From My Wish-List...

I'd like to think that anyone that knows me is aware of my insanely long Amazon wish-list. It's mostly books that I'm interested in reading. And it just keeps growing. I can't make a dent on that.

I'm going to highlight some books from there and if you're read them, let me know if it's even worth it for me to try or if I should just abandon the notion of ever reading that book.

1)
 The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success - Kevin Dutton.

I don't remember where I found a recommendation for a book. I think on a blog somewhere, but the specifics escape me. The reviews are good. And the bad reviews on Amazon miss the point of the book - at least, from what I understand. I love a good non-fiction book, but $13 for the Kindle edition? Hmmm...

2)
Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations - Stephen C. Schlesinger

I found this book on my own. Someone asked me what I thought about the United Nations and I kind of blankly stared at them and had to admit, "I know an incredibly small amount about the UN, so I don't have any kind of nuanced opinion." And then they sent me to the Wikipedia page of Criticisms of the UN. I wanted to find a good beginning book to the UN. I know about Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations. But, what else? There's so much more to it than that.
It is $10 for the Kindle edition. And, once again, I love non-fiction. But, are there any better books on the United Nations?

3)
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem - Jillian Lauren

This looks so interesting. I saw this posted in a "What Are You Currently Reading?" discussion and immediately added it to my Wish List. It looks like it would be a fast read. The only reason I haven't bitten the bullet and bought it yet is because I have so many other books to read and the reviews are mixed. Some people are praising the book while many others are complaining about the lack of detail - which I've found to be a problem in some memoirs/autobiographies.

4)
Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food - Jeffrey M. Pilcher

I feel like Tyler Cowen recommended this. Maybe? Who remembers? Living in Arizona immediately makes someone a Mexican food expert. Everyone out here has a place that is "the best." And every December, when everyone comes back home, all they want to do is eat Mexican food. So, of course I'm interested in this book. It looks academic - which is totally okay with me. I love reading about food and culture, especially a food that is so near and dear to my heart.

Have any recommendations for me to put on my wish list? Or have you read any of these books?  Let me know in the comments?

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Somehow Chaotic. : From My Wish-List...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

From My Wish-List...

I'd like to think that anyone that knows me is aware of my insanely long Amazon wish-list. It's mostly books that I'm interested in reading. And it just keeps growing. I can't make a dent on that.

I'm going to highlight some books from there and if you're read them, let me know if it's even worth it for me to try or if I should just abandon the notion of ever reading that book.

1)
 The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success - Kevin Dutton.

I don't remember where I found a recommendation for a book. I think on a blog somewhere, but the specifics escape me. The reviews are good. And the bad reviews on Amazon miss the point of the book - at least, from what I understand. I love a good non-fiction book, but $13 for the Kindle edition? Hmmm...

2)
Act of Creation: The Founding of the United Nations - Stephen C. Schlesinger

I found this book on my own. Someone asked me what I thought about the United Nations and I kind of blankly stared at them and had to admit, "I know an incredibly small amount about the UN, so I don't have any kind of nuanced opinion." And then they sent me to the Wikipedia page of Criticisms of the UN. I wanted to find a good beginning book to the UN. I know about Woodrow Wilson and the League of Nations. But, what else? There's so much more to it than that.
It is $10 for the Kindle edition. And, once again, I love non-fiction. But, are there any better books on the United Nations?

3)
Some Girls: My Life in a Harem - Jillian Lauren

This looks so interesting. I saw this posted in a "What Are You Currently Reading?" discussion and immediately added it to my Wish List. It looks like it would be a fast read. The only reason I haven't bitten the bullet and bought it yet is because I have so many other books to read and the reviews are mixed. Some people are praising the book while many others are complaining about the lack of detail - which I've found to be a problem in some memoirs/autobiographies.

4)
Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food - Jeffrey M. Pilcher

I feel like Tyler Cowen recommended this. Maybe? Who remembers? Living in Arizona immediately makes someone a Mexican food expert. Everyone out here has a place that is "the best." And every December, when everyone comes back home, all they want to do is eat Mexican food. So, of course I'm interested in this book. It looks academic - which is totally okay with me. I love reading about food and culture, especially a food that is so near and dear to my heart.

Have any recommendations for me to put on my wish list? Or have you read any of these books?  Let me know in the comments?

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2 Comments:

At January 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM , Blogger Sunae Reilly said...

Wow, I love the mix of books you have on your wish list and it's kind of making me want to read them! I read a great memoir about a man from Israel who moved to America when he was young a few months ago which I think you would love, but I can't for the life of me remember what it was called!

 
At January 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM , Blogger Kaileigh said...

Hmm, I'll have to ask around and see if any of my friends have heard of it. It definitely does sound like something I'd like. I love reading non-fiction.

 

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