Category Archives: Business/Finance

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick

Ahh… Facebook. That time-sucking DELIGHTFUL waste of my life. How I loathe love you! The_Facbook_Effect_cover

I admit, I check my account at LEAST a dozen times a day. I love it. Add Instagram and you had me at hello. If anyone was destined to read The Facebook Effect, it was definitely me.

Unfortunately, instead of leaving me inspired to start my own mega-successful superbusiness online badassery, I just felt… bored.

The whole thing read like a 400 page news article. Would you like to read a 400 page news article? Didn’t think so. I had hoped that the book would be injected with the kind of witty, silly, intellectual humor that seems to be the heart of the site. Nope. It was dry, bland, and strictly black and white.While it was informative, you can only read SO MANY pages of college grads sitting on the floor typing fervently at their computers before your eyes glaze over.

And even after reading TFE, I don’t feel like I know who Mark Zuckerburg is as a person anymore than I did previous to the book.

But really, I can only thank everyone who was involved with the creation of Facebook, because seriously… do any of you remember what you used to do with all that spare time?? I sure don’t. But my advice is skip the Facebook book and just go straight to the site. That’s all you really need to know.

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Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner

Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner was a book lent to me with the mysterious line, I think you’ll like it… Hmmm. Economics? Not really my best selling point. Visions of high school math class–the droning teachers and indecipherable equations–swam before my eyes every time I even looked at the cover. It sat on my night table for over a month before I cracked it open. But man, when I cracked it open, I couldn’t put it down!  

Levitt is the main author of this book, and Dubner mostly helps him along the way. Together, they accomplish an almost impossible feat. They make reading about the economy interesting.  Full of insightful social commentary and interesting experiments, Freakonomics really makes you consider how events (from everyday to historical) shape the world around us.

It poses titillating questions like:

  • What do teachers and sumo wrestlers have in common?
  • How is the KKK similar to real estate agents?
  • Why do drug dealers still live with their moms?
  • What was the event that caused 7 million American children to disappear overnight, yet never made the news?
And many more…
I really haven’t much to complain about this book. It was a thoroughly consuming read and although it was outside my usual genre, I really enjoyed learning something new. I came out the other side of this book feeling a little bit more enlightened about life and not weighed down by technical jargon. Levitt presents the information in a way that is easy to understand for all.  A new favorite.
5 of 5 stars

Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less compiled by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree

So, in light of the not-so recent economic downturn (or better yet, in light of the fact that I’m working for minimum wage for the first time in 6 years) I decided to give Be Thrifty: How to Live Better with Less a try. A compilation by Pia Catton and Calithia Suntree (a name only previously thought to exist in World of Warcraft…) the book is a collection of essays, recipes, tips, tricks, and skills on how to—get this— spend less and save more! While not exactly a novel concept, I liked the way the book was fashioned, with the sections being organized into the categories of your life they’d fall under (ex. saving in the kitchen, home repairs, personal grooming, raising thrifty kids, etc…)

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Definitely my favorite part were the essays located in each chapter, because they are what gave real life to the book. Call me crazy, but reading 30 pages on how to fix a toilet or patch a hole in the wall is just not my idea of entertainment. To give credit where credit is due, though, I’m sure this book isn’t really meant to be read from cover to cover as I did, so that’s why I may have found that it lagged a bit.

I did learn several new products/skills to use in my everyday life that will aid me in the pursuit of saving rather than spending. I really liked the idea presented about shopping. Basically it stated that when you stumble upon something in a store that you “can’t live without,”  just realize that, up until five minutes ago, you were doing exactly that. Before you knew it existed, you were perfectly content with what you had. Something to think about, for sure…

4 of 5 stars