What are y’all reading / playing this month?
My recent list:
Pokémon Red on the Gameboy. It’s amazing how well this game holds up: it was a lot of fun as a kid and a lot of fun today. I don’t play a ton of video games anymore, so this one may just be run of the mill these days, but I really enjoyed how the game levels you up — you’re not suddenly dropped in to something that’s too far out of your abilities, but you don’t feel forced to do anything. You get to explore kind of on your own, and it’s exciting.
The Montessori Method (Maria Montessori). I’ve never read any of her books, but decided I should check it out. Unfortunately the book felt quite dated (the introduction, written in 1911, says the book is so remarkable because it was written by a woman ). The first hundred or so pages read quite religiously to me, so I ended up dropping the book. Anyone have any other books by her worth trying out? or should I try and just stick through this one?
Mindset by Carol Dweck. The book explores the “fixed” and “growth” mindsets people (students, adults, athletes, CEOs, etc) seem to exhibit. A fixed mindset roughly believes that abilities (such as intelligence or athletic skill) are fixed at birth, you either have it or you don’t. The growth mindset roughly believes abilities are gained and grown through effort, tactics, and refinement. This was basically Khan Academy’s 101 credo while I was there (“You can learn anything”) and it was fun to read the source material. The book was a tad too anecdotal for my taste, but it was fascinating to see the same pattern of fixed / growth mindsets manifest in people time after time.
So how about you? What have you been reading lately?