As the month is drawing to a close, I wanted to share with you what I’ve been reading lately. I hope you’ll enjoy it, and pick up one or two of these books yourself too:
Accidentally Overweight: The 9 Elements That Will Help You Solve Your Weight-Loss Puzzle by Libby Weaver
Losing weight is just a matter of calories in, calories out: exercise more, eat less, and if you still don’t succeed, you have no willpower. That’s the BS our society teaches us. The truth is much different. Weight gain and weight loss are complicated processes that are affected by many factors, including stress, hormones, gut bacteria, the thyroid, and even our emotions.
For example, if you feel under stress and threatened all the time, your body is in permanent “fight or flight response”, so it burns more sugars than fats because they are a quicker form of energy, and you need to be quick to escape from danger. So, unless you can keep your stress under control, you can forget about losing weight.
This is just one of the powerful insights from this book. Dr Lilly takes a close look at all the factors involved in weight loss, how they help or hinder it, and what you can do to fix them, so that you can finally start shedding the weight if you REALLY need it. Highly recommended. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg
The older I get, the more I realise how valuable my time is. It’s the only thing I can NEVER get back, so I want to make the most of it. This is why I’m really into productivity books, and this is one of the best I’ve read lately. The book takes a look at the 8 principles of productivity (motivation, teams, focus, goal setting, managing others, decision making, innovation, and absorbing data) and how you can harness their power to get everything done. I especially enjoyed reading about how these factors play out in real life. The examples were so fascinating, and Duhigg has a way with words that makes the stories really come alive. Do get yourself a copy. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
No B.S. Guide To Direct Response Social Media Marketing: The Ultimate No Holds Barred Guide To Producing Measurable, Monetizable Results With Social Media Marketing by Dan S. Kennedy
This must be one of the longest book titles ever since Victorian times. And it’s written by a guy who doesn’t even like social media all that much. Yet, he mastered the art of selling on social media. His point is that we’ve become so obsessed with likes and clicks, but these numbers only feed our vanity. What we should really track is conversations. If a like doesn’t turn into a sell, it’s worthless.
In this book, he and his friends give us lots of tips on how you can create successful social media channels that drive sales and turn fans into customers. Most of the advice focus on FB, so if you want to know how to use Pinterest or Instagram, hard luck. But, if you’re willing to spend some money on FB ads, do get this book. It’ll teach you how to use them effectively to triple your ROI, and much, much more. Highly recommended. Available at Amazon UK.
Think Like An Artist: And Lead A More Creative, Productive Life by Will Gomperts
What do all the biggest artists – from writers to musicians to painters and more – have in common? They have a point of view. They start off by copying others and end up stealing. They are brave and willing to put themselves out there. They know that failure is just part of the process. They focus on the big picture without forgetting the fine details. These are just some of the lessons we can all learn from this book to lead a more creative life. Will is great at explaining these principles and sharing stories of how great artists used them to succeed, but I wish he had given us some practical tips and exercises on how to apply them in our own lives, too. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
The Pornography Industry: What Everyone Needs To Know by Shira Tarrant
This is quite an unusual book to pick up, but, let’s face it, pornography is now everywhere, and is helping to shape our society and the way we live. That’s why I think it’s important to learn more about it. This book gives an unbiased opinion on everything pornography relating, answering questions on morality, performers’ pay and rights, health issues, the stigma porn performers experience, how did pornography began and evolved, how much it costs to produce a porn movie, whether porn has a negative or positive impact on our lives, and much more.
But, I wasn’t keen on the format. It’s just a collection of questions and answers, with some very poor editing. Had they turned the whole thing into an essay I would have enjoyed it more. But, maybe that’s because I’m a reader. If you’re a skimmer, you’ll probably enjoy this format more. Available at Amazon UK and Amazon US.
Strange History by Bathroom Readers’ Institute
This is a collection of weird history facts and trivia. You’ll meet the Spanish queen who declared war on fleas. Hear about the ghostly soup from ancient China. Learn how to brew a batch of 5,000 years old beer. Smile at the old ’30s slang, and much much more. I really love this type of books because they’re so entertaining, and always make you laugh (and look smart when you tell these anecdotes to your friends). If you like this kind of thing, too, definitely add this book to your collection. Available at Amazon US.
What have you been reading this month?