I seem to have over the past few weeks collected a sizeable collection of links to the writing, reading, owning and consuming of books. It seems of the linking to reading there is no end (well, after 13 of them in this post there is) and as yesterday was World Book Day, I thought I’d share these.
- Why I Love to Read: “Our worldviews permeate our writing, and if all we soak in is popular culture, a few hours a week at church won’t be sufficient to give us depth and durability. We need to read quality books by great Christian thinkers. I cannot divorce God’s works of grace in my life from good books!”
- How to Read a Whole Damn Book Every Week: “Being well read means making it a part of your daily life—not treating it as a luxury. And it’s not that hard. Like all things, it just takes a little bit of discipline and a little bit of trickery.”
- Why You Should Read Books You Hate: “This is what’s so invigorating about hate-reading. To actively grapple with your assumptions and defend your conclusions gives you a sense of purpose. You come to know where you stand, even if that means standing apart.”
- The Most Efficient Way to Spend Your Time and Money is to buy books. “Our goal should be to buy the things we buy at a great value. That doesn’t mean cheap, necessarily. It just means the price is below what you’d expect to pay based on what you get out of it. We’ll call this efficient spending. And, yep, you guessed it… The best example of this in the whole world is books.”
- Arm Yourself With Books: “Thanks to my reading, I have never been caught flat-footed by any situation, never at a loss for how any problem has been addressed (successfully or unsuccessfully) before. It doesn’t give me all the answers, but it lights what is often a dark path ahead.”
- 31 vintage posters that demand you pick up and read a book – just that.
- 10 Years After the Kindle… What’s the Verdict on Ebooks? “Now ten years later, with tablets, smartphones, many more e-book retailers, subscription services, lawsuits, and countless other eReader models in our rearview mirror… What is the verdict on ebooks? I’ve got ten of them.”
- Torching the Modern-Day Library of Alexandria: “Somewhere at Google there is a database containing 25 million books and nobody is allowed to read them” – what happened to Google Book Search
- How Google Book Search Got Lost – this moonshot missed, or at least so far….
- 10 books that will make you a better writer (and why): I can’t personally vouch for all these books but there are some good ones on here
- A Few Writing Tips: I like his number 10 except it’s my number 11 – oh dear. “Whatever you write has twice the AQ (awesomeness quotient) if it’s in a top ten list. Nobody ever gets tired of those.”
- How to Get Your Writing on the Road to Being Read and Spread: It’s quite simple. “Every sentence you write should make them want to read the next sentence you write.”
Photo by Jan David Hanrath