August Reading List

Here’s a list of the books I read this month!

The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James Freeman

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Switch by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Screen Shot 2018-08-02 at 11.50.20 PM I borrowed this book because I really enjoyed reading Power of Moments by the same authors, which was all about the different kinds of meaningful moments that exist in our lives and how you might be able to recreate them. Switch was about how you can train yourself to make changes but also initiate changes in others. They mainly talk about the three different factors that need to be convinced in order for changes to occur, and as usual the content of the book was very clear and super interesting.

Property by Lionel Shriver

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Seattle Public Library

Right now I live really close to a public library, which I really enjoy and appreciate a lot. Ever since I was young I’ve always enjoyed going to the library since I love to read but don’t really like amassing a large personal library collection. I’ve moved around enough to know that lugging books around is not a particularly pleasant experience, not to mention that I never really read any of the books I buy often enough to justify the cost.

This is why the library is super awesome and I’m super grateful to whoever first came up with the idea to create a free communal facility to foster reading, yay!

“I wish I could read books at the Hogwarts library ; _ ;”

Libraries also usually have other kinds of programs too, such as tax assistance for people who need to file their tax returns, language-tutoring classes, and summer reading programs geared towards kids to get them to read more (usually through bribes and prizes, but who cares as long as it works, right?).

Here are some programs and services offered at the Seattle Public Library that I really like:

1. Free Museum Pass

One feature I really like about the Seattle Public Library is its free museum pass perk, a program where the library works in partnership with local museums and attractions to give out a certain number of free passes per day. It’s kind of competitive to get passes to the really fun museums, like the MoPOP or the aquarium (based on my personal opinion, haha), since those passes get claimed pretty quickly after they’re released, which occurs daily at 9pm PDT. If you’re unable to get a pass to a museum you wanted to go for the date you wanted, then it might sometimes be worthwhile to check back since people sometimes return their passes if they can’t actually visit the museum on the day their pass is for.

If you’re interested in checking out the museum pass at the Seattle Library, then you can go check it out here!

2. Online Learning

I’m an avid supporter of continuous learning and development, so I love that the Seattle library gives you access to various different online resources for learning, such as a free membership to Lynda (an online learning platform that works closely with LinkedIn), a subscription to Mango (a language learning resource similar to Duolingo), and a few others. All you need to access these resources is a library card – how awesome is that?!

If you’re interested in checking out the online learning resources offered by the Seattle Library, then you can go check it out here!

3. Print books, ebooks, audio books!

Finally, the library has a ton of options when it comes to actually borrowing! If you’re a fan of traditional books, then you can get a print option; if you have trouble reading small print then you can get a large print option; if you want to be able to take your book everywhere in a portable format then you can get an e-book through OverDrive, which the library partners with to automatically add ebooks to your account and return them when they’re due; if you don’t want to read at all and would prefer to just listen to books then you can get the audio book.

Hopefully this raises your awareness about the services the Seattle public library offers! : )

July Reading List

Here’s a list of the books I read this month!

  • The Power of Moments by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
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    This book was really good, I’m definitely interested in reading more of the Heath brothers’ books. This specific one was about explaining why some moments are memorable while others aren’t, and they list several different reasons a specific moment can be more special than another one. I highly recommend this book if you’re interested in how you can create special moments that have lasting impact in your work or personal life.

  • The One Thing by Gary Keller
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    Gary Keller, the author of this book, is the founder of Keller Williams, which is the largest real estate company in the world. I experienced a funny coincidence where while I was reading through this book, I attended a seminar for first-time homebuyers at my local library and the agent who was conducting the seminar was from Keller Williams – coincidink!

    In this book Keller talks about how having one goal and one focus can really help boost your purpose and passion in your work and life and how helps you achieve your goals. I was skeptical of some of his statements but there were also others that resounded with me so my opinion on this book is that it’s pretty inspiring but you should also take his words with a grain of salt.

  • Seven Days of Us by Francesca Hornak
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    This book is about a family that needs to be quarantined because they have a daughter who came back from serving on a medical mission for patients of a disease called Haag in Liberia. I really liked how the story was full of interesting and silly characters, but at the same time was pretty relatable and realistic. It follows the perspectives of multiple characters, with each chapter written in the context of a single person. I would recommend this book, but the ending was a bit odd, at least for me.