A note on reading more
This is a short list of books. At least, versus some of the lists that inspired both my reading this year (HT to Matt Clifford, Nadia Odunayo). But it’s a step up from the year before. Here are a few ways I found to help me read more:
- Measure what you want to improve; hence the list.
- Making time by making a habit - replacing mindless timeline scrolling and Netflix by putting the book somewhere accessible, and app icons off my home screen.
- Put something down if it’s knocking the habit - I paused a couple of great books (A History of Seven Killings, Destined for War); they’ve been easier to pick up again later, now the habit’s more cemented.
- Gamify - I mainly read on Kindle with “percentage of the way through” and “time left in book” indicators as motivation.
- World After Capital, Albert Wenger
- Weapons of Math Destruction, Cathy O’Neil
- Becoming, Michelle Obama
- Hatching Twitter, Nick Bilton
- The Undoing Project, Michael Lewis
- Power of the Sower, Octavia E. Butler
- Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel
- La Belle Sauvage, Phillip Pullman
- Pachinko, Min Jin Lee
- Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
- Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe
- Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
- The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Stuart Turton
- A friend’s yet-to-be-published novel (I can’t really say any more, I’m just too proud of this friend not to list it)
- The Girl in the Spider’s Web, David Lagercrantz
- The Casual Vacancy, J.K. Rowling
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