Book Review

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 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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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.

Misc. Posts

My top six reading Apps

For those who do not know me, I have a peculiar relation with technology. This time, I decided to review reading Apps. For so many years, I have struggled reading using an Ipad, a Kindle, or any other technology. To be honest, I still do not. However I recently discovered a few interesting Apps that added great value to my reading journey.

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The no.1 ladies’ detective agency by Alexander McCall Smith

To be completely honest, I have had a tough week at work. It was long, demanding, included travelling, and more. I did not have a chance to write a personal blog post. But, as usual, my dear and now standing contributor Ken saved me. It is not like something bad would happen if I do not blog once a week. However this is a level of consistency I am committed to. Also when you are so overwhelmed with the readers' reactions, comments, shares, and likes - you feel that you have no choice but honor every reader's expectations. Ken reviewed a book I have not read. His review will surely make me read it. I hope it does that to you too. Enjoy.

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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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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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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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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.