BookBundle Method™

What's the BookBundle Method™?

The BookBundle Method™ is a plan to read books ~ fiction and nonfiction ~  strategically, in combination.  Reading books in combination provides a unique way of asking deeper questions, exploring an idea more widely and empathetically seeing the world through a wider lens.

For centuries, stories and books have been the basic operating system and energy source for human achievement and creativity. Books have been the tools that enable mankind to transfer knowledge and expand our horizons.

Learn to take ideas, information and energy from books and use them as power for your next chapter — personally or professionally.

Why Read in BookBundles?

If reading is a secret weapon, then reading books in strategic combination– in bookbundles — is a nuclear arsenal.

If books are a tool, having multiple tools in your tool kit makes you even more effective.  You’d never hire a carpenter to build you a house if he only had a hammer.  You’d want your carpenter to have an array of tools.  Use your books the same way.  Plan an assortment of tools to help you achieve your goals — read in bookbundles.   

If books are conversations with the best minds in the world, past and present, have an assortment of well-placed conversations — read in bookbundles.  As Albert Einstein said, “The only think you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” Use more of the library — read in bookbundles. 

Recent BookBundles:

What Do You Value?
How Do You Determine Value?

What Do You Value?

The Great Gatsby is one of those books we read in high school and college. It’s also a book I think we should return to every few years.  

It changes as we change.  Mark of a masterpiece.  Brilliant, tight writing. It’s hard to believe Fitzgerald was in his mid-twenties when he crafted the novel. 

The novel quietly explores what Jay Gatsby values and in so doing takes the reader on a journey to explore their own values.

Do you value that beautiful thing or merely covet it? What’s the value in that shiny new object? For what reason?  What will it bring into your life?  

Book Published 1925
Author Image: Public Domain from”The World’s Work” June 1921
 
Book Published 2003
Author Image: Wikipedia – Hudson Union Society Event 2009

How Do You Determine Value?

I mostly don’t care about baseball. Or I should say, I didn’t care about baseball until I read Moneyball.  It was assigned reading in a class I was taking with Richard Thaler, the Nobel Prize winning behavioral economist at The University of Chicago.  

After reading Moneyball, I started thinking about the game a little more. It’s the story of Billy Beane who changed the game — even though he’s never won a World Series. Beane changed how baseball teams value their players — thus, changing the game. It’s a great story, written as only Michael Lewis could write it.  This book might even get you to think about baseball, even if you don’t. 


If You Want To Change The World...
Think Like An Artist

If You Want To Change The World...

Walter Isaacson is one of the world’s foremost biographers who has written about a few oversized humans. Those who changed the world: Leonardo DaVinci, Ben Franklin, Steve Jobs, and most recently Jennifer Doudna.

So it’s no surprise he would write about the revolution we’re all living through at this moment — the digital revolution. The Innovators is pure Isaacson — great storytelling about quirky personalities.   
This is an important book for anyone attached to technology (all of us) and anyone working to create (all of us). Like most Isaacson books, it’s dense so I recommend it in audio. 

Book Published 2014
Author Image: New York City 2012 by David Shankbone
Author Image: Will-Gompertz-Photograph- BBC
Book Published 2015

...Think Like An Artist

For those who don’t know Will Gompertz — go look him up on YouTube.  (He’s the BBC’s arts editor.) His videos will lift your spirit and make you want to create something!  

In his book, Gompertz outlines ten lessons from artists — past and present — to help you change the world. 

There is much to learn from these innovators and artists regardless of how you’re positioned in the system or where you are in the journey. Useful lessons in life from both these books.

"The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. "

⁓ Rene Descartes

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