Drawing inspiration from Marginal REVOLUTION, a blog co-maintained by economist and author Tyler Cowan, I think I’ll insert an occasional update of the books I’m reading. While Cowan and Alex Tabarrok update the site several times each day, and you’ll see these lists from them at least once a week, I do not have plans to update with any regular frequency. However, I’ve been reading books at a decent pace, and I have enough books on the go that I can make a short list here from time to time.
Here are five books I’m currently reading:
Reading the Humanities: How I Lost My Modernity by John Greenwood
This book was authored by one of my former professors from way back in first year of undergrad. I still owe him two papers from the class I took with him – it’s the only class I failed at university (surprise, surprise). I found myself in the university book shop on a recent visit to campus and decided to pick this up and check it out. It’s exactly what you would want and expect from a professor who teaches literature and meditates on various topics relevant to life. It reminds me a lot of what you see from The School of Life.
Mort by Terry Pratchett
I’ve been taking in the world of Terry Pratchett by audiobooks as of late. It helps me pass the time on the commute to work, and I enjoy fictional books delivered by audiobook, as listening to the story is easier to absorb than nonfiction. The titular character Mort is alright enough, but I’m really in this story for Death. Everything about the character Death is awesome to me, especially his dry humour and the metaphysics that goes into explaining a character who reaps souls.
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
This book pops up in a lot of self-improvement and self-reflection blogs and books, so I think it was inevitable that I would read it eventually. This is doubly so because she name-drops Aristotle on the cover (virtue ethics for the win!). I actually stole this copy from my fiancee’s mother, so I should finish it and put it back on the bookshelf before anyone notices. Amusing sidenote – I stole this book from her a couple months before Christmas, then my fiancee received a copy from her mother as a Christmas gift. Really, I should just read the one we have a home…
The Road to Character by David Brooks
Another book related to my future mother-in-law. This was actually a book I had mentioned to my fiancee that I was interested in checking out and was planning on swiping from her mother (I really seem to have a problem with theft and books, specifically the books owned by my future mother-in-law…). Well, my fiancee told her mom that I was interested in the book, so I received it as a gift for last Christmas. Funny how things work themselves out.
Rome’s Last Citizen by Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni
I believe I saw this book recommended by Ryan Holiday on one of his monthly reading lists. Last year, I was on a big stoicism kick, so the life of one of Rome’s most famous stoic practitioners appealed to me. I am finding the read a little slow as there is a lot of extra history that is included to give context to the events of Cato’s life, but I’m still finding the book interesting and insightful.
Feel free to comment below with books that you are reading that I should check out. I’d love to hear about them and grow my reading list.