From films to books
I started reviewing some films towards the end of 2012, I did it with the intention to pay closer attention to the films that I watched rather than mindlessly watch them. Practicing my written English and my writing in general was also a big part of my motivation. I believe I succeeded at both, I definitely watched many more films than I cared to review but I watched them all as if I was going to review them, and most certainly it changed the way I watch films.
I noticed that watching a film with the intention of reviewing it made me much more conscious of what I was watching and what was happening, I was definitely more aware.
For this 2013 I want to do the same but instead of films I will review books. I prefer to read in English specially if English is the original language the book was written in. I live in Venezuela and finding English books is rather difficult, that leaves me with no choice but to buy the books online, and while I own a kindle I prefer to read on paper.
At some point, while I lived in Hong Kong, I was averaging about a book a week. To accomplish such a feat I was reading about 20 hours a month, 5 hours a week, 1 hour a day for “work days”; and while nowadays I still read more than an hour a day (mostly online sources) I will promise only to review 18 books. That’s not to say that I will not read any more books, which I might, but only after I finish the 18 books I will list in this post.
When I was averaging a book a week I didn’t take any notes nor did I have any intention of reviewing with a lengthy post what I thought of the book. This will change.
I have hand picked 18 books for 2013. Each book will be thoroughly reviewed and I will make public my notes on each book.
Here’s the list:
- The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
- This Will Make You Smarter by John Brockman
- The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
- Mastery by Robert Greene
- The Art of Seduction by Robert Greene
- Finite and Infinite Games by James Carse
- Call me Ted by Ted Turner
- Trust me, I am lying by Ryan Holiday
- Levels of the Game by John McPhee
- The (Honest) Truth about Dishonesty by Dan Ariely
- Universal Principles of Design by William Lidwell
- Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
- The Moral Animal by Robert Wright
- Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
- The Signal and the Noise by Nate silver
- Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
- Tokyo Vice by Jake Adelstein
- Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
The list is in the order I will read it, and as you can see they are all non-fiction ranging from Psychology, Business, Design, Philosophy, Statistics, Journalism and even Drawing.
I left Drawing on the Right side of the Brain last because I expect to read it on December, hopefully not only will I post notes about this book but also drawings.
Can’t wait to start!
Addendum: With the movies I reviewed I didn’t quite follow a format even though I tried to keep some uniformity, I will do this differently as well; I will format my reviews in the following way:
[Review] (Book name)
I will post a picture of the book, in whatever context or way I find appealing and easy.
For usability sake, I will post the ISBN of each book and the date I read the book, I am hesitant to post a rating but I will.
I will then write a short intro on what the book is about.
Followed by my notes