Update to Reading List

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Updated June 29, 2017

I have added some titles to this list and did complete the online Mindfulness course.  I will provide a separate post with comments and quotes regarding selected titles in this list and a prior list.  A primary target audience will be participants in GPA+ Solutions Academic Workshop sessions who may wish to expand the notes they “made” on their workshop handouts.  The information could be of use to participants interested in creating a collection of quotes/thoughts about the strategies they learned and topics which caught their interest.

Advice I have noted and have increasingly put to use is not every online course and not every book or article purchased or downloaded is necessarily worth the time and effort to complete or read fully.  A million books are published each year and there are as many options available online to occupy your time and attention.  So I have given some books only the quick look they deserved based on my expectation.  I have also not completed a couple of online courses if they could not keep me engaged or I did not see a positive goal to be achieved.

With the above in mind, I will hesitate to recommend a title unless I can do so with confidence.  I still try to support local bookstores, but make frequent use of Amazon Prime for used books and free shipping.  The shortest titles, not all, are on my Kindle, Nook, or iBooks apps; but, I prefer real paper versions.

February 9, 2017

Update to Reading List

At some point, soon, I will find it important to curate, to use the rather pompous or stylish version of the traditional description for editing, my reading list and provide suggestions which might be helpful and of interest to students who participated in the academic workshops I conduct.

For now, here are some of the titles that have been a part of my fall reading and leading up to an online certificate course I started on February 6 and which will continue for six weeks.  It is offered through FutureLearn and comes from Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.  The course name is Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance.


Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything

Joshua Foer

Laser-Sharp Focus: A No-Fluff Guide to Improved Concentration, Maximized Productivity and Fast-Track to Success

Joanna Jast

Why Don’t Students Like School?

Daniel T. Willingham

The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living

Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman

Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Cal Newport

How to Become a Straight-A Student

Cal Newport

On Managing Yourself

Harvard Business Review Press (10 Articles

Tools of Titans

Tim Ferriss

The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds

Michael Lewis

Habit Stacking: 97 Small Life Changes That Take Five Minutes or Less

S. J. Scott

Seneca: Letters from a Stoic

Selected and Translated by Robin Campbell

How to Be a Stoic: Using Ancient Philosophy to Live a Modern Life

Massimo Pigliucci

Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential

Barbara Oakley, PhD

The Sleep Solution: Why Your Sleep Is Broken and How to Fix It

W. Chris Winter, MD

Triggers: Creating Behavior That Lasts – Becoming the Person You Want to Be

Marshall Goldsmith and Mark Reiter

The Mindful Athlete: Secrets To Pure Performance

George Mumford

Learning: How To Become A Genius & Expert In Any Subject With Accelerated Learning

Harvey Segler

The Achievement Habit: Stop Wishing, Start Doing, and Take Command of Your Life

Bernard Roth

The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

Jim Afremow, PhD

The Art of Mental Training – A Guide to Performance Excellence

D.C. Gonzalez

Habits: How to Easily Create Habits for Success with a Step-by-Step Method (Kindle)

Harvey Segler

How to Win at College: Surprising Secrets for Success from the Country’s Top Students

Cal Newport

Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Jonah Berger

How To Learn Any Skill Or Subject In 21 Days (Kindle)

Sebastian Archer

Effortless Reading: The Simple Way To Read and Guarantee Remarkable Results (Kindle)

Vu Tran

How to Study and Master Any Subject – Quickly! (Kindle)

Mario J. Giordano

Grit: How to Keep Going When You Want to Give Up (Kindle)

Martin Meadows