Originally Posted by blayze
My last 5:
-The Hobbit: Read it because the movie's coming out. Thought it was meh... definitely not up to par with the LOTR series.
-No Easy Day: I dedicated an entire thread to this one so you know it was amazing.
-Bill Clinton - Back to work: Interesting since I'm a big fan of Clinton, but pretty much one-sided propaganda designed to bash the Republicans and win over Democrat votes before the election happened.
-The Intelligent Investor: Often referred to as the greatest book on fundamental investing ever written. Interesting lessons that are still somewhat relevant, but overall pretty outdated since it was originally written in the 60's and the market has evolved leaps and bounds since then. Also heavily technical, so steer clear if you're not a finance person.
-The Alchemist: Way overhyped. I get the lesson that Coelho's trying to teach, but I thought the story was bland and overly vague. Then again - I'm not really an abstract kind of guy, so I'm probably the wrong type of audience to be critiquing it.
I read the Alchemist recently as well, WAY overhyped... how is this one of the top 5-10 most read books in the world??? wtf?!?... I mean, it wasn't BAD... but it wasn't THAT good.
To answer that, one of my 5 most recently read books...
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference (ISBN 0-316-31696-2) is a book by Malcolm Gladwell, first published by Little Brown in 2000.
Gladwell defines a tipping point as "the moment of critical mass, the threshold, the boiling point." The book seeks to explain and describe the "mysterious" sociological changes that mark everyday life. As Gladwell states, "Ideas and products and messages and behaviors spread like viruses do." The examples of such changes in his book include the rise in popularity and sales of Hush Puppies shoes in the mid-1990s and the steep drop in the New York City crime rate after 1990.
Read this book! Very interesting... helps explain how things explode in all social aspects of society.
Others I've read which are good reads: Blink (Gladwell), What the Dog Saw (Gladwell), Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom), Five people you meet in heaven (Mitch Albom), the Alchemist. Currently working on the Hobbit.
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