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12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Disappointed: the best parts of the book are some well known facts from behavioral biology, etc., he also expresses well a few original thoughts; too much pathos, especially when he goes almost into tears in a couple of places (audiobook), his points are randomly illustrated by personal stories, excessively so; he tries to defend his current political standpoints loosely related to life in general - Peterson is smart enough to produce a better book, I still hope.
His dark general outlook, being all over the place, unwillingness to take a stand on key points (e.g. no argument against Nietzsche's critique of Christianity, etc.) and apparent believe in almost sacred nature of his own thought process make me less interested in his future works, even thought I used to enjoy the recordings of his university lectures in the past.
Two places in the book were unpleasant to me: 1) where he expresses an opinion about his private client, 2) where he does not say the expected (metaphorically) "daughter of god."
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Starting listening to library-borrowed books during exercise, running errands, and driving seems to work well for me. In 2018 I read about 38 books, and in 2017 - 43.

My book reading statistics for the last few years.
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I've been a librarian on GoodReads for many years, and I still save my reading list there. These are the 100 latest books I read, with ratings and occasional short notes, in addition to authors and titles.

At least half of them were audio books that I listened during exercising and simple errands like driving and shopping. 

Listening to audiobooks saves me time and enriches my life, shielding me from the aspects of the reality I rather ignore.

The latest hundred books that I read.
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Books to read in 2018+:
Intellectuals: From Marx and Tolstoy to Sartre and Chomsky
Post-Romantic Stress Disorder: What to Do When the Honeymoon Is Over
The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self
A Little History of Economics
The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters
In the Midst of Winter
Screenwriting For Hollywood
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
Propaganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do to Get More of It
The Open Society and Its Enemies
Grit: Passion, Perseverance, and the Science of Success
Marketing Myopia
Marketing for Business Growth
The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life
Economics in One Lesson: The Shortest & Surest Way to Understand Basic Economics
The Illustrated Man
Escape Velocity: Free Your Company's Future from the Pull of the Past
Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires

To read, maybe:
12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos
The Man Who Invented the Computer: The Biography of John Atanasoff, Digital Pioneer
Born to Run
The Culture Industry
True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society
The Autumn of the Patriarch
The Story of Philosophy: The Lives and Opinions of the World's Greatest Philosophers
Heart of Darkness
Haunting The Knowledge Economy
The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
On Writing Well: The Classic Guide to Writing Nonfiction
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
The Iliad
The Prince
Die großen Erzählungen
Traumnovelle und andere Erzählungen
The Immoralist
Schroedinger's Universe and the Origin of the Natural Laws
Saving Capitalism From The Capitalists: How Open Financial Markets Challenge the Establishment and Spread Prosperity to Rich and Poor Alike

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