Books Reviews

What I’m Reading In January (2019) – From James Baldwin to Ryan Holiday

“Although one cannot really be educated to believe a lie, one can be forced to surrender to it.” – James Baldwin, Dark Days

Note: The book images on this post are linked to Amazon but I encourage you to buy these books from your local bookshops or borrow them from your library when possible. 

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore (Status: Finished)

Blurb: The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine. The tragedy is that my story could have been his. Two kids named Wes Moore were born blocks apart within a year of each other. Both grew up fatherless in similar Baltimore neighbourhoods and had difficult childhoods; both hung out on street corners with their crews; both ran into trouble with the police. How, then, did one grow up to be a Rhodes Scholar, a decorated veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader, while the other ended up a convicted murderer serving a life sentence? Wes Moore, the author of this fascinating book, sets out to answer this profound question. In alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

Soulful Stories of Hope, Love and Light – Edited and Compiled by Maria Mahat (Status: Finished)

Blurb: A compilation of 23 soulful stories from Muslim individuals from all walks of life, depths of beliefs and strength of characters.

Stories of faith and hope; healing and gratitude; of seeking God’s love and seeing His Light. Stories to uplift your soul.

Dark Days by James Baldwin (Status: Almost Finished)

Blurb: Drawing on Baldwin’s own experiences of prejudice in an America violently divided by race, these searing essays blend the intensely personal with the political to envisage a better world.

Growth Hacker Marketing: A Primer on the Future of PR, Marketing and Advertising by Ryan Holiday (Status: Halfway through)

Blurb: Your new business went online yesterday and you’ve got a marketing budget of zero. How are you supposed to create a movement around your product? How can you get to your first thousand – or million – customers? Starting from zero, it feels impossible.

Enter the growth hacker. You may not have heard of growth hacking yet, but you’ve certainly used the billion-dollar brands built by it: Hotmail, Airbnb, Facebook, Dropbox, amongst many others.

Growth hackers thrive on doing what traditional businessmen would consider impossible: creating something from nothing. They ‘hack’ their company’s growth to create a narrative of sensational success, turning excited media, users and social media into a viral marketing force that will help their business grow exponentially.

Silicon Valley has realized that growth hacking – not television commercials and billboards – is the successful start-up’s secret weapon. Now growth hacker extraordinaire Ryan Holiday is ready to share his experience, teaching you how to harness the power of growth to propel you to success. Featuring insights from leading growth hackers, Growth Hacker Marketing is the essential guide to the revolutionary new approach to growing your business.

I pray that you benefited from this post and if you’ve read any of the books on the list, do let me know your thoughts in the comments section 💕

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