Summer reading

I am quite excited to read Jared Diamond’s Guns, Germs and Steel this summer. A Pulitzer Prize-winner, it explains what led to the strategic advantages that allowed Europe to dominate the rest of the world. Highly recommended by many smart people.

I actually bought it last August intending to read it last summer, but I’m just now getting around to it. I have a list of other books I’d like to read this summer as well.

The Drunkard’s Walk by Leonard Mlodinow, which explains that randomness plays a much more important role in life than we’re taught to expect.

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, “the most controversial classic novel of the 20th century.” A classic piece of 20th century literature that explores the racy passion of a middle-aged man for a young girl. I am missing out!

Those are the main three that I have my eye on now. Others on the list: Free to Choose by Milton Friedman, The Case for Israel by Alan Dershowitz, From Beirut to Jerusalem by Thomas Friedman, Gay Power by David Eisenbach (which I’ve actually already started and is really interesting), and Virtually Normal by Andrew Sullivan.

Who knows if I’ll actually finish any of these. If I read all of these books this summer I would feel like a god. Ha.What are you reading this summer?

One thought on “Summer reading

  1. Ryan

    So I asked you about books earlier, and you suggested The Drunkard’s Walk to me. I read the first chapter in a bookstore and liked it. I later went to the library and could not find it.

    So instead, I read The Picture of Dorian Gray (pretty interesting. I liked Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest better, though), The Stranger (which I should’ve read in 12th grade… sorry Hoppe!), and am now working on a collection of short stories by Isaac Asimov titled Buy Jupiter and Other Short Stories. I’m quite satisfied with it so far.

    I’m already impressed with myself that I read two whole books! Haha. Not as good as my record two summers ago, but better than last summer (0 books =/ )


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