Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives

Gladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our LivesGladiators, Pirates and Games of Trust: How Game Theory, Strategy and Probability Rule Our Lives by Haim Shapira
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Let me be very clear: I am about to fangirl a little bit.
I studied Economics and Finance, so I am not new to Game Theory – I studied it some 8 years ago and went on to work on a different field.
So I picked up this book to refresh my memory not to lose completely the knowledge I gained all those years ago and I have to say it was brilliant. Hair Shapira manages to make Game Theory so interesting showing us only the fun, quizzical part of Game Theory leaving out all the boring (ahem) stuff you want to skip in class. Former Game Theory students and complete newbies to the subject will love this book. It’s interesting, fun, funny and makes you thing. Greatly recommended!

An ARC was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Short reviews #1

  • Rohit Bhargava, Non-Obvious

Rating: ♥♥♥

As I have a background in business I often read business/strategy related books to keep up to date. However, lately I’ve found myself more and more upset with my reads because I never feel like they bring anything new, different, or exciting. Rohit’s Non Obvious brought me a new perspective on a subject I wasn’t familiar with and gave me a few specific ideas on forecast and thinking outside the box. Great job.

  • Portia da Costa, How to seduce a billionaire

Rating: ♥

I couldn’t finish this book. I was in no way connected to Jess and/or Ellis, and overall the story was just predictable and flowed in the wrong way. It upsets me to say this because I did anticipate this book, but sometimes the feeling just isn’t there.

  • Joe Pulizzi, Content, INC

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥+

Brilliant. Innovating. Ground-breaking. If you enjoy business, own a business, are thinking about possibly opening a business, read this book. Now. It’s not a get-rich-quick book, and it’s not about making your first million, but it will show you just how things get done in the word of content marketing and how you can take advantage too.

An ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood #1) – J.R. Ward

#notreallyworthafullreview

Sadly, I must say this book was a huge disappointment for me. Many of my friends love this series and so I put it aside on purpose for a few years until I could fully dedicate myself to it (*cough*havingafulldayonthebeach*cough*).

In my humble opinion, Beth was a ridiculous character and Wrath (what kind of name is that?) was never, at any point, even the slightest bit sexy. How can you really root for your main couple like this?

I won’t give the book 1 star because I managed to finish it (skimmed it is more likely the appropriate word, really), but it’s a series I won’t pick up anytime soon, unless for some reason the rest of the series madly improves.

Review: Beautiful Surrender by Priscilla West (Surrender Series Book 3)

I guess I wasn’t kidding when I said I’d be reading the third book in the series very soon, huh? 🙂

I just love the type of books you take on a day out on the beach and you read between going for a swim, suntanning and taking a bite out of your snacks and you never really get tired of the book because it has a such a nice pace. And this is one of those books. Like the first two, I wouldn’t recommend it if you don’t like the romance genre or if you’re not into sexy books – the language can be a bit rough – but overall, it was such an easy weekend read that I’d definitely recommend it to a few friends. This is the last book in the Vincent and Kristen series, and it does bring their story to a satisfactory conclusion. I liked how a few bits and pieces from the first book were explained in this last installment.

Recommended for: Women who like hot romance books, and who are drawn to adventurous billionaires

Perfect place to read: At the beach, as long as you don’t have people reading over your shoulder, haha

Rating: ♥♥♥½

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Book 1 – Forbidden Surrender Review

Book 2 – Secret Surrender Review

ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review