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I’ve started something new when it comes to reading this year. I’m creating monthly reading lists ahead of time. I’m trying to predict loosely what types of books I would be interested in based on the season. Then I make a rough plan in my future log. This turns each month into some sort of a “theme” or “topic”. For instance January was all about productivity while February is a month for technology.

Each month’s reading list ends up with a maximum of three books. I’m fine with shuffling things around as I feel beforehand. They’re just placeholders until the month is coming up. But as the month kicks off the idea is to stick with the plan. Three books a month is a book a week with time to decompress and reflect at the end. Let’s see how it goes.

Here’s my list for now:

January

  • It Doesn’t Have to be Crazy at Work by Jason Fried
  • Ultralearning by Scott Young
  • Getting Things Done by David Allen

February

  • 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
  • The Social Singularity by Max Borders
  • Radical Technologies by Adam Greenfield

March

  • Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport
  • Principles by Ray Dalio

April

  • Man’s Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
  • How To Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
  • How To Live by Sarah Bakewell

June

  • The Seasons of Life by Jim Rohn
  • One Blade of Grass by Henry Shukman
  • Peace Is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh

July

  • Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson

August

  • One Life by Morten Albaek

December

  • Meditations by Marcus Aurelius