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Ryan DeJonghe - The Avid Reader

I didn't always read, but that changed in June of 2013. I dropped the unnecessary stuff and picked up the awesome stuff--like reading! I started posting my reviews on Amazon and within a few months rose to the top 0.1% of reviewers. My reviews then went to Goodreads, and now my blog (http://ryandejonghe.wordpress.com) and Twitter (@Ryan_Reads). If you are reading this, why not leave a comment or send me a note? I love talking to other folks about books and my reviews. Publishers and authors, feel free to drop me a note if you want me to review your book. I usually stick to mainstream publishing, but I'll consider anything. If I review your book, I’ll give you a fair and thorough review and let you know when the review goes live. You can reach me at dejonghes@gmail.com. Happy Reading!

Beyond IQ: Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, and More

Beyond IQ: Scientific Tools for Training Problem Solving, Intuition, Emotional Intelligence, Creativity, and More - Garth Sundem The description says this book is “stuffed with exercises” that improves practical intelligence. Between that and the cover of the book, I thought this would be an excellent read, but it didn’t turn out that way. There’s a lot of exposition, but it’s not very captivating. Reading Malcom Gladwell’s OUTLIERS has proven to be a much more interesting exposition of IQ. And as Gladwell did, so does this book: we look at the differences between IQ and practical intelligence. In other words: street smarts.

The exercises are what lured me into looking at this book, but they weren’t all that useful. Yes, some of them are challenging, but many of them are not repeatable. It’s like solving a puzzle book—and really, you’ll probably find a lot more puzzles in a dedicated book than getting this book that claims to be “stuffed” with them.

I like the idea of this book and the author did a lot of hard work putting it together, but it really isn’t up to par with what I was expecting. Sorry.

I do want to thank Crown Publishing and Three Rivers Press for sending it to me to review—there’s interesting things in here, but it doesn’t captivate, even for a willing audience.