It was only a few days ago that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asking for ideas for New Year’s resolutions, and now he’s settled on the first one: Reading a new book every other week through 2015. He’s invited all of Facebook to get involved as well, setting up the A Year Of Books page, which has already attracted nearly 80,000 likes from the community.
“I’m excited for my reading challenge,” writes Zuckberg. “I’ve found reading books very intellectually fulfilling. Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today. I’m looking forward to shifting more of my media diet towards reading books.”
With a Facebook Page to back it up, Zuckerberg has effectively created the world’s largest book club — not a bad achievement for the start of 2015. “If you want to follow along on my challenge and read the same books I do, I’ve created a page, A Year of Books, where I’ll post what I’m reading,” says the Facebook founder. “Please only participate in the discussions if you’ve actually read the books and have relevant points to add. The group will be moderated to keep it focused.”
The first pick for A Year Of Books is The End of Power by Moisés Naím, which is apparently already sold out on Amazon. “In The End of Power, award-winning columnist and former Foreign Policy editor Moisés Naím illuminates the struggle between once-dominant megaplayers and the new micropowers challenging them in every field of human endeavor,” reads the official blurb.
If spending more time reading is one of your own aims for 2015, then you might want to sign up with Zuckerberg and thousands of others to get involved in the challenge — although it’s possible that you’ll have to cut down on the amount of time you spend on social networks in order to keep up.