Tis the season to curl up by the fireplace and read a good book! By the way, if you don’t have a fireplace(because you do not need a fireplace to enjoy a good book), you can just curl up on your most comfiest couch, with your favorite cup of tea ( I prefer tea for myself over coffee) and have a good read. The following are some of the Top 10 adult nonfiction bestselling books of 2010, such books are usually top selling for a reason, either through media hype, curiosity, the quality of the book itself and people seeking answers in their life. – Anyhow have a look at the top 10 2010 bestselling nonfiction (means based on true life and real life events/occurrences) :
My take? Read it for yourself, watch the movie and decide
I watched the movie and even though Julia Roberts is an exceptional actress, the movie version of this book is okay, I think I bought into the whole media hype such as the cast interviews on Oprah. A typical upper class woman, unhappy that the things she wanted in life didn’t bring her happiness so she packs up and goes to Italy, India and Indonesia to ‘find’ herself and perhaps find happiness. – Oh and can somebody explain to me why people who think they are unhappy in life and unfulfilled feel the need to always pack up all their stuff and move to an entirely different country in order to ‘find’ themselves! – That’s what I don’t get, why not start ‘finding’ yourself where you are, perhaps the problem is you!
My take? Everybody makes mistakes, are you perfect?
America’s 43rd president decides to write a book I am not saying Bush was the perfect president, he may not have handled things as he should have -after all, nobody is perfect. Plus the American public did vote for him for 2 consecutive terms!! This book really tries to bring the reader into George bush’s mistakes while in oval office. – After all, how many of us (if we were ever in our lives to become president) would perfectly and flawlessly deal with events such as a terrorist attack to our country (remember 9/11), make decisions in the Situation Room as to whether or not we should go to war with Iraq, handle Hurricane Katrina, Afghanistan e.t.c
If your job consists of whether to file the documents you just printed or wait for an okay from the boss, wear the black or blue shirt or eat out versus cook at home , – congratulations! You have a effing easy job by far (give yourselves 10+ points if you live in a developed country), -at least the whole nation isn’t ready to crucify you if you make the slightest mistake!
My take? Food is good, only bad when you can’t stop eating! You are what you eat!
Everybody has a food which is their prime weakness, for me, it just really depends on my mood! To be honest, everybody has at some point overindulged in food…good food to be exact, food you just couldn’t stop eating, and soon if you ever continue on a regular basis (I usually stop from guilt partly and from the fact I never want my workouts to be for nothing), you can pile on the pounds and this believe it or not, will ultimately affect your life, as the author writes and from reading the book, it’s safe to conclude that food can affects your relationships both at home and at work. This book is a good read for those struggling with weight issues; – it’s not one of those lose 20 pounds in a week type of books, which is a plus. In case you’re interested, find out more here
My take? Not for the faint of heart, if you’re in any way ‘religious’, you’re better off reading book #1.
Sex and humor go hand in hand. Chelsea Handler , the only negative is Chelsea’s portrayal of anybody who isn’t as physical and sexual as her as being sort of a lesser being. Hey Chelsea, whatever floats your boat, may sink somebody else’s! Read the book if you are a Chelsea Handler fan, looking for a quick laugh. If you’re looking for growth and personal reflection, you’re best off reading something else, -otherwise, if you are looking for a sexually charged giggle or laugh as well as some shock factor, you’re on the right page. If you get Chelsea Handle humor, here is the book.
My take? Anything you ever imagined could go wrong, can go wrong !
The author exposes the mortgage and housing crisis . After all, adjustable mortgage rates were only a disaster slowly imploding that finally exploded. Unlike some authors that care to write only for the ‘well read’, this book is places some layman’s terms to certain wording that would otherwise be hard to follow (unless you hold a degree in Finance or are an ex Solomon Brother’s employee). Lewis (the author) also makes this book enjoyable and understandable by using characters who act to carry his perspective on greed, bad securities, the mortgage industry and wall street across and keep the reader interested and aware of the events that led up to as the 2008 financial crisis. A Good book for those who want to really try and understand what went down to create the biggest financial meltdown ever since the great depression! If you like this book, chances are you will also like Michael Lewis’s book Liar’s Poker
6. Game Change
My take? Whatever you do in the darkness, may one day be seen in the light.
If you are the type of person to read political books, and actually enjoy them (I am not saying I don’t), this is a good read that comes well recommended, even though you get a bit of the bias through the sarcasm towards the other presidential hopefuls such as Clinton, Palin and McCain. Political scandal is not a thing of the past, it still occurs to this day and this book further elaborates on this. It exposes the various political campaigns and further gives the true fact that politicians will eat their own and each other to stay alive and further get to the top (not too different from Wall Street if I may say). Backstabbing doesn’t just exist in high school , it manifests itself into monstrous proportions and this book offers a great example of the political backstabbing that goes on once grownup professionals embark on a race to lead one of the most powerful countries in the world… The USA. Get more info here
My take? When it comes to humor, to each their own.
A little bit funnier than My Horizontal Life for sure, both men and women will be able to share the humor in this one. Not for the easily offended or overly sensitive reader, take anything said in the book lightly and you should be fine. From Chelsea’s own father making sexually suggestive comments directed towards her in her younger years. Some people will laugh out loud, others will crack the occasional laugh once every three or four chapters. Since Amazon allows you to read the first chapter free of charge, download the first chapter and if you have a sense you will not be laughing, chances are you won’t.
My take ? Looks promising for the professional minded individual
If you’re looking for for how to have strength in your career or looking for ways to advance your career, this book would be a start. It was amongst Time magazine’s top 10 seller’s list so it must have some substance. However I haven’t gotten around to reading this one, you can find out more about the book here.
My take? Read for inspiration and perhaps to find a purpose in life
This is a true story by Greg Mortenson and about how he sought to help people who had already been forgotten by their own, his weapon of choice? By educating boys and girls on an equal level. I especially like the aspect on empowering young women by providing them with the proper education in a land where women are seen and viewed as mere reproductive objects only to remain obedient and undetected in a patriarchal society. If you are wondering what you were put on this earth for (hint: it’s not just to breathe, go to work and pay the bills), then this book should perhaps act as an inspiration compass to your life. If you seek to change the world, or even a small part of the world and leave a mark to one day be remembered by, then this book should offer some encouragement.
This book really shows how humanity transcends beyond culture, religion, social status and gender, it also proves that one doesn’t need to go to war as a means of solving conflicts, there are other more peaceful and sustainable ways to handle conflict within any country, – yes even in Pakistan and Afghanistan! Find out more about the book here.
My take? If you grew up a Beetles fan…
If you were a Beetles fan or happen to be a Beetles fan and particularly a fan of Keith Richards as oppossed to the more prominent Paul McCartney, then you just may enjoy this book and even gain perspective as to what went on behind the Beetle’s band breakup (perhaps may have been the source of the tears you cried when they broke up). I didn’t grow up in the 60’s or the 70’s for that matter so I’ll pass on this one, but then again real rock and roll was alive back then! See more here