Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

My Copy: 9781514109328 (image courtesy amazon.com) As a newbie to Jiu-Jitsu (and its seemingly half-dozen acceptable spellings), I felt like I needed an understanding as to how it all worked. However, this is not a "technique-book," but more of a "mindset-book." Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles is a thin read and deceptively easy to understand. But, … Continue reading Mastering the 21 Immutable Principles of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, by Paulo Guillobel

Blind-Sided: Homicide Where it is Least Expected, by Gregory K. Moffatt

It's all too common for Americans to see or hear about robberies, workplace violence, school shootings, terrorism, etc. What's perhaps hardest is hearing from those close to the perpetrator state that they couldn't believe this had happened. While the rest of us scoff in disbelief at how someone couldn't know, let's face it, most of us wouldn't recognize the warning signs without some help...

Smiley’s People (Karla Trilogy #3), by John LeCarre

Wow--the end of the "Karla Trilogy" at last...and a damned-good ending! I was glad to read this book, though I wish I didn't have so many priorities take me away from it so often. I was afraid I might've missed some crucial info, but once I got the chance to really stick with it and read it the past two days, it got really good. So good that last night I had 6 chapters left and kept getting up to read more. I finished around 3:30 a.m., probably feeling about the same way Smiley did by the end of the book (hee hee).

The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius’ Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order, by Thomas Cleary

My Copy: 9780062502155 I've tried reading "The Analects," without a shred of success a couple of different ways. Then again, they weren't compiled by Thomas Cleary, who I've read before and is probably the best translator of religious/philosophical texts I've found so far. The Essential Confucius is a bit strange to look through at first, … Continue reading The Essential Confucius: The Heart of Confucius’ Teachings in Authentic I Ching Order, by Thomas Cleary

The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations & Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are, by Chris MacLeod

My copy: 9780994980700 This book was written by the same guy running the SucceedSocially.com website, so if you're already a devotee of that site, then much of the info in this book won't be a surprise to you. However, if you like reading paper instead of screen like me, then it's probably worth getting for yourself. … Continue reading The Social Skills Guidebook: Manage Shyness, Improve Your Conversations & Make Friends, Without Giving Up Who You Are, by Chris MacLeod