Here is my reading log from February 2016. I read so many good books this month that I was brimming with creativity, good intentions, resolve, commitment and all the good things that happen when you read wholesome interesting books.
This is the month where I cannot recommend one book – but I will recommend a set of them.
The second book – an audio book – is The Art of Possibility by Benjamin and Rosamund Zander.
I found out about this book in Seth Godin’s talk with Tim Ferriss. This book features in the list of the audio books Seth Godin listens to repeatedly, some once per month. It is an excellent book, down to earth and uplifting at the same time. The narration is excellent, soothing, melodious. I will be buying this CD soon.
The third book is also an audio book. This is The War of Art by Steven Pressfield .
I have read this book many times. I read it once in 3 months as a source of inspiration, to fill up for my fight against Resistance and to remind myself of what it is I need to do. But this is the first time I listened to the book, the version I bought is narrated by the author himself. And I liked it as much as reading the book. The audio book recommendation came from Seth Godin’s audiobook list on repeat.
Here is my reading log from January 2016. After a holiday month of a minuscule amount of reading, I was back to reading a few books. This was the first month of my reading experiment and I struggled with it. I finished my first book on my reading experiment list – Buffett: Making of an American Capitalist by Roger Lowenstein – but then decided to give in to my urge to read something else.
The most enjoyable book I read in January was “The Hard Thing about Hard Things” by Ben Horowitz. It is an excellent book with anecdotes and advice on startups, on building companies and on being a leader. Highly recommended if your are into this sort of reading.
Here is my reading log from October 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month:
Nonfiction – Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration. This is a good book to learn a new way, to actually think about the space we live in, work in, use and how to set it up in a way that makes the most sense for us. I can say it is a interior design book in the broadest sense – it is a book which helps us figure out how to design our spaces so they help us, indeed inspire us in what we set out to achieve.
Fiction– The House of Shattered Wings. A fantasy book about fallen angels in Paris. A very nice and different read from the other books I have read in this genre.
Here is my reading log from September 2015. The two books I enjoyed the most this month:
Nonfiction – Badass: Making Users Awesome. This is a book I have used to figure out where do I want to go with SoFoBoMo and how to improve it. It is a must-read for those who are interested in making stuff for other people.
One of my goals for 2016 is to get more familiar with investing. For someone who has just the basic ideas of what investment looks like, and likes to read, this is definitely one of my easier-to-do goals. The way I want to go about this is by reading books on investing. Luckily for me, Tim Ferriss put out a podcast last year with recommendations for just this.
In his podcast, he laid out a set of books he recommends to get familiar with the types of investing and what success in those looks like. So I decided that for the first half of 2016, I’ll follow the recommended list, and plan reading the books out. This is what my plan looks like:
Why schedule my reading like this? This is my reading experiment for 2016.
I want to know
1. How well I estimate how long I take to read books.
2. Am I capable of reading according to schedule ? Will I enjoy it or will it become a chore?
3. By giving myself structure, will my popcorn reading reduce? I am guilty of doing too much popcorn reading – check out my 2015 reading logs to see for yourself.
4. Will my overall reading reduce?
5. If I follow the schedule, will I still read books which serendipity throws my way?
6. Will I get goal-oriented and get into the mindset of “checking off” the books?
I will follow-up with a post in the second half of 2016 with the results of this experiment.