10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

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Another month bites the dust! How was your February? Did you accomplish all that you set out to read or do? For February another 10 books down in the 2021 Reading Challenge. Totaling 22 out of 75 books read for the year!

What were those 10 books I read in February you ask? Well let’s check them out! I have provided you rating and my review of each book that was read last month in February.

What did you read last month?

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

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10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Tara Westover

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Random House

Publishing Year: 2018

Kylie’s Review: THIS BOOK. I enjoyed it a ton! However, there were a few parts that seemed exaggerated…like…how did no one notice this or say anything? Again, it’s just a few parts that are quite wild. Therefore I do appreciate the author stating that she may have the particular incident wrong, and how each family member remembers something different.

Overall though, I did really like this book and really enjoyed listening to it. I remember when it first came out. So it was exciting to FINALLY get the chance to read it.

My Biggest Takeaways I Found in this Book…
* The fight for education and how the kids had to go about teaching themselves
* “See what you are capable of and then decide who you are”
* The need to feel like you belong
* How much of an impact having an education can be

My Favorite Quote:
“You could call this ‘self-hood’ many things. Transformation, Metamorphosis, Falsity, Betrayal. I call it…an education.”

What were your thoughts on Educated by Tara Westover?

The First Time Manager

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Loren B. Belker & Gary S. Topchik

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: AMACOM/American Management Association

Publishing Years: 1978, 2005

Kylie’s Review: This may be my top managerial read! AND I have read quite a few! If someone asks me what book they should read to prep themselves to hire, train and manage a team – this is *THE* book.

I found the information in this to be very helpful, and took SO.MANY.NOTES!

My favorite note: “It is not to direct people. It should be the process of getting people self-directed.”

As of late, this has been my main focus for my team. Guiding them to take accountability and to access what would be the best decision to make moving-forward. I don’t like to tell them what to do, I would prefer them to tell me what they think they should do. Then together, have us play out that decision to see if it is the right one.

In The First-Time Manager I also learned more about Autocratic and Diplomatic management, how to ask BETTER questions than the generic questions during an interview, and how to better conduct and host meetings with the team.

I loved the flow, the topics & discussions in The First Time Manager, and recommend it to anyone trying to improve their managerial skills – interviewing, hiring, leading, conducting, delegating, etc..

This is Marketing

…You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Seth Godin

Rating: ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Penguin

Publishing Year: 2018

Kylie’s Review: Seth Godin’s name has been dropped in SO many other books. I was very excited to read this and experience what others have been talking about regarding Godin.

Unfortunately, This Is Marketing was just not my cup of tea. It didn’t give me what I thought I was going to get.

However, I did get some good information that I liked enough to keep a note or two on. Such as…
– Starting with a hurdle you can leap
– How people buy a feeling — the thing you sell is a road to achieve those emotions/feelings
– How a logo is a post it reminder of the brands promise

And my above all favorite quote “Tall sunflowers have deep and complex root systems:”

If you are interested in reading what marketing is, and haven’t ever learned before (even the basics), this would be a good book to start with. It’s not the best book, but A book.

The Outsiders

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: S.E. Hinton

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Puffin Books

Publishing Years: 1967, 1997

Kylie’s Review: I read this book back in 8th grade and don’t remember a thing about it. All I remember was that I had the rest for it the next day, and I didn’t read a single page. So I remember staying up all night to read this book.

Now I was not a reader back then, and dreaded reading! So this was a huge task for me back then LOL

After all these years, I remembered the phrase, “Stay Gold Ponyboy”. But had no idea what it meant or represented.

Now that I have reread this book, I absolute love what Stay Gold represents ✨

This book to me also represented how hard life can be, and how sometimes no matter how hard we try, things don’t work out the way we want to. But the key is to keep going and to not let the bad ruin who we are, or the mission we are set out to do.

The Unhoneymooners

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Christina Lauren

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publishing Year: 2019

Kylie’s Review: THIS BOOK WAS SO CUTE! Very predictable, but cute.

I didn’t even read the synopsis, so I didn’t know the main characters names. Within the first chapter, the author introduces all the characters. The second she introduced Ethan’s character, I knew he was going to be the one that the main character Olive was going to fall in love with.

Since I also didn’t read the synopsis, I had no idea why it was called the Unhoneymooners — but again, within the first chapter I predicted what was going to happen.

Even though it was predictable, it didn’t stop me from enjoying this cute book and following for Olive and Ethan’s love story. It was so cute and I was enjoying it so much, I ate this book up in one day!

What predictable reads did you still enjoy?

Everything is Figureoutable

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Marie Forleo

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Portfolio

Publishing Year: 2019

Kylie’s Review: I definitely was not expecting this book to be as good as it was ? I even told my husband the concept of the book, and he even liked it!

The main reason I really-really enjoyed this book was because Forleo was speak in’ my language!

At my age, she was having the same thoughts I feel alllllll the time. After landing a great gig, the next thing she knew, she wanted to jump ship. She kept having this voice in her head go off telling her — “there is something better out there for you Marie!”

Then she would be off to her next big gig! It took her years to discover that it’s okay to want to do everything and anything! That little voice one day finally told her “you are a multi passionate entrepreneur!”

My favorite quotes:
“Limiting beliefs guarantees limited outcomes ; you are what you say you are; you can do what you say you can do.”

“The most powerful words in the universe are the words you say to yourself.”

“Everything is figureoutable!”

Do you share what you read with your significant others?

Talk Like Ted

…The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Carmine Gallo

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Publishing Year: 2014

Kylie’s Review: I don’t intend on becoming a public speaker of any sort. According to my public speaking professor back in college, I do better speaking in small groups ? but who knows, I won’t knock it till I try it!
HOWEVER, I am a huge fan of TED talks. Even on nights that I can’t sleep, I listen to the TED talk podcast.

I really enjoyed this book and how it discusses the Nine common elements in the most popular Ted talks. What I appreciated even more about it was how much they brought up Bryan Stevenson and his TED Talk. (At the time that I was reading this book, I was also reading Stevenson’s Just Mercy ?)

Have you watched Stevenson’s TED Talk or read his book Just Mercy? HIGHLY RECOMMEND — they are the most powerful things you will read / watch / listen to

The author of Talk Like TED broke down various speakers talks and how they were able to move the audience, leaving them with an impactful message that they will remember long after the talk.

Besides Stevenson’s, he also discusses the tall by Steve Jobs, Zapos CEO, and Starbucks CEO.

Talk like TED is a fun and fascinating read that shares the art of public speaking.

Do you watch TED talks? Which ones do you like to watch/listen to?

The Four Tendencies

…The Indispensable Personality Profiles That Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too)

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Gretchen Rubin

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Books on Tape

Publishing Year: 2017

Kylie’s Review: I am a rebel, what is your tendency? There are so many personality tests out there, my favorite is the enneagram.

What I really like about the tendencies is that it is about how people respond to expectations, inner and outer.

The four tendencies are Obliger, Upholder, Questioner, and Rebel. Throughout this book, Rubin will discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each tendency, and how best to work around expectations for each one.

The Making of a Manager

…What to Do When Everyone Looks to You

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Julia Zhuo

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Audiobook

Publisher: Portfolio

Publishing Year: 2019

Kylie’s Review: Out of managerial reads, this one is definitely in my top three!

Zhuo built her team at Facebook, from small to large as Facebook grew! She shares her struggles that she experienced as a manager with increasing tasks.

In this book you will learn…

– How to improve teams outcomes.
– Individual contributor vs. multiplier effect
– how to hire the right members to join your team
– The right and wrong way to praise or reprimand your team
– how to make sure your team understands their assignments

My favorite takeaways that I LOVE…
⭐️ The role of a manager is not to do everything yourself because you are good at it — it will only take you so far!

⭐️ your role is to improve the purpose, the people and the process of your team to get as high of a multiplier effect on your collective outcome as you can

Just Mercy

…A Story of Justice and Redemption

10 Book Reviews from February that You Must Check Out!

Author: Bryan Stevenson

Rating: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Spiegel & Grau

Publishing Year: 2014

Kylie’s Review: This book made me cry. This book made me feel joy and relief. It made me feel for the suffering of the ones that are wrongfully incarcerated, and for those who receive horrible, inhumane and unforgivable acts by the justice system — a system that has failed so many.

This book covers a lot. Too be honest. It’s taken me two-ish months to finish this. It’s not a hard book to read. However, it’s very hard emotionally to process all the wrong the justice system has and is doing.

? Favorite Quotes (two of the MANY) ?
“The power of just mercy is that it belongs to the underserving. It’s when mercy is least expected that it’s most potent…”

“Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done”

It’s amazing to read about Stevenson and all the amazing work he’s done! He is truly amazing and is up there with Michelle Obama. I would probably act a fool in front of them, but man, it would be an absolute joy.

Thank you @eji_org and Bryan Stevenson for ALL your hard work and the many lives you have impacted.

This book is absolutely amazing. I can not recommend it enough. Go. Get. Your. Copy!
Also, watch to Bryan Stevenson’s TED talk! It’s the most motivating thing you will ever see ?

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1 Comment

  • Sara

    Ahh you had some great picks in this roundup! Just Mercy is on my list, just got my copy semi recently. I thought the Unhoneymooners was cute/fun/quick read, I even reread around Valentine’s Day this year when I wanted a quick rom-com read ? I’m really interested to check out that Talk Like Ted, adding to my good reads TBR so I remember to grab a copy.

    March 10, 2021 at 11:50 pm Reply
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