The other day I paid a visit to Chapter’s, to make a few much desired purchases. Did I say a few? Well, in fact I only meant to get one book, but I ended up walking out the store with two guest purchases. I don’t regret it one bit, and I hope that reading them won’t make me change my mind.
The first purchase was “The Sixth Extinction”, by Kolbert. I wrote a post about this book when I heard of it, and ever since then I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it. Well, now it’s here, and I can calm down.
One of the “surprise” books I got was “The God Delusion”, by Dawkins. I have never read anything by him, but I’m surely excited to begin. I’ve heard a lot of good things about this specific book, and seeing it on the shelf reminded me of that.
The last of my purchases was “How to Create a Mind”, by Kurzweil. I have never heard of this book, but the title intrigued me for two reasons. One, as you may have noted, it has the word “mind” in it. If you’re wondering, the presence of that word doesn’t make me instantly want to purchase something, but the combination with the rest of the phrase intrigued me. Plus, it continues with “The secret of human thought revealed”. That, and the description at the back made me want to learn more. The second reason had to do with the wording. Working as a sales copywriter, I can recognize the tricks people use to get their products to sell. Beginning a title with “How to…” is one of them. I’m by no means condemning the technique. As you’ve surely noticed, it is the second reason that made me purchase the book. Even if I the material found in the book will not delight me, I’m sure it will be delivered in a pleasant manner. I flipped through the book just to make sure, and indeed, the writer’s manner of writing is clear and mesmerizing.
There are two more books I’m hoping to get my hands on, just to make sure I’ll have enough reading material for the summer. Specifically, I want to buy “Freedom Evolves”, by Dennett, and “Think Like A Freak”, by Dubner and Levitt. The former is quite difficult to read if I’m not mistaken. As for the latter, I’ll make a separate post just for it. Anyway, even if I don’t get to purchase them now, I’m quite content with the ones I got recently.
I hope I’ll have time to read all these books this summer. I am very excited about them, but at the same time, there are other books I hope to read. For starters, the “Fiction” section of Life’s Books has been quite deserted, and I want to change that. Actually, I’m not about to change it very soon, because the book I’m reading right now is non-fiction as well. Oops Well, it’s on my “to do” list, so you can expect a fiction book in the near future.
I hope you are all doing well 🙂