The best books I read in 2018 (15)

  • Atomic Habits

    By: James Clear   

    Pages: 271

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 29th Nov'18

    Brief review: James Clear is an habits expert. He disciplined habit of writing two articles a week got him over 5,00,000 email subscribers within a few years. Not only this, he has transformed his life by developing positive habits which he talks about in the book. Over time he has become a habit coach to thousands of people. He suggests that a small change on a regular basis brings in big results over time. He urges his readers to focus on systems rather than goals. He explains his concepts through various diagrams and charts which are easy to understand. Reading this book can help you take a closer look at your own routine, follow good habits and quit bad ones. Though the book has several examples, it also has a lot of unwarranted theory which I didn't find interesting and skimmed through. Overall, a good book to read.

  • Becoming

    By: Michelle Obama   

    Pages: 421

    Biography

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 25th Nov'18

    Brief review: I loved reading this autobiography. While Michelle Obama is most famous for being the first lady, she has a personality of her own. A lawyer by profession, Michelle Obama worked her way up by sheer determination and hard work. It's a honest account of her life, from being dubbed as a loser by her teacher to graduating from Princeton and Harvard; from challenges of pregnancy to gracing the most secured premises in the world - the White House. It's an inside out story of the first lady of United States of America. It is written beautifully. I would recommend this book highly to everyone, specially women and girls of all ages.

  • The Flipside

    By: Adam J Jackson   

    Pages: 236

    Motivation

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 18th Nov'18

    Brief review: Every challenge or difficulty has a flip-side which contains an opportunity. In this book, Adam Jackson gives inspiring and motivational examples of many known and unknown lives which turned their adversity to their advantage. You will get to read the story of Julio Iglesias whose dream was shattered to become Real Madrid's goalkeeper because of an accident and how he went on to become one of the biggest selling recording artist in history. You will be inspired by Dan Ariely who survived 70% third degree burns and went on to become an author of international repute. You will be motivated by Peter Jones story of becoming a multimillionaire after going broke in business early in life. I loved reading this book and I am sure you too would find it to be a good read. 

  • The Republic

    By: Plato   

    Pages: 336

    Philosophy

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Oct'2018

    Brief review: History calls Socrates as the wisest man ever to have born on earth. He lived over 2,500 years ago. There is so much wisdom in his teachings. He lived without fear and willingly accepted his death sentence. The book is written by Plato, a follower of Socrates. The philosophy discussed is relevant even to modern life and society. Only a man with a clear thinking can have such clear understanding of life. In the book you will find Socrates talking about justice, education, government, wealth, poverty, virtue and other things. The book is for matured readers only. It is content rich and you will need extreme focus to understand it. It's worth the read.

  • Rafa – My Story

    By: Rafael Nadal   

    Pages: 297

    Sports

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 11th Oct'2018

    Brief review: Rafael Nadal is arguably the best tennis player of his times and definitely among the best of all times. He has won 18 grand slam singles title including a record 11 French Open singles title. In this autobiography, written around year 2011, Rafa talks about his childhood, his growth as a player, his career threatening injuries and his win over Roger Federer in the epic 2008 Wimbledon finals which John McEnroe called 'the greatest game of tennis ever played'. It's a great book for every tennis fan and otherwise. 

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