The Book Corner
When I was a child, I was reading quite a lot compared to my peers. At 10, I devoured the entire Harry potter collection (at that time, only 5 of them were published), was a fan of Both Emile Zola and Frederic Beigbeder1 in my teenage years, but then stopped reading much when I got into college. I didn’t saw it as something to worry on, because I was reading a lot of news publications, mostly about tech, and considered that it could palliate this loss.
Also, I didn’t have time and energy to commit to those long pieces of text. What do you mean by reading the same piece for 10 hours? Who does this?. Seriously, I’m way better reading this New Yorker article on my Instapaper list, than doing this thing.
But after reading a lot of things on the internet2, I convinced myself that magazine articles and news wasn’t enough to learn new things, and by being in a field who doesn’t really correspond to my interests, I would have to learn a lot by myself if I wanted to get this dream job of mine.
So, after stumbling on Ryan Holiday’s reading newsletter, I started following his advice on books, mostly those on his reading list. I’m at the beginning of this journey, and I’d like people to follow me on this one.
That’s why I created this Book Corner3. I want to use this blog where I put so much effort on creating to a good use, and to compel myself to write short reviews on the books I read, so I could have some kind of repository where I could see what I already read and what I thought about it.
Alongside this corner, I will apply the recommendation of Ryan Holiday to keep a commonplace book with quotes and excerpt that I really liked. The plan is to use index cards for this, but I don’t exclude to make a electronic version of them.
So if you’d like to follow me on this journey, you can read the review that I posted below. And if you’d like to contribute, feel free to send me some recommendations on Twitter or at [email protected], or check out my Amazon Wishlist and send me one that you liked or think I’d like. Thanks!
The Fish That Ate The Whale, by Rich Cohen
The Golden Spruce, by John Vaillant