I was never a book person. In 2015, I read only a few books and it was a personal record. During 2016 reading books in different topics — mainly philosophy, design, art, business and physiology — became my top priority. I found myself investing more time in reading, learning new things and opening new worlds.
I wanted to share a few personal rules that worked for me and helped me read 50 books during 2016, and hopefully more in 2017.
- Take your book anywhere you go.
- Make reading a casual activity. Read whenever you can — while waiting for the bus, waiting for someone, etc.
- Schedule in your calendar “read a book” events. Reading is important like any other activity, and you should consciously make time for it.
- Use Audible. I have the Platinum membership and I love it, especially when traveling (bus is fun again!).
- I try not to read about the same topic twice in a row — e.g. typography, typography, philosophy.
- If you don’t use Kindle, order at least 5–10 books every time. Always make sure you have more than one book waiting for you on the shelf.
- If you started reading a book and you don’t like it, stop and move to another one.
Although it’s hard to narrow down a list of 50 books to only 15, here are most of the books that changed something in the way I see or think about things:
- When Breath Becomes Air
- Shoe Dog
- Age of Ambition
- Maps of the Imagination
- Thinking in Systems
- Creativity, Inc.
- The Art Spirit
- The Elements of Typographic Style
- A History of Western Philosophy (Audiobook)
- An Introduction to Greek Philosophy (Audiobook)
- Plato’s Republic (Audiobook)