This is not a reading list. (Part 2)

  A round up of the books I read in the last couple of months.

1. The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel ChristLike Satanic versus for Christians but without the fatwa. :)




2. A Case Of Exploding Mangoes

A Case of Exploding Mangos

Even though I have sworn off fiction like other sickly sweet calorie laden treats in my life, Mohammed Hanif is a an excellent writer that you just can't help but binge on. Heard him speak at the Karachi Literary Festival (best speaker of the day) and apparently he's coming out with another book soon.



3. Building Social Businesses

Building Social BusinessesBest part of the book is that is really gets to the nitty gritty of discussing successful (and un-successful) attempts at social businesses, plus a how-to manifesto. I hope, aim, plan one day to put it into action in something I do.




4. The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine

The Big ShortExcellent book. Like a hard-boiled crime thriller for the financial age. Not much to be said since it spent like most of last year on the NYTimes bestseller list. I would say A LOT of understanding specifically how the financial instruments worked and the particular micro/macro effect of it went over my head. And honestly, that's after like two years of listening to NPR Planet Money Podcast which really breaks it down for the lay person, so I'm not sure how easy it is to dig into for the uninitiated.



5. The Rules of Life: A Personal Code for Living a Better, Happier, More successful kind of Life

The Rules of LifeI admit, I've become a self help junkie. The first step is admitting you need help. :P  Well anyways, I think there were some good nuggets in this book that I jotted down for future reference.





6. What the Dog Saw

What the Dog Saw

So Gladwell-y, Glaswell-esque.  Lacked a central theme, as it was random essays thrown together in book format so I would say Blink, Tipping Point and Outliers were all more enjoyable for me.




7. The Male Brain

The Male Brain

Continue to love all things science-y + brain-y. Actually, despite my decent amount of reading on the wonders of the brain it is interesting to find out how early (as in the belly) male and female brains get shaped. I think the author wrote 'The Female Brain' as well which I'm going to read sometime soon. This book isn't supposed to be a whole 'Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus' b-s, but it does make you more accepting of the times when you feel like the men in your live are living on the same planet with different understanding of basics of physics.    :P