Educated: A Memoir – Tara Westover

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Authors: Tara Westover
Page count: 352
Publisher: Random House
Subjects: Non-Fiction, Autobiography
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-0399590504
Product DimensionsKindle eBook Audiobook

100 Word Summary

Set in the mountains of Idaho, the Westover family was well prepared for doomsday. Led by the father of the family, they stockpiled all necessities and equipped themselves with essential skills. In this way, the survivalist family could self-sustain and avoid any dependency on society, or the government. Thus being isolated from the mainstream, the children did not have any formal or proper education. With that, Tara had a strong thirst for knowledge and taught herself enough subjects to get herself into the Brigham Young University. This is her story of family loyalty, grief and struggle in her growing years.

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Who should read:

Readers who want to look at the current society with a fresh preservative. This is especially so from the eyes of the uneducated. It is interesting to know in such time and age, there are still members of the society who are ignorant and stubborn of the improvements and advancements. Such ingrates (if you may allow me) are always doubting the government, rejecting any help or aid when it could really help them for good.

Who should NOT read:

For those who are expecting a fairy tale, sci-fi stories of either happy or sad ending, this is surely not for you. It is a real story of someone’s (Tara Westover) growing up years. An autobiography of the challenges and struggles that at times can be painful to read. It is especially painful for the educated ones to read the encounters of the Westover family members. Imagine being sick and being refused to see a doctor because of the fear that government will them brainwash and take control. Such irrationality is hard to accept for readers who are practical and realistic/

Takeaway points:

Education changes someone for the better. It gives proper logical reasoning and allows higher cognitive abilities. In this way, it solves much complexities. With that in mind, life can be better enjoyed and not wasted fearing unnecessarily or suspecting establishments with much self entertained controversies.

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Building Your Real Estate Riches – Ku Swee yong

Author: Ku Swee Yong
Page count: 178 pages
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish Business (5 Nov 2012)
Subjects: Finance
Language: English
ISBN-10: 981438206X
ISBN-13: 978-9814382069

Product FormatFree Kindle eBook / Other titles

100 Word Summary

Authored by Mr Ku the property expert, this book presents an essential guide for readers to amplify their investment gains. In a textbook style justified by facts and data, Mr Ku shares concise insights and practical perspectives for readers to navigate through the market. Differences in residential, commercial and industrial property, it outlines the pros and cons of each sector. Through the collection of articles published in major newspapers, this book addresses the current issues faced by investors. While the presented paradigms are in 2010s, these are timeless examples which are still applicable in the current and future contexts.

Who Should Read

From neophytes to professionals, this is a book suitable for anyone interested in the property market. Regardless of the reader’s knowledge, it is easy to read and to understand different models and market trend. With a better understanding of the property market in those thrilling days of yesteryear, it gives readers certain sense of direction and trend in the years to come.

Who Should Not Read

For readers who are totally not interested in property market, this book will be just a stack of foxed endpapers with printed English words. It requires tremendous effort to finish this book without any interest or curiosity in the property market.

Takeaway Points

Property market works on a willing buyer willing seller basis, pretty much similar to any other transacting markets. However, there are government and authoritarian regulations that makes it complicated, masking certain pitfalls or to demotivate certain trends. To deal better or to amplify gains, it is best to arm oneself with a certain degree of property market knowledge.

I am happy to have met the author himself and received a signed copy of this book. Honored and humbled by Mr Ku’s presence to have had a beer session with him at a German bistro that cool evening.

About the Author

With a background in banking and real estate, working for companies such as Société Générale, Savills Singapore and Far East Organization, Ku Swee Yong established boutique property brokerage and consultancy International Property Advisor Pte Ltd in 2010, servicing high net worth individuals. IPA aims to bridge the knowledge gap between the banking and real estate industries. In addition to his agency, he is co-founder of and has published 4 books on the property market and is a regular market commentator on news outlets in Singapore. He is also an adjunct lecturer in the National University of Singapore’s Department of Real Estate.

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If I Could Tell You Just One Thing… Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice- Richard Reed

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AuthorsRichard Reed
Page count: 304 pages
Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated Edition (April 3, 2018)
Subjects: Self improvement books, Motivation , Ethics, Morality, Graduation gifts
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1452165157
ISBN-13: 978-1452165158

Product FormatFree Kindle eBook / Audiobook

100 Word Summary

From Hollywood greats like Judi Dench and Richard Curtis, to entrepreneurial legends like Richard Branson and Simon Cowell; from sports stars and TV personalities like Andy Murray and James Cordon to political activists and born survivors like Mandela’s Comrades and Katie Piper, Richard has picked some of the world’s most interesting brains to give a lesson in how to live, love, create and how to succeed. Overall, it is a good summary of wisdom from different people of success from various industries whose lives have been influenced by events, both fortunate and unfortunate.

Who Should Read

Personally i think for readers who are seeking inspiration or motivation in life to push through the next stage, this is a good short summary of the possible positivities in life. In addition, it brings readers around the world virtually, meeting a number of powerful and famous giants. A short quote or a simple line from these successful people enlighten readers almost immediately.

Who Should Not Read

As this is meant to be a short summary of interest perspectives from the giants, there will be little or at times, no elaboration of the little nugget advice given. The author will introduce and share the background of the person of interest, albeit not very detailed. Readers who are wanting to know more of certain particular interviewed person will be sorely disappointed, because it is after all meant to deliver in a concise manner.

Takeaway Points

Life is a journey, an exploration of things with certain expectations, as well as unexpectations. Each individual is unique, and because of this it is quite impossible to have the same fixed and fast formula for every one of us to succeed.

This book is not written with an aim to provide an instant success formula for all. It is meant to compile short interviews with successful people from various industries for readers to investigate and seek what works for themselves.

After reading this title which i found in an old bookshelf, my personal takeaway point is that we all have to be passionate in something and to work diligently with a clear goal in mind. Everyone’s goal will be unique, and this goal is something bigger than oneself usually. Work towards it while choosing the right decisions and actions along the way, and success will be achievable.

About the Author

Richard Reed is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and co-founder of Innocent Drinks, the Innocent Foundation, and Art Everywhere. He lives in the UK.

Samuel Kerr has created a body of work that spans portraiture, print design, art direction, and brand identities for clients such as Coca-Cola, Gillette, and Paul Smith. He lives in the UK.

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Kindle E-readers Under $100

Knowing the fact that the earliest Kindle device of 4gig can hold up 30,000 books [¹], why will anyone still lug a physical book around? If it is a short trip commuting from one point to another, a book does provide a quick mental getaway, covering and finishing more pages and finishing the book earlier too.

What if wanting to have the option to have all the titles in one device weighing under 200 grams? And it costs less than $100.

Will you want it?

If your answer is yes, this page will be useful for you to pick the right Kindle to suit your lifestyle.



Kindle for $64.99

This basic Kindle model uses a 6inches if electronic ink capacitive touchscreen for reading, and it lights up so you can read in the dark. A single charge lasts up to 4 weeks, based on a half-hour of reading per day with wireless off and the light setting at 13.

The only downsides are it’s not water-proof, no light-adjusting sensors or rotating page orientation, and it still uses a MicroUSB charging port.



Kindle Paperwhite for $94.99

The Kindle Paperwhite will be considered a slight upgrade from Kindle.

The touchscreen is noticeably clearer (300 vs. 167)pixels/inch. With better lights, flush-front design and more importantly, waterproof of IPX8 certified.




All-new Kindle Oasis

The All-new Kindle Oasis will be the full upgrade from the earliest 2 devices.

Not only it has the largest screen size of 7inches, the best-LED front lights, but it also has an ergonomic design, auto-rotating page orientation and page turn buttons.

This is the best option for the best reading experience. We are sorry that it is not under $100 as promised. However, the price matches the quality. And in our view, a good reading device makes it easier to flip the pages faster. (We love the page-turning buttons!)


Kindle Kids Edition for $84.99

The Kindle Kids Edition will be exactly similar to regular Kindle in terms of specifications. With the $20 price difference, there is a 2 year guaranteed replacement and a one-year subscription to FreeTime Unlimited. As it meant for purely reading, there are no games, ads, or voice assistants to interrupt.

Now with the 2 years guaranteed replacement, all parents will be willing to let kids from 7 years old and up to handle this version of Kindle.


Hope this sums all the popular Kindle readers on Amazon. There are other reading devices, however, these are the ones which focuses and specialises for reading purposes. Hope this is a simple and concise guide to narrow down the choices.


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FREE Kindle Books on World Book Day

Do you know what day is it on 23 April every year?

It is World Book Day.

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