A lot of people who want to learn things or improve themselves are reading books. And so do we. By reading books we broaden our understanding of how the world works. This could be about investing, history, philosophy, fiction or something else.
The real challenge of reading isn’t doing it as much as possible, but about getting the best value from it. Books are the best way to gather knowledge, as you can learn from the ones that have already figured it out.
Ditch your goal of reading x amount of books per year, and challenge yourself:
What do you get out of reading?
In every book, there is wisdom to be found. You just have to look for it. Read actively, highlight valuable content, discuss its contents with others and write things down.
Here on Divnomics, we will help you, to filter out the things we find valuable. Or to get inspired by the next read. First of, by sharing what we read. Starting with the first books of 2018. The list will continue to grow as we will read more and more.
Jared Diamond – Guns, Germs & Steel
Why has human history unfolded so differently across the globe? In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Jared Diamond puts the case that geography and biogeography, not race, moulded the contrasting fates of Europeans, Asians, Native Americans, sub-Saharan Africans, and aboriginal Australians.
Perennial Seller – Ryan Holiday
Something perennial is something that lasts. Many books, business, products were produced generations ago and still used and valued today. Building something that can stand the test of time isn’t based on luck. This book is telling us that building something perennial is possible if you set up for it, and how other people have done the same.
Pre-Suasion – Robert Cialdini
Groundbreaking and a classic in the field of psychology, Cialdini had written in Influence the power of tricking the brain by making use of our thinking patterns. In this sequel he gives the insight in the moments before it takes place: it isn’t just what we say or how we say it that counts, but also what goes on in the moments before we speak.
Books I have read in 2018
Ken Follet – World Without End
The sequel of The Pillars of The Earth, on the city Kingsbridge and it’s inhabitants. A fictional story with many details about the narratives of life integrated with Englisch histories like powerful nobleman and peasants, prosperity and famine, plague and war.