Presidential Library

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 2:  (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama holds up a book given to him by author Eric Metaxas, who was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast February 2, 2012 in Washington, DC.  Obama also spoke, defending his economic policies in an echo of his recent State of the Union address. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 2: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama holds up a book given to him by author Eric Metaxas, who was the keynote speaker at the National Prayer Breakfast February 2, 2012 in Washington, DC. Obama also spoke, defending his economic policies in an echo of his recent State of the Union address. (Photo by Chris Kleponis-Pool/Getty Images)

I couldn’t resist posting this list of books.  The following list appeared in the November Wired magazine.  It is a list of books that Obama recommends for future leaders.  I love book lists!  BTW the book above is Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy

  1. The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln
    • This is an easy choice.  One of America’s most loved presidents.
  2. Parting Waters: America in the King Years 1954-63 by Taylor Branch
  3. The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro
    • The #1 Best Seller on Amazon in the City Planning & Urban Development category
  4. The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
    • The #1 Best Seller on Amazon in the General Sociology of Race Relations category
  5. Andy Grove: The Life and Times of an American by Richard S. Tedlow
  6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
    • The #1 Best Seller on Amazon in the Biology & Life Sciences category
  7. Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
    • The #1 Best Seller on Amazon in the Business Decision Making category
  8. In Dubious Battle by John Steinbeck
    • Can’t go wrong with Steinbeck.  One of my all-time favorite writers
  9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo
    • National Book Award Winner
  10. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
    • The only book on the list that I have read.  My Goodreads review: “Overall, I enjoyed this book however, I thought it was slow and overly technical at times. If you are into the why and how extinction occurs you will enjoy this book. For me the last chapter was the best chapter. The chapter on Wolly Mammoths was also very entertaining.”
    • The #1 Best Seller on Amazon in the Ecology category

100 Books in a Year

Stack Of Books
Stack Of Books by Indi Samarajiva

Now, I’ve never read 100 books in a year.  Well, I probably have, but I don’t count the books I read to my kids in good reads, so only 96 in a year a few years back.  So, when I saw Aliza Weinberger’s article, What happened when I tried to read 100 books in a year, I was intrigued.

I would have liked to see more reviews in the article.  All her ratings where listed but nothing too much about what she thought of the books.  Just a few little sentences here and there.  To me it was more about her journey reading 100 books and less about what it meant to her or why she was doing it, other than just to do it.

She does later say:

…this project wasn’t really about the number of books I could read. It was about finding books that made me feel what reading had always done for me: that connection, that sheer joy of reading a book that both entertains and moves me.

That was nice to see in there.  The worst part was all the little gifs and advertisements that popped up while I was trying to read the article.  I can’t take Mashable articles seriously with all this junk popping up while I’m trying to read a article that genuinely interest me.  Good content is not going to keep me on the site, if it is observed by all this other stuff.

I was going to read another article that Weinberger linked to on Mashable, but I gave up after having so much trouble loading the first article.  I hope they clean that site up, thy have some good content.

I don’t think I will have as rough a time reading my hundred as Weinberger did.  I know what I want to read, I have a TBR shelf of hundreds of books.  Getting through them all will be the tough part.  Wish me luck!