So far this is a recap of what books I’ve featured last year. I never really got to read some of them fully, and some have been read a few years before and I just had the time to feature them on grasya.com
Reading a book is a great way to kill time when waiting in the bus, train, or for a flight.. or even when waiting for a tuktuk/tricycle/pedicab. Here are the books I reviewed last year that I recommend to you too:
An excerpt of the book reminds me of someone – myself:
Schools focus on scholastic and professional skills, but not on financial skills. This explains how smart bankers, doctors, and accountants who earned excellent grades may struggle financially all of their lives.
So I also need to be reminded of this:
One dad recommended, “Study hard so you can find a good company to work for.” The other recommended, “Study hard so you can find a good company to buy.”
The book reminded me to not have a win/lose mentality, where I’m so focus on the goal that I loose sight of what is around me. There are people who are successful yet have broken families, broken hearts, broken spirit. There is a need to provide a space where everybody wins because that is how a peaceful society can be attained.
I met the author, Brother Martin Francisco, in the mountains of Sierra Madre. The book features the geological foundation of Sierra Madre; ethnographic studies about the Dumagats conducted during the Spanish, American, Japanese, and Contemporary periods; and undertakings and issues on the forest protection in Bulacan. I never had a chance to read the book but if you’re into ethnographic studies, feel free to get a copy.
I will need to remind myself of this paragraph from the book:
“The more you participate in Collaborative Consumption, the more reputation capital you earn, and the more you earn, the more you can participate. For example, the better the review and feedback you receive, the more choices are made available to you, whether its places you can stay, home you can barter with, or who will lend money, tools or a car and so on. Reputation capital becomes a currency to build trust between strangers and helps manage our belief in the commons.”
I was reading this book when I was in a far flung place called Hetauda, Nepal. It was far flung but kids are healthy, very sweet and very kind. It was far flung, yet $10 can feed 8 people already.. almost perfect example of a self sustainable community.. except that I think the principal is a bit harsh to the kids.. and that the kids need access to the outside world.. to see killings and wars and kids being detained in the US, or know that child marriages exist.. wait there goes my cynical mind again.
A few excerpts:
“Faster travel today has increased the risk of accident, industrialization has resulted in environmental pollution and cancer and other diseases unheard of in the past; modern medicine quickly cures the malady but generates side effects requiring further treatment.”
“Even in the intellectual sphere, there is much available to keep the mind occupied, but people today suffer from emotional problems and neuroses that did not afflict them before.”
Speaking of being cynical, this book stated –
“We discovered these places, Afghanistan, Nepal, Goa. Where we arrived everybody loved us. Now the whole damn world is on a trail we opened up, and the same people who loved us **** hate us.. there’s too many of them.. they are not in the same class as those of us who got here first.”
Geesh.. it’s supposed to be a work of fiction but reading it feels like it’s based on facts.
Exploring Psychology is a thick book that I brought from my home to Chiang Mai last 2010…But before giving it away, I made sure to copy some snapshots that I found important to daily living. Here’s some:
“Belief perseverance – to cling to our beliefs in the face of contrary evidence. Belief perseverance often fuels social conflict.
Once you see a country as hostile, you are likely to interpret ambigous actions on their part as signifying their hostility.
IQ test was invented to predict academic performance, nothing else. If we wanted something that would predict life success, we’d have to invent another test completely.”
I’m looking forward to read more books this year.. Books as gifts for my mobile library project are highly appreciated too, thank you. ^_^
For those wondering, you can also check out the part 1 of what books to read in this blog. Feel free to browse around. How about you? What book have you read last year that you’d recommend to others too?