4 More Books

I’m targeting 12 books this year.  Almost done!  It just doesn’t seem like it because I’m too lazy to write about the last four books I’ve read.  Anyway, before I completely forget what they’re all about, here they are:

Contagious (Jonah Berger)

Like Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, this is one of the most easily understandable and practical books I’ve ever read.  It teaches about how things become viral.  I got a lot of insights on marketing and on how to make something click and stick, especially since I’m dreaming of opening the first vegan restaurant here at San Jose City.

Sun Tzu for Women: the Art of War for Winning in Business (Becky Sheetz-Runkle)

I was reading this for days on the stationary bike and honestly, I didn’t relate to it.  I don’t know.  Maybe it’s because I’ve read the same things over and over again in different books and websites.  The advice wasn’t even limited to or specifically useful for women.

33 Strategies of War (Robert Greene)

No surprise here: Robert Greene is practically my favorite master manipulator.  (It pains me to say that he’s also apparently our president’s favorite.)  As usual, the ideas he presented were mean and cruel, but surprisingly very useful especially if you want to minimize the cost of waging or engaging in war or trying to avoid it at all.  Actually I’m planning to read it again.  I’ll make a book review someday.

iGen: Why Today’s Super-connected Kids are Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood (Jean M. Twenge)

Now, this is special.  I read this book because my man organized a youth seminar and he got me as a speaker.  The topic I was given was “Millenials” – and obviously I was supposed to talk about the characteristics, trends and interests of millenials.  But in my research, I found that these kids, born from 1995 to 2012, are not millenials anymore: they are iGen.

As a librarian catering to Kindergarten to Grade 12 learners, it’s important for me to know about them: who they are, what they are, how to relate to them.  If you are a parent to an iGen, or a teacher, you definitely have to read this book.

By the way, iGen is also the first ebook I’ve read.  And I’m telling you, it’s not as fun as having the print in your hands.