I have a simple question for you today:
What would you have me read?
I know, that’s a loaded question. You probably looked up from the falling snowflakes of my overproduced new blog theme, towards your bookshelf, and said to yourself, hmmm? 🤔
If you’re like me there’s a hell of a lot of material up there, covering a wide range of topics, so how do you pick just one? Well, don’t. Don’t pick just one. Pick a few and command me to investigate their contents. Command me to go forth and read.
I was talking to a fellow blogger in the comments section of her very inspirational, humorous, and quite ambitious New Year’s Resolutions post (go read it), when a thought occurred to me… I need to produce a reading list for next year. If it’s a good one, I typed aloud, I will post my 2018 reading list on my blog, and allow others to follow my progress. It sounded simple enough.
So, I mused.
And I researched.
What I found was that the average reader, according to this website, reads about 15 books a year. About 75% of Americans, they say, read at least one book annually. The median number of books read was 6, but the average is pushed up to 15 by you folks who always seem to have a book in your hand. God bless you; you are the wise.
I am not among the wise. I don’t always have a book in my hand. But I do know people that do, and they probably read at least one book a week. Maybe more. I do not.
But I am above-average in my absorption count, I’d say. 20-25 books a year, for me, sounds about right.
However, I like to leave myself some variance, for flights of fancy, so I’ve decided my cemented reading list for the coming year will equal the national average. So, I am preparing a list of “15 Books I Will Read in 2018.”
Once I’ve composed my list, I will put them in order and begin. I may even discuss each one briefly, upon completion, if so encouraged.
So, what I need from you is a little help in completing my list. I’ve been scanning the great electronic divide for ideas, and I have some. But I trust you, faithful reader, far more than the star-system “out there.”
“But what does Tom like,” you say, “How can I properly guide Tom?”
I’m glad you asked!
I’ve composed a list of some things I’d like to read, eventually (and maybe even this year). But before I get to that list let me quid pro quo ya, preemptively, and tell you what I would recommend for your reading list, if ya asked.
I highly recommend Yuval Noah Harari, both Sapiens and Homo Deus. I am finished with one and halfway through the other. My intention is to read them both again, in time, and take notes. Best. Stuff. Ever. I also recommend Flow, by Mikhail Csikszentmihalyi and, even better by him, The Evolving Self. I very much enjoyed Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael and adored Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art. Jonathan Haidt’s The Happiness Hypothesis is probably my favorite book on positive psychology. Please read anything by Joseph Stiglitz. Take in Carl Sagan’s classic The Demon-Haunted World, also, several times if you can.
These are but a few of my favorites, all-time. There are many more I could recommend, but let’s move forth.
The books below pique my interest, or have been sitting on my electronic shelf*, waiting for me, for some time. Consider:
Abundance, by Peter H. Diamandis
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Time Keeper, by Mitch Albom
This Changes Everything, by Naomi Klein
The Global Minotaur, by Yanis Varoufakis
In 100 Years, edited by Ignacio Palacious-Huerta
Kane and Abel, by Jeffrey Archer
Prince Lestat and the Realms of Atlantis, by Anne Rice
Way of the Peaceful Warrior, by Dan Milliman
Capital, by Thomas Piketty
The Autobiography of James T. Kirk, by David A. Goodman
Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance
The Four Agreements, by Don Miguel Ruiz
Anything by Chomsky.
A biography of Frank Sinatra.
More comic books. 😇
Again, this is not my reading list for 2018, but samples of books that might be included in it. I would like to read them all, at some point. My reading list for 2018 will evolve from this, and from your recommendations.
So, dig into your own archives and tell Tom, what would you have him read?
Your participation is greatly appreciated. 😊
*Any book that makes my list will have to be available in electronic format, through Amazon. I don’t carry a book with me everywhere I go, but I am always within hand’s reach of Kindle. 😉