Mini Reviews #14: Undoctored + The Psychology of Money

E-Book, 274 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Humor/ Memoir
By: Adam Kay
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

I read Adam’s previous two books: The first as a medical student on the verge of graduation, the second as a medical intern and now I am reading his third book as a resident and it certainly hit closest to home.

The great thing about this book is that it can be enjoyed by all people whether they are in the medical field or not but I am pretty sure it will impact you more if you are in the medical field. This is a series of Kay’s stories after he left medicine with multiple flashbacks to his life as a medical student and resident and even a specialist.

One of my closest friends left medicine school after 3 years and it is funny how the society looked at him as if he was doing the biggest atrocity out there while everyone in the school itself were pretty sure it was the best decision -and they were all a bit envious-

As I said before, I liked Kay’s previous books but in my opinion this was the most well written one because it showed how he improved as a writer and a comedian and the way it was edited was so well done and the flow was immaculate which made me appreciate it even more.

And despite all the humor and funny moments there is a criticism at the job and the medical system which I believe is universal and not confined to the UK. I did not know Kay was queer and another thing that made me a bit confused was how he talked a lot about being in a tight spot with money despite his books having sold million of copies -to be fair most of it was prior to him becoming very successful as an author-

Overall, a funny memoir that is still powerful and personal and I am happy that Kay is thriving now and I will be looking forward for his next book.

E-Book, 252 Pages
Non-Fiction/ Money/ Psychology
By: Morgan Housel
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

β€œThings that have never happened before happen all the time.”

Contrary to most people reading this book, I read it because I have a saving problem!! It is weird but I think a lot of past experience makes me always scared of what the future hides so I feed bad when I spend money which is a bit illogical. There are a lot of positive reviews for this book and it has a staggering average rating of 4.4 which encouraged me to pick it up.

The book is a bit different from what I expected. It does not have the typical preachy voice of non-fiction author who makes you feel that they have unlocked the secrets of the universe. The author tries to present facts here through studies and real life examples which is a very good way to convincing readers.

It will not tell you to do so and so to get rich but it will try to explain why are we likely to do some things and those are written in 20 chapters each focusing on a simple concept. I said that I have a saving problem and it makes me sound a bit crazy and funnily enough the first concept was that no one’s crazy and that we tend to judge people from our own experiences which compose a really tiny fraction of what’s happened in the world. And by the end I was convinced that I was doing a lot of good things that I thought were bad.

A simple yet very intriguing book about money that tries to make us understand our financial selves without sounding preachy. It was different from what I expected but still a very useful book!

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