Book Summaries

book summariesWelcome to my book summaries page, brave adventurer.

Here you will find my notes, musings and reviews on the books I’ve read and listened to.

My motivation for creating a summary for each book is so I can revisit the main takeaways when my brain fails and I forget my learnings.

But hopefully, you too can uncover some useful information to apply to your existence in this weird little place we call reality.

Happy mind-expanding.

Book Summaries

way of the peaceful warrior summaryWay of the Peaceful Warrior (Dan Millman)

Probably one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read. An important message wrapped in a gripping story. A must-read.

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Bloomsoup review – 10/10

zen in the art of writing summaryZen in the Art of Writing (Ray Bradbury)

Incredible book on writing by the master himself. Bradbury’s childlike curiosity really shines through and this book is a healthy reminder to silence the inner critic and merely take joy in the art of creation.

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Bloomsoup review – 10/10

can't-hurt-me-by-david-goggins-book-summaryCan’t Hurt Me (David Goggins)

Wow – Goggins is a beast of a man, who has overcome some serious hurdles in life to become the fierce warrior he is today. This book will make you want to go forth and take some souls.

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Bloomsoup review – 9.5/10

the-happiness-advantageThe Happiness Advantage (Shawn Achor)

As the title suggests, this book allows us to get a handle on our happiness through the science of positive psychology. I really enjoyed this book and the research presented.

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Bloomsoup review – 9/10

the inner game of tennis timothy gallweyThe Inner Game of Tennis (Timothy Gallwey)

If you want to improve your tennis or simply seek zen-like wisdom to apply to other areas of life, The Inner Game of Tennis has you covered. Gets a little repetitive at times, but I love the core message and it has given me some great results.

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Bloomsoup review – 8.2/10

think and grow rich summary napoleon hillThink and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill)

Want to be more successful? This classic self-help book was based on interviews with the most famous men of the 20th Century, with its wisdom distilled into a mindset that’s just as applicable today.

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Bloomsoup review – 8.2/10

atomic habits summaryAtomic Habits (James Clear)

After many years of relying solely on will and inspiration to get things done, I’m now a bit of a habit fanatic. The power of compound interest can be truly immense when applied to our vision and goals. Progress is made, not through seismic shifts, but rather consistent daily actions.

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Bloomsoup review – 8/10

the slight edge summaryThe Slight Edge (Jeff Olson)

This was the first book that really opened my mind to the financial concept of compound interest as it applies to habits and success. Simple idea but big implications when applied correctly.

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Bloomsoup review – 8/10

the daily stoic summary ryan holiday stephen hanselmanThe Daily Stoic (Ryan Holiday & Stephen Hanselman)

I’ll be honest – I’m a bit of a sucker for anything Stoicism related and use many of the teachings as guiding principles in my life. So, if you want more wisdom, perseverance and skill in the art of living, this book is a good place to start.

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Bloomsoup review – 7.9/10

anything you want summary derek siversAnything You Want (Derek Sivers)

Derek is a much-needed voice for simple living and focusing on the essentials of a good existence: getting curious, taking action and having fun. This book is a distillation of life and entrepreneurial advice.

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Bloomsoup review – 7.7/10

tiny habits summary bj foggTiny Habits (BJ Fogg)

Another habit book to add to the list. Always good to read reminders to encourage positive behaviour change. If you want to realise ambitions and aspirations, start small and utilise prompts within your current daily routine.

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Bloomsoup review – 7.6/10

blink summaryBlink (Malcolm Gladwell)

This is an interesting introduction to intuition and the hidden power we can draw upon to evaluate our environment and make decisions.

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Bloomsoup review – 7.5/10

the power of your subconscious mind summaryThe Power of Your Subconscious Mind (Joseph Murphy)

Are you a Negative Norman, frequently pre-occupied with disempowering thoughts and feelings? Well, this book might provide the perspective shift you need. It’s a bit of a self-help classic covering how to re-program your subconscious mind to bring about real changes in your external reality. In fact, many modern personal development books and psychological studies still cover the same ground. The core message is slightly repetitive throughout the book, and some of the language could be off-putting if you’re non-religious, but it’s definitely worth a read.

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Bloomsoup review – 7.5/10

the tipping point malcolm gladwellThe Tipping Point (Malcolm Gladwell)

This Tipping point summary examines why some ideas, products and trends go viral, just like epidemics. Great big-picture book providing food for thought if you’re launching you’re own community, company or cause. As always, great storytelling utilised by Gladwell to illustrate his points.

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Bloomsoup review – 7/10

the road less travelled m. scott peckThe Road Less Travelled (M. Scott Peck)

The Road Less Travelled summary provides a psychiatrist’s unique take on the human condition and what it takes to live a happy, successful life. I liked the first half of the book, but the second half? Not so much.

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Bloomsoup review – 6.4/10

The Organized Mind Summary (Daniel J. Levitin)The Organized Mind (Daniel J. Levitin)

Want to conquer your goals? Information processing efficiency is key. In the deluge of data we encounter daily, we need suitable organisation methods to operate effectively and focus on the priorities underpinning our success.

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Bloomsoup review – 6.3/10

best self summary mike bayerBest Self (Mike Bayer)

Living your ideal life? If you’re tired of your current reality, you can start with this summary, based on the book by life coach, Mike Bayer. You might have heard much of the advice before if you’re a connoisseur of the self-development genre, but it’s all sound stuff and can hopefully provide a healthy reminder.

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Bloomsoup review – 5.8/10

Housekeeping

The entries above are partly written in my own words and may include some quotes, depending on the book.

Hopefully, they encapsulate the main lessons and themes from each author and provide a reasonable snapshot of the full text.

However, they should not be considered a complete substitute for the pleasure that can be derived from reading a book in its entirety.

Therefore, if the summary resonates with you, I’d encourage you to go forth and buy the book.

Want to see what’s on my reading list, along with other book recommendations? Check them out here.