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Today I’ll be writing about some of the books I’ve read recently that have really stuck with me, and I’ve been pondering a lot.
- Black Like Me by John Howard Griffen
This book was fascinating. It is the true story of a white man in the late 1950’s who stained his skin to be darker and lived as a black man in the deep South for about a month. While his methods were questionable, this book really made me think more about racial issues and helped me understand what drives racism and how it can be combatted. While this book is over 50 years old, it still addresses relevant issues.
2. 1984 by George Orwell
I’d always heard this book hailed as a classic, and for that reason, I was really looking forward to reading it. However, I ended up hating it. I went into it expecting things to end happily with an overthrow of the evil government. Since that didn’t happen, I ended up finishing the book feeling unsatisfied.
Even so, I feel that this book is important. It’s not a happy book, but it serves as a warning of what society could become. This book made me think long and hard about privacy and freedom. This book can also be used as a lens with which to view some of today’s issues.
3. All of the Above by Shelley Pearsall
This book is significantly lighter than the other two, as it is written primarily for middle-schoolers. It follows the story of four kids from a poor neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio, as they attempt to build the world’s largest tetrahedron. This book is just. really. good. and I would 10/10 recommend.
4. & 5. Outliers and Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
I’ve decided to stick these two together because they’re by the same author. I read Outliers first for one of my classes and loved it so much that I bought it, along with 3 other books by Malcolm Gladwell, including Blink. Both Blink and Outliers are easy to read and provide a fascinating outlook on life.
Blink talks about how decisions or impressions that are made in an instant can sometimes be better or more than ones that are thought out, but he also addresses the dangers in this, and how implicit biases can be developed from this.
Outliers addresses the idea that great people do not become great on their own. He tells the stories of people who have done great things, and people who had the potential to be great, and how their circumstances played a role in who they became.
Anyway, I think that’s it for now.
If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like me to write about, comment and tell me what they are!