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Digital minimalism by Cal Newport

A year ago, I shut down my social media accounts. I also removed all unnecessary Apps and notifications from my IPhone. That was not new to me as in many instances earlier, I had done a series of digital detox. When I got more familiar with Newport’s theory, I was delighted that there was actually a movement towards digital minimalism: the art of knowing how much technology is just enough!

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Tristan and Isold by Joseph Bedier

Love stories come in different shapes and forms. I have read love stories from ancient ages and other modern ones. What I miss in the stories of the XX century is the enigma. I will be reviewing a legend from the Middle Age. It may not seem relatable. However, it is. In many ways.

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The 5 a.m. club by Robin Sharma

As you read this book, you are caught by the story. This is not a typical self-help book. It is actually a story told in a very smooth style. The messages that the author tries to convey are subtle and they come to the reader close to self-realization. I loved the characters in the book as well as the flow of events that are quite thrilling. 

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So good they cannot ignore you by Cal Newport

A while ago I started a blogpost with a question: “what would you do if you were not afraid”? I cannot remember the number of times I asked myself this question. Yet, in the past few months, I have asked myself a different question: “do you do things out of fear or out of love”? Over time, I also learned to ground myself through another important question: “would you rather be happy or right”? I have recently read a book called “so good they can’t ignore you” by Cal Newport.

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World order by Henry Kissinger

Some qualify this book as a meditation on the roots of international order and disorder. Kissinger, the author, is one of notable diplomats of the modern era. He was the security adviser for a number of presidents and he spent his life studying foreign policy events.
In this book, Kissinger reveals the challenge of the twenty-first century: how to bring order into a world where perspectives are contradictory.

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Battlefield of the mind by Joyce Meyer

I started to follow Joyce Meyer back in 2005. Since then I have read two of her books (Battlefield of the Mind and Making Good Habits). I also got addicted to her audio-book series around offense. I personally like Joyce Meyer for a very simple reason: she realized that the Bible is the best leadership book. She also activated this realization in her ministries, books, and other platforms. My friend Ken likes her as much as I do. He reviewed her flagship book, Battlefield of the Mind. I thank him for this; hoping Ken and I are able to inspire you in leading a life of love, respective, mindfulness, integrity, forgiveness, kindness, and joy.

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Bad blood – secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley startup by John Carreyrou

My friend Ken McKellar was generous enough to contribute for the second time to my blog. I happen to have read this book. I would definitely not have been able to review this book as beautifully as Ken did hereunder. Enjoy reading!

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The untethered soul: the journey beyond yourself by Michael A. Singer

Dear book addicts, I am so happy that the request from guest contributors is increasing. Here is a post by Farah Al Dabbagh. Farah is a very talented young Saudi woman who I got the chance to work with. She literally embodies a future thought leader. I am honored to have her write on my blog as we share a common passion: books. I wanted to make sure that she is given the space to express herself, freely. I am thrilled to have a woman guess contributor from the Kingdom. 

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Daring greatly by Brene Brown

This book was a big inspiration for me. We live in a world that is uncertain, volatile, and ambiguous. Brown speaks about how we are emotionally exposed. She demonstrates with data and examples, how vulnerability drives courage. Courage does not define losses and wins. It describes our attitude towards life, towards tough situations, towards difficult people. Being vulnerable means that we are not accepting low standards for ourselves. Being vulnerable means that we are enough.

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Purpose and impact by Anitta Hoffmann

Purpose in corporate life is a key aspiration for our times. It is simply not enough now, for various reasons, to fulfill our own or our organization’s objectives in corporate life. The wider objectives of a civilized society also need to be addressed and aligned with individual and organizational objectives in a three-sector approach. In her thorough and fascinating book, Anitta Hoffmann returns to this three-sector approach time and time again.

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The culture map by Erin Meyer

The book portrays how culture is invisible yet it makes or breaks relations whether those are personal or professional. The author draws on her experience, research and studies, and personal observations. Meyer writes in a very subtle way. At times, the book seems funny as well especially when she speaks about incidents she herself went through.

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Turnaround: how Carlos Ghosn rescued Nissan by David Magee

I read “turnaround” back in 2003. It was the first year of my bachelor’s in economics. Back then I only knew that Ghosn was a leader in adopting so many cultures having rescued four companies on four continents. This book was enlightening and I highly recommend reading it at this time as Ghosn is facing the harshest turmoil in his life. He has been in a Japanese jail since November 2018 accused of financial wrongdoing.

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Lean in by Cheryl Sandberg

Lean In is a management guide. And this is not what I will be writing about. As much as it contains practical for sailing through the challenges that arise in career advancement (the author describes as a “jungle gym”), this is not what I liked about the book.

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The man in the white sharkskin suit by Lucette Lagnado

The book is about a Jewish family’s exodus from old Cairo to the new world. It is actually a memoir full of stories about family, tragedy, and triumph. This is a book I recommend particularly if you are passionate about politics. Still, you would enjoy it if you would like to read a memoir (something I personally enjoy very much).

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The monk who sold his Ferrari by Robin Sharma

If you are struggling to develop joyful thoughts, if you are on the lookout of your life's mission and calling, if you are searching for ways to cultivate self discipline, if you wish to understand how time is your most important commodity, and many more sufferings we want to heal and other secrets we wish to uncover: this book is for you.

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Man’s search for meaning by Viktor Frankl

Back in 2012, I met Tarek, a colleague and a friend. He recommended a book: a man’s search for meaning. We were both passionate about psychology. He was the first person to introduce me to logotherapy. I then learned that Frankl was the founder of logotherapy based on his experience and theories around the need to find purpose in order to be motivated, fulfilled, and happy.

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Anything you want by Derek Sivers

If you run a quick Google search about Derek Sivers you will get to see that he is a writer, an entrepreneur, and an “avid student of life”. I allow myself to say that Sivers is a philosopher and in his book, “anything you want”, he lays the ground for a philosophy about life, work, and Love.

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Tiny beautiful things by Cheryl Strayed (aka Sugar)

I read this book about a year ago and it soon became among my favorite books. In French we call it “livre de chevet”, a book you keep by your bed, one you read more than once, one you open at random pages at random times.

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Wisdom at work by Chip Conley

A dear friend recommended this book to me. As I read a related excerpt, I did not know why I would be interested - being in my early thirties - by a book about those who are above age fifty. To be fair, it was not about them per se rather about “how to stay relevant in the second half of your career” as the author puts it.

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Thrive by Arianna Huffington

I decided to review the book of a person I discovered through a YouTube video rather than a book. I got to know her as I watched her commencement speech at Smith College in 2013. I fell on her bestselling book. I am speaking about Arianna Huffington who wrote Thrive where she basically redefined success through health, wellbeing, wisdom, and wonder.

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Mastery by George Leonard

This is a book written by George Leonard. The author is an aikido master. He describes in the book how this practice helps him realize increased fulfillment throughout his life. However, he does not restrict his research and his thoughts to martial arts. In fact, he draws upon many other examples from various walks of life.

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Grit by Angela Duckworth

I usually honor my promises. This is the first book review for “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. I read this book earlier in October 2018. I was initially fascinated by Angela’s TED talk about perseverance and passion.

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The English patient by Michael Ondaatje

Dear readers – This is a post by my friend and frequent contributor Ken. Ken decided to review a book called The English Patient. I learned about this book and the related movie at a young age. They are both my mother’s favorites. It is quite a disarming story. The reason may be that I have lived in a warzone and in a war period; I may be able to relate to what wars destroy: Love and Lives.

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The letters of Abelard and Heloise

Thank you Ken for yet another generous contribution into my blog. I have had the luxury of watching The Letters of Abelard and Heloise on stage... I thought it was harsh to see how love hurts. I am not sure how it would feel when one reads it. 

As I promised you, I will promise subscribers with more "artistic" reviews. I will next review Tristan and Isolde (Iseult for the francophone) - the influential love story factoring in thoughts around Wagner related Prelude. 

Stay tuned!

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Femme au miroir by Éric-Emmanuel Schmitt

This post is written by my friend Ken Mckellar who is a frequent contributor to my blog. For new subscribers, my first language is not English. It is French hence the name of my blog. It is a reminder to myself about how writing and reading helped me sharpen my English without forgetting my French. 

Thank you Ken for reviewing a French book for the first time on this blog knowing that French is not your first language. Kudos!

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The secret diaries of Miss Anne Lister

For those who are new to my blog, my friend Ken Mckellar is a regular contributor whose generosity is quite disarming. He was keen to share with me another review for a book he has read. I happen to have watched the related movie. It was a British movie released in 2010.  The story also inspired a series starring Suranne Jones: The Gentleman Jack. Enjoy the review and if you are a fan of this genre (Non Fiction. Biography. LGBT. History), you can purchase the book here.

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Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood

Goodbye to Berlin teaches an important lesson for our times. Totalitarian regimes never burst on to the scene: they creep up stealthily, step-by-step, on a vulnerable population hungry for change. And before the population knows it, the dictator is in control. By the time Isherwood published his novel, seven years later, Europe was at war.