Antilibrary: the stack of unread books that will humble you and remind you just how much there is still to learn (Ryan Holiday)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Antilibrary is such a beautiful practical concept.”
“What’s the practice?”
“Make a list of all the books you want to read. I use Google Spreadsheets because it’s free. You could even name it ‘Antilibrary’. Whenever you discover a book you want to read, add it to the list.
Look at your Antilibrary often, and whenever you do, bring to mind Socrates’s wisdom:
I know one thing: that I know nothing.
You’re thus practicing Humility.
Moreover, express heartfelt Gratitude for having access to this wealth of knowledge.
You’re thus practicing Gratitude.
You can also turn it into a memento for why you want to read them. Whenever you look at your Antilibrary, bring to mind your Quest for Wisdom and Mastery, or whatever your motivation is.
You’re thus feeding the Fire of Motivation.”