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Recent Reads

This page is comprised of a list of BookChanging's recently read books, along with the book I'm currently reading. This page will make it easy for those of you who like to read along with me. It also allows me to express my thoughts and opinions on recently read books. 


The Magic Ladder to Success by Napoleon Hill

I started this book on Monday, January 8th and plan to finish it on Monday, January 22nd. Buy it and read along with me!


Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday

I just finished Perennial Seller on Sunday, January 14th. My overall opinion of this book is a bit underwhelming. On one hand, I did enjoy and find value in the main premise of the book which spoke of creating art and businesses that are timeless. I also found the book a bit difficult to read through.

Unlike the work I have previously read by Holiday including Ego is the Enemy and The Daily Stoic, Perennial Seller did not draw me in and make me want to read it. Like I previously stated, I still did find this book to be valuable and plan to take some lessons from it and implement them. If you aspire to create great art or a great and lasting business, then I think you should check this one out.

 


Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

I finished Tuesdays With Morrie on Thursday, January 4th and I absolutely loved it! After finishing it, I would say it has easily become one of the best books I've ever read. The conversation between the two main characters of the book, Mitch and Morrie, had me on the brink of crying multiple times. Which was a very different reading experience for me.

This book contains the dialogue former student, Mitch Albom, and his former professor, Morrie. Without spoiling the book, Mitch decides to write about his amazing conversations with Morrie as he approaches his death. These insightful conversations include topics such as death, fear, greed, and forgiveness to name a few. 

Overall, I would highly recommend this book to those looking for a heartfelt story with valuable principles. READ THIS BOOK! 


Iron John by Robert Bly

I just finished Iron John on Sunday, Dec. 31st. As you can see from the title, this is a book about men. More specifically, this is a book about the transition from boyhood to manhood and everything the process entails.

Robert Bly uses an ancient story named "Iron John" to represent the process of becoming a man. Through this mythological story Bly breaks down what young boys need in order to become men who live fulfilled lives. I absolutely loved this book and definitely recommend it to any man, I honestly believe this book should be read by every single man at least once.  Iron John will be a book that I revisit many times throughout my life. 


The Prince by Nicole Machiavelli

Happy Holidays to you all! I've just finished The Prince and wanted to share my final thoughts with you. I felt that the book was definitely an interesting read and is certainly different than what I usually read. I'd encourage you to do some research on this book because there is a lot of background info that makes this book very intriguing. In short, the book was a letter written in the 1500's to Lorenzo de' Medici, the governor of Florence at the time.

The book is an analysis provided by Niccolo Machiavelli of the pros and cons of rulers of the past. Through these examples Machiavelli provides advice to this new prince on how he can successfully govern his people. My biggest takeaway is that most of this advice is directly correlated to success in any field, not just for government officials. 

Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wouldn't be my first recommendation. As you can assume the writing of Machiavelli is a bit complicated and dry, which made the book somewhat hard to comprehend. 


High Performance Habits by Brendon Burchard

I just finished High Performance Habits on December 18th. My final impressions of this book are a bit indifferent. While I enjoyed the six habits that Burchard presents throughout the book, I found that I had to force myself to sit down and read it. I found the habits to be empowering and most certainly beneficial to anyone who implements them, but I personally didn't enjoy the writing style of this book. For this reason I'd recommend a few of the other recently read books over this one, I also enjoyed Burchard's previous book The Motivation Manifesto much more than this one.


Relentless by Tim S. Grover

I just finished relentless and what a great book it was. Let me first start off by saying, this book is not for everyone. The author is a personal trainer who has experience with some of the greatest players the NBA has seen including Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, and Dwayne Wade.

The author describes the mentality it takes to reach a level of excellence that these individuals have. He describes these relentless people as "cleaners". The ones who get the job done no matter what. Grover describes exactly what sets apart the cleaners from the average person and how we can achieve excellence in whatever we desire. He is very straightforward throughout the book, and claims excellence requires a level of sacrifice that not many are willing to make. If greatness is something you aspire to achieve, I'd highly recommend this book.


The Mount of Olives by Michael Ivanov

I just finished The Mount of Olives on Friday, December 1st.  The book is about a fictional story of a young boy that goes on a journey to achieve his dream. In a similar way to The Alchemist, the boy goes through more transformation that he could have ever imagined and through this transformation the boy writes 11 declarations to an extraordinary life.

Overall I really enjoyed this book, especially the ending. The journey of the young boy is extremely relatable and incredibly inspiring. The book beat all my expectations I had for it, and the ending almost brought me to tears. I can't recommend you read this book enough!


The Hero With A Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell

I finished The Hero With A Thousand Faces on Saturday, November 25th.

This is my first time reading any of Joseph Campbell's work and it was a bit different than what I usually read. Campbell has a very profound way of depicting what he calls The Hero's Journey in this book. The Hero's Journey is the journey of a boy/girl who must go through different steps in order to become a true man or woman/hero. The Hero's Journey is going into the unknown in order to achieve your life goal/purpose. Campbell breaks down the Hero's Journey with three steps including Separation/Departure, Trials and Victories/Initiation, and finally the Return/ Reintegration with society. 

Overall I absolutely loved this book and I also enjoyed learning about the Hero's Journey. It was a bit difficult for me to comprehend the examples of mythology included within the book, but I would still highly recommend this book for you!


Rich Habits by Thomas C. Corley

I  just finished Rich Habits on Monday, November 20. I really enjoyed this one! This book is similar in size to last weeks book, its only about 100 pages and didn't take me very long to finish at all. However, this small book is absolutely packed with valuable information. There are 10 different habits that Corley shares throughout the book, which he claims are the habits that rich people all have in common. I will definitely try to focus on implementing all of these habits into my daily routine. It won't be easy, but it will absolutely be worth it. I would highly recommend you read this book!

 


Why Brands With A Purpose Do Better and Matter More by David Hieatt

I just finished this book on Monday, November 13th and I have to say that it was an awesome book. The author is a founder of a successful denim company which he uses as the base of the insights provided in his book. This is my favorite part about the book, the fact that the author is a widely successful start-up owner who has put the things he's learned into a short, simple, and powerful book. Which brings me to my second favorite thing about this book, which is how simple, yet valuable it was. All of Hieatt's points are made within one to two pages. And while his points were very brief, I found all of them to be not only valuable but also extremely applicable. These tips range from insights on how to properly back your brand with a purpose, to Hieatt explaining how to hire employees correctly. With all this being said, I would absolutely recommend this book if you wish to start a brand or business, or if you currently own one.