Monday, November 5, 2012

I read, you read, we all read because we're BAMFs

There’s little I enjoy more than reading & discussing books, and I wanted to break from my usual self-indulgent writing to ask for (and offer) book recommendations.

I become interested in behavioral econ/finance mostly through reading general finance & investment books, then by reading books by behavioral economists such as Ariely and Thaler.  I’m someone who places a very high value on education – this includes formal education, but also the most enlightening and interesting informal education I’ve got: books!

I propose we share the following:

(1) – A book that you’ve read recently that you want to recommend to everyone & their mother and grandfather and cousins as well.
(2) – A book you haven’t read but are excited to. (Reeeally excited!!111!)
(3) – Your favorite book of all time.
(4) – Your favorite author

I’ll start:
(1) – At the recommendation of a friend, I picked up Meg Jay’s ‘The Defining Decade: Why your twenties matter – and how to make the most of them now’.  I have been thinking a lot & very confused about life, and the whole book felt so relevant and honest.  Read it, read it, read it!  And then discuss it with me. :)
(2) Did you know that Haruki Murakami actually wrote a non-fiction book about how he writes?  Me neither until last night, but I’m super pumped to read ‘What I talk about when I talk about running’.
(3) For fiction: Dumas’ ‘Count of Monte Christo’ (super exciting – murder, love, mystery, incredible wealth, family drama, etc).  For non-fiction: Bernstein’s ‘The Investor’s Manifesto: Preparing for Prosperity, Armageddon, and everything in between’.  Basically the most common-sense book about investing – really informative but also easy to read.
(4) Kurt Vonnegut.

I’ve turned off moderation (& you can comment anonymously) – so comment away!  Really excited to hear people’s recommendations.  This is also my way of saying that I’m happy to offer book recommendations of any kind (at any point), and that if you read something cool and want an awesome person to discuss it with, I’m your lady!

1 comment:

  1. 1.) I recommend Daniel Quinn's 'Ishmael', a piece of philosophical fiction written as a dialogue between a man and gorilla (sounds odd, but give it a few dozen pages).
    2.) Now I'm excited to read 'The Defining Decade' - thanks Dina!
    3.) Favorite book is 'Watership Down'.
    4.) I don't really have just one, but I'm a huge fan of George Saunders.

    Can't wait to read what other people write - nice idea, Dina :)