May 2001 – Booklist

I was at KLCC again just now for dinner with a friend and I just thought to drop by Kinokuniya for another browse-thru.

Just two weeks ago, I was also there and bought a book on Economics which I’ve not yet even removed from its shrink wrap. My constant need to read something meaningful has resurfaced. I’ve stopped buying Haruki Murakami books for the meantime, delectable though they may be, as I’ve discovered that my learning from these kind of books have stagnated. Fictional books do enrich the mind in some ways but at the expense of current logic and intellectual awareness of the world that we live in. I guess at the end of the day, it’s better to strike a balance in life – something which is often very hard to work at.

For this month, I’ve highlighted two books for my own consummate reading-

(a) Adam Smith – The Wealth of Nations

(b) Paul Arden – It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want To Be

Wealth of nations   not how good    

Now, I’ve always been fascinated by Adam Smith’s magnum opus and at RM30.84, I thought that it was a steal. From computer games (think of Colonization) to various research papers written for the subject of economics, regular reference has always been made in favour of ‘The Wealth of Nations’. Plus, the Paul Arden book retails for RM36.15 but came with 20% (with the purchase of another item). Two excellent books for RM60.00. Geez, the mind reels…

I may not have all the time in the world to read these books in fairness, but I may have hit the nail on the head with these purchases to alleviate the nagging things I’ve been wanting to do at this point of my life. Point one from my mentor – learn economics, then study finance, then move on to real property. Exciting….really. 

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