I know a lot of people make resolutions to “READ MORE BOOKS” for the new year …
I never do. Because I’m a crazy voracious reader already. If anything I should read fewer books, and honestly, if I read fewer books I would have more time to do things like … clean the house.
Which I currently only do if forced to.
If you are one of those who wants to read more books this year, good for you! Obviously I am firmly in support of that goal
Here are a couple fun resources to help aid your book-reading/self-education resolutions:
My primary goal on Goodreads is JUST to keep track of what books I read, although there is also a great recommendations section if you are looking for more books similar to what you have read and liked. You can also follow your friends’ reviews for more book recommendations.
This is a great resource if you know you want to read more but don’t know where to start.
Kindle books :
I don’t know if you’re aware of this, but there are tons and tons (and tons) of FREE ebooks available on Amazon. And not JUST the old, no-longer-copywritten books. Some books by authors who just want to get their name out, some books sponsored by big companies. …. as well as some old classics.
MIT OpenCourseWare :
This is something new I just found in the last week or so …. Apparently MIT is putting some or all of their lectures and other course material online for free! Which is kind of amazing!
I’ll probably check out some of the History or Media offerings (steer clear from Engineering and such)….
Just on a quick glance, it looks like MIT is offering material for both undergraduate and graduate classes – some available classes offer lecture notes, assignments, online textbooks and other goodies that you would normally have in a university class. Just as an example, the Media in Cultural Context course download includes the full syllabus and reading list (along with links to buy the books on Amazon), as well as the assignment list (if you feel like writing a paper for fun).
As soon as Andrew and I are super-rich I’m planning on going back to school for fun…. Getting the syllabus for a new class was always my favorite part of school …. Until then this might hold me over.
I personally have not used iTunes University yet (partly because I already subscribe to 12 or so podcasts and partly because I don’t even have the time to listen to all of those). Essentially various universities have put lectures and course material online via iTunes. Personally, I am planning on using iTunes University to someday learn Spanish.
SO, what are you reading right now? What do you want to learn about in 2012?
P.S. I wrote up this post while talking books with my dad. It’s his fault that I read this much. Not that I mind …. Since he is also a crazy reader I get to borrow a bunch of books for him (most of which I have bought for him)