Every month on average I purchase around 8-10 books. Every month on average I read about 3-4 books. So if you do the math, I have more books to read in my house than the books I have completed reading but I am totally fine with this. Frankly whenever I look at the pile of books to read I feel rich and happy. This is because I just love learning from books and I hope this desire never dies out.
One time someone asked me “What is your standard for purchasing a book?”
I was never asked that question so I had to pause and think what made me purchase some books and not others.
Here are my five standards for purchasing a book:
1. Recommended by my mentors. Since I want to think like them, act like them and be like them, one sure way of doing that is read the books they read.
2. My favorite authors: Tim Keller, Michael Horton, Harper Lee, Anne Lamott, Alain de Botton, Dan Pink and so on.
3. If the title grabs my attention. 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene or Moonwalking with Einstein by Joshua For sounds fascinating.
4. When I want to learn about a specific subject. For example, I want to be a good writer so I picked up On Writing by Stephen King.
5. Amazon reviews. If the book has a couple of hundred and above 4 stars I purchase them. For example Mindset by Carol Dweck has 4.5 stars (out of 5) and over 2,200 reviews. (The most reviewed book on Amazon is, unfortunately, Fifty Shades of Grey with 84,969 reviews with 4.5 starts. Maybe I should try reading it?)