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  • Wealth Your Way: A Simple Path to Financial Freedom

    by Cosmo P DeStefano

    Rating: 9.00

    Idea: Although this book includes much information that is readily available, it does so in an accessible and easy-to-understand way--and the material is delivered consistently in the voice of the author. His message is that the rules of financial independence are "simple but not easy." 

    Prose: At all times, the author's voice makes this book fresh and personable. Readers feel as if they are learning from a friend who makes complicated concepts easy to understand.

    Originality: Others have written similar books, but this one stands out because of its simplicity and its strong voice. The reading suggestions at the end of chapters and the quotes from experts like Buffett are also helpful. 

    Character/Execution: In a market of prescriptive nonfiction finance books, Wealth Your Way stands out because of its wise, accessible voice, its graphics, and its well-edited prose. The author gives insights that surpass the usual rules, including how to go beyond the usual concept of compounding to achieve maximum investment power.



  • Branding Queens

    by Kim Rozdeba

    Rating: 8.75

    Plot/Idea: Rozdeba delivers spirited accounts of distinguished businesswomen in vignette-style writing, offering readers professional acumen alongside absorbing stories. The writing hits a perfect inspirational note while managing to remain entertaining at the same time.

    Prose: The prose is direct and succinct, matching the book’s overall tone, and readers will find the structure easy to follow, with plenty of amusing details scattered throughout that bring the text to life. 

    Originality: The twist of a branding focus, as opposed to simply chronicling inspirational female business leaders, lends Rozdeba’s work an edge that similar titles may be lacking.

    Character Development/Execution: Rozdeba accomplishes what he sets out to do, maintaining the integrity of the work as well as crafting a dynamic and fluid text that evolves naturally. 

  • Plot: Clark offers relevancy and concepts with deeper meaning that will appeal to a wide range of readers. The author breaks down ideas in understandable terms, and the book’s mission is crystallized immediately—though Clark continues to build on it throughout the text.

    Prose: The prose matches the book’s tone, with a solid balance of technicalities and informal, conversational writing. Emphatic statements back up the text’s more important points nicely, and transitions are smoothly connected. 

    Originality: The foundational concept is fully developed and takes into account current concerns and hot topics while melding them with solid, structured advice for effecting positive change.

    Character/Execution: Clark provides engaging examples of their concepts, giving the text credibility and driving ideas home. There are multiple actionable steps included that will give readers a sound sense of how to implement Clark’s guidance. 

  • Sell More With A Right-Brain Marketing Strategy

    by James I. Bond

    Rating: 8.75

    Plot: Marketing specialist James I. Bond teaches readers how to make their ideas and products stick in their target audiences’ minds using fourteen simple principles that draw on tried-and-true sales strategies. Novices and professionals alike, with advertising budgets large or small, will find Sell More With A Right-Brain Marketing Strategy a perennial and valuable resource.

    Prose: Bond’s accessible, punchy prose make his tips and stories easy to absorb and implement. Short paragraphs keep the read swift and entertaining, delivering content at once powerful and concrete.

    Originality: Using his trademarked “BRAIN GLUE” concept, Bond offers a fresh synthesis of foundational marketing principles and real-world experience for getting a product noticed, remembered, and sold—in other words, to make it stick. With the scope of a textbook and the intimacy of a trusted advisor, Bond connects readers to an array of marketing strategies that work equally well in daily transactions, such as buying a car, as in business settings.

    Character/Execution: Sell More with a Right-Brain Marketing Strategy gets right to the point and delivers a wealth of information based in research, experience, and relatable examples. A must-read for anyone who wants their message to be unforgettable.

    Blurb: An easy-to-read and entertaining guide packed with strategies for taking sales to the next level. 

  • Playing to Win the RFP Game

    by E. B. Diamond

    Rating: 8.00

    Plot/Idea: Diamond delivers a great resource for business entities seeking to win more Requests for Proposals. Rich with down-to-earth advice, real-life examples, and professional know-how, this highly structured and informative book is a solid roadmap for professionals.

    Prose: Competent prose combined with relevant business terminology makes this work a perfect fit for professionals, and Diamond wastes no time diving into practical advice on a personal level. Readers will appreciate the straightforward explanations and candid style, particularly when exploring potential missteps that could halt successful RFPs early on. 

    Originality: Diamond drills down to a niche level, tailoring the advice to specifics while still allowing room for different professions to glean necessary information. The work’s precision is a definite strength that lends it originality.

    Character Development/Execution: Readers will leave with a firm grasp of Diamond’s main concepts, including concrete steps on implementing those concepts into their everyday business life. The inclusion of insider tricks is genius and covers the entire RFP process from start to finish—a gold mine for potential RFP bidders. 

  • Leading Inclusion

    by Gena Cox, Ph.D.

    Rating: 7.50

    Plot/Idea: A thoughtful, informative, and well-written guide on how to approach inclusivity in the workplace, Leading Inclusion comprehensively approaches the concept of inclusivity from a psychological, historical, and sociological perspective that is refreshing to read.

    Prose: Cox's prose, though obviously very well-informed, does not read as a dry, corporate how-to; rather, her approach is educational without being overly elevated. Well-researched and thoughtfully written, Cox provides a framework on the "why" as well as the "how."

    Originality: As inclusivity in the workplace has gained more attention in recent years as traditionally marginalized workers rightfully question their place in the corporate (and private) hierarchy, Cox's work manages to still garner a fresh perspective on why employers should incorporate more inclusive approaches in the workplace.

    Character/Execution: The author utilizes both historical and personal narratives to inform and educate. As she states, "It is difficult to build and lead an inclusive organization without first understanding the experiences of those who have been traditionally excluded."

  • Not Your Job

    by Pierce Brantley

    Rating: 7.25

    Plot: Brantley proposes clear-cut guidelines to address time management, with concise steps to achieving his identified goals. Some readers may view this as more of a foundational study, though the book’s suggestions are easy to apply.

    Prose: The prose balances informal and technical jargon well, with concise explanations that accentuate Brantley’s ideas while making them user-friendly.

    Originality: Brantley fleshes out basic ideas and offers readers step-by-step guidance alongside personal examples. The material is easy to understand and logical—but aside from interesting metaphors and clear prose, it sticks to the routine.

    Character/Execution: Using understandable metaphors, Brantley breaks down different areas of application for readers—and he maintains a well-organized structure throughout the book that uses repetition to drive home his concepts.

  • Plot/Idea: This timely book explores issues surrounding workplace technologies, including GUI-based and other no/low-code tools. 

    Prose:  The prose throughout this manual is straightforward, clear, and aimed at readers of all proficiency levels. 

    Originality: Simon's book is informative and practical; the examination of the changing roles of technology and how employees use it in workplace settings is especially convincing.

    Character/Execution: This book sets out to explain the benefits (and disadvantages) of allowing "citizen developers" in an organization to use low/no-code tools while letting the programmers focus on higher-priority or more difficult projects. The author lays out his case clearly and explores both sides of the issue.

  • Plot/Idea: Framing a book on positivity around making money writing books is a unique, niche angle.

    Prose: The prose is straightforward, welcoming, and readable. Readers looking for uplifting support in their writerly endeavors will appreciate the casual tone.

    Originality: Rose offers a unique angle by focusing on the joys of writing, sharing ideas and stories, and pointing to the lucrative potential in being a writer. The author also provides valuable advice concerning the creative process and finding publishing opportunities. 

    Character/Execution: This book offers advice for manifesting dreams of achieving success as a writer. The work's strengths are the sections on re-framing negative self-talk. While some may view the content as a form of magical thinking, aspiring writers will generally appreciate the optimism and inspiration.