Q3 Book reviews

Usually my reading lists are filled with tech/ leadership/ business books as they are my favorite topics. However, in Q3, I tried something different. I started reading novels! Surprise, surprise. The novels that I picked up were definitely worthwhile.

Man Called Ove (by Fedrik Backman): Love this book. The first 10 minutes into reading this book, I thought that this book was pretty dark (and probably not my style). However, I kept reading more and more and I fell in love with the main character, Ove. (I posted another post about this book here)

The Girl on the Train (by Paula Hawkins): I had to experience what all the hype was about for myself so I bought it. I am not a big fan of psychological thriller novels, but this book went well beyond exceeding my expectations.

In The Country We Love (by  Diane Guerrero):  The author shares her story  as a daughter of illegal immigrants. Her parents got deported to Columbia when she was a teenager. She was not deported with them as she was a U.S citizen. She struggled a lot to navigate her youth without parents and proper support from the U.S. government’s child support system. This book covers various topics that we can all relate to: love, family and political issues.

Find Your Extraordinary (by Jessica Herrin): The author talks about her life as a CEO and mom. Her personal story was interesting. However, I felt like the book was not that different from other motivational books out there. This book is part of the female entrepreneur “I am successful and I will show you how to do it” genre. If you are already in tech and familiar with startup founder stories, this book can be a bit boring for you.

Breaking Night (by Liz Murray): Recommended.  This book is an autobiography of Liz Murray. Her story is actually pretty well known thanks to the movie, ‘Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story’. Liz had a very tough childhood as both of her parents were drug addicts. Instead of hating her parents and getting into trouble like the most of kids in her circumstances, she forgave her parents and overcame her challenges.

Presence (by Amy Cuddy): I bought this book after watching her TED talk. She talks about how your body language influences others and your self-confidence. If you are interested in psychology and human behaviors, this book will be a great choice.

Troublemaker (by Leah Remini): I downloaded this book via audible as I was intrigued by the title. I didn’t know anything about the author Leah Remini, a hollywood actress, but I decided to give a shot. The book is about her experience of growing up as a scientologist and building her career as an actress. I never experienced Scientology in my life and have never met  anyone who believed in it.  Through her memoir, I got the scoop on the Scientology and Hollywood life. It was a light and fun read.

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