I came across Navy Reading yesterday. I’ve been trying to compile a booklist of books that I need to read, but lately it’s getting out of hand. It includes classics, business, theology, philosophy, productivity, history, IT, and other subjects like foreign languages. It’s seriously getting out of hand, and is growing faster than I can ever hope to keep up. My list contains little fiction at this point, other than some classics. I always discover when I stop to read fiction that I’m missing part of my soul. There is something about well-written fiction that truly inspires the imagination. I always enjoy fiction that is written in a historical setting. A good author can use the fictional characters to show the history to readers. Also enjoyable are other possible outcomes if done right. Lately I’m working through Theodore Beale’s Summa Elvetica, a Lord of the Rings type fantasy book set in a Roman style Holy Roman Empire ruled by a church that is very similar to the Catholic one.
There is a banner on the wall at Joshua’s Karate studio that says “A Warrior is also a scholar.” I’ve also heard a cliché that says “Leaders are readers”. I believe it. There are many ways to learn and absorb knowledge, but among them reading is unique. Though I also partake heavily from educational type channels on the TV, and listen to podcasts, reading is an important part of my intellectual development.
I think that anyone compiling a personal or professional development reading list would do well to borrow from the Navy Reading list, whether you’re in the Navy or not.