PART II - LADYBOSS Books

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I have always been an avid reader, so even though it’s a lot to juggle work and family and all other commitments that take up my Ladyboss time, I take time to read as much as possible. I used to read a singular book at a time, but now that I have the kindle app on my phone, I tend to read a couple of books at the same time. And without further ado, here’s what I have been reading lately.

First up is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond. This is a creative nonfiction book and so it reads very much like a story.  It recounts the stories of tenants and landlords in Milwaukee, and though it’s really easy to side with the tenants about having their rent paid, the harrowing stories of the lives of the tenants really help put things into perspective. I’m about halfway through it and while I thought I had an understanding of the cycle of poverty- the book illustrates the realities in a way that I think is hard to imagine for people who have no experience with such crippling poverty.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline has been sitting on my bedside table for a few months now and recently I saw a preview for the movie. The movie seemed interesting and it reminded me that I needed to read the book before it came out. I am only a couple of chapters into the book and so I don’t know how things will turn out, but it’s interesting. It’s a dystopian novel that came out five years ago, and so I know I am late to the party, but I will at least get it read before the movie comes out March 30, 2018.

Here’s a quick synopsis of the story from amazon: In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a book I borrowed from the library recently. It’s another book published in 2011 that just now came on my radar. The book is fascinating and highlights the different ways that people think or fool themselves into thinking things. It starts with two systems of thinking- System I and System II. System I is fast and tries to reach to conclusions as soon as possible. System II is deliberate and slow. Another important thing to note in the book is the idea that our brains cannot accept newness of things and we try to fit things into the narrative of our past experiences. I am about halfway through the book, and so not completely finished but this is fascinating- if dense reading.

Recent books that I have completed, are a reread of Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie in preparation for the new version of the movie; Good as Gone by Amy Gentry which was a decent suspense story, in which I think the outcome is easy to predict, but the rationale/motivation behind is mind-blowing; and last but not least, Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum a young adult novel, which very sweetly describes the experience of great loss, first loves, and big changes.

Rosie