The spring semester was concluded about 3 weeks ago, and there are quite a number things I am excited about as the summer ‘heats’ up – I get more productive hours towards my research, take less classes, run (half naked) in the sun, and finally (and probably the most exciting part) spend more time reading books (especially when I am books behind schedule for my 2016 Reading challenge).
Here are the list of the 7 books I will be reading this summer.
- The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield.
I picked up this book because it was one of the books recommended by Seth Godin on the Tim Ferris Show a few months ago, but what actually triggered the amazon click was the recommendation by my sister-in-law on my 25th birthday. The book examines our internal obstacles to success. I have read a couple of pages, and I can say this: it is very inspirational and insightful.
- Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Markets by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
Nassim Taleb is by far the smartest author I have read, very eccentric and dramatic (this even makes me love his work the more). Each time I read his books, I usually do two things – Think deeply and laugh so loud. He is the only author that make me do both simultaneously.
So, for me, Fooled by randomness was an easy pick – The easiest pick on my list.
Taleb’s work focuses on decision under uncertainty.
- Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling by James Sire.
I wanted answers to these questions: “What is an intellectual? How can you learn to think well? What does it mean to love God with your mind? Can the intellectual life be a legitimate Christian calling? Is the intellectual life your calling?”
So, I picked up James Sire’s book.
- The Way of the Superior Man: A Spiritual Guide to Mastering the Challenges of Women, Work, and Sexual Desire by David Deida.
This book, I learnt, deconstructs the feminine nature in a startling manner. Not everyone was born with the proclivity of dealing with the feminine intricacies (unfortunately, I have empirical evidences that am not among the lucky ones) I hope this book this makes me smarter.
- The Smart Way to Your Ph.D.: 200 Secrets From 100 Graduates by Dora Farkas
I read this book before starting my doctorate program last fall. I decide to re-read this as I am gradually getting my fit wet.
- The HEAD Game: High-Efficiency Analytic Decision Making and the Art of Solving Complex Problems Quickly by Philip Mudd.
Philip Mudd is an ex–National Security Council staff member and former senior executive at the FBI and the CIA. His CV created an irresistible impulse to buy the book. Half-way through the book, I will say it contains some few insights about solving complex problems, and some biases we face in such quest. But I must say the book is boringly written, as I am forcing my way through it. (Something I totally desist)
- Social Cognition: Making Sense of People by Ziva Kinda.
I have spent close to a year now ‘auto-dictating’ psychology from (in a sense) light-weight books, so I decide to switch to reading textbooks (as I sort for more depth). Social Cognition is a textbook on social psychology.
I hope to read a couple of chapters this summer on topics like counterfactual thinking, co-variation detection, Pluralistic Ignorance, and a host of others.
Ziva Kinda, before her demise, was a professor of psychology at the University of Waterloo in Canada.