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On the show I breakdown the books I have read and reviewed. Each month I release a monthly podcast going into more depth on the books I have reviewed.

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (Dec 10th, 2017)

This book is an academic reflection on what it takes to be successful. The author looks at the comparisons between race, income and education to determine what makes a person more likely to succeed. What emerges is interesting. For instance, in the book Gladwell analyses the impact that timing and luck have on the success of not only an individual but a generation as a whole. A decade between two people can mean that one more intelligent person can be less successful than a less intelligent p...

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Artemis by Andy Weir (Dec 8th, 2017)

A follow up to Weir’s bestseller The Martian, Artemis follows the journey of the main character Jazz as she tries to find her place in the first city on the moon. Growing up in Artemis she found herself getting into trouble from an early age, smuggling and dealing with crooks. The opportunity to make more presented itself to Jazz as she couldn't resist. The author does an impressive job in detailing the specifics of the city engaging the reader throughout the story. Jazz's internal conflict w...

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The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss (Dec 6th, 2017)

This book is a revolutionary insight into how we see our own working lives. In the book, Ferriss explains that in order to live the life of what he terms the ‘New Rich’ we need to create a structure around us that allows us to be absent from our work yet reap the financial benefits. Ferriss suggests that we make the best use of automated services such as outsourcing personal assistants to reduce costs when initially establishing a business. Focus on increasing productivity during the work day...

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The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuck (Dec 1st, 2017)

This is the second of the Gary's New York Times bestseller books. The book explains the tactics that businesses can use to provide real value to consumers in what he terms the ‘Thank You' economy. In the book, Gary explains that social media has given the power of voice back to consumers, making businesses volatile to any public issues. He explains that businesses that understand the use of social media as a gateway to provide value alongside closer contact with customers rather than a way to...

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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts (Nov 30th, 2017)

Vagabonding is defined as the ‘act of leaving behind the orderly world to travel independently for an extended period of time.’ The book describes how modern society has convinced us that long-term travel is only for the super-rich and students. However, what is evident in this book is that this is not the case. Long-term travel is affordable, accessible and realistic if you want it to be. The book explains how vagabonding is a mind-set to how we see the world, not only during our holidays, b...

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Azarias Tor: The History Maker by Richard Abbott-Bailey (Nov 26th, 2017)

The story of Azarias is rooted in the tragic loss of his wife as he tries to come to terms with who he truly is. As new people enter his life he begins to question his own past. The book captures elements of science fiction and personal self-reflection about whether we create our own history or whether it is self-determined by a higher power.

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The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (Oct 27th, 2017)

The main ideal is that the protagonist tries to convey that love is central to everything. But love neither finds you or you it, it just comes and goes as it pleases.

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Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman (Oct 26th, 2017)

This book is an exploration into why EQ or emotional intelligence can be a greater indicator of intelligence than IQ.

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Zodiac by Sam Wilson (Jun 2nd, 2017)

In a world where society is determined by one’s astrological sign, Daniel the protagonist tries to determine the how is daughter went missing. What he finds is an underworld of scientific exploration which tries to ensure that everyone’s characteristics are aligned with their star sign to ensure a peaceful society.

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Milk And Honey by Rupi Kaur (May 6th, 2017)

"The vivid description of emotion coupled with the true honesty of the book is where it becomes more than a book. It becomes a journey, from where deep thoughts of heartbreak lie, but where optimism and hope are equally as powerful."

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Ideas Of Illusion by Kevin Prince (May 3rd, 2017)

In an increasing digitalised world, Daniel feels that the ordinary man has lost control over his freedom and is looking for saviours, such as Daniel to help them recapture this. The novella also speaks to deeper questions about our humanity, including our relationships with those that are closest with us.

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The God Of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (May 2nd, 2017)

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy, a story that follows a dysfunctional Indian families journey into the unknown. A somewhat tragic reality of two twins who do not believe that they belong, and struggle to find their voice in a world that is not willing to listen.

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Deadline by Simon Kernick (May 1st, 2017)

Andrea comes home one day to find that her daughter Emma is not home, and her world is flipped upside down. As she searches for her kidnappers she uncovers memories of her past that comes back to haunt her. Grippy and pacy thriller.

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