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Feed Your Mind: 1st Month update

We wanted to take a moment and say thank you to everyone reading along with us on Feed your Mind. A reminder that the book is the 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene. Ruthless wanted to be sure to give you an audio update as well, and has informed that the forum will be set up soon for everyone to discuss things as well as make suggestions.

Feed Your Mind

The 48 Laws Of Power by Robert Green is the first book in the Feed Your Mind intiative

We also want to make sure everyone reading along is enjoying the book and gets to chance to submit their personal works for an offshoot of Feed Your Mind, Words Don’t Do Them Justice: A Fanthology which will ask for poetry and short story submission for a book, but will also keep a list in the Feed Your Mind section of ths website. So if you are an author please submit your information to wordsdontdoitjustice@gmail.com

And remember you can find the premise of the Feed Your Mind Initiative in our Original Post

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Feed Your Mind

And what lead to this decision by Ruthless

Weekend with Ruthless: Read a book! or “How I kept on reading, and learned to love intellegence.”

 

 

Feed your mind “The 48 Laws Of Power” update <- Right click and select “save as” or “save link as” to download

Words Don’t Do It Justice: Feed Your Mind

I’m not a librarian, I just read a lot

One of the things I talked about in the posts I left around for publishing during Bar exam prep was a piece about how much I love reading. Since I’m coming into more and more time these days I’ve decided that good idea is worth exploring. So we’re going to do a Reading piece and read along with each other.  Since we’re adults and have responsibilities other than you reading this blog, and me writing it, we’ll give a couple of months for each book.

So each book we’ll have listed in a separate page for the blog. And of course we invite you to tell us about your experiences. Each time we’ll have a few members of the staff do a review discussion as part of the monthly podcast.

And we won’t just be doing non-fiction works. There are plenty of great novels out there for us to get in on. Each one will be decently lengthy so you won’t feel like it’s incredibly quick. But we won’t be doing a massive tome like any of the A Song of Ice and Fire books unless we get a lot of requests.

One of the things we really want you to do is suggest a book. Because when you suggest a book you are most likely going to get an invite to talk about it. That could be via podcast appearance, or it may be a write up for the blog with one of our staff members.

But let’s get on to the first book on the list.

I thought a long time about this.

I didn’t want something that was too difficult, but I want something that challenges what you’ve normally read.

Something that would make you want to read more while also not feeding you too much of what you’ve already read.

And if you did in fact read the previous column on reading, then you know what I’m about to say.

The first book for the WDDIJ Feed Your Mind group is:

The 48 laws Of Power

The 48 laws Of Power

Robert Greene’s 48 laws of Power is one of those books it seems like everyone has read around you. And until you read it you don’t really get why. Well let’s put an end to that feeling shall we?

One of the reasons this was selected over a set of 5 other contenders is the re-readability of the book versus many others. Since there should be a nice number of folks who have already completed the book, this was a good choice because they more than most know it is one you need to re-read from time to time to help you focus.

With it being so early in June we’re going to shoot for the end of July to discuss this as either part of the WDDIJcast or the Wrath of Ruthless Podcast in July.

If you want to give comments, have questions, or just want to discuss what you’ve read, you can email to yourruthlesswonder@gmail.com or to wordsdontdoitjustice@gmail.com to get in touch with us. You can also find us on Google + at www.google.com/+WDDIJcom Feel free to add us to your circles and share our stories. And course I have to make sure and mention our Facebook Page(Words Don’t Do It Justice Fan Page) and Twitter account(@WDDIJ). You can comment on either of them as well.

We look forward to seeing your thoughts and of course I’m glad for everyone who comes on board. As for the next book after this. Well I could tell you more but…Words Don’t Do It Justice!

– THE Ruthless Wonder

Weekend with Ruthless: Read a book! or “How I kept on reading, and learned to love intellegence.”

One of the oddest things that happens on my average everyday right now as I get ready for bar prep to start again is that old friends ask me about passing the bar. Well it sucks to tell them I didn’t and I wonder how in November I’m still being asked when that status went up some time ago. Don’t worry this is not a post about that, its just odd and I wish they’d stop. Instead I wanted to talk about something a bit light today. Reading. Now this is not about to be a post about “Who do you read?” We aren’t going to do a WDDIJ reading challenge, or open a book club…well at least not until I have books available for purchase(Stories I told Myself Augusty Septemberish Octoberesque 2014, lol) But what happened to people reading? Without getting into a dating topic, I’ve found it odd how anti-reading we’ve become.

Now I don’t mean things like “people don’t read books anymore they only kindle or e-book and that doesn’t count” In fact I disagree with that mentality all together. I love how easy it is to read with technology. I don’t have a book fetish, but I like books, feel me? Good. I mean I was having a conversation about my philosophy challenge I have with myself, and the person I was talking to couldn’t remember the last non school related, non fiction book they’d read. To say I was more than a bit weirded out about that is an understatement. I’m in a space right now that makes it easy to read, but even in law school I made time for books. The 48 laws of Power being a favorite among those non fiction selections, but there were always at least 3 or 4 books a semester that I just read.

I guess maybe I’m the odd one here for reading so much in adulthood, but doesn’t that seem odd? I remember after getting that first abscess on my back and thinking that I would commit to getting fitter. But while I was on the shelf in pain I was still reading a ton. Reading is fundamental may be a catchphrase but it makes logical sense, the more you read the bigger your knowledge base. And that means a lot in your career and personal life. Taking a brief moment to pop into dating, I just sort of naturally ask women what kind of books they like. Its not even a thoughtful question to me. I just do it. Because I assumed that every adult does some light reading. I mean don’t get me wrong, if you say 50 shades of anything, the predator in my brain kicks on(Christian Grey is a lightweight). And if you say twilight or bring up the hunger games without mentioning Battle Royale I’m probably never going to call again, but at least you read. Jack Reacher is pulp action detective Knight errant fiction to be sure, but it’s a book series.

I guess growing up in a house that always had tons of books, because my Mom reads circles around whole countries at once and has since I was a kid, makes me a bit of an odd one about it all. I’m extreme enough on it that I used to not date women who don’t own 10 books. I’ve changed that to at least 10 non fiction books. But just generally speaking why is it that no one reads? I crush Grisham books in a few days. I reread the Tao fairly often. I even have to lend off my copies of The Art of War, Leviathan, The Prince and Utopia to keep from constantly rereading them when I need to add in new stuff. People just seem to be okay with not reading. Isn’t that sad? Isn’t that tragic? Why not read? Even on a kindle. Even on your computer screen? Why not crush down 400 pages of thoughts, cut them with ink, and take your brain on a trip(Yes I just compared reading to cocaine, some of you get it)? I guess I’m odd. Or maybe you are for not reading? Anyway, that’s just a thought I’ve been thinking. I was also thinking we could read a book together, but I’m about to start bar prep next month so I want to wait until after it to come up with one. I don’t mind rereading, And it might be fun to see your comments on it each blog post. For now though read a book, make your kids/spouse/parents/girlfriend/boyfriend/friends/co-workers/church family/whoever read a book as well. Reading is fundamental, but also fun to mental. Think on it.

-THE Ruthless Wonder