8 Books, 8 Sentences, 8 Quotes

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One sentence one quote book reviews in this special edition quarterly wrap up.

I considered cutting book reviews from this site since it is supposed to be about “empowering everyone to think product”. This would be a mistake. I know for a fact reading widely will help you to understand the world, see other perspectives and boost your creatively.

🍃 AUGUST of books to blow you away

Product In Heels Book Review Other Minds Peter Godfrey Smith

Other Minds: The Octopus, The Sea And The Deep Origins of Consiousness

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Product In Heels 5 Star Rating

After many scares with octopuses, I now appreciate these ‘other minds’ bear all the marks of intelligence: creativity, curiosity, adaptability.

“There are many reasons for us to appreciate and care for the oceans, and I hope this book has added one. When you dive into the sea, you are diving into the origin of us all.

Product In Heels Book Review Atomic Habits James Clear

Atomic Habits

James Clear

Product In Heels 5 Star Rating

An accessible framework for building systems that embed good habits into your identity and routine, while ditching the bad ones.

If you can get 1 percent better each day for one year, you’ll end up thirty-seven times better by the time you’re done.

😲 A book to SEPTEMBER

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Voyage of the Southern Sun: An Amazing Solo Journey Around the World

Michael Smith

Product In Heels 5 Star Rating

The captivating story of an Aussie entrepreneur who takes you on his solo journey around the world in an amphibious plane.

I had a dream, and I went and lived it. Sometimes we just need to be okay with going on an adventure because it will be fun and wondrous and fulfilling.

From Barista to Boardroom- Lessons about Life and Leadership from a Career in Coffee Christine C McHugh

From Barista to Boardroom: Lessons From Life and Leadership From a Career in Coffee

Product In Heels 5 Star Rating

Christine C McHugh

Christine’s climb from Starbucks barista to corporate career woman was certainly not easy but it was possible thanks to her sheer determination and passion for customers.

I loved being a barista, and I reveled in working the early morning opening shift. Once the caffeine started coursing through my veins, I looked forward to being that bright spot in the beginning of each customer’s day.

Book Review Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga Todd Alexander

Thirty Thousand Bottles of Wine and a Pig Called Helga

Todd Alexander

Product In Heels 5 Star Rating

An easy, laugh out loud read that may just inspire you to swap your monotonous corporate career for a life in the Hunter Valley!

‘So we’re farmers now?’ ‘Seriously Toddy, how hard can it be?’ How. Hard. Can. It. Be? Five very simple, single syllable words. But it’s the question mark at the end that gives the game away. In that little symbol there is a galaxy of uncertainties.

Disrupted- My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble Dany Lyons

Disrupted: My Misadventure in the Start-Up Bubble

Dan Lyons

Product In Heels Book Review 4 Star Rating

Boomer gets a job at HubSpot and hates it. (it was actually really funny, can anyone confirm this is what it’s like at a fintech/start-up?)

Zack points to an empty desk. “I guess you can sit there,” he says. Instead of a chair, there is a big rubber ball—orange, of course—on a rolling frame. I’m not quite sure what to do. If I ask for a chair, I risk looking like an old fart who doesn’t know how to sit on a bouncy ball or like a prima donna demanding some kind of special treatment. But if I do sit on this thing I’m pretty sure that I will immediately fall off. I imagine myself, age fifty-two, toppling off an orange bouncy ball and onto the floor, as a bunch of young women look on and try not to laugh.

Book Review Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office Lois P Frankel

Nice Girls Don’t Get the Corner Office: 101 Unconscious Mistakes Women Make That Sabotage Their Careers

Lois P Frankel

Some good tips to reflect on, however the advice about losing weight and changing your appearance, well, you can keep the corner office.

Business is a game, and you can win it. As a matter of fact, women are born to win this game.

☀️ You don’t waste the OCTOBER sunshine reading!

Book Review A Walk In The Woods Bill Bryson

A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail

Bill Bryson

Product In Heels 4 Star Rating

An amusing and entertaining read, take an armchair hike with Bill Bryson and his friend Katz as they attempt the grueling 2,000 mile hike across 11 states.

“Distance changes utterly when you take the world on foot. A mile becomes a long way, two miles literally considerable, ten miles whopping, fifty miles at the very limits of conception. The world, you realize, is enormous in a way that only you and a small community of fellow hikers know. Planetary scale is your little secret.


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Stephen R Covey


281K people rated it 5 stars. I hated it. Tedious, uninspiring read. 1 star.

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