Do you like books? I do.
A voracious reader, holder of many tomes and just as eclectic as my Vata nature I always have books on hand and read several at once (which I do not recommend).
Toward the end of 2012 I began to think about being a little more choiceful in my reading. Mindful if you will. I mean, there’s only so much time we have on this planet so I wanted to be sure I was filling my head with as much good information as I could.
Could I develop a list of 52 books to be read in 52 weeks? Well, I could do it on my own but collaborative solutions are always better. Don’t believe me? Read Egonomics.
Using SoMe I began to ask people about formative books they’ve read and would recommend and used crowd-sourcing to help generate my list of learning. Naturally as editor I retained the right to add the titles I was most curious about too. I mean, no one suggested Autobiography of a Yogi – but its an important book hence, its on the list.
So how did I compile the list? Focusing on non-fiction I was looking for titles that were primarily new – (but not all: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee is almost 45 years old now) – and were all focused on some aspect of learning or development on a personal or group level. Leadership, social mores, spiritual growth and perspectives out of the ordinary. If I felt the book would confront me with new ideas or values and concepts I hadn’t thought about enough, I considered it.
What I’ve learned is that there is a wealth of information out there; the art of writing as a means of sharing ideas and driving compelling original thinking is alive and well. I also found some people around the world have favorite works they would not do without. One person moved literally across the globe with one suitcase and two books to begin life anew: as a result of that The Mindful Leader made the list.
So there you have it.
52 weeks, 52 books, each designed to challenge, confound, enlighten and enthuse the reader. Periodically I’ll post updates about my progress. Its going to be a good year.
And based on all the volumes I had to consider as a pared the list to 52, I will have to live a very long time to read all the pieces that have interest for me.
I’m okay with that.