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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens
Author: Benedict Carey
Summary: A research-backed exploration of the brain's natural learning mechanisms, and how we can leverage them to acquire and remember new information in highly effective ways.
Ultralearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career

Author: Scott H. Young
Summary: A book of strategies for tackling difficult, high-intensity learning projects in maximally effective ways.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2QRtJPF

Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

Authors: Anders Ericsson, Robert Pool
Summary: This book describes the research done by Dr. K. Anders Ericsson into skill acquisition and the nature of expertise. In the book, Ericsson breaks down how you can apply effective practice techniques to your own learning.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3tHtGVl

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning

Authors: Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel
Summary: An examination of the failures of modern learning methods, and how we can use recent findings in neuroscience to learn and teach more effectively.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2QIVKZQ

Stroh im Kopf?: Vom Gehirn-Besitzer zum Gehirn-Benutzer

Author: Vera F. Birkenbihl
Summary: A book that describes practical techniques for learning and teaching new information in "brain-friendly" ways. (German only)

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3vDFrNo

Practical English Phonetics and Phonology: A Resource Book for Students
Authors: Beverley Collins, Inger M. Mees, Paul Carley
Summary: This book contains practical explanations and drills for unraveling and mastering the fascinating world of English phonetics.
How to Improve Your Foreign Language Immediately
Author: Boris Shekhtman
Summary: A short but impactful book that describes a series of tools that any language learner (of any level) can use to improve their speaking skills instantly.
Fluent For Free: How to Learn Any Language at No Cost and Change your Life in the Process
Author: Maria Spantidi
Summary: A book written to help self-directed language learners learn languages with the proper mindset and effective strategies, all while spending little to no money. 
Fluent Forever: How to Learn Any Language Fast and Never Forget it
Author: Gabriel Wyner
Summary: A book that uses neuroscience and linguistics to help you learn, speak, and remember a language in a brain-friendly way.
The Mother Tongue: The Story of the English Language
Author: Bill Bryson
Summary: A humorous look into the history of the English language, and how the language of a small island nation became the global lingua franca we know today.
Polyglot: How I Learn Languages

Author: Kató Lomb
Summary: An autobiographical journey into the life and language learning methods of famed Hungarian polyglot Kató Lomb.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3tNSqvi

How to Speak Any Language Fluently: Fun, stimulating and effective methods to help anyone learn languages faster

Author: Alex Rawlings
Summary: An overview of language learning strategies for the self-directed learner, written by British polyglot Alex Rawlings.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3sHFPYX

How to Learn Any Language: Quickly, Easily, Inexpensively, Enjoyably and on Your Own

Author: Barry J. Farber
Summary: An exploration of unorthodox self-study techniques for language learning, distilled through the life experiences of broadcast legend Barry Farber.

Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3fAxOBX

The Art of Styling Sentences: 20 Patterns for Success

Authors: Ann Longknife, K.D. Sullivan
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Amazon link: https://amzn.to/3ySYKEr

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ
Author: Daniel Goleman
Summary: A book that discusses how being able to identify, adjust, and direct emotions in both yourself and others can have a deep, positive impact on our lives.
Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3guncW7
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

Author: Robert B. Cialdini
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How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie
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Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3wHBp6Q

The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom

Author: Jonathan Haidt
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Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/3wPrGeV

Your Brain at Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
Author: David Rock
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The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People

Author: Stephen R. Covey
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Eat That Frog!: 21 Great Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time

Author: Brian Tracy
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Amazon Link: 
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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

Author: Charles Duhigg
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Amazon Link: 
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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Author: Cal Newport
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Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

Author: David Allen
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A book that champions a simple and wildly popular productivity system (called "Getting Things Done" or "GTD") that you can use in your life to accomplish more while simultaneously lowering your stress.
Amazon Link: 
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Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything

Author: B.J. Fogg
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This book describes the findings of leading habit expert B.J. Fogg, PhD, in the fields of habit formation and behavior change. Throughout the book, Dr. Fogg provides clear, actionable tips for creating habits to change and transform any area of your life.
Amazon Link: 
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Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

Author: James Clear
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A book on taking the mechanics of habit formation and putting them to maximal use in your day-to-day life.
Amazon Link: 
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Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence

Author: Daniel Goleman
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A book on finding and achieving focus, for the benefit of personal productivity and self-growth.
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Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

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