Friday, June 23, 2017

The Inkblots

The Rorschach Test is one of the most fascinating and polarizing concepts in modern psychology. Some psychologists swear by it, while others hate it. But why is the Rorschach Test so fascinating and what motivated the man behind it? That is the question Damion Searls tries to answer in his book The Inkblots. His book is not only about the test itself, but a full-fledged biography of its creator, Hermann Rorschach. In his 400 page deeply-researched tome, Searls provides minute tidbits of Hermann Rorschach's life in an easy-to-read and entertaining manner. The way that the author presents those facts shows his erudition of the subject and the painstaking process he undertook in order to bring this fascinating story to the reader.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tell Me How This Ends Well

David Samuel Levinson's new novel Tell Me How This Ends Well takes place in the near future, the year 2022 to be exact when antisemitism is basically ubiquitous. At the heart of the story is Jacobson family's Passover meal. The family includes three adult children, Mo, Edith, and Jacob, their harsh and iron-fisted father and the soft-hearted mother. The book's strongest suit is its character development. All of the characters are complex and multi-layered. with the author masterfully describing their feelings and emotions throughout the book.

Overall, I found Levinson's novel to be an enjoyable read. It's not easy reading, but it's very crucial in today's world.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Writing My Wrongs

Shaka Senghor writes a powerful memoir of his time in prison in his book Writing My Wrongs. He tells his story like it is without any sugarcoating. Shaka Senghor was born in the midst of America's crack epidemic in the 1980's and was an honor roll student at school. However, at home he faced daily beatings from his mother which forced him to run away to the streets and become a drug dealer. At 19, he killed a man and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He spent seven of those years in solitary confinement. During that time, he began to reflect on the choices he made that got him in prison. When he was released, he became a social activist whose mission was to prevent young men from going down the wrong path. In addition, Senghor writes about America's criminal justice system and how it needs to be reformed.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Habit Changers

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Habit Changers is a collection of 81 mantras to help you become a better person. The book is divided alphabetically into sections, which range from emotions such as anger and happiness to useful skills such as patience and communications. Within each sections are two or three anecdotes taken from the author's personal experience. M.J. Ryan, the author of the book hopes the reader will apply those skills and become a better person.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Blooging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Superforecasting by Philip E. Tetlock is a fascinating look into the science of prediction. Tetlock presents several key accounts of ordinary people who were able to predict the outcomes of events. The author also backs up the case studies with scientific and statistical data and offers several solutions on how we can apply these skills to better our lives.

I found the book to be highly fascinating and enjoyable. I think that we can all benefit and learn something by applying the principles presented in this book.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, November 25, 2016

In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine

Tim Judah's new book In Wartime: Stories from Ukraine is the unbiased account of the conflict in the Donbass region which is in eastern Ukraine. Judah reports from the frontlines and tells it like it is. His account of the conflict is concise yet very informative, and tells you what the news won't cover. He also documents the struggle of soldiers as well as civilians from both sides which lends the book further credibility.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Rogue Heroes

Rogue Heroes is a very entertaining account of the founding and early days of Special Air Service (SAS), Britain's elite fighting force much akin to the American Navy Seals. SAS was founded in 1941 at the height of World War II. Thus, Macintyre's book is solely about that period. He tells a masterful account of daring raids behind enemy lines in Europe as well as North Africa. The story reads almost like a military or spy thriller. His story is so vivid and full of details, it is almost as if you are there in the midst of all the action. I would very highly recommend this book to any military history buff.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of the book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.