Looking for some good books to read? WIN 5 free novels carefully selected by the Crimson team

Posted 13 days ago

Crimson is hosting their first ever Book Competition this month! We will be giving away 5 free books to inspire students to achieve their greatest potential. This prize is valued at over $100 USD.

We asked our students, strategists, academic advisors, tutors and mentors which books they recommend for students like you, interested in gaining admission into the world’s best universities. This is the list they came up with.

Crimson Education Book Competition

To enter the competition all you need to do is:

  1. Follow Crimson Education on Instagram
  2. Like our Instagram post
  3. Comment which book(s) you are looking forward to reading the most and how they will help motivate you to apply to your dream university, finish a project you've been working on, give back to your community or strengthen your ingenuity, savviness, and know-how.

The student with the most inspiring comment will WIN ALL FIVE BOOKS!

Check out the list of books we’ll be giving away below! Happy reading!

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

By Adam Grant

Summary pulled from Goodreads

In Originals, Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world while maintaining originality, going against the grain, battling conformity, and bucking outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?

Using surprising studies and stories covering business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt. This includes how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children and how leaders can build cultures that welcome differing views.

Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn’t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits

By James Clear

Summary pulled from Goodreads

Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving everyday. James Clear, one of the world's leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you're having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn't you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don't want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Learn how to:

  • Make time for new habits (even when life gets crazy)
  • Overcome a lack of motivation and willpower
  • Design your environment to make success easier
  • Get back on track when you fall off course
  • … and much more.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

By Yuval Noah Harari

Summary pulled from Goodreads

100,000 years ago, at least six human species inhabited the earth. Today there is just one. Homosapiens.

How did our species succeed in the battle for dominance? Why did our ancestors come together to create cities and kingdoms? How did we come to believe in gods, nations and human rights? And what will our world be like in the future?

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical breakthroughs of the Cognitive, Agricultural and Scientific Revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology and economics, he explores how history has shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities.

Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behaviour from the heritage of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking, Fast and Slow

By Daniel Kahneman

Summary pulled from Goodreads

Kahneman’ Thinking, Fast and Slow, takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think.

System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional, while System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical.

Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities, as well as the faults and biases, of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. The impact of overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in the future, the challenges of properly framing risks at work and at home, the profound effect of cognitive biases on everything from playing the stock market to planning your next vacation. Each of these can be understood only by knowing how the two systems work together to shape our judgments and decisions.

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives, and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers by Timothy Ferriss

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers

By Timothy Ferriss

Summary pulled from Goodreads

“For the last two years, I’ve interviewed more than 200 world-class performers for my podcast, The Tim Ferriss Show. The guests range from super celebs (Jamie Foxx, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc.) and athletes (icons of powerlifting, gymnastics, surfing, etc.) to legendary Special Operations commanders and black-market biochemists. For most of my guests, it’s the first time they’ve agreed to a two-to-three-hour interview. This unusual depth has helped make The Tim Ferriss Show the first business/interview podcast to pass 100 million downloads.

“This book contains the tools, tactics, and ‘inside baseball’ you won’t find anywhere else. It also includes new tips from past guests, and life lessons from new ‘guests’ you haven’t met.

“What makes the show different is a relentless focus on actionable details. This is reflected in the questions. For example: What do these people do in the first sixty minutes of each morning? What do their workout routines look like, and why? What books have they gifted most to other people? What are the biggest wastes of time for novices in their field? What supplements do they take on a daily basis?

“I don’t view myself as an interviewer. I view myself as an experimenter. If I can’t test something and replicate results in the messy reality of everyday life, I’m not interested.

“Everything within these pages has been vetted, explored, and applied to my own life in some fashion. I’ve used dozens of the tactics and philosophies in high-stakes negotiations, high-risk environments, or large business dealings. The lessons have made me millions of dollars and saved me years of wasted effort and frustration.

“I created this book, my ultimate notebook of high-leverage tools, for myself. It’s changed my life, and I hope the same for you.”

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