Happy Sunday, Everybody! and Happy Memorial Day weekend! Spring is always a good season for bookworms; new books being released almost each week, great new authors to discover…there’s a lot in the air. Here’s a quick recap of the best and the worst books I’ve been reading this week.
Into The Water by Paula Hawkins didn’t live up to my expectations. Given the huge success of “The Girl On The Train” I was expecting more.. so much more.
Paula Hawkins has proven herself capable of excellent work, being able to handle intricate plots and a platoon of main characters; but to me, Into The Water fails to deliver, and the main reason is purely structural. Too many main characters (11 narrative voices) and the exasperation of suspense only helped Hawkins delivering a very unsatisfying read.
Into The Water is soon going to be adapted into movie at DreamWorks Pictures; “La La Land” producer Marc Platt and Jared LeBoff are already at work, willing to recapture the adaptation of “The Girl on The Train” success -which grossed $173.2 million worldwide. Hopefully the movie will be less boring.
You can read more about “Into The Water” in my review “Paula Hawkins: Psychological Suspense or just Boredom“
Sallie Krawcheck‘s résumé is impressive: CEO and co-founder of Ellevest -a new digital investment platform for women- owner and Chair of Ellevate Network -the global professional woman’s network- and also Chair of Pax Ellevate Global Woman’s Index Fund -which invests in the top-rated companies in the world for advancing women.
Former CFO of Citigroup and CEO of Merrill Lynch, Krawcheck is a Wall Street legend turned entrepreneur that draws on her own experience at the highest levels of business to show women how to take their careers to the next level.
Own It: The Power of Women at Work shows us all that getting to the top is no easy job, it takes determination, resilience and hard work but getting at senior levels of Wall Street (or anywhere), holding top jobs at some of the biggest financial firms IS possible! A powerful message, definitely worth reading!
You can read more about “Own It: The Power of Women At Work” in my review “We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby! Now Own It!“
I like to think at myself as a “traditional” kind of reader, very “old school” if you want. Even in the digital era -with e-readers, e-books and now even audiobooks- I keep buying and reading paper books, real books. Nonetheless, this week I surrended to Audible; a free 30 days trial and 2 free “welcome” audiobooks was an offer I couldn’t refuse. The Secrets of My Life by Caitlyn Jenner was the first audiobook I picked out.
Before the (in)famous reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” little I knew about Bruce Jenner. Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete and beloved “American hero“, Bruce’s public life as a celebrity did not match the reality of his private life; behind the scene, this young boy and exceptionally driven athlete from Mt. Kisco, New York, was secretly struggling with dysphoria and gender identity disorder.
Today Bruce –Caitlyn– is ready to tell everybody her own personal story: the story of Caitlyn Marie Jenner.
The Secrets of My Life is quite entertaining and pleasurable to listen to. The author makes just a quick appearance, leaving the narration to Erin Bennett -a Los Angeles based and stage actress, winner of multiple Earphones and Audie nominated with a good experience recording 160 titles for major publishers (Penguin Random House, Hachette, Macmillan, Harper, Blackstone, Recorded Books/Tantor, Brilliance, Dreamscape, and Audible)- who really did a good job with it.
You can read more about “The Secrets of My Life” in my review “Caitlyn Jenner: My Life“.
The second “welcome” audiobook I got is at #2 on the New York Times Bestseller List, enthusiastically acclaimed by the critics: Sheryl Sandberg –author of Lean In and Lean In for Graduates– and Adam Grand –Originals– gathered together to write Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, a mix of personal experience (Sandberg’s, after her husband’s sudden death) and psychological research (Grand) that provide insight on facing adversities and developing resilience.
Interesting concept, except that Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy comes out a bit presumptuous and, in the end, it doesn’t even give much constructive advice. Out of any doubt a cathartic book for Sheryl but, way too general and -maybe- very little relatable to the masses (Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, her net worth estimated 1.59 billion USD in 2017 by Forbes). Didn’t like it.
If you don’t know, Audible.com has an amazing guaranteed book return policy: a membership benefit to Audible credit plan members that allows you the ability to return audiobooks you are unsatisfied with for any reason, as long as they were purchased within the past 365 days. *Customer Service* No need to say, I returned Sandberg’s book and got a brand new one: The 5AM Miracle. Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders.
I came across Jeff Sanders‘ content while browsing through Podcasts, looking for a bit of motivation/inspiration, due to me having the attention span of a goldfish (at least this time of the year) and in desperate need of a good action plan. Well, The 5AM Miracle. Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast is amazing!
The 5 AM Blueprint is a step-by-step system which consists of seven steps for extraordinary productivity and goal achievement. Dominating your day before breakfast sound ambitious, doesn’t it? It is, but the 5AM Blueprint is an extremely easy and sustainable plan. I am using it since I got the book and so far, this could be the best self-help guide ever. Don’t worry, you don’t have to wake up necessarily at 5AM if you don’t want to but ,believe me, it will help you enormously.
That’s it, fellow bookworms! These are the best and the worst books I’ve been reading this week, if you enjoyed getting through my list and want to know what books I am going to read next week, you are more than welcome to come back next Sunday for the weekly “Books of the Week”.
A lil’ sneek peek of what books I am going to read & review next..