Saturday, February 21, 2009

Why We Make Mistakes, by Joseph T. Hallinan

I enjoy reading books about human psychology, behavioral economics and the like. I will read anything by Malcolm Gladwell, I adored Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely, and I have read lots of other books with titles such as Nudge and Sway.

What I liked about Hallinan's book, Why We Make Mistakes, is that it gives a great overview of the whole genre of books like this. You can get a real feel for how people actually think and behave (vs. how we THINK we think and behave) from this quick and easy read. Hallinan has clearly done his homework and his research, but he never makes things dry or boring. I was really interested and engaged throughout the whole book.

I highly recommend this book!

Monday, February 02, 2009

No! I don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a 60th Year by Virginia Ironside

Absolutely *loved* this book. Funny, insightful - made me laugh out loud, made me really think about things. I really hope this author writes either a sequel, or another book. I enjoyed her perspective on things.