The original editors had three criteria for including a book in the series: the book must be relevant to contemporary matters, and not only important in its historical context; it must be rewarding to re-read; and it must be a part of “the great conversation about the great ideas”, relevant to at least 25 of the 102 great ideas identified by the editors. The books were not chosen on the basis of ethnic and cultural inclusiveness, historical influence, or the editors’ agreement with the views expressed by the authors.
𝟐𝟎𝟐𝟎 gave me a rare chance to start a reading journal. In the hindsight, I could do better by planning ahead and sticking to filtering rules.
𝕹arrow my subjects to a few: 𝘱𝘩𝘪𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘰𝘱𝘩𝘺, 𝘱𝘴𝘺𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘰𝘨𝘺 (𝘯𝘦𝘶𝘳𝘰, 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺), 𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘶𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘴 (𝘸𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘤𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘴, 𝘓𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯, 𝘍𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘩), 𝘜𝘟 𝘥𝘦𝘴𝘪𝘨𝘯
𝕻rioritize mental model books over informative or entertaining ones.
𝕮reate long-term reading list: Gʀᴇᴀᴛ Bᴏᴏᴋs ᴏғ ᴛʜᴇ Wᴇsᴛᴇʀɴ Wᴏʀʟᴅ, Cʟᴀssɪᴄ Lɪᴛᴇʀᴀᴛᴜʀᴇs, Sʜᴀᴋᴇsᴘᴇᴀʀᴇ