Monday, March 12, 2018

Good Reads

It's been a while since I've posted some good reads.  Lately, I've still been reading a lot of non-fiction, although there has been some fiction sprinkled in-between. The only reads that I can recommend at this point, however, are as follows:

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis

Caution: This book may motivate you to take your investments, your 401Ks, your savings and put them under your mattress. It's the true story of a group of really smart guys who discover "dark markets" on Wall Street. Do you think that the Dow Jones is the only ticker in town? Think again. These guys expose "the insiders" and try to reform the way Wall Street makes profits and, for which I say, good luck and godspeed. I recommended this book to my husband, my neighbors, friends. It's been interesting talking about this book with others. And eye-opening.

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan Peterson

Neither an easy nor a quick read. This book seems at times all over the place, but it's an intriguing read and perspective, cross-referenced with ancient traditions, classic philosophies, and modern-day scientific research. When I say "all over the place," it's that it sometimes reads like the author's train of thought versus tightly written text.  That said, it's still widely interesting--even inspiring--and Dr. Peterson is clearly a smart guy. He's been on a lot of news programs and radio shows lately talking about everything from child-rearing to "maleness" to safe spaces.  I like many of the nuggets of wisdom I've found throughout the book. Super-smart guy. Fresh perspective. Inspiring, even. Read it.

Gabriel: A Poem by Edward Hirsch

A father's grief over his son's unexpected death, as told in a poem.  Not a light read, obviously.  If you've ever had to deal with the death of a loved one, you might be able to relate to this author's words. And even find some comfort.

I did.

What's on your nightstand?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fortunately my money is doing well where it's at but Wall Street is screwed up. Speculative bidding has got to go.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

No action-packed paranormal? :[

CA Heaven said...

I have read a lot about Jordan Peterson in various newspapers and magazines recently. I haven't read his book yet, but it's on reading list. He seems to be an interesting thinker >:)

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