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Insights / October 12, 2015

Read a Book

By Software for Good

  1. 1. Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time
  2. 2. Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod
  3. 3. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
  4. 4. Programming Elixir: Functional |> Concurrent |> Pragmatic |> Fun
  5. 5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore

Watching TV is easy and feels relaxing after long day of thinking. But this week I challenge you to spend some time with long-form reading. Reading endless social media for a few hours doesn’t count. Ten page articles do not count. Long-form writing. Where the author starts an idea or story, has the space to explore it in great detail, develops characters, describes situations, etc.

You can learn so much from a book! A book gives you a view into someone else’s world. You get to see and experience another perspective entirely. You get to learn what people have discovered. See what others have imagined. Follow their thought process.

Whatever your interests are, go find a book and read it this week (it does not need to be one of the five titles above, those are just suggestions). Fiction or non-fiction, paper or digital, it’s up to you. Skip the parts that are boring. Speed-read the parts that are not well written. But read—and find joy—in a book.

Then next week: Tell us about what you read. Tell us what you learned and what you experienced. Tell us how reading that particular book changed your view of the world for the better.