8. Money by Rob Moore
I did not get a huge amount of practical information out of this book, but much like I have said about other money-based books it is more about immersing oneself in the subject. Hearing the same information from different voices helps reinforce the message. I think the most interesting part of this book was the section focusing on the history and development of money, and the reinforcement of the message that all money starts as a thought or idea that becomes tangible with the right application of action and will. A good book overall.
9. Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
The original version of this book was published over eighty years ago but it still remains relevant. Many of the messages contained in the book are timeless. Again, this is a book I read because of the number of successful people I have seen recommend it. There are parts of the book that are a little slow but much of it is captivating. It is definitely a product of its time and some of the messages are a little dated, but there are still many valuable lessons that can be taken from this book. Give it a chance.
10. 12 Strong
I listened to this on Audible, which is a fantastic service. I really regret not sampling this book before downloading it because the narrator just annoyed me. Don’t know the guy and for all I know he’s a cool dude but his voice grated on me. The book itself was interesting but not as much as I’d hoped. There were some amusing anecdotes about the preparations for deployment into Afghanistan but the narrative was confusing. Perhaps this was a result of listening to the book rather than reading it. It may also have been confused because it was not told in a linear fashion. I was excited to start this book but I was relieved more than anything to finish it. The soldiers who lived through this, and those who gave their lives, will always have my respect. The bravery, courage and sacrifice demands nothing less. I just don’t think this was the best medium to experience their story.
11. Enlightenment Now by Steven Pinker
Another book I listened to rather than reading. This book was thoroughly enjoyed as I walked up and down the coast in Malta earlier this year. Steven Pinker looks at everything from food, to medicine, to energy production, to murder and war and makes a convincing argument that, despite the media hype, there has never been a better time to be alive in the developed world. My almost every measure life is getting better in the developed world. This book was as fascinating as it was reassuring. For once a book’s title manages to encapsulate the entire message in just two words. You have to read this book.
12. FU Money by Dan Lok
Dan Lok has a very upfront style that can be a little off putting at first. It’s an interesting book but lacks any real specific direction. Dan Lok has done well for himself and that’s great for him. I can’t help but feel like this book is a giant pat on the back from Dan Lok to Dan Lok. I like the idea of having a target to aim for, financially speaking, like an amount of money with which you will be happy living from. It’s maybe the only bit of definitive advice that comes from the book; work out how much money you spend on your needs, wants and luxuries and then start working towards accumulating that money, preferably from passive income.
13. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
With the TV show taking off I was determined to avoid any and all spoilers for the show until I had chance to read the book. I smashed the book very quickly. In many ways it is the spiritual sibling to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. It’s a book that leaves you feeling thoroughly drained. It’s also a very important commentary on how society can change little by little until the freedoms you took for granted are snatched away. The book is quite different from the show, and I think the show has done a very respectable job in updating the material to a modern setting. If you are a fan of the show I would recommend the book. If you are thinking of watching the show I would suggest you read the book first.
14. A Line Made By Walking by Sara Baume
I started this book not knowing anything about the author. I didn’t even know what the book was about. It was recommended to me in vague terms with some mention of it being loosely about art. As I read the book I could not decide if this was a work of fiction or autobiographical. It was different. I still can’t decide if I liked the book or not. It was challenging. I do like how the book approaches mental illness though. I’m hesitant to say too much about this book because I think it should be experienced in the way I experienced it.
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