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I read about this book in another book and am so glad I added it to my reading list. What an interesting and engaging book it is! The author was a psychiatrist who was at the Auschwitz camp with other prisoners. Being in such a horrible place, he could’ve lost hope but he didn’t and, instead, used his skills to help other prisoners. His reflections from that time give you chills. This is a must-read for those who are interested in the bigger question about life.


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Had started reading this book some time ago but couldn’t finish it. Recently, I decided to start it from where I had left. Initially, I found it too simplistic but after a 100 more pages I’ve started liking it. I like that they’ve kept each topic within the 2-page limit, making it easier to read the book with breaks. Hope to finish it soon 🙂

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Kept bumping into this book by Mark Manson regularly, especially at the airport. Finally decided to buy it to see why it’s a bestseller. So far, I am finding it enjoyable. Hope to finish it soon 🙂

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Never went through phases 5-7!


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I was in Islamabad last week. We had the evening off so went to the market near my hotel. Found an old books shop with tons of books stuffed in a small shop (expert storekeeping, I must say). Found the book ‘How Brains Think: Evolving Intelligence, Then And Now‘ by William H. Calvin. Had to buy it! Reading the second chapter and trying to pick up the pace. Topic is discussion: What is intelligence. Interesting, right? 🙂

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I don’t remember where I first read about this book, maybe a suggestion at Amazon? Anyway, I got it through a friend and started reading it two days ago. What an engaging and eye-opening book! Just cannot stop reading until my iPad runs out of battery! Even though this book is from 1985 and neuroscience has come a long way since then, the content remains relevant even today. I love Oliver Sacks‘ approach to understanding neurological issues especially from the patient’s perspective. Looking forward to reading more case studies from this book.

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Met Simon Sinek at one of the PMI conferences where he was the keynote speaker. I bought all three of his books and got it signed from him 🙂 Quite a nice guy. Finally, read his book titled Together is Better. This is a short book of inspirational quotes along with a pictorial parable of three friends and their experiences in learning key leadership lessons from playground. I like the unique format as there is no narrative for the story and it continues only through sketches. Despite that, it’s pretty simple and is supported by the accompanying leadership quotes from Simon. The book also comes with a special page with rub-on scent which has especially been designed as the scent of optimism. Now, as a proud book sniffer, I had to try this page. The scent is nice but not sure how it induces optimism in the sniffer. Anyway, it’s a good idea. The book was short and had some simple insights but, honestly, I expected more from it. I’ll try it with some kids and see how it works with them, especially without an accompanying story text.

My rating: Three stars for trying something different (i.e., format, scented page).


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