Can you believe its April already!
I’m back with another book review, and again I’m also procrastinating. I have lots of project work to do but I just can’t seem to focus on them. So I am writing a review of the books I read this month.
Now as some of you may know, I said that I would read a book a month and blog about it, well this month I managed to read 2. I think it’s habit forming, I was never used to reading religiously but the more I make a habit of it the easier it is getting and more I am choosing to do it.
So this month I read 2 very different books but both telling a personal story. I tend to gravitate towards those kind of books.
The first one I heard of through Terrie McEvoy, an Irish blogger who reads loads!
When Breath becomes Air is a book by Paul Kalantini, a gifted neurosurgeon who finds himself on the other side of the fence when he is diagnosed with cancer in his mid thirties.
He tells how he has to come to terms with a diagnosis he was expecting, being in the position he was, he knew what his symptoms meant even before the results came back. He had to become the patient when he was so familiar with the doctor. The trials and tribulations of a cancer diagnosis particularly in someone so young. I was concerned that this might be an incredibly sad story so I was surprised when it was written in such a matter of fact matter with an air of empathy. He wasn’t concerned with how the cancer would affect him in a self pity way, he was concerned what his diagnosis meant for his family and he handled it in a very dignified and inspirational way.
The saddest chapter of the book is the last chapter which was written by Paul’s wife shortly after he died. And even that chapter in written in the same matter of fact style but perhaps more emotion.
This a book to inspire, for people to realise what’s important in life and even facing the greatest of obstacles, stay positive and optimistic even when the inevitable is staring you in the face, you just never know, so live you life on the motto of what if!
The second book I read was one that was on my list for a while. I work in marketing so I am always interested to hear how people built up there brands, and the story behind them. Michelle Mone – My Fight to the Top was high up on my list for quite some time and it didn’t disappoint. Michelle’s story is one of complete rags to riches but with a hell of a lot of hard work and pure determination in between. Her brand Ultimo lingerie was born after she was made redundant while on maternity leave and has since grown to become one of the worlds biggest lingerie brands. It hasn’t always been plain sailing, the trials and tribulations of business and how she overcame them.
Michelle is incredibly honest in the book, she doesn’t try and hide anything which makes her story even more refreshing.
If you have any interest in biographies or business stories, then I would highly recommend both of these books. Two very different life stories but both equally as fascinating.
I got both of these books from https://www.bookdepository.com/
I better get back to this project work now 🙂
Lots of Love