I’ve been meaning to do these mini reviews for quite some time now, but I didn’t know exactly which books should fall under this category. I wanted it to be short books but I’ve been on a reading slump so it was very difficult for me to read more than 2 short books. But when I finished these I knew that they were a perfect match for this type of post. The 3 books I am reviewing today are categorized in the genre of poetry, leadership/management and children’s literature.
Without any further adjure, lets get to the reviews.
Wonder by R.J. Palacio
Published: 14 February 2012
Genre: Children’s literature
We follow a Star Wars Fanatic, August Pullman known as Augie, who was born with a facial deformity. He has been home-schooled and at the beginning of the book, Augie’s parents are talking to him about starting school (fifth grade). We get to see how Augie adapts to the new environment and the challenges thereof. The story is told in different perspectives which I really enjoyed. The writing for the book was amazing considering that its a children’s book. Its a heart-wrenching story and I am still planning to watch the movie. I’d really recommend it if you want a quick read.
Rating: 5/5 stars
Herding Cats: Being Advice to Aspiring Academic and Research Leaders
Author: Geoff Garett and Graeme Davies
Genre: Leadership, management
Published: March 15, 2011
Academics and researchers are like cats, whereby they seek to exercise as much independence as possible. So in this book, both the authors combine their experience of managing/leading researchers/academics. This book also include some insight from 50 senior colleagues around the world. They deal with a lot of management and leadership topics. They address 12 Cs’of leadership, namely; culture, conflict, collaboration, charge (the taking of), composure, committees, cash, colleagues, communication, credit, choice, change.
This is a good book for people leading academics and researchers, but it was a good read for me as I am a researcher.
Rating: 5/5 stars
No Matter The Wreckage Poems By Sarah Kay
Published: 18 March 2014
This is Sarah Kay’s debut poetry collection. She is well known for her Ted Talk, where she performed the poem B. No matter the wreckage is divided into 9 sections that comprises of different poems addressing topics like family, love, travel, history, and unlikely love affairs between inanimate objects. Overall, I loved this book. I love the simplicity of the poems and the illustrations are amazing. The poems are so relatable and not short (only a few short poems). I enjoyed reading the notes section at the end which tells us when the poem was originally written and a lot of references or material has been provided. A lot of poems stood out for me and I’ve included a few below.
Rating : 5/5 stars
Those were my thoughts, I know that these were short reviews but I hope you liked it and had an idea of what the books are about. Please let me know your thoughts below and if you like this type of review so that I can try to do it maybe once after a few months.
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