Book review: Make Time

https://maketimebook.com/

It’s not often that I do a book review but this time I’m “Making Time” to do this review. (Sorry about the bad pun).

I decided to listen to this book on audible. It’s been narrated by the authors themselves and they’ve done a great job at making it really enjoyable to listen to. It’s not a long book but I didn’t take notes while listening and decided to get through it before I lose focus or get bored.

I didn’t get bored.

The book sets out tactics to Make Time for things in your life, whether it’s a project or just working on your goals or feeling happier. Whether you’re super busy because of work or just feel like time is slipping away from you, this book can be helpful.

I didn’t feel like it was another run-of-the-mill productivity book but rather real tactics that you can choose to implement in your life. More importantly, none of the tactics are very imposing. While there is definitely a certain amount of self-control and discipline required to implement these tactics, the authors make sure to keep reminding you that small steps are acceptable, not all tactics need to be followed and they don’t need to be done all at once. There are 87 tactics and we are allowed to pick and choose our combination.

The authors have a helpful website (https://maketimebook.com/) which lists all the tactics and provides helpful resources. The book is worth buying and definitely worth reading.

(I purchased this book myself and was not paid or asked to write this review. These opinions are my own)

 

Re-read: Kane and Abel – Jeffrey Archer

The first time I read this was over 15 years ago. I was quite young and read through it. It’s one of the few books that I didn’t remember much about. Earlier this year when I got this copy signed by the author, I decided to read it again. The book had me in tears by the end. It’s a story that spans the life of two men with an interesting twist. Not once did I imagine the ending to be the way it turned out to be. It’s definitely a lot of intense drama and worth the re-read. 

March 04, 2017

A little bit of excitement happened this weekend. I attended the Dubai Literature Festival for an audience with Jeffrey Archer. That was quite an experience. He is not just eloquent but, entertaining as well. His candid talk on how he got started and his experiences with publishing Kane and Abel was so interesting. It was clear that he loves his writing with a passion and that his stories are very close to his heart. In the end I got my copy of Kane and Abel signed, which was pretty awesome.

audience-with-jeffrey-archer

Reading Round-up: 2017 start

One of my goals for the year was definitely reading more. Last year I read only 18 books. Well, that’s much more than I’ve read in the past couple of years but, I’m determined to make that score higher this year. I have one more exam to go so I guess there will be a break in between. Still, I know I can do better if I spend a little less time watching TV shows.

The year is off to a good start. So far it’s only the 20th and I’ve already read 3 books.

Well, to be fair none of them are huge. But, they are books I’ve always wanted to read and never got around to. So, I can check of some names on my wish list.

The next endeavour will be a big challenge. Standing tall at 1168 pages, I’ve decided to read….Atlas Shrugged. This will probably be the longest book I’ve ever read. So here goes…

atlas-shrugged

Read: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

I watched the movie a long time ago. Needless to say Jack Nicholson was superb. But I thought about reading the book because I had heard it wasn’t quite the same. Well, I had heard right. The book is much different from the movie.

It’s not a short book and as I read it I came to enjoy the characters very much. I have to say the book actually made me laugh out loud in some places. Nurse Ratched was a real villain! But, it’s also a sad story… Definitely a classic to read

Summer round-up

It’s been a long and gruesome summer… and I’ve been totally out of touch with the blogging world. I have no excuses. I didn’t go away for the summer or travel. But rather spent my time working and filling in for people who did decide to travel. Temperatures have been soaring here in the UAE and at the end of each day I’m just too tired to getting around to doing anything.

I have however, done two things over the last couple of weeks.

Firstly, some reflection on my life and where I want to be. Since, it was my birthday in the last couple of weeks, it was naturally the time to sit and evaluate what I’ve done and what I should be doing. I think I’ve got some positive thoughts and plans for the future. Well, at least I didn’t get the birthday blues and all that reflection left me feeling hopeful. Sometimes, it makes sense to just stock of things you’ve accomplished. Even more so when you’re feeling low and don’t think that you’ve done much. Then sometimes, you just realise even the little accomplishments mean a lot.

Secondly, I’ve been reading quite a bit. Over the past few months, I managed to finish a good number of books. Well, at least, good by my standards. The books I read are

  1. The Class – Erich Segal
  2. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (finally!)
  3. The Old Man and The Sea – Ernest Hemingway
  4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (how could I not?!?!)
  5. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee (a tad disappointing, I have to admit)
  6. No Dream Is Too High – Buzz Aldrin (very easy read and I really enjoyed it)

I also started reading War & Peace. One of those big challenges that I’ve always been meaning to do but always put off. Well the bad news is, just 50 pages in I’ve put it off again. I have few more books lined up and I definitely want to make this the year of reading.

I hope everyone’s been well and having a happy summer. It’s back to school now and time for projects and books.

Until next time….