Blink, and the Tipping Point- Great Summer Reads

Sensational Saturday

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I love reading in the car. The trouble is, I don’t get to do it very often. Or maybe that’s a good thing. I have a funky work schedule. A few months during the year I work at a temp job scoring papers for standardized tests. You know the ones. It’s very hush, hush, so that’s about all I can say about it. But it keeps me in convention spending money, so I work full time off and on during the year. A month in the fall, a few months in the spring, half of summer. And I have to drive to get there, so I listen to audio books.

The Tipping PointLast year I had a disastrous read with Nora Roberts first book in the Bride series. The narrator was terrible and the book itself turned out to not be Nora’s best. I wasn’t sure I wanted to listen to anything after that. But Kristen Lamb had been talking about Malcolm Gladwell’s book The Tipping Point, and it sounded fascinating. So I took the leap.

Love, love, love the book. If you are interested at all in how anything becomes a movement, how smoking is contagious, or even how disease spreads, The Tipping Point is for you. I even love Malcolm reading his own book. His dry voice became a guide to the curious world of how we make decisions.

And when you read The Tipping Point, go back to Kristen’s posts of last fall. She goes into all the selling aspects and how it applies to writers and bloggers and anyone who is interested in any kind of promotion. I figured out that I am a maven. Okay, not a super maven like Malcolm Gladwell features in his book, but I am a know-it-all who people ask for information. I’m the person who strikes up a conversation in a grocery store with complete strangers and shares my information on carpet cleaners, just because I overheard them almost buy a brand I hated and I can’t stand to let them make a mistake.

Blink, by malcolm gladwellThis year I decided to read Blink, another Malcom Gladwell book. This one is about those split second decisions we all make, and we have no idea how. You know the ones. When you meet someone and really dislike them, but can’t put your finger on why. Or the time you just knew not to step off that curb and the bus ran the red light and would have crushed you.

Malcolm’s familiar voice guided me through the world of decisions made in seconds. A darker world of liars, art forgery, and accidental shootings.

Blink is fairly short, and I had to fast forward through a tedious list of facial movements, all numbered and described till I wanted to pull my hair out, but I still enjoyed it. In fact, I’m recommending it. Despite it’s flaws it is an amazing subject. Once you understand how you think about things like marriage and racism, you will never be the same.

Next week on Saturday I’ll let you know about the book I’m reading now: a combo of George Orwell meets Barbie. That should get your attention!

What are your summer reads. Are you an audio reader? Have you read anything by Malcolm Gladwell? Are you a MyWana fan and love Kristen Lamb, like I do?


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6 responses to “Blink, and the Tipping Point- Great Summer Reads

  1. I’ve always been fascinated by the subliminal, ever since I read as a kid that abused children tend to mature more quickly than those who haven’t because self-preservation makes them more cognizant of the subtle behaviors of the people around them. They feel they have to interpret actions more quickly. I’ll have to check out Mr. Gladwell’s books. Thanks for the recommendation.

    • I love that kind of stuff. I think I’ll be re-reading the Tipping Point in paper copy, may even look for one for marking up and sticking those little sticky tabs in so I can keep track of everything. Blink gave me all kinds of ideas for action scenes and responses. Enjoy!

  2. GREAT recommendations, Jessie. And, just in time for my road trip to Pennsylvania and Toronto.

    Even though the list of facial expressions is tedious, do you consider them a good resource for writers? Another spin of Margie Lawson’s Body Language and Dialog cues? I’m always searching for fresh ways of showing a characters voice, action, expression.

    Especially now that slinging body parts is a huge no-no. *Casting eyes your way.* When they get there, please express mail them back to me. Thanks!

    Oh! Yes, I’m a follower of Kristen Lamb’s blog and took her Blogging to Build Brand Course. I haven’t yet implemented the theme an tagline I developed as a result of that course. But, it’s coming soon.

    Must. Complete. First. Draft. First.

    • I don’t think the way he does it would be helpful for a writer, maybe the research itself would be? He starts listing them and talking about the tiny movements in such a way that I couldn’t listen anymore. Everything else in the book is great, and I only had to fast forward a tiny bit.

      And as for the writing, focus on that first draft! Theme is next. Always time for adjusting the website later!

  3. Oh, no, more topple-ready levels on my TBR pile.

    The bonus to not liking an audio book on a road trip: When you stop life to read a book that disappoints, that is time wasted. But if you’re in the car and spend the travel time on a disappointing ‘read’ you’d have spent the time travelling anyway. Softens the blow.

    The other bonus? There’s always a good radio station just a button click away.

    • Sometimes there is a good radio station. When we drove through Wyoming two years ago to get to the Black Hills, the only radio station was the “True Oldies” station. I have my suspicion that it was somebody in his garage with his old records. I heard oldies that never got radio play in the fifties, just the b-side if they were lucky.

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