Thursday, December 2, 2010

Outliers - Book Review

This was a really interesting book.  I'm not going to give away any spoilers, but my favorite chapter was the one about how children in East Asia excel at math compared to the children in the United States.  It makes so much sense,  you wonder why people don't realize it. I think we should change the names of our number system here in America! lol  Another reason I liked this chapter is because I could relate to it.  When I was in Thailand, I learned the language and learned the numbers in Thai. Their number system is very easy to learn and makes much more sense the way they say their numbers in Thai as opposed to the way we say numbers in English.  Anyway, I was just really amazed by this chapter if you can't tell.

There are a lot of other interesting topics in the book like, how some people become great soccer players, why so many Korean airlines use to crash, why only a handful of people make it big like Bill Gates, etc.

I definitely recommend this book.  I would also love to read more writings by Malcolm Gladwell.


The next book on my list is Blue Like Jazz.  It's a book I got when I was in Atlanta and just never got around to reading it.  It's about a man who use to be on fire for the Lord, but fell away from God and then came back.  I think this would be the perfect book for me to read right now.

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts On Christian Spirituality


r8chel said...

I'm glad you enjoyed it. When I read it back in the spring, I liked it so much that I could hardly put it down. Good thing I read it over a holiday weekend! I've read three of his four books, and can't wait to read Blink someday.

Chelsea said...

Sounds very interesting. I read Blink for a marketing class, and it really opened my eyes. Incredibly interesting. :)

Glad you liked the book!


The Baaremans said...

I've been wanting to read that one...

Skooks said...

Blue Like Jazz was terrific. Thanks for reminding me I wanted to read it again.