Over the course of Chinese New Year and two weeks before that, I have read in total 3 books. All of which are in the Crazy Rich Asians series, Crazy Rich Asians, China rich girlfriend, and Rich people Rich problem. I first took interest in the series when I found one of the books lying on my bookshelf, so I started reading it and was immediately drawn in. I was interested in this series not just for its outlandish plot and drama rather its how it portrayed Asian and Chinese elites. More importantly, after reading this series of books I realized that it is like the Mcdonalds in reading, fun at first but don’t carry much weight. It does not allow you to come back and think about the content in the book, it’s like fast food you read it and forget about it.
A few things that I felt I did well was being able to express and convey my own interpretation and ideas of the book by Sheman Alexie. I also believed that I had some very good and meaningful interpretation of the book’s literary techniques. I listen to others and did not cut off other people, while also having a good body position and posture when others were speaking.
I think my fellow members excelled at listening and adding on to other people’s ideas. We really had a productive conversation and were able to allow each other to build on top of our ideas.
However, something I think I lacked was building on top of others. I think I sometimes strong-armed my ideas and didn’t really consider other opinions as much as my own. That is one area I feel I need to work on.
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a book that can often inspire the reader to question and to think about the ideas and meaning of letters on a page. Though the world Montag lives in seems far-fetched, we can not help but fear the reality in which we live in now. Fahrenheit is a short yet thought-provoking book, the underlining meaning is really not that hard. It is simply asking us when is truth the truth?
From the paragraphs that I have read so far, I was able to draw many connections between my own personal life and the book. The book talked about the problem of self-control, which I think is something that I dearly lack. The book explores the correlation and importance of self-control, and more importantly the science of self-control from both an economic standpoint but also a physiological one as well.
Misbehaving by Richard H.Thaler is a fascinating piece of writing. For me, this book blends economics, which can be really boring, with fun, trivial facts, social experiments, and jokes. The idea that humans are not all economists and don’t always make the logical decision really intrigues me. This book really exposed me to some ideas and theories that I would never have thought about. The contents of this story are also quite connectable to what I experience in life. Many of the interesting facts and social experiment this book talks about relate to what I see in everyday life. This is a book packed full of interesting concepts and ideas that is very much worth exploring from what I read.