Dear Internet,

Keep me accountable. I have set a goal for the Lord’s year twenty thousand and eighteen of reading one book every month.

That’s only 12 books for the entire year. This is not a monumental task for me but a very specific one which I’ve been neglecting over the years. Growing up in Bermuda I used to be a voracious reader, everything from science to history to books about football. I lost that eagerness for plain text somewhere between college and becoming an adult and now is the time to rekindle that flame.

Quite simply I don’t care what kind of books I read this year. In fact it would be great if I ventured outside my usual realm of technology, business and self-improvement. I hope to check out some fiction, psychology and philosophy books this year as well. The most important thing is that I READ, first and foremost.

Typing code everyday has given me an appreciation for the alphanumeric wonder that is the human language. When I write code I’m reminded of all of the ebbs and flows of words, sentence structure, paragraphs, and chapters that make up a book. A major difference is the alphanumeric text written in books do not need to be compiled or executed at runtime, the inspiration and wonder can be found immediately between the characters.

I once read that the common thread amongst successful people is exercise, prayer (or meditation) and reading. I haven’t reached that position yet but will be sure to check back in once I get there. And by that point hopefully have read an additional dozen or so books.

Later internet.

Engineer. Entrepreneur. Explorer. I’m here to shake up the world.

Engineer. Entrepreneur. Explorer. I’m here to shake up the world.