Book Review: Volcanic Momentum by Jordan Ring

What this book is about: 

Volcanic Momentum is a nonfiction book about setting and achieving goals.

What I liked: 

The principles in the book are solid and align well with other reputable sources I’ve come across, whether in books, podcasts, or whatever. He’s definitely got good ideas in there and solid strategy.

What I didn’t like: 

The book is REALLY difficult to read.

The formatting isn’t doing any favors and the writing style is fairly rough. I’m a fast and voracious reader, but I found myself tripped up over word choices and flow many times. Some might say it’s good to slow down when reading, but if I’m slowing down because it’s difficult or clunky to read? Not so good.

This feels strange to say, but the book almost has too much personality dropped into it. The tone detracts from the authority he’s attempting to establish himself as and instead, is making it difficult for me to take him seriously at all.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

The book is okay at best. It actually kind of annoys me because I can see that he knows what he’s talking about, but it’s presented so poorly that he shoots himself in the foot. In trying to be too relatable or friendly, he gives off the impression of not being authoritative, which in turn makes me think he doesn’t actually know what he’s talking about. The formatting works on the internet, but not in a paper book. There is too much white space, paragraphs are too broken up, and so it also doesn’t flow visually.

I have to be honest, I really struggled with this book.

He’s got passion and knowledge, but I just think this isn’t executed successfully. It needs a ruthless edit and a reformat. I really wanted to like it, but I just couldn’t get there.

I give this book 2 stars.

2 star rating

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