Official Review: Breadcrumbs by Matthew DiGeronimo

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Official Review: Breadcrumbs by Matthew DiGeronimo

Post by BookishCreature » 09 Apr 2018, 00:55

[Following is an official review of "Breadcrumbs" by Matthew DiGeronimo.]
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3 out of 4 stars
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In this era of microblogging and “too long; didn’t read,” some authors are ditching longwinded chapters in favor of shorter and sweeter fare. Matthew DiGeronimo is among them, focusing on brevity in his book, Breadcrumbs: Bite Sized Musings on Leadership and Life. True to its title, this book contains over fifty brief yet compelling mini-essays on various topics related to self-improvement. Can a chain of command be too noisy? Can a plate of nachos provide some insight into reaching your goals? Should we all have conversations with our multiple personalities? DiGeronimo muses on these questions and many more.

I have some small quibbles with Breadcrumbs, but overall I found it to be a refreshing and addictively readable collection of food for thought. I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars.

If you’ve read more than a couple self-improvement manuals, you’ll know that they all start sounding more or less the same after a while. Get up early, practice meditation, focus on gratitude – these principles have been written about by more self-help gurus than you can shake a stick at. Breadcrumbs, though, comes straight out of left field. One of the first mini-essays in the book takes a close look at the old cliché, “Think outside the box!” Is this the wrong way to look at creativity? What if the box itself is a big part of any breakthrough? After all, how can you break out of the box if the box isn’t there to begin with? Should we focus more on building better boxes for ourselves to think inside? I found this to be such an interesting perspective shift, and it really resonated with me.

The rest of the essays were similarly unpredictable, but very well-reasoned. Though the advice is often geared toward corporate leadership, I found myself learning a lot about taking charge, communicating, being creative, and chasing goals. I took away plenty of helpful knowledge for my day-to-day life.

This book definitely didn’t feel like just another rehash of the same old tricks, and its structure only added to the fresh feel. If we’re talking about food for thought, this book should be grazed on – carve a few minutes out of your busy morning to read a super-concise chapter, then ruminate on its unexpected ideas for the rest of the day. You don’t need to commit hours of your time to reading it cover-to-cover – in fact, you’ll probably get more out of it if you read it a little at a time.

As much as I liked this book, there are a few downsides I have to point out. First, Breadcrumbs really needs an editor. There were many punctuation errors and minor typos – “mote” instead of “moat,” for instance. There was also an essay that made a double appearance in two different chapters. Tightening up the fine details of the writing would really elevate this book.

Second, there were one or two chapters that felt like dead weight. In a book chock-full of insight and creative thinking, an essay on the silliness of common idioms taken literally (“kill two birds with one stone” – why are we killing birds?!) fell rather flat.

Those are my only two complaints, and the only reasons I can’t give this book a full four-star rating. That said, I’m happy to rate this book 3 out of 4 stars, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking to better themselves, their workplace, and their environment.

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Post by stacie k » 13 Apr 2018, 00:26

This sounds like a fresh, creative approach to convey lessons on leadership and life. The bite-sized segments are fitting for the hectic schedules of many in today’s workplace. It sounds both practical and enjoyable (especially if your suggestions are implemented). Thank you for an excellent review!
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Post by BriennaiJ » 13 Apr 2018, 07:06

This book seems really creative. The only thing keeping me from picking it up is the editing errors. I tend to have a difficult time focusing while reading, and so the editing errors have the ability to take me completely out of the story. Great review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 13 Apr 2018, 07:39

Despite some of the essays being a bit "out there" it seems like this is a clever and unique take on self-help. I enjoyed what you said about not being able to think outside the box if the box isn't there in the first place. Sounds quite clever to me. Thanks.
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Post by adeadeadeniyix » 15 Apr 2018, 08:59

It is idea of the book being concise and refreshing that make me feel like reading this book.

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Post by Libs_Books » 16 Apr 2018, 15:01

That does sound refreshing - I particularly liked the example about challenging the cliche of thinking "outside the box". The review was refreshing too.

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Post by KLafser » 19 Apr 2018, 11:59

BookishCreature wrote:
09 Apr 2018, 00:55
One of the first mini-essays in the book takes a close look at the old cliché, “Think outside the box!” Is this the wrong way to look at creativity? What if the box itself is a big part of any breakthrough? After all, how can you break out of the box if the box isn’t there to begin with? Should we focus more on building better boxes for ourselves to think inside? I found this to be such an interesting perspective shift, and it really resonated with me.
I love this!! It speaks to the "throw it all away and start over mentality"; YES, the current box is important, build and expand instead of re-inventing the wheel - errr, box.

I appreciate your observation that many of this type of book say the same thing with a smidge different flavor. This sounds refreshing and thought-provoking. Looking forward to it! Thanks for a great review!

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Post by Ginnamassa19 » 13 May 2018, 07:16

First of all, I just wanted to say that I love your writing style (like the pun on Breadcrumbs and food for thought, ha!) and that I really appreciate this review. It's insightful, and it's really helpful :)

This book sounds like a refreshing take on the usual eat-healthy, do-yoga, believe-in-yourself content I've often seen in self-help books, which I'm sure its readers will appreciate. It seems more like a Philosophy book than a self-improvement manual, which is definitely part of what makes it so unique.

I'm rather tempted to pick it up for a read myself now!

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Post by haleygerstenberg » 14 May 2018, 16:36

Sounds like a fun read, if only because it's refreshing to read something that's different from the abundance of books in this sphere. I may get it for my husband, he usually likes that sort of creative perspective + useful reading.

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Post by sanjus » 27 May 2018, 09:42

thank you for this review providing appreciable insight into this self improvement book bread crumbs
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