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Currently revisiting: The Art of Thinking Clearly



The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli, page 275-276

This goes out to the fellow chronic overthinkers out there. Hope it helps~

“When do you listen to your head and when do you heed your gut?
A rule of thumb might be: if it is something to do with practised activities, such as motor skills, or questions you’ve answered a thousand times, it’s better not to reflect to the last detail. It undermines your intuitive ability to solve problems. The same applies to decisions that our Stone Age ancestors faced – evaluating what was edible, who would make good friends, whom to trust. For such purposes, we have heuristics, mental shortcuts that are clearly superior to rational thought. With complex matters, though, such as investment decisions, sober reflection is indispensable. Evolution has not equipped us for such considerations, so logic trumps intuition.”





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Rave: What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk


” … I do know you shouldn’t make decisions based on what makes you feel safe. Make your decisions on what makes you feel alive. Life might be too short for regrets – but it’s far too long to live with a compromise.”



Page Count: 398
Release Date: July 17, 2014
978-0-00-750154-0 (Special overseas edition 2014)
Publisher: Harper
Genre: Chick Lit


Official blurb:

Tess Brookes was the girl with a plan. Now she’s the girl with a choice.

Should she stay in London and start her own advertising agency with her best friend and potential boyfriend Charlie? Or should she head to exciting Milan to pursue both a new career as a photographer and a new man, the enigmatic and elusive (and highly irritating) Nick?

For the first time, Tess has to choose between the life she always dreamed of and a future she never imagined possible. With her heart and her head pulling her in different directions, Tess has to make a life-changing decision about What a Girl Wants.


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Currently reading: What A Girl Wants



What A Girl Wants by Lindsey Kelk, page 235-236

“Life isn’t just about what you want,” I said, shifting on top of my clutch bag. Beading was not comfortable to sit on. “You can’t just do what you want and hope everything will turn out for the best. You’ve got to plan for the future, think ahead. It’s not about what might sound like the most fun now.”

“Wow!” Amy closed her eyes and smiled. “It’s like sitting here listening to your mum.”

All the colour drained from my face and suddenly, I felt very, very sick.

“Can you even hear yourself?” Amy asked. “You’re actually sitting there, telling me that what you want doesn’t matter, what makes you happy doesn’t matter. Is that what you want? Marry Charlie, give up your dreams and slog away day in and day out at the agency so you can turn into a bitter, resentful old cow like your mum?”

“Do I need to go to the restroom again?” Kekipi asked, switching his stare from me to Amy and back again. “Because I didn’t really need to go last time and I’m worried one of the waiters thinks I’m trying to pick him up.”

“No,” Amy threw her arm out in front of him, effectively sticking him to his seat, “you don’t need to do anything. She’s the one who needs to think about what she just said. You don’t know, Nick or Charlie. You can’t decide, agency or photos. You can decide and you do know but you’ve spent so long listening to, and believing, all your mother’s sh*t that you don’t believe it.”

She paused for breath and wine.

“You don’t trust your gut. This is the first time in your entire life you’ve had to make a difficult decision and you’re trying to wimp out of it, but you can’t. If I lived by your logic, I’d be married to Dave and as miserable as sin, maybe even divorced by now. Or worse, I’d be your mum and Brian, sitting around the house, hating each other. Is that what you want? Just be f*cking brave for once in your life.

I stared across the table at the girl who had been my best friend for as long as I’d been alive.





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Review: Beautiful Player by Christina Lauren


“Do you ever feel like the people who mean the most aren’t the people you see the most? Lately I just feel like I’m not putting my heart where it matters.”


Page Count: 432 (Kindle Edition)
Release Date: October 29, 2013
ISBN-10: 1476751404
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Adult/Romance


Official blurb:

A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need.


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Currently revisiting: The E-Myth Enterprise



The E-Myth Enterprise by Michael E. Gerber, page 94

“There is something else about E-Myth Enterprises that endow them with such a tangible difference. And it is that these businesses, these E-Myth Enterprises, are created, not by businesspeople, not by so-called entrepreneurs, but – and there is no other way to say it – by children.

These E-Myth Enterprises are created by the youngest part of us, not the most adult.

They are created by that part of us that believes it has the right to expect the world to change, to give us everything we want, exactly as we imagine it.

Not the methodical part, the dependable part, the reliable part, the responsible part, the grown-up in us all, the part one expects the manager to play.

Not the adult who has learned to limit his or her expectations, but the child who wants it all.”





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If you’re secretly a geek and/or secretly love geeky boys, you’ll love these two books.



I don’t know what is it about men who function with 99% logic that fascinates me, but I love them. I find their machine-like response and exceptional attention to details quite entertaining.

Perhaps it’s that immaculate sense of security (and I really mean super attentive) you feel around them, or that you respect how they’ve managed to stay true to themselves even if they’re often perceived as losers, but that’s how you feel when you follow the protagonists of these two books:

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5 reads currently on my nightstand




If you’re an avid reader yourself, I’m sure you’re currently reading multiple books at once. Admit it – times have changed. Our attention spans have gotten a lot shorter, but hey, it doesn’t stop us from loving good stories, right? Here’s the stuff I’m digesting right now:


1. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Maybe I’m the only one here who hasn’t read #TFIOS (though I’ve seen the movie and it was sweeeet), but I’ve finished the best-selling YA author’s debut, Looking For Alaska, which won the Michael L. Printz Award in 2006. I loved Green’s unembellished style and simple storytelling, and after subscribing to vlogbrothers and learning that he used to work for Mental Floss, I was piqued. An Abundance of Katherines instantly went into my to-read list after I learned about the simple, straightforward, yet unique plot, and that it’s something of nerdom. So far I found the protagonist Colin Singleton really endearing, sarcastic at times, sensitive and naive, yet fun to follow around. He’s a 17-year-old child prodigy who just got dumped by the 19th girl he’s dated named Katherine, and his goal in life is to become a genius by means of a Eureka moment. How cool is that.


2. The Giver by Lois Lowry


I’ve actually been wanting to read this ever since I was a kid back in the days I was studying in Singapore. I’ve seen this cover so many times before whenever I’m in the bookstores. Very often, I find The Giver under the classics section, right next to L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, but I’ve never picked it up to see what’s it about. Now that I’ve learned it’s going to be made into a major motion picture (featuring Taylor Swift, people) this summer, I finally stopped hesitating and started venturing out to Lowry’s dystopian world. She’s the mother of the genre after all, and I’m sure the recent popularity of it is sure going to bring a huge success for the movie this August. So far I’m loving how she’s conveying so much with such concise sentences. I’m sure this is going to be a fast read so I’ll quickly follow the rest of the books in the quartet: Gathering Blue, Messenger, and Son.



3. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Like I said, my family is a bunch of introverts, so it comes naturally that I want to know how our minds work in order to foster better communication and keep our relationships strong. Although I’ve seen this book about a million times in bookstores, reckoned it’s been on the top spots of major bestsellers lists, and watched Susan Cain’s talks and interviews on the topic across all media, I wasn’t planning on reading the book because I already know that the thesis for Quiet is basically stating that introverts, unlike previously thought, actually possess more favorable traits than extroverts for them to thrive in the modern-day world (the title says it all). Then I found this book lying on my brother’s bed while I was visiting him in June. He told me to read it, as it’s helped him a lot in both his personal and professional lives. So here I am reading it now, finding it extremely insightful so far. Now I can see what’s the hype …


4. Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan


I still consider myself a newly baptized even if it’s only last year that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. It seems that the more I get to know him, the more I want to understand him. By understand, I mean his speech, his demeanor, his deeds, and all of his practical and human ways that I can follow. This book provides the historical perspective of scholars with a blend of the mythical and enigmatic Jesus as told across cultures. They all piece together beautifully under the backbone of the author’s matured faith and understanding of the Jesus of the Gospels, so you can expect to witness the raw conviction and passion Jesus had during his time on earth.


5. BBC Knowledge Asia Edition Vol. 6 Issue 7

So this is my latest discovery while I was making a transit in Singapore. It’s a relatively new magazine by Regent Media Pte Ltd, and it’s quickly become an instant favorite for me. Unlike most science magazines out there, BBC Knowledge has practically all fields of science (physics, biology, chemistry, psychology, astronomy, you name it)  as well as their relating departments (namely history, anthropology, zoology, engineering, and more) condensed into one tight magazine. I can understand if you think the magazine covers one broad and dangerous arena, but I assure you, they’ve really gone in-depth across every topic. I think if I leave this magazine lying around the living room when I have a kid later on, he or she will outsmart the science teacher at school and then go score all tests with flying colors.


Now it’s your turn to share: What are you reading these days?



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