50 Books in one year!

A challenge!

I heard of someone else doing this and decided it was something I should do. All I can say is WOW! As daunting as it sounds it is one of the greatest things I have ever done. Honesty up front! I commute for about 3 hours each day. I go to the gym for 90 minutes every day. I have to work at least 8 hours a day. I also need to sleep and eat. With all of that in mind I use audible while commuting thus transforming my car into a mobile library 🙂

I’ve chosen a mix of things to read, here they are with hard copies in bold.

  • The 7 habits of highly successful people. (recommended)
  • The 8th habit.
  • The gifts of imperfection.
  • Happy again
  • Start with why.
  • The Japanese art of de-cluttering.
  • Pimsler, Irish language vol 1.
  • The 5 second rule.
  • The power of now.
  • Flashboys.
  • Brave new world.
  • Pride and prejudice.
  • War and peace ( 1 chapter… What an awful book)
  • The 5th risk – Micheal Lewis (recommended)
  • Liars poker.
  • Them : adventures with extremists. (recommended)
  • The history of European civilization.
  • The people Vs tech – Jamie Bartlet. (recommended)
  • Docker containerization.
  • Data Science for business.
  • The strange case of Dr. Jeckle and Mr. Hyde
  • Currently reading/listening to Frankenstein

I’m now addicted to books :-). There are just . . . so many parallels between old and new stories. The people versus tech, Dr. Jeckle and Frankenstein are very similar themes. I believe Jeff Goldblum said it best in Jurassic park – “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”. Victor Frankenstein was high on his own fumes after he discovered the power to reanimate that which is dead and lifeless. He never scaled his thinking to its furthest conclusion. Silicon valley has not stopped to understand where the smart revolution ends. What is the point of having so many data points and why is so much learning let run riot on this data. Dr. Jeckle was on a noble quest when he discovered an elixir believed to cure humanity of the darker parts of the psyche. Instead his “cure” split his psyche into 2 components, the noble and kind Dr. Henry Jeckle and the grotesque and horrid Mr. Edward Hyde. While our quest for a helpful AI yield a similar unexpected result?

Michael Lewis and Jon Ronson are really great modern authors and some of the real world documentary they detail amazes. Michael lewis has risen and worked through some of the craziest parts of wall street. Jon Ronson journeys through some of the most bizzare social circles.

Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits is literally the manual for understanding and bettering your own behavior. An amazing man.

I highly recommend taking on this challenge. It is amazing fun. At the very least your world will improve.

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