How to read 50 books a year

  • Why did I (dis)like the book?
  • Which friend(s) would really love reading this book?
  • What’s the most beautiful page in the book?
  • (if it’s a novel) What’s the story about?
  • (if it’s a non-fiction book, like a manual) What did I learn from the book?
  • It’s easier to read books if you pick books you will like.
  • It’s easier also if you pick books that you know will give you something you need right now. See the picture above? There’s a novel (Norwegian wood) in Italian, a weird novel (Tralummescuro) in Italian, a really important novel (1984) in English, and a “manual” about learning languages, also in English. I’ve read two of these novels already, but I feel like I might want to re-read them again. The Norwegian wood novel is written by a Japanese author that I’m very curious about; and I am very curious about Japan at the moment. So here you go. I am also trying to learn the very basics of the Japanese language, so the manual might be interesting too.
  • It’s hard to read a book just because you want to show off later, or want to “advertise” to the outside world that you are a certain kind of person which reads a certain kind of book. In Silicon Valley or San Francisco, there’s always 1–2 books in any given year (e.g. Sapiens, Capital in the 21st century) that you HAVE to read to “fit in”, because everyone is talking about it and you would look weird if you didn’t know what the book is about.
  • I am going to read 50 books in 2021.
  • I will read one book per week.
  • I will write something about each book I’ve read.
  • I am allowed to drop a book after reading at least 1/10th of it. It still counts as one book.
  • A thick book can count as two.

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