Too many books, too little time

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book” 
Groucho Marx

Books all depend on who you are and your frame of mind when you read them so recommendations are whatever you chose to make of them.

In the last five years I have hardly read anything published in the last 50 years. My thinking is that if a book has been in print for 200 or 2000 years it is probably worth reading. You know the old Mark Twain quote ‘a classic is a book that everybody praises but nobody reads’. Well, I decided to read them. On average I read about 2-3 (mostly old) books per week. Almost always while I am at work 🙂. May as well make that time productive!

[In a future post I’ll describe how to read a whole book in a day while at work. Hopefully the post that changes the world :). Ultimate idleness!]

Anyway, there are a few books that have changed my life. I have observed that the books that have really impacted me are all small in stature. Maybe 150-200 pages and often printed at least 25 years ago.

Here are a few good reads with their Dewey Decimal Number (so you can find them at your public library) :

Three men in a boat by Jerome K. Jerome (FICTION).

Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss (greatest philosophyof life ever! Get it out of your library!!!).

Food Rules by Michael Pollan (613.2 POL).

One straw revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka (631.58 FUK)

Earth Chronicles by Zac Sitchin (001.94 SIT – the jury is still out for me, but they are a damn interesting series).

The magic of awareness and No Self, No Problem by Anam Thubten (294.3444 THU).

Most writings from Samuel Johnson.

Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu (299.514 LAO).

The Freedom Manifesto by Tom Hodgkinson (646.7 HOD).

China Study by T. Colin Campbell (613.2 CAM).

Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Fisker (332.024 FIS).

Almost anything by Alan Watts.

The Odyssey by Homer (883.1 HOM).

Small is Beautiful: Economics as if people mattered by E.F. Schumacher (330 SCH).

Bonjour Paresse (Hello Laziness) – Corinne Maier (650.1 MAI).

Anything by Herge, Uderzo or Goscinny.

The Anatomy of Melancholy, by Robert Burton (the 1638 edition).

This is for starters. I will add to the list as I discover new books worth recommending. Given how many books I read I will be recommending less than 1 in 100.

Please post your recommendations by clicking the speech bubble under the title of this post. I’ll certainly read them.

Drink deeply from good books. Enjoy the ride :).

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