What I’m Reading Now

I’ve accumulated quite a stack of current reading, most of it really interesting to me. Perhaps someone will be interested in a few of these.

Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 Until You’re 80 and Beyond
You have to get some exercise to live and lift some weights to live well.Actually, I just finished this one, and I rather enjoyed it. Probably because I already eat well and get a lot of exercise :)This ties in with In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan. (see my previous post.) I also really enjoyed this book – I think I listened to the audio version of this one. I have his previous book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meal on my “next” list.
Parenting Today’s Adolescent Helping Your Child Avoid The Traps Of The Preteen And Teen Years by Dennis Rainey, Barbara Rainey, and Bruce Nygren
We have read this one before, but we have a 14 year old and it’s time read it with new eyes.
Predictably Irrational
Yep. I’m still reading this one. It’s too interesting to rush through.
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, by Daniel H. Pink.
This is another that my wife got from the library and I picked up. I’m on the last disc of the audio version.The premise here is that we are at the end of the Information Age, and us “knowledge workers” are going to have to pick up some new skills if we are to survive. Computers and lower-paid workers in other countries are taking away the linear left-brain work – at least the portion that can be parceled out into chunks or reduced to an algorithm.
Complete Baths (Stanley)
We’re trying to put a bathroom in the basement.Nothing is as easy as it looks.But, I got to use a jackhammer last weekend!Now I have a Home Depot credit card, ’cause I’ll put up with a lot for 10% off.
The Shack
Some friends from my church want to discuss this one in our community group.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard H. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein
I’m not sure where I found this one (perhaps I intended to write about the source).Sounds interesting.

I’ll let you know if it is…

The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less by Barry Schwartz
I haven’t started this one yet either, but I have it in my hands, so it counts.I think I found this one with Nudge.
200% of Nothing: An Eye Opening Tour Through the Twists and Turns of Math Abuse and Innumeracy by A. K. Dewdney
And one final book for the nightstand. This was in the pile of books I picked up at the library today (we’re on a first name basis with all the librarians).Here’s a story to illustrate:

A man by the name of Smith was walking home from work when he spotted a $5 bill on the pavement. He looked around, picked it up, and put it in his pocket. His other pocket already contained a $10 bill. Smith smiled. “My wealth has increased by 50 percent,” he said to himself.

Unfortunately, the pocket that held the $5 bill had a hole in it. When Smith got home, he discovered to his dismay that the $5 was missing. “That’s no so bad,” he said. “Earlier, my wealth increased by 50 percent, now it has decreased by only 33 percent. I’m still ahead by 17 percent!”

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