Over the last year, I have sort of stopped reading books. I read a lot online. But there is something interesting about reading a book.
The stillness of reading a book is deliberate. The past year has been difficult personally and professionally. So stillness would be a good thing to find in everyday life.
So a few weeks ago I started putting away titles and collecting them for reading, partly inspired by this post.
I borrowed a book from an uncle yesterday – Demanding the Impossible – A history of Anarchism by Peter Marshall. It promises to explore key anarchist ideas and values throughout human history.
The other one I plan to read is Mao – The Unknown story – by Jung Chang, Jon Halliday. The book was recommended by my girlfriend. I know very little of China’s history over the last 100 years, and this could be useful place to begin.
Then there is the The Code Book by Simon Singh on the history of codes and encryption.
There is also P. Sainath’s Everybody loves a good drought. It is an important read to know about the systemic propagation of poverty and debt in India’s agrarian society.
I have bookmarked Critical Theory since Plato edited by Hazard Adams, Leroy Searle. It is pretty heavy reading and expensive to buy outright. So if you know of a place in Pune or Mumbai I can borrow it from, let me know!
I should probably read more than just these books in 2017. But I am looking for suggestions right now.
I was also recommended Homo Deus – Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuva Noah Hariri.