kindle queue.

11 May

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.
I´ll probably dust this off in the next week or so, bringing me to the all-important question. What should be added next to my kindle´s queue? 
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3 Responses to “kindle queue.”

  1. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] May 11, 2011 at 1:57 am #

    Oooh I really enjoyed The Undercover Economist. If you listen to podcasts and like that sort of thing, try the Freakonomics podcast. It’s a fun listen.

    I am reading The Secret Daughter and really liking it. Recommend it!

    • gillian May 11, 2011 at 2:03 am #

      Thanks for those suggestions! I´ve listened to those podcasts before but haven´t recently – I need to get on that. Freakonomics and Malcolm Gladwell´s books are my absolute favorites.

      The Secret Daughter sounds great, too! I´m going to add that to my list for sure. 🙂

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