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Ministry of Propaganda - 05/Mar/2006: "Recent, Current and Future Reading"

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Recent, Current and Future Reading

Having mentioned that one of my New Years resolutions was to read more I kind of put some pressure on myself. No time to let up then, three books to cover in this entry: One I finished recently, one I'm currently reading and one I hope to read soon.

Earlier this week I finished Playing with Fire by Peter Robinson, a book from the Inspector Banks series. Arson, murder, art forgery, con artists, you name it, you got it. Not to forget a lot of suspects after two barges go up in flames with two people dying on them in suspicious circumstances. Without giving too much away the end comes as a little bit of a surprise, even though you could have suspicions from earlier on. Only one really annoying thing with the American version (there seem to be a UK and a US version) I read: Inspector Banks is quite fond of his Laphroaig. But for some reason whisky is spelled whiskey throughout the book. Hello? Laphroaig is an Islay Single Malt, not a Bourbon!

I had started reading The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell a few weeks ago and after a break have now picked it up again to finish it. As I haven't finished it yet (I'm about 2/3 through now) I'll reserve final judgement for later, either way it's a fascinating read. Not sure how much practical use I'll pull out of it, but things like the Rule of 150 are very interesting and food for thought. And before I forget it, the author of the book, Malcolm Gladwell, now also has a blog.

I wasn't entirely convinced by Mind Hacks (Tom Stafford, Matt Webb), a lot of it seemed to be too theoretical to me. After looking at the table of contents and the sample hacks I've decided to give the just published Mind Performance Hacks by Ron Hale-Evans a try. I'll probably write a comparison once I've finished reading it.

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