In the face of dealing with my Candy Crush obsession, I have made the resolution to read more and catch up with the intellectual minds of my peers here. I started waking up early to read for an hour while having my morning cuppa (tea) on our balcony and then at least thirty minutes before I head to bed. I will start cataloging the books that I read in case you want to read them, or just see how big of a nerd/failure at reading I can be.
1. Nudge: Improving Decisions about Health, Wealth, and Happiness. I recently rediscovered on my Kindle this book that I started reading years ago and thought it would be appropriate to start it up again. Taking a “libertarian paternalism” view of the world, two UChicago Econ professors explain what they call “choice architecture,” or what I like to call beneficial manipulation.
2. One Wild Life. Following on the theme of books I started and never finished, here is one that I started about 4 four years ago when Mom gave it to me for Christmas. An Irish woman travels the world – Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America – to meet social entrepreneurs and share their vision with us who can only dream of making the same journey or charge forward making change. This is my nighttime reading (I was worried about not absorbing all the stuff in Nudge or other books that need my 100% focus to grasp concept at night).
3. The Beautiful and Damned. Going back through my Kindle purchasing binge from years ago, I chose a fictional (although somewhat autobiographical) book by F. Scott Fitzegeral. The Great Gatsby is one of my favorites so I thought I’d give this a whirl.