By this point you’ve probably seen a social media post about tsundoku, a Japanese phrase for acquiring reading materials but letting them pile up in one’s home without reading them. I do this quite often. But, it’s less obvious for me since my reading material is almost exclusively digital on my Kindle.
The holiday season is especially when I am prone to picking up ebooks for future reading. I do a good bit of reading, but it’s never as much as I hope to read. And so my stack of books to read continues to grow. Let me share with you the most recent additions to my tsundoku.
I’ve been a fan of Brust’s for literal decades. I’ve read every book of his Jhereg series, and I continue to be a big fan of his work. This one was suggested to me by a friend who spotted his books on our shelves.
This one was brought to my attention by an article pointing out this book as a first ever book translated to English from Madagascar.
I tend, most days, to check Amazon’s Kindle books on sale. This one was on sale and it seemed pertinent to today’s current events.
This one was brought to my attention by Matt Colville, in one of his YouTube videos. It explores the linguistic impact on the archaelogy and translation of the ancient written Mayan language. It sounds absolutely fascinating.
This one was on the reading list by @PaulStamatiou, part of his year’s challenge to read more. I’m eager to give it a read.
Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past forty years to create unique results in both life and business—and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.
I came across a list of US History books from unique / non-standard perspectives and this one jumped out at me.
Isaacson is one of the best biographers of the modern day, here he takes a look into the life of the inimitable Da Vinci.
A notable book on several important book lists. I think I originally heard it when Bill Gates talked about it, but I’m not positive. It’s been on my reading list for a while.
It’s been on the reading list for far too long, but the recent movie The Darkest Hour has further reminded me I want to learn more about him and his life.
Another book that I’ve had and been meaning to read for a while. It seems like a fascinating historical look at a thing I know very little about.
America is going through some things right now and this book has been given a fair bit of press and great reviews as a commentary and exploration on some of what is going on these days.
This is only a small selection of the books on my Kindle sitting at 0% read. We’ll see how many of these I knock off before the end of 2018.
I have been trying to grow the habit of meditating to start my day. The truth is I use a simple meditation to help me fall asleep at night, but I haven’t yet built it into a daily habit to start my day. This TEDx talk by Judson Brewer is fascinating and very good at highlighting the importance of mindfulness outside of meditation and just as a facet in the core of our daily life as a way to combat bad habits.
An Italian’s Perspective of Trump – I hadn’t considered the comparison of Trump to Berlusconi, but this article highlighted it and it makes far too much sense. Scarily too much sense.