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January 2019 Book Wrap Up

Today I’m sharing a wrap up of the books I finished reading the month of 2019.

January 2019 has been great in the reading department. With my reading challenge this year of 30 books, I am currently ahead of schedule. If I keep the three books a month phase I’ll be bidding 2019 goodbye with 36 books read. Yay! I also found a motivating way to read more pages than before which I’m excited to share to you in a separate blog post. For now let’s focus on the book wrap up for the month of January!

January 2019 Books Read

For January 2019, I read three books. I have a bonus book, The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll, which I included just because I finished it on January 1st. The books I read this month, except for the bonus, were all tech related which was surprising since I get easily bored in the said subject.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

I consider this book as the first book read in 2019. And for being the first, it definitely set the bar high. It was an intense masterpiece, one of the best non-fiction business book I’ve ever read.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup is an expose of Silicon Valley Startup, Theranos. Theranos was set to revolutionize healthcare by drawing blood using finger prick technology instead of the traditional injections. Turns out everything was a lie. A total scam from founder Elizabeth Holmes who was once dubbed as “the next Steve Jobs”.⁣ ⁣

I first learned about the story of Theranos when I stumble upon a news article narrating its downfall. From then, I researched about the business from articles on Wikipedia, online news to watching Holmes’ interview on YouTube. So, yeah, I am that invested to the story even before reading Carreyrou’s book.

I was looking forward to reading the book even though the price in Php 849. The funny thing is, when I bought my copy, it was on a 30% discount! I only paid Php 594.30 for the book. Awesome!

Reading Bad Blood gave me so much insight on what happens inside a startup companies. Holmes’ idea could have been revolutionary, it was just too difficult to materialize. The sad thing was, Holmes decided to conceal the lie within a lie. She and Ramesh Balwani, her former beau and Theranos’ COO, used intimidating tactics to their employees and led them out of fear.

Actually now that I’m done watching Fyre Festival documentary from Netflix (check out my January 2019 recap for full story) I realized there are similarities between what happened to Theranos and Fyre Festival. Both founders gave gave promises, took money but didn’t deliver. The worst part is innocent lives got hurt in the process.



The Martian by Andy Weir

I had The Martian book for a long time but only read it this January. I’ve watched the movie a long time ago too but I am still familiar with the characters and the story line. I don’t really read sci-fi fiction but this definitely got me into the said genre.

To give you an idea in case you haven’t read and watched The Martian yet, the story follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035 and must improvise in order to survive. Reading Watney’s daily log while trapped in Mars from growing potatoes, finding the Pathfinder to his final moments on Mars to be reunited with his crew.

Overall, this book is totally entertaining. Reading the book is as always a different experience. I am not scientifically/mathematically inclined but Weir didn’t bore me at all! Reading Watney’s daily log while trapped in Mars is definitely fascinating.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

This book is so A-M-A-Z-I-N-G-L-Y written that you won't be able to put it down. At least that's what happened to me. I picked this up from my bookshelf just to read the first few pages and surprisingly found it hard to let go. I finished 120 pages of it on day 1.

Ready Player One follows teenager Wade Watts as he tries to win the most important game in the OASIS, a virtual reality simulator accessible to anyone. The setting of the book is on 2040s and is considered as a dystopian novel much like Fahrenheit 451 which I finished before.

I was surprised that I enjoyed reading this book since I am not a gamer and I have no idea experience playing games where you have a character aside from Temple Run. HAHA. But the way the story is written/narrated will make you feel like you are in the same world as the character. I had such a good reading experience that I read it whenever and wherever I can. I was able to finish it in a span of one week reading at most a 45 minutes within a day.

Ready Player One definitely deserves a spot in my best books I’ve read ever!



Ryder Carroll’s The Bullet Journal Method

Although I didn’t read it last, this is still technically part of January since I finished it exactly on the wee hours of January 1.

I’ve been bullet journaling since 2015 and it has been helpful to increase my productivity and keep my life organized. Except last year when I was gifted a BDJ Planner, I technically rely on the bullet journal method for every single planning I have to do.

This 2019 I’m back with the bullet journal and I referenced my setup upon the valuable ideas I read in the book. I believe whether you are new or already a seasoned bullet journal enthusiast, The Bullet Journal Method will still have a spot on your bookshelf. It has a specific part to introduce the system and how you can setup your first ever BuJo. The other part is more of practical applications of the system and totally going back to the basics of it all.

I enjoy the bullet journal method so much and I am happy to be back with the system.

That’s it for my book wrap up for January 2019.

As you may notice I didn’t give away what I will be reading for next month which is different from the previous book wrap ups I do. This year I am not giving myself a fixed titles to read for the coming month and basically just read whatever book I want to read. This way, no pressure on me to read what I have mentioned I will be reading.

I hope you enjoyed this new format for the book wrap up.

What book have you read this January 2019?

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