August 9th, 2021
National Book Lovers Day
August 9 is National Book Lovers Day. It is a day to enjoy a nice book and celebrate your favorite books. Whether it is a page-turning novel or a biography of an interesting individual, a good book allows you to be caught up in the pages and lost in time. National Booker Lovers Day has caused me to think about my favorite book(s). For me, it is hard to pinpoint what book I would consider my favorite. I normally like to learn something as I read and gain a new perspective on life. As such, I really enjoy books written by the author Malcolm Gladwell. He’s written a number of books that make you look at the simplest scenarios in an entirely different light.
Now, I know Malcom Gladwell is not a book, but rather an author. I have read a number of his books, including "Outliers: The Story of Success"; "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants"; "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking"; and "Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know". I am currently making my way through another one of his books: "What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures". All these books are unique in their own right, yet all make you look at the world in a completely different manner. Malcolm Gladwell has the ability to connect two entirely different topics to make you interpret your surroundings in a new perspective. Simply, that is why I enjoy his books so much.
Now, if I had to choose my favorite one of those above, I would say my favorite is "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking". The book focuses on quick decision-making ability and how our first impressions aid us in making the correct decisions in some circumstances but can also inhibit us in others. In order to help us understand how quick decisions can be as good as decisions that one painstakingly contemplates, the book provides you with a number of different situations that help illustrate the point. Malcom Gladwell’s writing style is captivating and keeps you wanting to read further and further. So, the next time you are thinking about what to read, give "Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking" a try.