A Reading List For the Next 100 Days

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So, I’m in between projects right now and decided to catch up on my reading a little bit to profit from the short lull. I wrote about book burning the other day, it’s only fitting I suppose to write today about my love for books.

Here’s a short list of the books I’ll be reading these next 100 days:

  • Art of War by Sun Tzu
  • Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard
  • Origin of the Species by Charles Darwin
  • Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen R. Covey
  • Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • The Ten Books on Architecture by Vitruvius
  • Guy de Maupassant
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau

What do you think of this list? Of course, I’ll still be going through various SEO and professional marketing books as a routine during this period so those are not included here. What I wanted for ‘sharpening-the-saw’ type of reading was something that has a bit of everything on it: literature (Leaves of Grass, Tale of Two Cities, Great Expectations, Guy de Maupassant, and Quatermain), non-fiction (Origin of the Species), strategic thinking (7 Habits, Art of War), spirituality and personal freedom (Walden), and something altogether new and unexplored (Vitruvius). Do you have you own reading list? Feel free to share them below.

I didn’t realize until now that it’s rather heavy on lit and I have two Dickens in there but I’m a huge fan of the gentleman since my introduction to David Copperfield in high school so the list stands.

With the exception of Walden and 7 Habits (hard copies), I’ll be reading all of these on my Android tablet. I have the Kindle app and got all these books (Kindle version) for free from either Amazon or Project Gutenberg.

Why 10 books? I’m a fairly fast reader, I used to finish one good sized book every three days or so but right now I can’t afford to spend all of my free time reading so I’m keeping it all to a minimum. Nothing good comes off anything done in excess no matter how well-intentioned.

As of today, I’ve already finished reading Allan Quatermain and it is just as I expected — one supremely well-written old-fashioned Victorian cliff hanger. It’s one of the best adventure books I’ve ever read and I think the 1987 Hollywood version took too much liberty with the plot and mangled it entirely. Always a good thing to go back to the source.

This has rekindled (pun intended) my reading hobby and I’ve decided to write a separate blog about these books to record my comments and impressions after I finish each volume so if you’re into reading yourself, watch out for that.

Well, it will be a busy 100 days as I focus on working with my daughter to create her first ecommerce or more aptly Fcommerce (Facebook) website, getting my Google and Bing certifications, launching and promoting about 5 Kindle titles for a client/partner — on top of regular SEO and social media work for various clients. Just have to make room for something absolutely necessary.

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