it’s better to read 100 books 10 times than 1,000 books once
I don’t know who originated this concept. I’ve heard it said by Naval. the idea is to go deep on a narrower slice of possible books than to be spread so thin. this isn’t so much an algorithm as a heuristic, a tactic for filtering the kinds of books you read, and also a way to measure your own growth over time. I’ve had the experience of getting something different from reading the same book at different points in my life. deliberately checking in with different books regularly over time is a good way to get an informative but different perspective on your own mentality.
this is my list. I’ll be short of 100 for a while, the point is to make a tangible artifact out of it, and update it over time. let me know if you have or make a similar list and I’ll add a link to your list here.
consider any of these books a welcomed topic of conversation.
- 1984 by george orwell
- atlas shrugged by ayn rand
- brave new world by aldous huxley
- collected fictions by jorge luis borges
- moby dick by herman melville
- no country for old men by cormac mccarthy
- the road by cormac mccarthy
- zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance
- ender's game by orson scott card
- eon by greg bear
- rendezvous with rama by arthur c clarke a series, but this is the good one
- the foundation by isaac asimov a series, but this is the one I reread
- the naked sun by isaac asimov a series, this is the best example
- art of living by sharon lebell
- finite and infinite games by james carse
- letters from a stoic by seneca
- meditations by marcus aurelius - gregory hays translation
- the doors of perception by aldous huxley
- thus spoke zarathustra by friedrich nietzsche