My all time favorite books (59)

  • Enlightenment Now

    By: Steven Pinker   

    Pages: 525

    Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 25th May'2019

    Brief review: A fabulous work by Steven Pinker. The book gives us hope about the future amidst current pessimism with regard to several issues being faced by mankind like global warming, food shortage, nuclear weapons, increasing inequality, the rise of artificial intelligence, etc. Supported by data and research, the author suggests that we are currently living in a time which is unprecedented. We are now more happy than ever before, have longer lifespan, more prosperous, more healthy and the world is more peaceful. While there are negative news all around, the world is in fact getting better and better on almost every account. The arguments placed in the book are difficult to refute and gives hope for a better tomorrow. A long read but an unputdownable book. 

  • Educated

    By: Tara Westover   

    Pages: 324

    Biography, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 6th Apr'2019

    Brief review: It's a powerful, mesmerizing and inspirational story of a girl who, in-spite of all odds, carves out a life of choice for herself. Home schooled in early life, Tara Westover went on to get her PHD from Cambridge despite overwhelming challenges and an unknown outer world she knew little about. Reading this book will make you cry, make you laugh, make you sad and make you happy at the same time.  A awesome book which is also beautifully written. For me, it was pure joy to read this book. This true story is filled with humility, honesty and resilience which is rarely heard of. While I would recommend this book to everyone, I hope every mother would make their daughters read it too. 

  • Bad Blood

    By: John Carreyrou   

    Pages: 320

    Business, Non Fiction

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 30th Mar'19

    Brief review: It is one of the most thrilling fictional stories you would ever read, the only caveat being; it's not fictional. It's a story of boom to bust. It's about a 19 year old Stanford dropout girl, Elizabeth Holmes who founded a blood testing startup company called Theranos in the year 2003. Theranos claimed to do hundreds of blood tests from a tiny drop of blood. At it's pick, the valuation of the company reached a mind boggling figure of $9 billion. However, the company went out of business shortly after as it was all built on false premises and revolved around the charm and charisma of Elizabeth. The investors included prominent names like Rupert Murdoch and others. Elizabeth and Theranos got worldwide attention from start to finish. The author did a commendable job by putting it all in a fascinating story which I found unputdownable. A must read.

  • The Power of Habit

    By: Charles Duhigg   

    Pages: 400

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 27th Mar'2019

    Brief review: It's an amazing book. In this highly researched book, Charles Duhigg makes a strong case about the impact our habits can have on our lives; both positive and negative. The author doesn't just talks about personal habits but also about how organisations can rise and fall due to its habits & culture. You will be surprised to know how multinational companies are taking advantage of shoppers habit to sell more, how routine checks can avoid dangerous mistakes in hospitals and how a simple break in between work can increase your weight. A few concerns were; the examples and stories were quite long and a few chapters seemed repetitive and boring. Still, I would highly recommend this book.

  • Ikigai

    By: Héctor García & Francesc Miralles   

    Pages: 208

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 23rd Mar'2019

    Brief review: Ikigai is a Japanese word which stands for - a reason for being, living joyfully, having a sense of purpose and a feeling of well-being. While it may sound like a routine book giving lecture on how to live, it is not. It is far more enlightening. The book is full with real life stories which will touch your core. Authors have been able to decode the  essence of Ikigai and put forward simple ways by which all of us can follow its principles. Reading this book will make you re-look at your life. Your perspective and definition of success and happiness will change and you will definitely get a few tips to correct things which may not be going right for you.  A short book with a long shot.

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