My 2020 Reading List

Jun 11, 2020Blog, Books, Habits0 comments

This is what I’ve been reading lately. I’ll update as the year goes along.

Non-Fiction

Becoming Wise – Krista Tippet

An exploration of an award-winning journalist/podcaster’s reflections on her conversations with some of the wisest people on earth.

Stillness is the Key – Ryan Holiday

The compilation of a wide range of ancient and modern examples illustrating the effect of stillness on performance and peace.

The Courage to Be Disliked – Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

A fictional conversation between a wise philosopher and a troubled youth about the central tenets of Adlerian psychology.

Tao Te Ching – Lao Tzu, Translated by Stephen Mitchell

A classic of Chinese philosophical literature and a central Taoist text exploring the wisdom of “The Way.”

The Art of the Good Life – Rolf Dobelli

A handbook of mental tools to help us clear-headedly build a life of true success, happiness and virtue. (You can read my summary of the book here)

Fiction

I keep fiction in the rotation for a few reasons. First, because there’s something magical about beautifully written prose. Second, because reading good literature is said to increase emotional IQ. And lastly—and most importantly (for me)—because it helps quieten my mind at night.

The Gentleman in Moscow – Amor Towles

A poignant story of a Russian gentleman caught in the crosshairs of a revolution and sentenced to live the rest of his days in the tiny attic room of an upscale hotel.

1Q84 – Haruki Murakami

A fantastical epic that is part philosophy, part fantasy, part love story—a storyline that rejects the limits of a single sentence.

1984 – George Orwell

The classic dystopian story of an all-too-possible future that will continue to serve as a canary in a coal mine for many generations to come.

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