And by that, I mean books. There is nothing better than reading, all cosied up with a hot drink, when it’s cold and wet outside. I’m not a natural hoarder – I have no problems throwing out lip glosses I don’t use, old letters from friends, even CDs I no longer listen to – but all that goes out the window (ha ha) when it comes to books (and clothes, but that’s another story). I own so many that it’s going to be near impossible for me to move houses, ever. On that note, I am a proud owner of three new ones, listed in the order I’ll probably read.
Have no idea what the other stories are about…
I caught up with a friend this week and one of the topics that came up was ‘Brave New World’ which is probably Huxley’s most famous work. We both loved it, and then he recommended I read this. It’s said to be the companion novel to Brave New World, juxtaposing its utopian storyline to New World’s dystopian society.
3. The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty (by Simon Baron-Cohen).
Just as well I’m studying psychology, books like these fascinate me (with the exception of those so-called ‘popsychology’ books – e.g. Malcolm Gladwell). Simon Baron-Cohen is pretty much the leading expert in the world on autism (and his cousin is Sacha Baron-Cohen of the Borat fame), so I’m hoping I’ll love this. Brief synopsis: “A pathbreaking autism researcher explores why some people lack empathy and what the absence means for our psychological understanding of evil.”
If you’re ever thinking about buying a book, get it from the Book Depository – cheap (compared to retail prices in NZ bookstores) AND free shipping. You literally do not have to leave the house this winter! xH.