Book #21: The Art of Happiness by HH Dalai Lama & Howard C. Cutler

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I really took my time reading this book in order to digest the juxtaposition of the Western and Eastern Buddhist outlook on topics. I was sort of disappointed that there wasn’t more from the Dalai Lama in this since he is the first author listed but I thought that Cutler did ask some questions that I haven’t heard asked of the Dalai Lama before and really translate things in a different way than most of the Dalai Lama’s books. I do wish the book had gone deeper into topics and perhaps gave some more specific examples of how the two philosophies could work together for better mental and emotional health and I do wish that he would have delved deeper into Buddhism itself and its principles since I do think that the author glossed over quit but all in all a good read. It certainly will leave you with plenty to chew on and unlike most books I would recommend limiting yourself to a chapter or two a day in order to give yourself time to really contemplate each subject.

Book: #21 of 100

Number of Pages: 348

Total Number of Pages: 6,275

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Book #20: Don’t Worry It Gets Worse by Alida Nugent

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Nugent’s book is funny and written in a format that lends itself well to millennials. It feels more like a collection of long blog entries than anything else and she speaks in a way that feels very natural and more like the spoken word than most of the nonfiction I’ve experienced. There are tons of little references to things that people of our generation experienced growing up and while at the book borders on the ridiculous at times there are certainly parts that ring a chord with me. The author’s experiences certainly reflect in parts many different people I’ve known. Her humor is cynical, sharp, and more than a little jaded. A good read for millennials but not a book I would recommend to people from an older generation since I think much of her humor would be lost on them. I enjoyed it for the most part but I felt like there was more than a little filler in it and she did repeat herself a bit but most comedians do so I won’t hold it against her.

Book: #20 of 100

Number of Pages: 188

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Book #19: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

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I really wanted to like this book since I love the concept but ultimately I just couldn’t get into it. I found the relationship between Lord Henry and Dorian confusing. I thought it was clearly a homosexual relationship at first but then the author was careful to never state this or even heavily imply that anything aside from a strangely close friendship between the two, being clear to outline that both had pursued many woman sometimes sleeping with them more than once at a time. I found most of what Lord Henry stated quite offensive and the racist descriptions of some of the characters made my skin crawl. I understand it was just the times but ultimately that in combination with the slow writing style just killed it for me.

Book: #19 of 100

Number of Pages: 176

Total Number of Pages: 5,627

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