7 Ways to Get Smarter this Week c/o Potaito HQ

We prefer moving forward tangibly. Meaning, pushing with our feet over, let’s say, pushing a button to turn on our transportation device. This includes giving our brains some good old fashioned, page-turning exertion.



That's why we've put together some of our favorite reads here at Potaito HQ. Put one in your back pocket to give your brain some exercise while your calves rest. 
At the very least, this’ll give you something to talk about when your friends are sick of hearing about yesterday's wipeout.



1. The Secret Life of Plants: a Fascinating Account of the Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Relations Between Plants and Man by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird

Hands down, a must read. A diverse collection of research studies and unintentional discoveries exposing the sentience of plant life. You will never want to mow your lawn again.

2.  Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Blurring the lines between truth and magic, this haunting story of a baffling murder and the surrounding society’s reaction will leave you stunned. An addicting read that will keep you thinking for days after you put it down.



3.  On Photography by Susan Sontag

A series of short essays on the human urge to capture images. Whether you agree with her or not, Susan Sontag’s arguments will get you thinking seriously about art, reality, and our habits in the age of [almost] excessive photography.



4.  The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Best described as a philosophical horror story that remains relevant no matter how many times you re-read. In Oscar Wilde’s only novel, each sentence is, in true Wilde fashion, deliberate and witty. A page turner that will have you questioning temptation, age, beauty, and your own ~hUmaN cOndiTioN~*.


    5.  Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis

    A fascinating look into the RHCP front runner’s crazy experiences from struggling with substance abuse to thriving and suffering as a young artist. Nostalgia for 1980’s-1990’s Los Angeles will ensue.



      6.   I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

      Poetic and powerful, this autobiographical coming of age story touches on loneliness, racism, ignorance, violence, and the incredible strength of character that can overcome it all. A true American classic - you’ll understand how Maya Angelou became the hero we revere today.



        7.   Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes

        An obvious literary chef d’oeuvre, the adventure of a lonely hidalgo who prefers chivalric fantasy over reality is the ultimate escape for your creative soul. Extra points if you read it in its original español.

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