Book cover, How to Live by Derek Sivers.Author: Derek Sivers
Genre: Non-fiction
Published: 2021
Locations: 985
Reading started: July 22nd, 2022
Current progress: Location 157 of 985 (15.9%)
Reading ended: July 22nd, 2022. This book was abandoned after less than a day. Why?
Effective reading time: 7 minutes (0 minutes, 40 seconds per 14 location)
Number of sessions: 1
Average session reading time: 7 minutes, 39 seconds
Average session review score: 0.5 of 5
Final review score: 0.5 of 5


Author’s website: 27 conflicting answers and one weird conclusion

Not quite non-fiction, not quite self-help. It’s a work of art about conflicting philosophies.

Many books believe they know how you should live. But each book disagrees with the next. In “How to Live”, each chapter believes it knows how you should live. And each chapter disagrees with the next.

One chapter makes a compelling argument for why you should be completely independent, keeping all options open. The next chapter argues why you should commit to one career, one place, and one person.

One chapter persuades you to be fully present, and experience each moment. The next, to delay gratification and invest for the future.

Which one is right? Which does the author believe? All of them. It’s a philosophy of conflicting philosophies.

A very unique and thought-provoking book. Meant for reflection as much as instruction.

113 incredibly succinct pages of profound insights. No philosophers are quoted. No -isms are named. Only actionable directives. The end result feels more like poetry than prose.

Why was this book abandoned?

I really regret that I only read reviews for this so-called book and didn’t read a sample before I purchased it.

This is just a collection of bullet points of the obvious without any attempts to flesh out anything.