Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Library Post, 7/11/2012

For those of you sufficiently blessed to have access to a 7-11, I hope you got your free Slurpie today. We, alas, are not so blessed. :(

So, I did go to the library yesterday. It was a whirlwind trip, because Kid 1 has camp until 4, and Kid 2 had a doctor's appointment at 5:30 (just a routine checkup), and it takes a certain amount of time to get from camp to the library and etc. Anyway, I didn't get any books yesterday. However, Kid 1 is also enrolled in three separate library summer reading programs - the joys of homeschooling! - which means we need to visit three different libraries over the course of the week in order to enter things and fill out things and get books so she can meet her reading quotas and such. So, today, I got two books:

Daniel Abraham - The Dragon's Path

This could easily be pretty straightforward epic fantasy, but one of the characters works for a bank smuggling gold from both sides of a conflict. That, alone, is enough to intrigue me - if the economics and politics are good, the book will be worth reading. If not, I probably won't finish it. We shall see.

Ha-Joon Chang - 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism

Speaking of economics... Chang is an economist at the University of Cambridge. This book purports to explain why the current economic muddle is the way it is and how to fix it. Chang espouses a regulated capitalism, which means much of this will be preaching to the choir for me - I'm hoping the book will rise about "talking points for refuting idiots on the internet", especially since Kathryn Shulz suggests that arguing with people who are wrong on the internet is probably not all that useful.