Reading Makes Smart
My recent post about all my university books made me write about other books I loved to read. I always like to try out all kinds of books, though I tend to stick to the paperback as it is too expensive otherwise. I am also not a huge fan of online books or devices like the Kindle or iPad (at least for reading purposed) as it hurts my eyes too much (I tend to read for hours if you let me).
In this post I will write about my current books and in a few days I will post about my all-time favourites’ and books I also enjoyed a lot!
Before I start with my current books and all-time favourites’ I have to explain: I read books purely out of pleasure. I have to read so much for university and sometimes even for work that in my free time I like to keep it “light”. That does not make me dumb or stupid or shallow!
The books I am currently reading are:
1. Wannabe U: Inside the Corporate University – Gaye Tuchman (978-0226815299)
The book and the reasons behind it were feature in the UniversityPost of Københavns Universitet. You can find her interview here. Gaye Tuchman got an insight view about US university structure and why she wrote a book about it. US universities draw my attention as they are so complex and play such a big role in the States. I have not started on the book yet (delay in delivery due to the weather) but I cannot wait to read it.
2. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt (978-0061956270)
During a recent documentary festival in Copenhagen I was able to attend a free movie event sponsored by Altandetlige. The documentary was about the Freakonomics book – just made as a movie, duh! Levitt is able to explain Economic occurrences with statistic data. He is for example able to explain a decrease in the crime statistic of the US due to new abortion laws about 16 years before. He is also able to explain why your professional success might depend in your first name. Why that is you better find out yourself by reading it! You learn a lot and it is still interesting. There is also a second book out already (Superfreakonomics) which is the part II in the Freakonomics series.
3. Du hast mich auf dem Balkon vergessen: Das Beste aus SMSvonGesternNacht.de – Axel Lilienblum (978-3499626944)
This is a German book so I am very sorry in advance. I can only hope that someone will make an English version as well. The book is about the internet site SMSvonGesternNacht.de – a site where people can upload text messages from past weekends (usually written while not being sober). The conversations, as usually several messages are posted to show the whole conversation, are super funny and hilarious. I am actually giving this book to my mom for Christmas because I know she will absolutely love it.
Anything else you can recommend? Anything I should read? Post your book suggestion and I will take a look into it!