Review Time: The Upside of Unrequited

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Title: The Upside of Unrequited

Author: Becky Albertalli

Published: 2017/04/11

Version: Hardcover

Started: 2017/06/04

Finished: 2017/06/16

Rating: 5/5

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Molly Peskin-Suso knows all about unrequited love—she’s lived through it twenty-six times. She crushes hard and crushes often, but always in secret. Because no matter how many times her twin sister, Cassie, tells her to woman up, Molly can’t stomach the idea of rejection. So she’s careful. Fat girls always have to be careful.

Then a cute new girl enters Cassie’s orbit, and for the first time ever, Molly’s cynical twin is a lovesick mess. Meanwhile, Molly’s totally not dying of loneliness—except for the part where she is. Luckily, Cassie’s new girlfriend comes with a cute hipster-boy sidekick. Will is funny and flirtatious and just might be perfect crush material. Maybe more than crush material. And if Molly can win him over, she’ll get her first kiss and she’ll get her twin back.

There’s only one problem: Molly’s coworker Reid. He’s an awkward Tolkien superfan with a season pass to the Ren Faire, and there’s absolutely no way Molly could fall for him. Right?  Continue reading

Review Time: Great by Choice

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Title: Great By Choice

Author: Jim Collins & Morten T. Hansen

Published: 2011/10/11

Version: Audiobook

Pages: 183

Started: 2017/04/24

Finished: 2017/05/21

Rating: 4/5

Goodread Synopsis:

The new question: Ten years after the worldwide bestseller “Good to Great,” Jim Collins returns to ask: Why do some companies thrive in uncertainty, even chaos, and others do not? In “Great by Choice,” Collins and his colleague, Morten T. Hansen, enumerate the principles for building a truly great enterprise in unpredictable, tumultuous, and fast-moving times.
The new study: “Great by Choice” distinguishes itself from Collins’s prior work by its focus on the type of unstable environments faced by leaders today.
The new findings: The best leaders were more disciplined, more empirical, and more paranoid. Following the belief that leading in a “fast world” always requires “fast decisions” and “fast action” is a good way to get killed. The great companies changed less in reaction to a radically changing world than the comparison companies.
This book is classic Collins: contrarian, data-driven, and uplifting. He and Hansen show convincingly that, even in a chaotic and uncertain world, greatness happens by choice, not by chance.

My Thoughts:

If you’ve read any of his other books and enjoyed them you will for sure enjoy this book. It has the same flow it has the same type of insight without rehashing old information he already shared.

For those who haven’t read any of his books, he focuses on established businesses typically that have been around for well over a decade and studies why they’ve managed to be where they are at.  This one focused on how they succeeded in economic times where other companies of the same area are struggling.  He then looks to see what of all the companies that are like this managed to have.  Things like great leadership, vision, sticking to it’s core beliefs, etc.

Being that I’m in the process of starting a tech business I had a few reasons for reading this and I always walk away with a  few notes to bring to my business partner for us to think about going forward.

I think that every great book should have at least a few good nuggets of useful information.  I do also believe that anyone who works in a big corporation or even a small one would find this book useful.

Have you guys read this book? Any thoughts?

Review: Windfall

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Title: Windfall
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Published: 2017/05/02
Version: Hardcover
Started: 2017/05/21
Finished: 2017/05/22
Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Let luck find you.

Alice doesn’t believe in luck—at least, not the good kind. But she does believe in love, and for some time now, she’s been pining for her best friend, Teddy. On his eighteenth birthday—just when it seems they might be on the brink of something—she buys him a lottery ticket on a lark. To their astonishment, he wins $140 million, and in an instant, everything changes. Continue reading

Review Time: The Edge of Everything

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Title: The Edge of Everything
Author: Jeff Giles
Published: 2017/01/31
Version: Hardcover
Started: 2017/06/01
Finished: 2017/06/01
Rating: 3/5

Synopsis: For the perfect love, what would you be willing to lose?

It’s been a shattering year for seventeen-year-old Zoe, who’s still reeling from her father’s shockingly sudden death in a caving accident and her neighbors’ mysterious disappearance from their own home. Then on a terrifying sub-zero, blizzardy night in Montana, she and her brother are brutally attacked in a cabin in the woods—only to be rescued by a mysterious bounty hunter they call X.

X is no ordinary bounty hunter. He is from a hell called the Lowlands, sent to claim the soul of Zoe’s evil attacker and others like him. X is forbidden from revealing himself to anyone other than his prey, but he casts aside the Lowlands’ rules for Zoe. As they learn more about their colliding worlds, they begin to question the past, their fate, and their future Continue reading

Review: Start With Why by Simon Sinek

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Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take ActionTitle: Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

Author: Simon Sinek

Published: 2009

Pages: 256

Version: audio

Started: 2017/02/01

Finished: 2017/02/05

Rating: 4/5

Goodreads Synopsis: Why are some people and organizations more innovative, more influential, and more profitable than others? Why do some command greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? Even among the successful, why are so few able to repeat their success over and over? Continue reading