What I’ve Been Reading: Short Reviews

I know it’s been a while since I last wrote a book review. Since then I’ve checked a few books off my reading list. How has reading been going? Are you behind like me or have you been speeding through books like crazy?

Today I thought I’d try writing some short reviews of a few books instead of one. Let me if you like this format instead. I will reserve my long reviews for sharing insights I learn from some of the books I’ve read.

The Knot At The End Of The Rope and Other Short Stories by Leon Stevens

I really enjoyed this compilation of short stories by Leon. I can honestly say I was left wanting more at the end of each story. Leon did a wonderful job of capturing my attention and establishing a connection with the protagonist quickly. Although each story was short I was invested in the characters outcome. This is a must read book for short story lovers or someone who wants a quick but reverting read.

“Frigid darkness surrounds the inch-thick environmental dome. Inside, a few benches carved from the rock corral a central table. A warm, red glow, the only heat to push back the coldness of the universe, pulses and flickers from the middle of it… The two figures stand silently, quietly. The speck on the horizon brightens for an instant, and then, like a match burning out of fuel, blinks out.”

Everything is Figureoutable by Marie Forleo

I must say that I enjoyed Marie’s writing style, her down to earth attitude and sassiness. In this book Marie shared a lot of actionable tips, relatable stories and insights to help you embrace the figureoutable mindset. I absolutely love this framework that everything is figureoutable. Having that mindset pushes you to go beyond what’s in front of you and be creative in your solutions.

“Perfectionism at its core isn’t about high standards. It’s about fear. Fear of failure. Fear of looking stupid, fear of making a mistake, fear of being judged, criticized, and ridiculed. It’s the fear that one simple fact might be true:

You’re just not good enough.”

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

I’m introvert heart but also shy and go out of my way to avoid public speaking and initiating conversation. So as part of my personal development I decided to read up on speaking and networking. This book was so informative and interesting. I really enjoyed learning about the art of influencing people. The various stories helped to relate the author’s points very well. I will definitely be re-reading this book.

“It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.”

The 5AM Club by Robin Sharma

Early mornings is one of my favourite time of day. Everything is quieter and calmer. It feels like you have the world to yourself. So when I came across this book, I had to read it. This book was very different from what I expected. I got use to personal development books written in a certain way. The author laid out his philosophy with a fictional spin. It was unexpected but still enjoyable.

“All change is hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.”

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

This is one of the few books I have in paperback form. I got it as a gift sometime ago. This is my second time reading this book. I honestly couldn’t recall reading it before but as I moved through the tale bits and pieces came back to me. I really enjoyed the evolution and flaws of the characters. There were points where I was really annoyed and disappointed at them and times when I was extremely proud. Rules of Civility was a great novel and I would read it again.

“In our twenties, when there is still so much time ahead of us, time that seems ample for a hundred indecisions, for a hundred visions and revisions—we draw a card, and we must decide right then and there whether to keep that card and discard the next, or discard the first card and keep the second. And before we know it, the deck has been played out and the decisions we have just made will shape our lives for decades to come.”

I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews and snapshots from each book.

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Thank you for reading.

AmethystAP

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