Every Friday from now on, I will post a “Friday Flip-Through”. Basically, it’s where I review/write about books that I’ve read and find interesting. I’ve been thinking of reviewing and sharing books with you guys for quite a while, but never got around to it. So this will serve two purposes. First, it will spur me on to read more books. Which is always good. Secondly, and more importantly, I hope that you’ll find value in this. It’ll basically allow me to share what I read with you, and I hope that it’ll maybe help you discover more books, that you might not have read already. Or if you’ve heard of the books I mention, maybe it’ll encourage you to go get the books. Or just to go read more in general.

So, for my first ever Friday Flip-Through, these are two books that I read about a month ago, while I was in Boston. Bringing Down the House and iWoz.

Bringing Down the House is not exactly a new book, and was a New York Times Bestseller. So you probably have heard of it, especially if you’re in America.

It’s a really cool book. A non-fiction narrative thriller, that reads as well as fiction. It’s a true story about how six M.I.T students used card counting methods, and won millions in Vegas.

Other than being quite well written(in my opinion), I really like the premise of the story. And the fact that it’s a true story just makes it all the more intriguing. It’s a really good narrative showcase of the possibilities available around us. Yes, it might be on the verge of morality, but nonetheless, the creativity shown by the M.I.T students is awesome. It really shows the possibilities out there. And while I don’t encourage you to go and try to win millions by using these methods in a casino today, it’s a good reminder that our lives don’t have to just be the boring, standard 9-5 lives that society expects. It’s a good reminder of the excitement out there, that is available if we think creatively and use our abilities well.

As you read it, it will definitely get your mind going as you start imagining what’s possible. And who knows, maybe it will spur you on to something amazing as well.

iWoz the memoir of Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple. He was one of the driving forces behind the Macintosh, and though he doesn’t get the recognition he deserves (Steve Jobs gets more of it), his story is still a great one.

There are so many lessons we can learn from his story. Throughout the book, the first thing which comes across very clearly is his passion for technology. And it’s clear to see how that was a driving force in his life. That’s a very valuable lesson for all of us. Yes, he’s (arguably) a really successful person, being one of the people behind the first Macintosh, but he didn’t get there by wanting to get rich. He got there because he enjoyed doing what he did. The passion for technology and electronics was what made the Macintosh possible.

A second lesson that comes across really well is how he was educated from young. He writes about the impact his father had on his life, and how his passion was nurtured from the time he was a child. And if not for that, he probably might not have been able to do what he did.

There are more lessons that can be learned, so I encourage you to pick up his book. It’s always good for us to learn from people who have impacted the world, and Steve Wozniak is definitely one of those people. Read his story, learn from his life, and apply the lessons in your life. You can change the world too.

If you like these books, check out my other recommendations at my aStore.