15: Reading

Reading Rule:  Take your age and subtract it from 100 = how many pages you should read before declaring a book to be junk.


“You can live a thousand lives being a reader, but you can only live one being a human.  And that’s why you need to be a reading human.”  - Adam Setser

“The cheapest plane ticket is $10 for a book about a culture or a story.”  - Thane Ringler

“When you read, look for ideas. And when you look for ideas, use a common vocabulary. And then ask yourself ‘how does this add value?’”  - Adam Setser

“Without synthesizing [it into your mental model], reading a book can be a complete waste.”  - Thane Ringler


Article referenced by Adam on how our society receives news/information - "Social Media Is Killing Discourse Because It’s Too Much Like TV"

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia - Mohsin Hamid

The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distraction - Alan Jacobs

Great Books of the Western World - Mortimer Adler

"One Advantage of Reading Slowly" - John Piper

"How You Know" - Paul Graham

Adam's Top 3 Books:

  1. Lit: A Christian Guide To Reading Books - Tony Reinke
    1B. How To Read Slowly - James Sire
    1C. How to Read a Book - Mortimer Adler
  2. About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior - Col. David Hackworth
  3. Jude The Obscure - Thomas Hardy

Honorable Mention:  Dominion and Dynasty - Stephen Dempster

Thane's Top 3 Books:

  1. The Power of Full Engagement - Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
    1B. Extreme Ownership - Jocko Willink
  2. The Glory of Christ - John Owen
  3. Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand

Honorable Mention: 
A. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen Covey
B. Deep Survival - Laurence Gonzales