Josh Thompson     about     archive     tags

OK, some new books

Yesterday, I proclaimed “ No new books”. I spent a lot of time today thinking about that proclamation.

Do I really want to limit myself to just the books that I’ve already picked for myself?

Yes. Maybe.

There’s a kind of book I don’t want to read any more of. That’s the “get started with a project” kind of book, or the general productivity stuff that’s floating around.

Nate Eliason wrote Fighting Infomania: Why 80% of Your Reading is a Waste of Time, and I wholeheartedly agree.

So, I’m trying to reduce the consumption of tactical knowledge when it’s not helpful, or when I cannot act on it. I want to dwell on substantial, helpful literature, and maybe even find a few books I’d like to read twice.

I don’t read TONS of fiction, so I don’t see that as a habit I should try to give up.

So, in short, I’m trying to reduce books that are:

  • written recently

  • non-fiction

  • business related

Nate summarized better than I can:

[Don’t read it…] if it doesn’t answer a specific question you’re currently asking, cover philosophical knowledge, or entertain you, then don’t read it.

Words to live by.

PS This was prompted by my friend Alex making a sci-fi book recommendation. His recommendations are always excellent, so I felt like my priorities had to be wrong if I banned myself from following up on his suggestions.

Get occasional emails

If I've written any new posts, you'll get an email with summaries on Friday. If I've not, you'll not hear from me.