Here’s part two of my reading list. I was told that my reading list blog posts are boring, so if you’re not into things like reading this post may not be for you! But if you do plan on getting in some summer reading, send me an email or tweet (or comment below) letting me know what’s on your list.
Fledgling – This was the final novel by the late Octavia Butler. For those unfamiliar, the legendary authorButler wrote science/speculative fiction; her books tackle themes like race, sexuality, gender, and social class. Her book Kindred is one of my all time favorites, but I hadn’t yet gotten around to reading Fledgling. I’m curious to read this particular book because from my understanding, it takes the Bram Stoker/Anne Rice/Stephanie Miller vampire archetype and completely flips it on its head by presenting the vampire in the body of a 10 year old African American girl. Should be an engrossing read.
The Mismeasure of Man – This book, by evolutionary biologist Stephen Gould, is one that I’ve had on my must read list for years but have never actually read it. The book is a critique of the Bell Curve theory and biological determinism. There is a ridiculous amount of research out there that says that the racist/sexist/classist/etc. . . ideology that society is merely a reflection of biology is total bs. Yet, we still find people like Stephanie Grace (aka the harvard law student who got put on blast by a former friend for her drunken email rant about the inferiority of black people) and Satoshi Kanazawa (who last week got put on blast for his stanch defense of John Mayer’s “david duke” anatomy). I’ve read excerpts from the Mismeasure of Man, which is a searing indictment of this ignorance, but I’ve never actually read the whole book. I look forward to doing that this summer.
The 80/20 Principle – This book is premised on the widely accepted theory that it’s 20% that usually produces 80% of the total results of anything you do. Therefore by locking in on that 20% you can get more out of your business and life, for less. I was familiar with this theory as it pertained to your wardrobe (you wear 20% of your clothes 80% of time) but had never really translated that to a whole lifestyle and career approach. As I’ve become more interested in the idea of leading a more minimalist/GTD lifestyle, this book has worked it’s way up to the top of my list of must reads.
The Power of Less – Again this is about minimalism- which I intend to blog about at some point because it’s become increasing more interesting to me. I really like this idea of stripping everything down to the bare bones and honing in on what you truly need. It’s highly likely I will never be a Henry David Thoreau type and just willingly give everything up to live in the woods in a cabin and eat tree bark. But I am working towards a more simple life and getting rid of the excess that clutters your home, your office, and most importantly your mind.
Honorable mentions – Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (Seth Grahame-Smith); The Devil in White City (Erik Larson); and Not Dead & Not for Sale (Scott Weiland).
Whew, so those are my must-read books for the summer. My goal is to get through these by the end of August and provide reviews for at least a few of them. Happy reading everyone!