Book Review on ‘Atomic Habits’ by James Clear
QOTD: Which habit seemed small to you and to everyone else a few years ago but has managed to pay off in the long run?
ATOMIC HABITS by James Clear
Genre: Non fiction/ Self Help
This is my favourite Non fiction in the Self Help sub category after Ikigai by Héctor García and Francesc Miralles. The book explains the importance of small habits which seem insignificant or trivial at the moment but make a huge difference in the long run.
Author very clearly explains how habits resemble atoms or fundamental units in our lives and offer remarkable differences by the compounding over time. Hence the title ‘Atomic Habits’.
The book completely accomplishes what it sets out to by decoding the four laws governing habits and its nature. James Clear has done thorough research while writing this book and it’s highly evident. I find that really impressive. It also has advanced tactics at the end to give readers an extra edge.
The tone of this book is very easy to relate to although there were times when I found it dry and academic. Don’t worry, the dry and academic tone lasts for a one or two paragraphs and that too only in certain pages then the rest of the book is truly interesting.
The author starts the book with his own real life accident where he was gravely injured in a baseball match causing multiple skull fractures and shattered eye sockets. Along with it, post traumatic seizures and why doctors had to deliberately put him into a coma. Thankfully (seriously, otherwise we wouldn’t have had this amazing work) the author recovers fine.
Later on, the author starts each chapter with a real life incident or a research study which made me (or just anyone) find it so relatable.
Overall Impression: The best thing about the book is that it’s not at all complex to understand or have a highly bland tone like other non-fictions have, or at least that’s my impression about them.
I fell in love each and every time with the book when the writer mentioned or gave analogy of the human brain and evolution. Made it so so soo interesting to read. I also loved the genetic code trope to habits and behaviour. I think anyone reading it would be amazed by how dynamic and vast our genetic codes and related systems are. Anyone who finds biology uninteresting will definitely find it fascinating after reading the book!
The writer also made sure to include graphs to make it easier to understand and retain information. They are highly effective in enhancing the book’s message. He even gives very succinct summaries at the end of each chapter.
This book is highly recommended to anyone seeking to improve their life and aiming for remarkable changes. When followed genuinely, it will definitely deliver what it promises to. Also, it’s a good start for anyone trying Non-fiction or if you are looking for a change in genre.
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