The Marathon Runner of the Canon*
Hi – I’m Erik Rostad. I started Books of Titans in 2017 as an experiment to discover how to read more books and remember what I read.
I’ve always loved books. I remember reading by the light of my fishtank as a child. I lost that spark in high school when forced to read, but got it back in college where I spent about as much time reading for fun as I did on schoolwork.
Towards the end of 2016, a few things happened. I came across a list of books suggested by some of the world’s top performers in Tim Ferriss’ book Tools of Titans. I wanted to read every book on that list! Also, as a business owner, I knew that I needed to keep on learning each year in order to offer value to my clients. I thought reading would be the best way to continually learn.
I decided to challenge myself to read 52 books during 2017 from that list of suggested books in Tools of Titans. I knew it would be a challenge.
Since then 2017, I continue to set a yearly reading list in advance and move through the list one book at a time. I’ve completed books I’ve wanted to read for many years and have been amazed at what I’ve discovered.
This project is my experiment to figure out the best ways to read more and retain what I learn. I try different approaches to find out what works best for me. I’m flexible on the methods but always want to challenge myself to read and learn more. I find such delight in reading and making connections between a variety of types of books.
Another reason for this reading project is to connect with other readers around the world. Feel free to contact me to ask about any of the books I’ve read, my reading process, how I choose books, or to discuss a book we’ve both read. You can contact me at email@example.com.
*Spencer Klavan referred to me as the “Marathon Runner of the Canon” in this guest appearance on his Young Heretics podcast.