Book Reports – Reading Rainbows

Although May 2017 was not our most prolific month for reading, we found some ways to grow. Like discovering a rainbow after a storm, every new read is filled with the hope and promise.

The experience of a good book is like embarking on a wonderful journey. Each new page is a step towards that metaphorical pot-of-gold at the end.

Here are our thoughts on the 6 books the PDT read last month:

Books of the month


Sarah’s Review:
Marcus Aurelius is that friend who tells it how it is no matter how tough the truth may be. His ‘personal notes’ feel exactly that – personal. As if he knows where you are in life and what it is you need to hear. Give this book to your enemies and your loved ones alike, and it will quickly become a staple in their lives as it did in mine.
Meditations: A New Translation | 191 pages, Written by Marcus Aurelius, Translated by Gregory Hays, published 180 A.D., 2003, Amazon rating: 4.3

Daniel’s Review:
A travel documentary along the author’s journey discovering hashish, including the history, geography, communities, and colour photographs, collages plus step-by-step guides to making it. This edition is updated with an adventure through Europe’s hash bars with fellow legendary author Jack Herer. Now this encyclopedia is more timely than ever. Know your hash.
The Great Books of Hashish: Volume 1 Book 1: Morocco, Lebanon, Afghanistan, the Himalayas
| 195 pages, Written by Laurence Cherniak, published 1979, 2010, Amazon rating: (not rated)

Daniel’s Review:
Theoretical physicist Ronald Mallett’s quest to achieve time travel is driven by his boyhood dream to see his deceased father one more time. Vivid stories from Mallett’s past are like travelling back in time. Advanced concepts in quantum mechanics are explored. This is an analytical memoir for sci-fi fans with brilliant imagination.
Time Traveler: A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality | 206 pages, Written by Dr. Ronald Mallett (with Bruce Henderson), published 2007, Amazon rating: 5

Mark’s Review:
A manual of military tactics based on ancient warfare with philosophies that can be applied to everyday modern life. With leadership principles and tips on managing resources, energy, authority, and sizing up environments. Follow these steps and you will always win in battle. For those living unstructured lives this is a rigid guide towards always being prepared.
The Art of War | 99 pages, Written by Sun Tzu, published 1910, 1944, 2002, Amazon rating: 4.4

Mark’s Review:
An analytical book about thinking unconventionally and turning disadvantages into advantages. Explains how the underdogs are always destined to win. In the biblical story, David is a natural winner, not by godly miracle but because of Goliath’s advantages are mitigated. An engaging read that encourages people to take on challenges.
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants | 275 pages, Written by Malcolm Gladwell, published 2013, Amazon rating: 4.2

Parth’s Review:
Scrum helps people get better, faster results through maximizing productivity. Utilizing Scrum methods such as OODA loop (Observe, Orient, Decide, Act) or PDCA (Plan, Do, Check, Act), individuals or team members can continuously improve via iterations of sprints. What’s great about Scrum is that it can be used within any profession or organization.
SCRUM: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time | 238 pages, Written by Jeff Sutherland and JJ Sutherland, published 2014, Amazon rating: 4.5

Team Stats

The bookworms bit into a total of 1485 pages this month, earning a modest power average of 297 pages devoured per-teammate in May 2017.

Reading is essential to our progression and sometimes a calamity makes it necessary for us to become guardians of our own galaxy. So let us propose a new covenant, our pledge to read more and prosper, our promise to exterminate any procrastination.

Now know this, true readers can’t quit. We will be back next month with the force of excalibur.

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Sarah Eskandarpour
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