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.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Wolf Road

The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis tells the story of a girl named Elka who was adopted by a hunter named Trapper who took her in as a seven year old when she was lost in the woods. As Elka grows up, she realizes that Trapper has much more sinister intentions, and as a result goes on the run with him hot on her heels. She must use all the skills Trapper instilled in her in order to survive.

I enjoyed reading The Wolf Road. The book has a strong female protagonist who's extremely well developed. It is truly a remarkable survival thriller.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Gold Standard of Career Guides

What Color Is Your Parachute? by Richard Bolles is by far the best career guide for those entering the workforce for the first time as well as experienced employees who are thinking about changing jobs. The guide, which is updated annually is written in clear and detailed language and thus very easy to understand. At more than 300 pages, the book deals with anything from how to effectively search for jobs to salary negotiations and career changes. It is filled with helpful tips as well as exercises that can be helpful in securing your dream job.

What I found about this book is that it can, and is intended to be, read in any order. For example, if your interviewing skills are lacking, you can read the chapter on interview tips. Likewise, if you need tips on how to write a resume that will get on the hiring manager's desk, you can read the corresponding chapter. If you are a looking for your dream job, this book is definitely for you.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

The Sunlight Pilgrims

The Sunlight Pilgrims a second novel by Jenni Fagan is a story set in 2020 as Britain prepares for the worst winter on record. Against this backdrop, we see a motley crew of characters each with their own problems.

Fagan's book explores a wide variety of themes such as love in the face of adversity, growing up, and gender identity as one of the characters is transgender. Character development in The Sunlight Pilgrims was particularly strong and the plot was quite interesting.