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David & Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

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Wow, it’s been a while since I did a book review. It’s actually been a while since I’ve finished a book. I’ve made the mistake of reading too many books at once, and not finishing any… Also I went on a Breaking Bad watching binge ūüôā

So anyway, David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell. I really loved it. It was an exploration of the advantage of disadvantage and the disadvantage of advantage. “You wouldn’t wish dyslexia on your child. Or would you?”

The book explores different people in different situations that have overcome some giants in their lives (hence the title), but also he looks at people who have reacted poorly to giants and made bad decisions. What I liked most about about the book was the story of the ‘Impressionists’ who had to rethink the way they expressed their art; would they be little fish in a big pond or big fish in a small pond. Also Gladwell wrote a very readable book. It flowed smoothly, was insightful and was free from tedium.

Overall I give it a 8.5/10 and would recommend it ūüôā


Top 30 Great Reads

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I’m going to Nerd Out and give you three¬†categories¬†of my Top Ten Books: Fiction, Non-Fiction and Fantasy as at April 2013.

FICTION

1) The Corrections – Jonathan Franzen

2) Mr Penumbra’s 24 Hour Book Store – Robin Sloan

3) The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – Mary –¬†Anne Shaffer & Annie Barrows

4) The Pillars of the Earth РKen Follett

5) High Fidelity РNick Hornby

6) Shantaram – Gregory David Roberts

7) Water for Elephants РSara Gruen

8) Old Man and the Sea РErnest Hemingway

9) The life of Pi РYann Martel

10) Everything is Illuminated – Jonathan Safran Foer

 

NON-FICTION

1) Is It Just Me РMiranda Hart

2) Brain Rules РJohn Medina

3) Our Religious Brains РRabbi Ralph D. Mecklenburger

4) Quiet – Susan Cain

5) Predictability Irrational РDan Ariely

6) Life and laughing РMichael McIntyre

7) The Biology of Belief РBruce Lipton

8) The Year of Living Biblically – A J Jacobs

9) Run! – Dean Karnazes

10) Jerusalem: The Biography – Simon Sebag Montefiroe

 

FANTASY/SCIENCE FICTION

1) Sword of Truth Series – Terry Goodkind (12 books of pure AWESOMENESS!!)

2) Troy Series (actually three breathtaking books) РDavid Gemmell

3) Dune РFrank Hebert

4) The Kings Buccaneer (5th book in the series) РRaymond E Feist

5) The Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

6) Magician – Raymond E Feist

7) Battle Axe РSara Douglas

8) Queen of Sorcery (Book 2 in the series) РDavid Eddings

9) Sword of Shanara РTerry Brooks

10) The Time Machine – H G Wells