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This book was a quick, surprisingly easy and engaging read. I had mistakenly identified it as a book to guide my goal-making for the upcoming new year, and I suppose it was, though not in the way I first thought. For a non-fiction book, it is remarkably well-paced and structured; first setting the scene with genuinely interesting (and honestly relatable) anecdotes; then aptly revealing that, yes, your brain power is, in fact, deteriorating; explaining why that is; and giving clear actionable steps as to how you fix it. I was sincerely hooked, and at 100-pages it was easily digestible too.
I picked this up with myself in mind, but read it thinking of my grandmother who’s very worst fear in life is forgetting herself and those she loves. The things outlined in this book weren’t miracles, they were actions she could take! She was thrilled.
Smarter Next Year is obviously not a fix-all, and never claims to be, but the content is well-explained in non-specialist language whilst still giving scientific evidence and context.
I intend to buy my Nanna her own copy, which is high praise since I only pass her books I know won’t waste her time.
I received a copy of this book from Simple Truths via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.