It seems that almost everyone we speak with these days is preoccupied with the future. What’s going to happen in Careers? The jobs? Health? The environment? The exams? And most importantly, how will it affect our future? Well, the simple fact is you create your own future through the power of intention. In the Good read series, I interacted with Hitechha Sahni, A class X student who read this book when she was 12, this book not only changed her situation but evolved her as a new
Hitechha Sahni is a voracious learner and an avid reader studying in grade 10 in ITL Public School, Dwarka. She is inquisitive in nature and has varied interests like oration, writing, playing sports, contributing to society, etc. She was amongst the top 20 finalists for a national level competition ‘Nurturing Young Seeds’ organized by Zee Media in 2017 and 2018. She was awarded as top speaker in the regional and the national level in the Behes debate competition held in 2020. In her free time, she writes poetry on the platform of YourQuote.com
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What kind of book is it?
The Secret is a nonfiction motivational book. The book reveals the author’s personal experiences and other renowned people knowing and using ‘The Secret’ in their lives.
Does the book belong to a series?
Yes, this book has 4 parts in totality, namely, The Secret; The Power; The Magic and The Hero.
How long is the book?
The book has approximately 200 pages and it took me about a day and a half to read it. I was recommended to read this book by one of my teachers when going through a rough patch.
Is it an easy or a challenging read?
For me, it wasn’t much of a challenge while reading it, however, for those who are not habitual to reading may find it hard to read in a single go. Since it is nonfiction, it can be seen as a challenge as the reader may break the flow and find it hard to jump back in.
Is there anything that would be helpful for the reader to know about the author?
The author, Rhonda Byrne, was herself going through a hard time when her daughter, Hayley, had given her a hundred-year-old book to read. She went onto research and find all the other people who were aware of ‘The Great Secret to Life’. She has been able to perfectly catch the essence of the topic in the book.
Is the book written in a formal or informal style? Is the language remarkable in any way?
The book is mostly written informally, wanting them to be comfortable and understanding all the experiences and research mentioned in the book. The language used is undoubtedly remarkable as the words and meanings are straightforward to comprehend.
What ages is the book geared to?
The book can be read by anyone from teenagers to seniors.
Is the book written in regular prose? If it is written in poetic form, does it rhyme?
Yes, the book is written in standard prose but has incorporated several quotes by renowned people like Einstein, Plato, Shakespeare, Beethoven, Newton and many more.
What was the author’s purpose in writing the book? Did the author accomplish that purpose?
The author’s purpose in writing this book was to make the people aware of The Great Secret of Life. She wanted everyone to handle all hardships and get through them like she was when she came across the secret. I think that she could accomplish the purpose of writing the book as it definitely helped me when I needed it.
Who is the target audience for the book?
The book’s targeted audience is adults who are stuck in a mid-life crisis and are looking to find themselves in the rush of life.
What do you think is the book’s most significant value? What makes it unique or worthwhile?
The book’s most excellent value for me was how it highlights how one has control over everything they want to have, be, or do and makes the reader realize the same. The book is unique with its narration that leads you through your inner self with the author’s experience.
Are the facts shared accurate?
Yes, I find the facts shared to be accurate since I have experienced them while reading through the book.
Is the book interesting and hold your attention?
For some the book may not be of interest, however, if you are looking into knowing what you want from life and how to get it, you’ll find it quite exciting and it will definitely hold your attention.
Would it be a useful addition to a school or public library?
Definitely, this book will be a great addition to school and public libraries. It is the book that attracts a lot of readers towards it.
If the book is a biography or autobiography, how sympathetic is the subject?
The book is combined of autobiography and biographies of other renowned people. The author is compassionate and sympathetic to the subject and explains each incident with a passion luring the reader into the context more.
Is it easy to understand the ideas?
The author has made it relatively easy to understand the vast topic to ultimately achieve a happy and satisfied life with her words. So, yes, it is easy to understand the ideas mentioned in the book.
Are there extra features that add to the book’s enjoyment, such as maps, indexes, glossaries, or other materials?
The book includes various sayings from people who’ve experienced the secret themselves between the texts and small illustrations scattered around the book with little instances from people’s life.
Are the illustrations helpful?
Certainly, I seem to find the illustrations quite enjoyable since they add a little more visual to the book, making the reader see it more lively.
Why do you think other readers would enjoy it? Why did you enjoy it (if you did) or why didn’t you (if you didn’t)?
The book took me on a rollercoaster of emotion since it helped me connect with my core and I think whoever decides to read the book will enjoy going on the same ride of getting to know themselves.
What ages or types of readers do you think would like the book?
From young adults and teenagers to adults, everyone would like this book as it helps them find the ‘real them’.
Does the book engage your emotions? If a book made you laugh or cry or think about it for days, be sure to include that.
This book does engage your emotions in a way that you would never have expected it to. It had me up at night thinking about certain things that I could do to get something I want or need. Some may cry when reading the book as they contact their inner selves while others would be deep in their thoughts like I was.
What do you like or dislike about the author’s writing style? Is it funny or hard to follow, or engaging and conversational in tone?
The author’s writing style is somewhat informal and very easy to comprehend. The book is written so that it’s easy for even teenagers to understand appropriately and lure them into becoming an active reader and make them want to finish it in one go.
How well do you think the author achieved what s/he was going for in the book’s writing? Do you think you felt what the author was hoping you would feel?
I think the author has successfully achieved what she was wanting when writing the book. I seemed to have gotten to know a lot more about myself and how the power of the universe and believing works.
Did the book feel complete, or did it feel as though crucial elements were left out?
The book to me felt complete as it seemed to have captured the essence of the whole idea of ‘The Secret’ and made me understand the working of all the energies in the universe.
Would you describe the book as for entertainment, self-improvement, or information?
The Secret is definitely focused on self-improvement. It talks about how to believe in you; in the universe, it encourages to love yourself and achieve whatever your heart desires.
What was your favourite part of the book?
My favourite part of the book is the chapter ‘The Secret to You’. This part of the book helped me contact myself on a deeper level, and it inspires you to think and then apply those thoughts in reality. The part where the book quotes Horatio Baxor’s words “Think truly, and thy thoughts shall the world’s famine feed” really appeals to me.
Would you have done anything differently had you been the author?
No, if I were to be the author of the book, I wouldn’t have done anything differently because she has already captured and presented the content in such a way that anybody could understand the concept of The Secret.
Would any reader enjoy this book? If not, to what ages or type of reader would it appeal?
Personally, I enjoyed reading the book as I was taking a journey with my inner self, and I was learning all sorts of new things about myself with guidance through the author’s words. The book would definitely appeal to teenagers facing mood swings, but most people facing a mid-life crisis and wanting to learn exactly what they seek in life.
What is your rating for this book?
I would rate the book a solid 5 stars as I couldn’t be happier reading it.