Have you ever finished a book and thought “that is the last time I will ever read that”?

Probably not. It’s easy to convince ourself we will pick it up again. But then we don’t.

What about the books that hit you hard? The ones that make you grow immediately. They’re so good you want to re-read them once you finish the last word but you cannot because you learn so much about the world and yourself and yourself in the world that you need to give it time to ferment.

You might read that book a second time. Maybe a third. Maybe.

I’m in the process of choosing a Learning  Library: five books I will exclusively read for six months. Books that hit hard and uncomfortably.

Selection: Zero to One, The Happiness Advantage, The Four Hour Work Week, Ego is the Enemy.

Searching for a fifth. Probably Hemingway. Maybe Camus.

What would your five be?

“Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Einstein.

Cut the inefficient literary fat. Focus on the efficient lean.

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