Brief Pause – I know the picture above is of the book “Outliers” while this blog post is entitled “The Tipping Point,” so I wanted to apologize for any confusion. I would have shown off “The Tipping Point”, however I was too timely with my library returns and less so with my blog post! I took a picture of “Outliers” because it’s by the same author and I also recommend this book 🙂
So this year I have been challenging myself by trying to complete the Popsugar 50 book challenge! It’s been pretty hard to stick with, but I’m impressed at the fact that I’ve already finished 20 books this year even while finishing my busiest semester and finding my way into the working world. I definitely recommend checking this list out and trying to challenge yourself; even if you don’t try to finish by the end of 2015, set a goal and get reading! I just finished decorating my office/closet/reading nook (post about this later!) which is officially the best place to put my feet up and read, so hopefully that will help me push through and make my goal.
One of the books that I absolutely loved that I just finished reading was “The Tipping Point” by Malcolm Gladwell. He is one of my favorite authors, and I highly recommend him. Most of his books are about trying to explain an aspect of society through excellent examples and simple concepts. I had read his #1 national bestseller “Outliers” by Gladwell before (a book all about how some people achieve success and why) and recommend it constantly, so I knew picking this one up at the library would be a good idea.
“The Tipping Point” is asking the question of why some things become epidemics in our society, and he pulls the whole book together through three simple concepts: The Law of the Few, The Stickiness Factor, and the Power of Context. I love his examples too, they aren’t all segregated into one sort of topic or one aspect of society, but range widely from crime in New York City, to Sesame Street, to Paul Revere on his midnight ride. Although the examples and stories he tells throughout seem like they wouldn’t connect, they all are drawn together through the same guiding principles.
Although this book is extremely well researched, planned, organized and scientific, it does not read like a stuffy textbook, but more like a friend just explaining something over lunch. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, but it would definitely be a great book for a class if you need to pick an outside reading book, or if you simply are curious as to why everyone remembers Paul Revere’s ride but not William Dawes (okay that might not get as many people to read, but you still should). This was an easy fascinating read; I got something out of it and it will be one of my favorites for a long time!
What’s been your favorite book lately?! I love suggestions, so comment below!