Book Reviews: My last 5 reads

Kultar Singh Ruprai
3 min readMay 31, 2020

2020. The mission continues…

As mentioned in my previous post back in Feb 2020, I’m on a mission to read as much as possible.

Here’s a summary of 5 reads since then.

1. Love & Courage by Jagmeet Singh

Love & Courage by Jagmeet Singh

An incredible open and personal memoir of Jagmeet Singh and his family’s journey, overcoming alcoholism, abuse, financial debt and finding oneself.

Being a Sikh myself there were lots of points here that I could relate to, especially some of the bullying scenarios during school, however, the book has been written in such a way that everyone can understand.

This is a raw and openly honest account; especially taking into account Jagmeet’s position as NDP Political Leader.

Rating: 3 / 5
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2. It’s All in Your Head: Get Out of Your Way by Russ

It’s all in your head by Russ

This book is a collection of thought-provoking quotes, lyrics and stories taken from Russ’s catalogue and own story; showcasing how to build a healthy mindset and build confidence. Russ, the author, is a huge advocate for self-motivation or doing things ‘your way’, so this book adds to his repertoire of tools.

Quirky and bold in delivery yet bitesize for easy, practical, everyday re-reading.

Rating: 3.5 / 5
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3. Sweat The Technique by Rakim

Sweat the technique by Rakim

A detailed account on the history and journey behind one of the greatest hip-hop lyricists ever.

Explaining his origins, family history, musical journey and behind the scenes stories from some of his greatest hits (Know the Ledge, I Ain’t No Joke, I Know You Got Soul, Move The Crowd, the list goes on) which at the time of release circa ‘80s were pushing the musical / lyrical boundaries of the genre. The story behind the signing with Dr. Dre and leaving Aftermath. All whilst maintaining integrity and taking a nostalgic trip down memory lane.

The book is split into 5 topics: Purpose, Inspiration, Spirituality, Consciousness and Energy. A must for all Rakim / hip-hop fans

Rating: 3 / 5
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4. Creative Blindness by Dave Trott

Creative Blindness by Dave Trott

Having read all previous books from Dave Trott, I felt compelled to read this latest edition.

His unique storytelling and style of writing is the foundation of delivering poignant, out of the box, thoughts from meaningful story(re)telling; even after four books.

Intelligent, thought-provoking and creative. As always.

Rating: 4 / 5
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5. Sprint by Jake Knapp, John Zeratsky & Braden Kowitz

Sprint by Jake Knapp

If you are new to working ‘Agile’ or design sprints, this book is a gamechanger.

An effective step by step guide to facilitating and workshops over 5 days to focus on picking the right team, highlighting problems, creating solutions, wire-framing, prototyping and testing. All within 5 days.

A framework that enables anyone to accelerate project outcomes.With great examples too.

Rating: 4 / 5
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