I think I've found my perfect reading rythm: 2 books a month. I might read more but I don't want to feel any pressure to do so. Moreover, I do enjoy reading stuff online so I spend a fair amount of time on Feedly to go through my 170+ sources - be it blogs, newsletters, publications, mags. If you feel we might have some common interests by the way, feel free to reach out, I'd be happy to share them.
On the other hand, I don't want to read way less than that. Reading long-form content like books puts me in a deeper, thoughtful and slower state that I enjoy tremendously. Hence I kept that yearly goal of 2 a month for 2021. Since I did my own tail end, I realized I'd still have 1350+ books to read during my entire lifetime [at least if I read until my 90th birthday] which is not too bad.
So after reading 21 books in 2019, below are my 26 ones of 2020 [from the first I read to the last]:
- Libres [fr]
- Ce livre devrait me permettre de resoudre le conflit au Proche-Orient, d'avoir mon diplome et de trouver une femme - Tome 1 [fr]
- Ce livre devrait me permettre de resoudre le conflit au Proche-Orient, d'avoir mon diplome et de trouver une femme - Tome 2 [fr]
- Le petit livre rock [fr]
- Boxe [fr]
- Le bonheur etait pour demain [fr]
- Une autre fin du monde est possible [fr]
- Human machine [fr]
- Une vie choisie [fr]
- Deployer [fr]
- This could be our future [en]
- Confessions d'un assassin economique [fr]
- Le gout de Lisbonne [fr]
- Propos de O.L. Barenton - Confiseur [fr]
- The Startup Playbook [en]
- Startup Guide Lisbon [en]
- Silo [fr]
- Essentialism [en]
- Silo Origines [fr]
- Silo Generations [fr]
- L'art de la simplicite [fr]
- Le gout du vrai [fr]
- Lecture rapide [fr]
- Rayures et ratures [fr]
- The consolations of philosophy [en]
- Everything that remains [en]
I only read 6 books in english. I'm always surprised by this; even though it's still 3 times more than the year before. I read 4 comics. I haven't read comic books for a while and I actually enjoyed it a lot. Since most of the books I read are non-fiction it makes it harder to get on comics. I definitely want to read the Sapiens version by the way. 5 books are novels; compare to 6 in 2019. 3 of them are among the books I enjoyed the most: the Silo trilogy.
I use a french website named SensCritique to keep track of everything and give a rate out of 10. My average rate last year is 7.03; which is way better than the year before, 6.33. I rated only one book below 5: Une autre fin du monde est possible with a 3/10. I distributed 11 rates at 8 & higher [which is why the average got so high]. I gave one 10/10: Silo Origines & four 9/10: Propos de O.L. Barenton - Confiseurs; Silo; Essentialism and The consolations of philosophy.
If I had to choose my top 3 recommendation, I'd say: (1) the whole Silo trilogy (2) The consolations of philosophy (3) Essentialism.
I typically added Essentialism to our Objet Library; along with some other titles I did enjoy a lot like This could be our future. And since I decided to own 30 books maximum at any given time, if you'd like to get one of these, ping me. I found that donating books was a very joyful experience.