My post on what one should read was quite popular, so I thought I would share what I am reading right now, as an illustration of the principles in action.
I usually try to pair an easier and harder read together. This once meant non-fiction during the day and fiction at night, but I increasingly prefer biography or history as my bedside reads. I usually have a Spanish novel at hand and read a few pages each morning to practice – it’s more interesting than Duolingo.
- Una historia de amor y oscuridad – Amos Oz
- Black Swan – Nassim Taleb
- The Essential Keynes – Edited by Robert Skidelsky
Something appealing while browsing a bookstore on a sunny Saturday is not always what I feel like reading standing in front of my bookshelf on a Tuesday night. The solution has been to buy liberally, and have as many options as possible at home. Add to that Christmas, and my ‘to-read’ has swelled to a largely aspirational status. Still, I find it comforting to sit surrounded by little rows of colorfully bound and titled mysteries.
- The Path to Power – Robert Caro
- On the Genealogy of Moral / The Gay Science – Nietzsche
- Debt – David Graeber
- Assorted Poems – Keats
- The God Delusion – Dawkins
- The Mediterranean (Abridged single volume) – Fernand Braudel
- Perdido Street Station – China Mieville
- The lucky country – Donald Horne
To this must be added the impossible-to-catch-up-to pile of London Review of Books back editions. If you don’t already, you really should consider subscribing. It truly is the best magazine in the world.