New segment alert! I absolutely love reading but too lazy to dedicate review posts for every single book I read. Also, maybe because I’m jaded from school book reports but for the life of me, I also can’t write reviews on books, lol. I figured, a monthly round up is the way to go with a few sentences regarding the book!
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Beyond Biocentrism: Rethinking Time, Space, Consciousness, and the Illusion of Death by Robert Lanza with Bob Berman
Rating: 4/5. Not my usual type of books I’d generally lead towards but my public library had it on instant loan so I took a chance, especially since it the title intrigued me a bit. What I love is that you don’t need a PhD to read this book because the authors breaks it down to layman terms. Don’t get me wrong, some chapters are still difficult to follow but it’s only 1 or 2 of them. It’s definitely a mind boggling book that makes you question life and pretty much everything you know from your Science classes. It definitely pushes the logic and thinking outside the box. It’s been nearly a month since I finished it, and some of the chapters still makes feel “haunted”.
The Latte Factor: Why You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Live Rich by David Bach and John David Mann
Rating: 4/5. For all my Millennials, this is hand down my favourite financial book. It’s very, and I mean very, easy to read and understand some financial lingo. I love how the authors wrote it in a story-like manner and not just list things you need to do. I also like how it’s really relateable – the protagonist is a 20-something year old in a big city, with consumer and student debt, and stuck between a current job and “a job that pays more”. It changed my perspective that a higher paying job seems nice, but it means nothing if you don’t know how to manage your income properly. Unlike many other financial books, this one doesn’t shove 12 billion steps – it honestly gives you only 3 very easy and understandable steps to increase wealth and decrease debt. The only drawback is that at some times, it’s borderline condescending but maybe we need that to understand just how simple it is to live rich?
Heart of Disaster: A Titanic Novel of love and loss by Rachel Wesson
Rating: 3/5. I picked this up on a whim from my public library. Think the Titanic movie translated into a novel with some cute couples and characters.
Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America by Alissa Quart
Rating: 3/5. I love social and cultural studies books so when this hit every bestseller list, I had to grab it from my local library. It was a bit of a let down for me because I found it to drag on a bit. It focuses waaaay too much in NYC and San Francisco, and not any other American cities. I love how it encompasses some personal experiences but not many – a lot of the stories are rather short followed by lengthy statistics. I wish it had more personal experiences. The book also focuses solely on the middle class and not the lower class, which I thought it would. Reading this may leave some people a bit frustrated at how the middle class is essentially in limbo and some may just shrug it off.
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Rating: 5/5. A very fun and quirky novel; light read and pretty hilarious! Very similar to the Amazon series. I find it did drag on in a few parts but it just adds more background to the plot and/or characters so I can’t really complain. The footnotes are also pretty fun to read. If you watched the Amazon series prior to reading the book, you’ll probably read the the footnotes in the narrator’s voice.
Recap thoughts. Another decent month done! I’m happy I finally got around to reading Good Omens and I’m very grateful to have discovered The Latte Factor because the 3 financial steps are sooooo easy to understand and start doing. I don’t think I’d be picking up any more personal finance books for a bit though. Also – not a fan of non-fiction scientific novels so I’d be staying clear of that genre for some time.
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