Wednesday, May 11, 2016

The 10x Rule, by Grant Cardone

The 10x rule is an idea that the author created which means to put ten times more effort in any category of life to receive ten times the results. This book talks about how bad it is to be average. There are average people all around, but their life is never as fulfilling as somebody who abides by the 10x rule. The idea of putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is heavily encouraged throughout this book. If you constantly challenge and put yourself in tough situations, then everything will become easier for you because you have experienced the worst. Furthermore, writing down goals is described as a fundamental habit to commit to. Everyone has goals and visions which they want to accomplish and the only way to do that is to write it down on paper and have it in plain sight. This book is highly motivational and will put you in the right mindset to succeed.

The 10x Rule, by Grant Cardone, is like no other book you have read before. It introduces a very interesting concept and mindset to have. It reminds you that you are going to have obstacles on the pathway to success but because you are facing problems, that means you are on the right track. Fear is described as “False Events Appearing Real”. That line alone really motivated me to look past my fears and do things that scare me. I recommend this book to everyone. The ideas expressed can be applied to every aspect of life. After reading this book, my attitude towards everything changed and I am more focused and goal oriented. I enjoyed every chapter of this book and I guarantee you will too. If you find yourself struggling to succeed then pick up this book. It will forever change how you live.

Reviewed by Arthur A, Grade 11
Glendale Central Library

Monday, May 9, 2016

The Things They Carried, by Tom O'Brien

The Things They Carried, by Tim O'Brien, is based on war, but is fiction. The book is based on different stories and perspectives of the narrator Tim. The book is not like any other war story, only because it is not non-fiction. The book begins with the soldiers and what life was at war as well as some of the things they carried. What is interesting is the book later talks about what happened after the war. The book helps people understand what soldiers have gone through and why soldiers do what they do after the war. When you read the book it makes you question if certain events are real or just made up. They say if you question it so much, it can be true. The story takes place in Vietnam ( Vietnam War). It simply talks about memories of what soldiers lived and how they died. It is a very emotional, heoroic and gruesome story.

The book was actually pretty great. I actually believed I was not going to enjoy it because I do not really enjoy books based on war. I have also read All Quiet on the Western Front. In compare to The Things they Carried I would say this book was way better because it was fictional but in a way sounded non-fictional. It definitely taught me something about war. I recommend this book to adults or anyone who likes a great war book. I can not stress how much you should read this book. The book was incredible.

Reviewed by Andrea V., Grade 11
Glendale Central Library