Friday, June 22, 2007

Freakonomics


It's really rare for me to read a non-fiction book. I am definitely a novel reader. But James and I checked this book out at the library (thanks for the suggestion, Dave) and it is quite the interesting book. It is one of those books you keep talking about and has strange but interesting facts in it. For example, one chapter is titled, "Why do Drug Dealers still Live with their Moms?". So I challenge you novel readers to pick this book up, I don't think it will disappoint. James, who always takes months to finish books, finished this one in three days. =) After reading this book, you can suddenly seem really intellectual when you say, "Did you know that Seinfeld never even made it to the Top 50 tv shows of african american audiences?". Who woulda thunk?

8 comments:

bethany said...

This was a good suggestion thanks! I've started reading "The Tipping Point"-you'd probably like it-also non-fiction. It's discusses the reasons that some products have done really well and some have been flops. It's interesting.

Holly said...

I love how Dave ignored me when he read this book on our vacation (not really).

Dave also read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell (who also authored The Tipping Point), you guys would probably like that one too.

Dave said...

I'm glad you both liked it. Blink was very good too. I've been meaning to read The Tipping Point as well—Malcom Gladwell is an excellent writer. (Ironically, I'm going to ignore Holly's comment) :)

Danielle said...

Ryan read this book and LOVED IT- he found it really interesting. He wanted me to read it, but I was not interested- maybe I should read it!

Kelley said...

Wow, Melissa, you're really branching out. It's a good read, eh? "Tipping Point" is great, too.

Natalie said...

Freakonomics is a great book! It helps you see the economy from a different perspective. And it's a quick read.

Nikki said...

Melissa and James,

Remember the BYU days...the 69th ward, Courtside Condos and Somerset? I was linked to your blog from Brooke Wendt, and I am glad to see you doing well. I feel like I posted once before but now I can't remember. Anyway, if you need a refresher... I was Nikki Purdy then, with long blond hair (still have that) and lived with Stephanie Moore and Val Dame. James, we went to a Dave Matthews concert once, stayed at your house, went to the beach and Magic Mountain, and I think Matt Gardner was there?? Anyway, it's kind of fun reconnecting even if it is only via cyberspace (I have a blog, too, if you are interested in visiting... nixmusings.blogspot.com). What I really wanted to say was that I also read Freakonomics and The Tipping Point. I loved them both. I am more of a non fiction reader, so this fit my norm but I was pleasantly surprised at how interesting they were.

Stephanie said...

i love the part about baby names. so interesting!

also, you and your little bump look so cute!