’t save me from the monotone speaker.  With detailed evidence backed by scientific studies from across the globe, (some dated and repeated in other books), I found that it was extremely informative, nothing ground-breaking or mind-altering, though. It’s just an overall, well-written book with well-backed studies supporting that “yeah, sleep is important.” Again,  if you are stumbling on a first read of how to get better sleep or didn’t know alcohol is bad for sleep then this is a 5-star book.

Available in: Kindle $12.99 || Hardcover $17.93 || Paperback $13.60 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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4.  The obstacle is the way: The timeless art of turning trials into triumph

The Obstacle Is The Way
The Obstacle Is The Way

– Ryan Holiday
[6 hrs and 7 mins]

One of my favorite authors in this modern era in regards to self-development. This book can be summarized into one sentence: never give up. Yay. In all honesty, this was my favorite book, maybe I’m biased because I love his previous work, however, it was still mediocre at it’s best. One thing that was bothering to hear is him having a cold while reading this, it honestly distracted away from the content leaving less of an impact mentally. That being said, I recommend it!

Available in: Kindle $9.99 || Hardcover $20.50 || Audiobook Free with Audible
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Aloha, readers! June was a disappointing month in reading as every book fell short for me in intrigue and learning new things. However, July is very exciting as I have already completed two books that are absolutely phenomenal that I can’t wait to share with you all! My favorites were The Obstacle Is The Way and Why We Sleep.

“Knowledge is power but only wisdom is liberty.” 

Will Durant

Disclaimer: Wanderlustyle included affiliate links in this post to support Reid’s book purchases. Everything is my honest opinion. Thank you and happy reading!

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