Category Archives: Book Reviews

Habit 3: Put first things first

This post discusses Habit 3: Put first things first, it is part of a larger series looking at the science (or not) of Stephen Coveys’ 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The science that seems most important here in terms of supporting Coveys’ ideas is the goal hierarchy work discussed in Habit 2: Begin with […]

Habit 2: Begin with the end in mind

Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do With your one wild and precious life? From Mary Oliver (The Summer Day).       ‘Begin within the end in mind’ is a neat phrase that gets at the heart of goal setting.  It is also the […]

The 7 Habits: Do they stand the test of time? Will they save us?

Once upon a time when I was a young management consultant/coach, I swallowed ideas on offer at swanky conferences by swanky peeps (especially when the hotel and wine were good).  My past four years in the ivory towers (doing a PhD) have taught me to question everything, to ask for the evidence.  I am now […]

Pure. A Review

Pure. By Rose Bretécher. Unbound. 2015. I seem to be falling into a bit of a genre rut with my book reviews: woman with mental illness writes stunning book about her actual life.   I wonder why?   Yes envy, I envy these women, here’s me with my wee blog and here are they touching […]

How Emotions Are Made: A Book Review

The Book: “How Emotions are made”. By Lisa Feldman Barret. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcout (2017) Why should you care how your emotions are made? Let me ask you this: how often do you feel a victim of your emotions? or someone else’s? Conversely how often to you feel fully in charge of your emotions? […]

The Power of Habit: A Review

In my current obsession of researching the research on habits, it was obvious to revisit Charles Duhigg’s book “The Power of Habit”. Duhigg’s book is a delight to read (and reread). I like his vivid story telling, which almost has me forget I am learning. There is also a practical take-outs session at the end. […]

Book Review: Mirror, Mirror Off the Wall

Penguin 2013, by Kjerstin Gruys, Ph.D What could you go without for a year?  Chocolate? Wine? Sex?  What about mirrors?  That is exactly what Kjerstin Gruys does, a year without mirrors.  This book tells us her story. A touch self-indulgent?  Sure, maybe, when the other ‘go without’ books are usually more along the saving-the-world theme […]

Book Review: First we make the beast beautiful

First, we Make the Beast Beautifull.  Sara Wilson. 2017. Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd There is a dark part of me.  You may have met her.  She really wants to dislike happy looking, perky, pretty people who have a tendency for having pictures of themselves with baskets of produce on the front of their bestselling […]

Book Review: The Devil Within.

Stephanie Merrit (2008). Published by Vermillion. I do not have bipolar disorder (once called manic depression), yet I recognize so much of myself in Merrit’s terrifyingly honest memoir. A part of me kept thinking – ‘how can you write this? … all this shame and humiliation. The irony is Merrit; before her bare all book, […]

Book Review: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything?

Long Title: Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong about Everything? How the Famous Sell Us Elixirs of Health, Beauty and Happiness. Timothy Caulfield. Published by Beacon Press 2015. Spoiler alert – yes it would seem poor old Gwyneth is wrong about everything; from juice cleanses, to coffee enemas and steaming her fanny (OK – I added that […]