Weekend Reading – August 12, 2017

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Every two weeks (or so) I do a little write up on what articles, blog posts, books, or other media I found the most value in from that time. My goal is that you find these articles useful, interesting or inspiring in the same way I did.

Becoming Minimalist: 7 Reasons to Minimize Your Kitchen

Josh is an amazing writer about minimalism and this article gives some clear-cut reasons and instructions on how to declutter a kitchen. Last time we went through our kitchen, we realized just how much we had that was reserved for large or formal get together’s which we rarely host.

The Math Behind Compound Interest Calculations

I’m working on an interactive article that uses compound interest (contact me if you’re curious about being a beta reader!) and I needed to dive deeper into how compound interest works than I’d ever done before. This research does an amazing job of not just giving the compound interest formula, but also rebalancing it to solve for different variables. For instance: solving for how much you’ll have at a certain date, starting with a date and calculating how much you’ll need to save to reach it, starting with a date and an amount and calculating what withdrawal rate would work with those variables.

If you’re interested (I’m sorry), it’s worth checking out.

The Private Life of a Girl: Minimalism Questions & Answers

All 3 major topics of this blog (minimalism, mindfulness and financial independence) have a lot of weight associated with them. Sophie’s write up on what minimalism is to her is 100% spot on, in sync with my own personal thoughts on the idea. Her simple definition of minimalism, removing the excess and living with less, resonates well with me. It’s not about deprivation or having a specific design aesthetic, but about not having 2 ways to solve a problem when 1 will do.

Mad Fientist: Valuable Lessons from My First Year of Freedom

The Mad Fientist quit his job a year ago to retire and recaps what this first year looked like. I love the takeaways from this post, as they all tie in very closely with areas that I think I’d want given the same situation. For instance, after a more traveling than usual, he wants to travel less. I suspect I’d be in a similar situation, as I tend to go to excess on something before reeling it back and finding a happy medium. Also, the advice to not to commit to lifestyles you haven’t yet experienced.

Books

Here are a few of the books I’ve read over the last few weeks.

Somehow I never read this book, but I feel like I’ve been hearing the recommendations from it for YEARS. Posts I’ve written like What’s your Weekly Spending Distribution, seem right out of this book. This book introduced the concept of financial independence in the 90s, transforming it from a term reserved for the wealthy, to a more achievable concept. With mentions of budgeting, understanding your relationship with money, decluttering, living with less and investing, it’s a great introduction to the financial independence.

Run Program

After consuming all of Scott Myers’ Magic 2.0 series, I was excited to see he was releasing something new. Run program revolves around a research project AI with the intelligence of a child that starts to learn and adapt. Like Magic 2.0, this one leans towards comedy more than seriousness, with characters that are over the top in unrealistic, but fun ways. I preferred the Magic 2.0 series to this one, but it was a fun read.

Crazy Rich Asians

After hearing Mrs. Minafi talk about this book, and hearing her laugh out loud while listening to the audiobook, I decided to give it a shot. If you have an Amazon account, you can actually link your Audible accounts, allowing households to share audiobooks. Because of this, any books we buy are automatically available for each other — making it super easy for me to jump in.

This one is all relationship and money drama. Nick, a son from a rich family from Singapore, and his girlfriend Rachel, an American born in China, head back to Singapore for a friends wedding. Nick fails to mention the level of his family’s wealth to his girlfriend, and most of this book is her attempt to fit in and understand the situation. The fact that this book is inspired by real people is the icing on the cake.

All These Worlds (Bobiverse Book 3)

This past week, the 3rd book in the Bobiverse Series was released! I’ve been excited about this one, and the author has been churning them out at an amazing pace. This is tongue in cheek science fiction, not taking itself too seriously while still being innovative and different.  The description from Amazon is fun for this one:

“Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it’s a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.”

What articles, books or other media resonated with you recently?