Books Reviews

What I’m Reading In October (2018)

This month I finally decided to read “The Defining Decade”, a book that all my friends have been raving about and I was definitely not disappointed. I’ll be reading it again before I post the review In sha Allah. Audre Lorde’s essays have given me a lot of food for thought and whilst I didn’t think it was her best collection, I’ve done a lot of thinking over the essays I loved. I’ve tried reading “Enjoy Your Life” for the past 5 years to no success, but I’m currently reading the kindle version and hoping I find luck there. Lastly, you can never go wrong with a Ryan Holiday book and his book on manipulation in the media has been particularly eye-opening.

The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter and How to Make the Most of Them Now by Meg Jay (Status: Finished)

Blurb: Contemporary culture tells us the twentysomething years don’t matter. Clinical psychologist Dr Meg Jay argues that this could not be further from the truth. In fact, your twenties are the most defining decade of adulthood.

The Defining Decade weaves the latest science of the twentysomething years with real-life stories to show us how work, relationships, personality, social networks, identity and even the brain can change more during this decade than at any other time in adulthood. Smart, compassionate and constructive, The Defining Decade is a practical guide to making the most of the years we cannot afford to miss.

A Burst of Light and Other Essays by Audre Lorde (Status: Finished)

Blurb: A great American theorist of race, gender, living, and dying, poet and activist Audre Lorde created a body of work that was ahead of its time in its embrace of intersectionality. Lorde’s writings have become increasingly influential since her death in 1992, contributing to the timeliness of her 1988 American Book Award-winning collection, A Burst of Light. From reflections on her struggle with cancer to thoughts on lesbian sexuality and African-American identity in a straight white man’s world, Lorde’s voice remains enduringly relevant.

Deep Work, Rules for Success In A Distracted World by Cal Newport (Status: Finished)

Blurb: Through revealing portraits of both historical and modern-day thinkers, academics and leaders in the fields of technology, science and culture, and their deep work habits, Newport shares an inspiring collection of tools to wring every last drop of value out of your intellectual capacity. He explains why mastering this shift in work practices is crucial for anyone who intends to stay ahead in a complex information economy, and how to systematically train the mind to focus. Put simply: developing and cultivating a deep work practice is one of the best decisions we can make in an increasingly distracted world.

Enjoy Your Life by Muhammad Al-Arifi (Status: Just Started)

Blurb: Enjoy Your Life by Sheikh Muhammad Al-Arifi is a book centred on developing and perfecting interpersonal skills based on Islamic Principles; whether that is with parents, children or students, friends, etc. This book is primarily based on the life of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him). There are also numerous incidents from history and the author’s personal experiences. So, it’s not just a practical self-help book but it’s also a good lesson from history! The book was inspired by Dale Carnegie’s book “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and is a product of 20 years of research.

Trust Me I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday (Status: Quarter)

Blurb: Recently, fake news has become real news, making headlines as its consequences become crushingly obvious in political upsets and global turmoil. But it’s not new – you’ve seen it all before. A malicious online rumour costs a company millions. Politically motivated ‘fake news’ stories are planted and disseminated to influence elections. Some product or celebrity zooms from total obscurity to viral sensation. Anonymous sources and speculation become the national conversation. What you don’t know is that someone is responsible for all this. Usually, someone like Ryan Holiday: a media manipulator. Holiday wrote this book to explain how media manipulators work, how to spot their fingerprints, how to fight them, and how (if you must) to emulate their tactics. Why is he giving away these secrets? Because he’s tired of a world where trolls hijack debates, marketers help write the news, reckless journalists spread lies, and no one is accountable for any of it. He’s pulling back the curtain because it’s time everyone understands how things really work.

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