Book Reviews

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies.

The man who never reads lives only one.”

George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

I’m a self-proclaimed bookworm. Many of the ideas on my blog influenced by books I’m reading at the moment. Check out my GoodReads shelf for works are igniting my imagination and inspiring my personal development. Below are a collection of my in-depth book reviews.

The Power Paradox

Traditionally, we view power through a Machiavellian lens. Popular culture and tradition show leaders gain and lose influence through displays of force and hold on to power through brute cruelty. However, Kelter argues that the violent strategies outlined in Machiavelli’s famous work The Prince are outdated and incompatible within the social structure of our modern world. 

The Power of Habit

In the Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, we’re shown an interesting new perspective on habit creation. Duhigg argues that the power to change your habits and to construct your idea life comes when we understand the hidden mechanisms underlying habitual action.

I found this book helpful in understanding the triggers for action and the phycology behind our subliminal choices. I wish this book focused more on the actionable steps for habit change instead of over explaining the same concept through a series of anecdotal case studies.

A Court of Thorns and Roses 🌹 (ACOTAR)

n this faerie tale retelling of Beauty and the Beast, we follow the journey of a young female protagonist, Feyre, as her simple human life becomes entangled in the lives of the immortal fae of Prythian. It is definitely worth the read. It is a high fantasy novel, but the world-building is not daunting so I encourage you to pick it up even if you are new to fantasy.  I loved the sassy dialogue, deeply empathized with the Feyre’s struggle, and had a fantastic time meeting one of my favorite fictional characters. 

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