Kill Your Television
I love reading. If I didn't have to go to school or work, I would just live in Barnes and Noble and read all the books and magazines. Sometimes I just stand there in awe of all the information available to me. I don't think I could finish all the books I wanted to read in my lifetime. I really regret not really reading most of the books assigned to me in class, like Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Strangers from a Different Shore. Now I am stuck reading thick, boring textbooks with intricate details about how globular actin forms filamentous actin with ATPases. I wish I actually used my brain during my Freshman to Senior years in College. Another reason why I like books is that I think most programs on TV suck. Almost 70 channels on basic cable and nothing to watch. I'm kinda glad my dad canceled cable, but I do miss watching music videos. The only things I think are worth watching are the financial news and documentaries on PBS, Superbike Racing, and the Simpsons. Other "cool" book places are the public library, Moes in Berkeley, and Green Apple in SF.
This is my must read list
A Clockwork Orange by Stanley Cubrick. Is it better to have a choice and choose to do evil, or is it better not have a choice but be forced to do good? This ultraviolent novel is not for the faint of heart, but it was so good I finished it in 1 day. It's real horrorshow.
Liar's Poker by Michael Lewis. It's a funny story about this dude's life experience in the bond market. He gives the inside information on why Salomon Brothers, king of the bond market, was brought to its knees in the 80s. A good easy to read book if you're interested in how the bond market ticks.
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. The classic grade school book. Okay, okay, it made me cry when the dogs died and the fern grew! Gimme a break, it was a long time ago... Last week. Whoops, did I give away the ending?
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis. Did you watch the episode of "Friends" when Chandler said that if you squeeze his "nubbin" you will enter the enchanted forest of Narnia? That was pretty hilarious. A friend of mine said that Turkish Delights are real good.
Wall Street Journal's Guide to Understanding Money and Investment by Kenneth M. Morris, Alan M. Siegel. It's long, green, and skinny, like my... big toe. It's found in almost all book stores. The easiest toilet reading book about financial hoopajue. If you still think bonds are leather straps used for kinky stuff, this book is for you.
Rape of Nanking by Iris Chang. An intriguing book about the atrocities that Japan inflicted upon China during WWII. I still don't understand how a little country like Japan could dominate and kill thousands of Chinese people when China is about 10 trillion times the size of Japan. I don't get it, but I think it's good to learn history.
Strangers from a different Shore by Ronald Takaki. He was my professor for the first Asian American class I took at Berkeley. He was a great professor. Read this book, It's one of the best books on Asian American history, if I remember right.
The Prince by Nicollo Machiavelli. This book is about the harsh reality of being a ruler. I'll admit I only read it because 2Pac's alias was Machiavelli, but this book, written in the 1500's is a must read for any leader.
The Richest man in Babylon by George Clayson. Pretty good book on how to mad grip the scrilla. I think it was written sometime in the early 1930's. It's a book compiled of different parables set in ancient Babylon on how to accumulate wealth. Short and easy to read common sense stuff.
Dune by Frank Herbert. This is THE classic science fiction novel. The author was uncanny in his imagination of the future. What I thought was really cool is that on Dune, a desert planet over-run with giant worms and the drug spice, people had to wear special suits. These suits recycled the water from their skin perspiration and urine because of the scarcity of water on the planet. This story made me glad that I don't have to drink my own pee pee.
The Fountain Head by Ayn Rand. Heard about this book in highschool because of some essay contest, but I never got around to reading it. I hear it pushes some of her political ideology.
Art of War by Sun Tzu
The Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee
Organic Chemistry by Peter Volhardt
Ochem was definitely the hardest class I ever took, but it's an awesome book which teaches you the basics of Organic chemistry and synthesis.
Catalogs and Magazines
If you want to learn about anything, order free catalogs!! Catalogs are how I learned about mountain biking, Djing, Gardening, Home Audio, Car Audio, Import Car racing, Motorcycles, everything! There is a catalog for everything imaginable, from Beanie Babies to Victoria's Secret (I never look at those bad, bad catalogs. never.). As for Magazines, here is what I subscribe: Forbes, Fortune, Details, Sport Compact Car, Turbo, Car Audio, Scientific American, Individual Investor, Institutional Investor. I also love going to Tower and reading magazines. They have the biggest selection of weird and specialty magazines. Sometimes I just sit there and read for hours. Dang I'm pretty cheap.
The Bible by God. The hardest book to read, but I recommend it, highly.
Service Manual for your Car Don't buy those lame Haynes or other car books sold at Kragen/ Grand Auto. If you work on your car or motorcycle, get the book the professionals use. It costs about 50 bucks, but it's worth it.
Marx-Engles Reader. Still gotta read this book about Socialism/ Communism. Shut up you capitalist peeeg.
Disclaimer: I took the photos of the books off of Amazon.com Go shop there.