Reading Lists and Structure.

How do you decide on a reading list for the month and stick to it, especially when there's an overwhelming abundance of enticing books to choose from?

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  1. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I don't.

    I read whatever I feel like when I feel like it.

  2. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I have a huge backlog of books sitting on my bedroom floor and if I buy more books before I catch up on my backlog I will feel guilty. And I want to buy more books. So I have to catch up on my backlog.

  3. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Several queues by different genre/subject whatever. Sometimes you give the brain a chew toy to switch it up while it digests in the background.

  4. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I just follow the IQfy charts

  5. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I actually have mine in a note

    Reading progress currently:

    Philosophy Of Art:

    Tolstoy (finished) , Hegel (finished) Pater (on currently),Wincklemann, Gasset, Von Hildebrand, Collingwood, Sartre, Croce, Dewey, Burke, Ruskin, Morris, Longinus, Bachelard, Wagner, Sitte, Le Corbsier (2 books)

    General Humanities:

    After Locke (already finished) read stuff on crowd psychology, first Le Bon (finished) return to political philosophy with Luther and Calvin (optional) optionally read “The Ethics Of Rhetoric” by Richard M. Weaver. For further political theory, “On Liberty” by John Stuart Mill. Also books on freedom of speech and other rhetorical texts.

    International relations: Waltz and Wendt

    Read some literary criticism: Eco (on currently), Lukacs, Frye, Steiner; "How Dead Languages Work", "From The Papyrus To The Internet"

    Read Jung (3 works, “Man And His Symbols” (finished), “Psychological Types” and “New Aspects Of Criminal Psychology”) then symbolic/interpretive anthropology, first Geertz (finished) then Turner (on currently) then Sahlins then Descola then Harris then Chagnon then Francis Fukuyama, then Samuel Huntingtons essays. Optionally read Walter Lippmann. Optionally read Rene Girard again. Optionally read Max Muller. Optionally read Joseph Campbell.
    Also try to read about German and Prussian Historicism.

    Possibly read Nagel and Chalmers, as well as Lev Shestov and Nikolai Berdayev

    Optionally read Claude-Levi Strauss

    Get back to philosophy with Vico, Optionally read some dialogues of Plato.

    French Revolution history:

    Burke, Carlyle, Taine, Belloc, Gentz

    Russian Revolution history:

    Figes, Faulkner, Pipes

    Read ‘Tenured Radicals’ by Roger Kimball

    also read history of science, maybe some philosophy of science like Thomas Kuhn

    Poetry:

    Pound (on currently), Eliot, Yeats, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, Frost, Blake

    Military:

    Mercenaries (on currently), Guerillas, Spies, Police books, Castles/Fortifications, Flag symbolism, Chemical And Biological Warfare books.

    Religious:

    “History Of The Bible”, Scotus, Tauler, Suso, John Of Ruysbroeck, Bacon, Schweitzer, Bultmann, Barth, Rahner, Tillich, Martinist cosmology, Swedenborg (continue), Boehme, Agrippa, Mirandolla

    Optionally read history of The Cold War, Rhodesia, Texas, The Middle Ages (2 books), Hundred Years War (3 books) and the concept of work (1 book), history of money by Carl Menger, economic history (on currently) (Annales School).

    Hidden history: Jesuits, Freemasons, CIA, CIA and Manson, Secret Societies in general.

    Economic: Belloc, Konkin, Keynes, Marshall, Conger, Heath

  6. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I keep a backlog to remember what to read but I mostly go with whatever strikes my mood. I try to finish a series before starting a new one.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Does anyone have good computer science book list rec? Have read SICP a long time ago during my bachelor's and just finished Gödel, Escher and Bach but don't know where to go now.

      This all seems like generic pop fiction slop anon, as long as you find it enjoyable I guess.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        If you're looking for a philosophy book with CS themes like GEB:
        The Lifebox the Seashell and the Soul by Rucker https://www.rudyrucker.com/lifebox/lifeboxsample_full.pdf
        Good and Real by Gary Drescher

        If you want more technical CS stuff like SICP:
        The Little Schemer by Friedman and Felleisen
        Introduction to the Theory of Computation by Sipser
        The Nature of Computation by Moore and Mertens
        A Practical Theory of Programming by Hehner
        Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software by Petzold

        Some papers you might like:
        The Ghost in the Quantum Turing Machine by Aaronson https://arxiv.org/pdf/1306.0159
        Why Philosophers Should Care About Computational Complexity by Aaronson https://www.scottaaronson.com/papers/philos.pdf

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          What's up, Scott?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Sipser is good I concur.
          Thanks, I'll check the other ones out.

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        Whatever happens to strike me. I tried to chart out books by month/week but I usually get bored and need something new, especially if I read too many fiction/non-fiction books in a row

        >Gödel, Escher and Bach
        How the frick did you understand this? Tried to read it but it almost completely went over my head. I'm not a math/science guy by any means, any tips?

        • 2 months ago
          Anonymous

          Hmm well for me the concept of recursion was quite familiar due to my programming background but if you have just a passing understanding of set theory (not ZF set theory obviously) that would be enough to understand the paradox of self reference I think.
          I'm assuming you're only having issues with the mathematical/computational topics since the discussions around Escher and Bach wouldn't be so cryptic for someone interested in literature like yourself. So, go watch Veritasium's video on the topic

          He summarised the theorem very well but you'll have to rewatch it a few times. Read up on Gödel numbering, it's basic number theory so quite elementary.
          To see how the same strange loops occur in computation just look up the halting problem, this is a nice video

          Finally, I think the latter parts of the book stretch on for a little longer than they need to, so try not to dwell on them too much, he's already said all he needs to say by this point.

          • 2 months ago
            Anonymous

            >I'm assuming you're only having issues with the mathematical/computational topics since the discussions around Escher and Bach wouldn't be so cryptic for someone interested in literature like yourself.
            haha hit the nail on the head lmao. It's really on the math stuff that trips me up. I'll look into the videos, appreciate it anon, many thanks

  7. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I read something I like so I find more similar things and read those

  8. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    2024 Reading Plan

    >May
    1919 by John Dos Passos
    The Unvanquished by William Faulkner
    Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    >June
    The Old Devils by Kingsley Amis
    A Flag for the Island by V.S. Naipaul
    The Information by Martin Amis
    >July
    The Power Broker by Robert Caro
    >August
    The Long Ships by Frans Bengtsson
    Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
    The North Water by Ian McGuire
    >September
    Henderson the Rain King by Saul Bellow
    Oswald’s Tale by Norman Mailer
    At Play in the Fields of the Lord by Peter Matthiessen
    >October
    The Wine Dark Sea by Robert Aickman
    Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman
    The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley
    >November
    The Peregrine’s Saga and other Wild Tales by Henry Williamson
    Burmese Days by George Orwell
    Kangaroo by D.H. Lawrence
    >December
    Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov
    Odessa Stories by Isaac Babel
    The Foundation Pit by Andrei Platonov

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      this is literally how i make mine- also nice choices

  9. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I break my shit up into semesters. This semester my aims were to read some classic pulp, study Surrealist fiction, and brush up on some contemporary lit. On mother's day I move into the summer semester where I'll be reading like 4 tomes, 3 "classics" and one contemporary work (Tree of Smoke by Denis Johnson). In the fall I'll probably read through the major Greek tragedies.

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      >contemporary lit.
      Fiction or non-fiction? any recs?
      There was a thread a long time ago that had a bunch of great recs but I've long since lost it. Only one I remember is Stephen Florida by Gabe Habash, which was great

  10. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    >all books from the same publisher
    >one is a different height from the rest

    I h8 that $h!t

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      nice collection anon
      wanna discord?

      • 2 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's not mine. I got it from Reddit.

        https://www.reddit.com/r/Existentialism/comments/mwiatc/just_completed_my_kierkegaard_collection/

    • 2 months ago
      Anonymous

      Imagine buying all of this and not learning Danish lmao

  11. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Read what I want

  12. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    Theme or author, but since I learn something new with each book and life requirements change, I take it month by month. Last month I read fiction - Tolkien vs. Robert E. Howard, this month it's nonfiction marketing. Next month might be HR books or Faulkner.

  13. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    i'm trying to read as many books from this list

  14. 2 months ago
    Anonymous

    I keep a large list of every book I for sure want to read, and then order them by publishing date and read chronologically. No point in reading something before another on a whim if, ultimately, they will all be read in due time

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