May Readings

Malcolm Gladwell was on my reading list for a while, and when I finally decided to read his books, I did not stop at one, but I’ve read three of his books in just one month. 

Gladwell’s ideas are unique and provocative, making you think about some of the popular and established ideas in our society. In Outliers, his main argument is that success comes from extraordinary circumstances and effort rather than extraordinary talent. Blink is a book about how we think without thinking, about choices that we seem to make in an instant –in the blink of an eye–that aren’t as simple as they seem. And Talking to Strangers examines our interactions with strangers and why they go wrong.

  1. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. We Uyghurs have no say by Ilham Tohti

Towards the end of the month, I read one more book, this time changing the topic a little bit and learning more about the struggles of the Uyghur people in China. Ilham Tohti is currently serving a life sentence in China for his writings and his efforts advocating for the Uyghur’s rights in China. His book, We Uyghurs Have no Say, is a collection of his writings about the history of Xinjiang, the treatment of Uyghur people inside China and other personal reflections.

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