book

  1. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

Howard S. Becker

Not the writing bible.

★★★☆☆

I expected so much more from this book, mostly because everyone says it is the bible of scientific writing and I hoped to learn a fair bit from it. It makes some interesting points about why most people struggle with putting words on paper, but the only helpful technique that I learnt (but haven’t tried yet) relates to trying to decide what your main story/topic for a paper is. If you think you can’t decide between all of your options, try to write 100 different ideas. By the 20th idea you’ll realise that you have only a few topics/stories you are actually interested in/considering and that should make the decision easier.

    Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish Your Thesis, Book, or Article: Second Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)

    Howard S. Becker

    Not the writing bible.

    ★★★☆☆

    I expected so much more from this book, mostly because everyone says it is the bible of scientific writing and I hoped to learn a fair bit from it. It makes some interesting points about why most people struggle with putting words on paper, but the only helpful technique that I learnt (but haven’t tried yet) relates to trying to decide what your main story/topic for a paper is. If you think you can’t decide between all of your options, try to write 100 different ideas. By the 20th idea you’ll realise that you have only a few topics/stories you are actually interested in/considering and that should make the decision easier.

  2. Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research

Marshall Scott Poole, Andrew Van de Ven, Kevin Dooley, Michael E. Holmes

Systematic brilliance.

★★★★★

I started reading this book for work, but I absolutely enjoyed every single page of it and decided it was worth to include in my leisure reading bookshelf.

It is an incredible summary of Poole’s and Van de Ven’s work from the Minnesota Innovation Research Program and a great, very practical and applicable guide for anyone interested in the process of emergence, change and innovation.

    Organizational Change and Innovation Processes: Theory and Methods for Research

    Marshall Scott Poole, Andrew Van de Ven, Kevin Dooley, Michael E. Holmes

    Systematic brilliance.

    ★★★★★

    I started reading this book for work, but I absolutely enjoyed every single page of it and decided it was worth to include in my leisure reading bookshelf.

    It is an incredible summary of Poole’s and Van de Ven’s work from the Minnesota Innovation Research Program and a great, very practical and applicable guide for anyone interested in the process of emergence, change and innovation.

  3. Eleanor & Park

Rainbow Rowell

Lovely.

★★★★★

An absolutely beautiful story about innocent love, stollen glances, and being a tormented teenager.

    Eleanor & Park

    Rainbow Rowell

    Lovely.

    ★★★★★

    An absolutely beautiful story about innocent love, stollen glances, and being a tormented teenager.

  4. The Introvert Advantage: Making the Most of Your Inner Strengths

Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D.

Slightly insulting.

★★☆☆☆

I expected so much more from this book. Maybe that is part of the reason why I was so disappointed. Not to mention that it is slightly insulting in its descriptions of introverts as slow. But there was one thing I learnt from the book: conserve and plan how you use your energy as an introvert. You don’t have to wait to recharge your batteries until you are absolutely exhausted. You can be preemptive and proactive in spending, conserving, and recharging your energy.

    The Introvert Advantage: Making the Most of Your Inner Strengths

    Marti Olsen Laney Psy.D.

    Slightly insulting.

    ★★☆☆☆

    I expected so much more from this book. Maybe that is part of the reason why I was so disappointed. Not to mention that it is slightly insulting in its descriptions of introverts as slow. But there was one thing I learnt from the book: conserve and plan how you use your energy as an introvert. You don’t have to wait to recharge your batteries until you are absolutely exhausted. You can be preemptive and proactive in spending, conserving, and recharging your energy.

  5. Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

Mason Currey

Creativity. Magic. Hard work.

★★★★☆

An absolutely brilliant collection of inspiring and intriguing stories of the daily rituals of some of the most creative and innovative people to ever walk on the face of Earth. My favourite aspect of the book is the fact that it defies the myth of the creative individual who waits for inspiration and works only when the muse enlightens him/her. Instead, it showcases that creativity is the result of hard work.

    Daily Rituals: How Artists Work

    Mason Currey

    Creativity. Magic. Hard work.

    ★★★★☆

    An absolutely brilliant collection of inspiring and intriguing stories of the daily rituals of some of the most creative and innovative people to ever walk on the face of Earth. My favourite aspect of the book is the fact that it defies the myth of the creative individual who waits for inspiration and works only when the muse enlightens him/her. Instead, it showcases that creativity is the result of hard work.

  6. Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise (New Horizons in Entrepreneurship series)

Saras D. Sarasvathy

Organisational design logic.

★★★★☆

Effectuation is by far one of my favourite logics/theories of entrepreneurship and the book was a delightful read. It is a must read for anyone interested in entrepreneurship or considering starting his/her own for-profit or non-profit organisation.

Effectuation is a microfoundational design logic that guides entrepreneurs to create possible effects based on what they currently have available, what they can afford to lose, how they can leverage surprises and contingencies, and who is willing to make a pre-commitment to jointly create the effect. The effectual approach starts with a set of available means that are used to create possible effects in a contingent and collaborative fashion.

    Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise (New Horizons in Entrepreneurship series)

    Saras D. Sarasvathy

    Organisational design logic.

    ★★★★☆

    Effectuation is by far one of my favourite logics/theories of entrepreneurship and the book was a delightful read. It is a must read for anyone interested in entrepreneurship or considering starting his/her own for-profit or non-profit organisation.

    Effectuation is a microfoundational design logic that guides entrepreneurs to create possible effects based on what they currently have available, what they can afford to lose, how they can leverage surprises and contingencies, and who is willing to make a pre-commitment to jointly create the effect. The effectual approach starts with a set of available means that are used to create possible effects in a contingent and collaborative fashion.

  7. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now

Meg Jay

Attempts in usefulness.

★★★☆☆

I had very high expectations about this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn anything new. Maybe if I didn’t spend my days around psychologists it would have been more informative and inspiring.

However, I agree with the point Meg Jay makes about our culture trivialising probably the most defining decade of adulthood and young people wasting our 20s. Several people I spoke to said the book was provocative, inspiring, and empowering with all the tools and tips provided. I guess it can be a good kick in the butt on topics such as work, careers, relationships, etc.

    The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter—And How to Make the Most of Them Now

    Meg Jay

    Attempts in usefulness.

    ★★★☆☆

    I had very high expectations about this book. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn anything new. Maybe if I didn’t spend my days around psychologists it would have been more informative and inspiring.

    However, I agree with the point Meg Jay makes about our culture trivialising probably the most defining decade of adulthood and young people wasting our 20s. Several people I spoke to said the book was provocative, inspiring, and empowering with all the tools and tips provided. I guess it can be a good kick in the butt on topics such as work, careers, relationships, etc.

  8. Anna Karenina

Leo Tolstoy

Russian tragedy.

★★★★☆

It took me a year to finish this book, but it is a tragic story written (or to be more precise translated) beautifully.

    Anna Karenina

    Leo Tolstoy

    Russian tragedy.

    ★★★★☆

    It took me a year to finish this book, but it is a tragic story written (or to be more precise translated) beautifully.

  9. Travelling Lights
Vickie Johnstone
Wanderlust.
★★★☆☆
A collection of poems on a topic that is very close to my heart - wandering. Some of the poems are very reflective of my personal experiences and have become absolute favourites. These include Mother, Farewell, Hope, and Moving On.

    Travelling Lights

    Vickie Johnstone

    Wanderlust.

    ★★★☆☆

    A collection of poems on a topic that is very close to my heart - wandering. Some of the poems are very reflective of my personal experiences and have become absolute favourites. These include Mother, Farewell, Hope, and Moving On.

  10. Risk, Uncertainty and Profit (Classic Reprint)

Frank H. Knight

Entrepreneurial opportunities.

★★★☆☆

Not an easy book to read for people with short attention spans, but definitely a good foundation for anyone interested in the difference between risk and uncertainty as sources of entrepreneurial opportunities for profit, not just wages. According to Knight, entrepreneurial profits arise “out of the inherent, absolute unpredictability of things, out of the sheer brute fact that the results of human activity cannot be anticipated and then only in so far as even a probability calculation in regard to them is impossible and meaningless.”

    Risk, Uncertainty and Profit (Classic Reprint)

    Frank H. Knight

    Entrepreneurial opportunities.

    ★★★☆☆

    Not an easy book to read for people with short attention spans, but definitely a good foundation for anyone interested in the difference between risk and uncertainty as sources of entrepreneurial opportunities for profit, not just wages. According to Knight, entrepreneurial profits arise “out of the inherent, absolute unpredictability of things, out of the sheer brute fact that the results of human activity cannot be anticipated and then only in so far as even a probability calculation in regard to them is impossible and meaningless.”

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