This is my personal bookshelf, some of reads I’m currently going or have gone through. These are also the books I have or want to have in paper format. Maybe you can find a new interesting book for your self, or even give me a recommendation for another must have-book I should add to my shelf. I write down notes for books I read. You can find them here.
I categorise my books into three main sections: fiction, nonfiction and technical. There are 3 kinds of non-fiction book: △ narrative, ○ tree, and ◻ branch.
△ Narrative books are books that tell a story. Examples include biographies, memoirs, and histories.
○ Tree books are books that lay out a framework of ideas. A good example is Daniel Kahneman's Thinking: Fast and Slow, which lays out his life's work — the entirety of behavioural economics — in a single book.
◻ Branch books are the most common type of book you'll find in the non-fiction section. These are books that consist of a single idea. The rest of the book is then padded out with examples, extrapolations, and implications of that single idea. Example: you can hang up pretty much any book by psychologist Dan Ariely on the tree of ideas developed in Daniel Kahneman's Thinking: Fast and Slow.
There's implication here: you can skim branch books. You shouldn't skim narratives and tree books. With tree books in particular, I find that slowing down to reflect on each chapter to be incredibly rewarding, so long as the tree book is a good one. But branch books: man. It's absolutely possible to skim branch books while still maintaining an optimal amount of learning: