I started reading Consumed by Ben Barber. I started and did not finish. I am always willing to give a book a chance. I can’t remember how this one got on my list, but somehow it must have snuck on. (Snuck is a word, right?) Well, I was desperately trying to give it a go and just could not bring myself to keep going. It is not because it wasn’t fiction. It is not because I can’t stand books that are highly intelligent. I love books that make me think! But, this book was not working.
Pros: He had a good point. We Americans are no longer the consumer so much as we are being consumed. We focus so much on what we want and so much on the material things sometimes that we lose ourselves. He did his research and had all the stats to back it up.
Cons: It was so dry. It was like reading a textbook, but even then kind of worse. I enjoyed some or most of my textbooks, but this book, not so much. I just felt like I was dragging myself through the first 40 pages. I honestly could not muster more.
Overall, if you like research and just the stats, go for it. Otherwise, move along. It was so dry and boring I most likely would not recommend this book to anyone. Oh well.
Have you read it? Your thoughts?