In the course of 2023, I have read some interesting books. I consider reading a very important activity of my days. The reason is to gain different knowledge, to be inspired and motivated, to develop critical thinking, personal and professional development or to keep up with current trends and innovations. In this article I will give you a short review or my subjective evaluation of all the books I have read.
Lean analytics – Alistair Croll 9/10
A lot of things I already knew or do in practice, but even so, there is very simple, practical and useful advice here. The author has some really great thinking about where value is created in a company, how to measure it, evaluate it, and improve based on that. In my opinion, this book is a must have for the budding entrepreneur.
Extreme ownership – Jocko Willink 8/10
A truly motivational book whose content could be summed up in the title of one chapter “there are no bad teams, only bad leaders”. I liked the description of the military environment, which is not standard in motivational business literature, but I find it very practically applicable to business. And remember “Discipline Equals Freedom.”
Keep sharp – Sanjay Gupta 7/10
I would recommend this book to anyone. It’s about lifestyle changes that lead to immediate cognitive boosts, but also help prevent brain disease and the formation of amyloid plaques decades from now, which from my perspective will be a more common cause of death than today. Quite simply, it increases the likelihood of a good quality of life in old age. What was really cool was the amount of practical “evidence based” advice with easy implementation.
Talk like TED – Chris Anderson 7/10
lI took 2 rhetoric courses over the course of a semester, read this book, and got a lot of feedback that I have made significant progress in this area. I think it’s also because of this book. Easy to read, a large portion is stories with lots of easy to implement advice into your speech. I would recommend it to any manager.
Bad blood – John Carreyrou 6/10
I read a lot of books in a year, but I devoured this one in a few days. A really incredibly compelling and interesting story that I often told myself couldn’t possibly be true – but it was. On the other hand, I think there’s very little likelihood of putting any of it to practical use.
A crash course in genius – Ľudovít Ódor 3/10
I particularly disliked the positioning in the role of a textbook, where many things were just opinions or scientific consensus, not facts. The author chose the topics to be conveyed, which is also more or less his opinion. I was also bothered by the breadth – very many topics that describe the basics and in none of them does the author go into depth. I like the form of the book mainly because it often goes into detail.
Yellow book of brand building – Michal Pastier 9/10
There is a wealth of useful information in this book that will make you think and you will definitely tend to apply some of it as you read. If I had to sum it up in one word, it would be aptness. It is the perfect gift under the tree for marketers, entrepreneurs, managers…
The Diary of a CEO – Steven Bartlett 8/10
The author of this book is an entrepreneur and author of a very successful podcast who has written 33 self help rules for life which he has divided into four categories: SELF, STORY, PHILOSOPHY and TEAM. Many of the tips that the book describes are not groundbreaking news, but in this comprehensive form, they make for really great reading.
Spotify – Jonas Leijonhufvud 7/10
The story of Spotify and founder Daniel Ek strikes me as a little shocking and controversial, on the other hand practical and very inspiring. I was very impressed by the story of geeks from a relatively small town building a global leader in a newly emerging field.
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read – Philippa Perry 6/10
This book has significantly broadened my horizons in the field of child psychology, raising a child or building a relationship with a child. The topic was super interesting for me, I learned a lot of new information. However, at the same time, I didn’t have a good impression of the fact that a lot of things struck me as unsubstantiated opinion of the author and if I were better versed in this field, I could at least argue about this topic.
Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek 6/10
Within the first two chapters I was already demotivated to finish the book because the author describes stories from companies he hasn’t been in, and clearly interprets very complex things to support his point of view. On the other hand, the book has many bright moments. I like best the section about hormones and their effects on motivation in the work environment. I had higher expectations for this bestseller.
The Bullet Journal Method – Ryder Carroll 5/10
Another world bestseller that left me quite disappointed. It lengthily describes a lot of generic or trivial things that I do naturally and don’t call it a method. However, I also found some useful tips on how to work with notes and archiving them. Thanks to this part of the book, I don’t regret reading it. If I were to read it again, I would probably skip a few chapters.
The Complete Guide to Fasting – Jason Fung 2/10
I’ve been practicing a 72-hour fast a few times a year for years. I’ve picked up my know-how through more blog articles, documentaries and videos. I was looking forward to having this book break down the topic in a comprehensive and detailed manner. In retrospect, I can appreciate that some chapters were a complete waste of time for me. If I were to read it again, I probably would have skipped straight to the last chapters that dealt with types of fasts and practical tips on how to get started.
I hope that my insights and reviews will help you find a book that will be interesting to you and enrich you in some way.