Book Reviews (208)

  • Chasing Daylight

    By: Eugene O' Kelly   

    Pages: 201

    Inspiration, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 14th Jan'19

    Brief review: Eugene O'Kelly was the CEO of KPMG when all of a sudden he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He was given just 3 months to live. He was just 53 years of age. Between his diagnosis and death, he wrote this inspirational memoir reflecting upon his life and forthcoming death. The most profound statement he makes in the book is, 'I worked hard and planned all my life for a happy retirement life which never came'.  He coins the word 'unwinding' from relatives, friends and colleagues before he leaves the world. A good read to reflect upon our own lives.

  • The Go-Giver Influencer

    By: Bob Burg & John David Mann   

    Pages: 176

    Sales, Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 8th Jan'2019

    Brief review: It's the 4th book of the Go-Giver series. It's about how to create genuine influence during negotiations and problem solving. The key message in the book is to master your emotions, step into the other person's shoes, show genuine empathy and let go of having to be right. While the story lacks depth (The first book in the series - The Go - Giver still remains the best), readers will definitely get an idea or two from the book which is worth learning and implementing.

  • Thinking Straight: Change your thoughts. Change your life.

    By: Darius Foroux   

    Pages: 92

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 29th Dec'2018

    Brief review: We all think all the time. Research says 99% of of it useless. The author suggests that our mind is the most powerful tool on earth and we can change our life by changing the we way we think. What I liked most about this book is that it is short (just around an hour of reading) and to the point.

  • The 5AM Club

    By: Robin Sharma   

    Pages: 314

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 26th Dec'18

    Brief review: The book is all about waking up at 5 AM to make the most of your day and life. It's written in a fictional story format of a self made billionaire who coaches a couple of highly potential but struggling entrepreneur and artist. Robin persuades readers to own your mornings giving examples of some of the most successful and celebrated individuals of the modern world. The key concept is the 20/20/20 rule, suggesting that the first hour of the morning should be used for exercising, planning and reading. The concept is really good, though the author took 300 pages to explain something which could have been done in 3 paragraphs. I guess, the message could have been delivered in  a much simpler and effective manner. 

  • Charles Chaplin – My Autobiography

    By: Charles Chaplin   

    Pages: 477

    Biography

    My recommendation: 7 / 10

    Date read: 11th Dec'2018

    Brief review: Arguably the greatest entertainer of the 19th century and even today, Charlie Chaplin wrote a 'bare it all' autobiography. He started doing odd jobs from the age of 10 to beat extreme poverty. By the next decade he shot to worldwide fame by his unique acting and comedies.  Charlie Chaplin received more accolades, respect and followings than he himself expected at every step of his life. First published in 1964 at his age of 73, he captures even the minutest happenings of his life in great detail. A good read for all Charlie Chaplin fans.

  • 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 Secret Letters

    By: Robin Sharma   

    Pages: 223

    Motivation

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 10th Nov'2018

    Brief review: Robin Sharma books inspire to do our best and live a great life. 'The Secret Letters' make us pause, take a look at our current life, make amendments and start a journey of self discovery and living fully. The story is about Jonathan Landry who reluctantly travels around the world on the insistence of his mother and cousin to collect the secret letters. The travel experience and the wisdom of secret letters changes his life forever. If you are looking for some easy reading and motivation, pick up this book. 

  • My Turn

    By: Johan Cruyff   

    Pages: 302

    Biography, Sports

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 30th Oct'2018

    Brief review: The International Federation of Football History & Statistics voted Johan Cryuff as the 2nd best footballer of the century, only after Pele. Not only was he one of the greatest players who played football, he also went on to become a highly successful coach. Famous for his 'TURN' on the field, the book is an inspiring account of his life in his own words. A good read for all football lovers. 

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