It´s the second installment of the ¨What I´m Reading¨ series – largely for my own amusement slash to see if I´ve retained anything from the books I´ve read lately.
Traveling a bunch (and commuting even more on public transit) affords me a lot of time to read – and having the Kindle allows me to literally get my hands on a new book within seconds. Here´s what I´ve been reading:
- Critical Race Theory: An Introduction I took a class my last semester at Cal on the Psychology of Discrimination and Race in American law, and used this book to refresh my memory on everything I learned, as well as pick up a couple of new terms and ideas. This is an area I am really interseted in, and this book did a great job in putting some of these complex, multi-faceted ideas into layman´s terms.
- Something Borrowed Non-fiction is my genre of choice and I normally steer clear of anything that could remotely resemble ¨chick-lit¨ or a ¨beach read.¨ However, when my friend Krisse breezed through this while she visited and left it for me, I was hooked pretty immediately. It´s a perfect mindless summer book with an intriguing story, and I might be contemplating downloading the sequel, fml. It was fun to pick people I know in real life who fit the various roles – I definitely know a few Rachels and Darcys.
- The Undercover Economist: Exploring Why the Rich are Rich and the Poor are Poor — And Why You Can Never Buy a Decent Used Car! My knowledge of the economy literally begins at the Production Possibilites Curve and ends with Supply and Demand. AP Economics was not my thing in high school – pretty sure I drew a spiral for one of the ¨graphs¨ and managed to dupe whoever grades those things into thinking I had somewhat of a clue. I started this book yesterday and it´s pretty hard to put down – the undercover economist explains things like why a cup of coffee costs what it does and why rent is higher in London than basically anywhere else using economic principles. It feels a little bit like a business or marketing class in places, but enjoyable nonetheless.