Just a quick review of some books in my library
This is mainly a reference for me to read before I decide to re-read a certain book.
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling
1) Philosopher's Stone
2) Chamber of Secrets
3) Prisoner of Azkaban
4) Goblet of Fire
5) Order of the Phoenix
6) Half-Blood Prince
7) Deathly Hallows
If you haven't read the harry potter series, welcome to earth.
It's about adventures of a kid who get's introduced to the magical world of wizards and witches, figuring out he's more than just a wizard and his actions will decide the fate of the magical world.
The details, the side-stories, the characters, the world itself, nothing is short of perfection.
the HP series is definitely on my list of greatest books ever written, simply phenomenal.
You should make them your next read for sure. I promise you won't regret it.
My favorite is book #3 (the prisoner of Azkaban).
The monk who sold his Ferrari - Robin Sharma
I liked this book because it gives positive energy while telling a story of a business man who leaves the fast life to search for tranquility and self discovery.
It's inspirational and would give a push if you're in a rut, I recommend reading when feeling down and tired of the fast life.
Surrounded by idiots - Thomas Erikson
The author presents a method of categorizing people's personalities into 4 groups (assigned different colors: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue). Each chapter focuses on an angle and compares how the 4 colors react or should be treated in situations. Giving advice and analysis.
Personally, I don't like the categorizing method, Because no person has only one color.
The book even mentioned that most people's personalities are a mix of two colors.
Still, the analysis was given on personalities that consist of one color, meaning, a lot of exceptions would occur in real life.
The book helps understand how people that aren't your color might function.
It has lot of repetition and a lot of self praising which makes it a bit tedious.
Animal Farm - George Orwell
While some authors might write a 500 pages book with zero messages, George Orwell wrote a 100 pages book with so much meaning.
The book's events take place in a farm where animals rebel against the human owner to take charge of the farm and work for themselves. Revolution, authority and political deception symbolism all wrapped in one short story.
Definitely a must read.
The subtle art of not giving a fuck - Mark Manson
Basically it is about living a healthy life with less overthinking and not taking life too much seriously. Written in a simple and funny way. Recommended for those who aren't that big on reading as the author is originally a blogger.
Percy Jackson & The Olympians - Rick Riordan
1) The Lightning Thief
2) The Sea of Monsters
3) The Titan's Curse
4) The Battle of the Labyrinth
5) The Last Olympian
Percy is the son of a Greek god. He is also a teenager who goes through many adventures to save the world.
Enjoyable. funny (probably too many jokes, not sure if this is a positive review. personally, would have preferred it was more serious like the harry potter books).
The Greek mythology has so much to offer.
The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan
5) The Blood of Olympus
This is the follow up to the percy jackson story with more heroes, more adventures and an introduction to roman mytholody along the previous greek one.
A very cool way of story telling, very easy and interesting.
The 5am Club - Robin Sharma
Ok this book has a great idea: starting your day at 5am. I tried it and it's definitely a game changer.
The story is about two lost souls meeting a billionaire who teaches them about life rules and methods of self discipline. the methods introduced in the book are helpful and inspirational.
The problem -for me- with Robin Sharma's style is the unrealistic story wrapping the idea! the story of meeting a billionaire who wants to change your life is more unrealistic than Harry potter.
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
Perhaps I read this book late. It seemed very childish.
The book is about the adventure of an earthling with his alien friend through the galaxy, It's the first book of a series that I'm definitely not going to read any time soon.
The only reason I tried it is because it is a very famous book. but what a disappointment.
Keeper Of The Lost Cities - Shannon Messenger
1) Keeper of the Lost Cities
I started this series with the hopes that it resembles the Harry Potter series.
Up until book 5 it was very nice, captivating and full of potential.
It was annoying that the story gave mysteries and didn't reveal much answers. I could've accepted that the writer captivated the reader's attention to deliver something huge, but she didn't. the mystery just kept building and building till it became tedious. after I finished the whole series, I still have so many unanswered questions which feels deliberate to sell more books. If this is the writer's real intentions , it is a shame.
As for the story itself, it had so much potential in the beginning but kept focusing on teen romance and drama instead of a bigger plot.
Probably won't read any future books.
Mindset - Dr. Carol S. Dweck
A must read, especially for young people still trying to figure themselves out.
The name already explains the book - Mindset. It exaplain the difference between people with fixed mindset (those who are incapable of change) and grownth mindset (those who welcome life lessons and learning constantly).
The everyday hero manifesto - Robin Sharma
The book is very simple to read and gives a bit of motivation and good feeling.
I'd recommend reading one chapter a day before starting your day to get inspiration. I'd also recommend reading if you're a beginner and want to built a reading habbit.
One thing that bothered me about the book is that it is full of unbearable self-praise - Another title for the book can be "Listen to me brag for 101 chapters".
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Isaav asimov is a true genuis, the plot of the series is really amazing and profound.
If I have one critique, it is that the details are very complex that it requires high concentration to follow the events.
The language is complex - I suppose it's because it was written in the 50s.
Lost connections - Johann hari
This is one of the most amazing books I read in a very long time.
It explains depression and anxiety in a mix of story-telling and scientific style. The author interviewed the best scientists in the world and wrote a comprehensive analysis while maintaining an exciting writing that pulls the reader.
The author details the reason why we are depressed in the first half of the book, and the solutions to reconnect in the second half.
Even if you haven't experienced depression and anxiety (although in this day and age, I doubt you haven't), this book is so eye-openning and necessary for everyone to read.
I truely believe this is a must read.