The Book List #24

The Book List #24

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
year: 2002 | pages: 529 | rating: 2/5

I started reading Middlesex with such enthusiasm; I really wanted to love this book but I just didn't enjoy it. I understand the importance of exploring the history of the protagonist - Calliope Stephanides - but I felt there were huge chunks of narrative (covering eight decades) that simply weren't important in the end. Thanks to a rare genetic mutation Calliope isn't what she seems and it takes forever for her discover her true identity.. so long in fact that I grew bored by the end of this +500 page trek through one family's twisted history.

Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!) by Jeffrey Eugenides
year: 2012 | pages: 176 | rating: 3/5

George Lois is an American art director, designer, and author. In Damn Good Advice, Lois offers a guide to creativity and success heavily influenced by his time spent working in advertising. While the book's advice heavily leans towards design work and advertising skills, there are pointers and advice that can benefit anyone working in a creative field.

The Rules to Break by Richard Templar
year: 2013 | pages: 187 | rating: 3/5

A comforting and insightful read that provides a refreshing alternative to other people's well-intended rules. Richard Templar explains what's wrong with some of our traditional social rules, while offering an alternate way of approaching life's little quandaries.

The Little Book of Thinking Big by Richard Newton
year: 2014 | pages: 184 | rating: 2/5

A nice little book with some solid advice unfortunately written up with an irritating format; it didn't work for me but it might work for you. There are some fantastic quotes and awesome pieces of encouragement with guidance on nine new habits that help you to "think big."

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