I love to read, as any one who wants to be a writer or is one should. I also love to bore people around me by telling them excitedly about the latest book I have discovered and how it can change their life. I think by now I have exhausted all the attention my friends and family have to learning about new books, so I am hoping that you, who have somehow stumbled on my blog (welcome by the way!) will be interested in my rambling about books.
Well I will try not to ramble. I hope to give you an idea of what the book is about, and whether it will be worth your time reading it (I certainly hope so, otherwise I wouldn’t feature it on my blog). I usually try to give some key takeaways, so that even if you can’t read the book right away, you can learn something useful just from reading my review.
And on that note - it really isn’t fair to call them book reviews, although that’s what I did and so I am sticking with it. My initial reviews did have a rating, but at some point I abandoned that, because to be fair, I only write about books that I love, so assume that it I would give it between 3.5 to 5 stars. Anyway, as I was saying, these aren’t really book reviews, more like summaries, notes or even condensed wisdom - the best of the book, or at least from the perspective of what I was thinking at the time I read it or wrote the review.
I have a wide range of interests, and read far more than the type of book that I write about here, but in order to stick with the theme of the blog, I will usually write about books that are generally in the creativity, productivity, personal development space. Occasionally I might throw in a book that draws on scientific research, or is written for business professionals and entrepreneurs — but I will try to highlight the relevant aspects for creatives.
I usually have pages of notes on books I am really interested in, so feel free to write to me (link to email) to discuss a book in more detail, comment on the blog or come find me on Goodreads (link).
Here’s a handy list of books that I have reviewed on this blog:
- Scott Adams - How To Fail At Almost Everything And Still Win Big: Kind of The Story of My Life
- Laura Vanderkam - 168 Hours: You Have More Time Than You Think
- Paul Silvia - How To Write A Lot
- David Rock - Your Brain At Work: Strategies for Overcoming Distraction, Regaining Focus, and Working Smarter All Day Long
- Julia Cameron - The Right To Write
- Cal Newport - So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in The Quest For Work You Love
- Brian Tracy - Eat That Frog! 21 Ways To Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time
- Carol Dweck - Mindset: The New Psychology of Success
- Debbie Millman - How To Think Like A Great Graphic Designer
- Kelly McGonigal - The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters and What You Can Do To Get More of It
- Laura Vanderkam - I Know How She Does It: How Successful Women Make The Most of Their Time
- Cal Newport - Deep Work: Rules For Focused Success in a Distracted World
- Brian P. Moran - 12 Week Year: Get More Done in 12 Weeks Than Others Do in 12 Months