About Quake Books

In 2015, I was reading next to my cat in Bogota, Colombia. The noise was unmistakable, and even though I had never personally experienced a seismic shift before, I instinctively knew what it was. That tiny earth tremor is something I will never forget, and on some level, it ever so subtly changed me. A bookquake is no different.

A QUAKE book is simply a book that alters some aspect of our being. Once you have read one you cannot go back to the way things once were. You cannot erase what you learnt from your memory. The resulting paradigm shift may be as simple as learning how to cook or declutter a house. It may force you to reassess your attitude, push you to run faster, lift heavier, dance with more ease, fight back against disability or discomfort. It could signal the beginning of your love affair with a language, a job or a hobby. It may give you solace and peace when you have lost a loved one or equally give you courage to ask for forgiveness or accept yourself just as you are.

A QUAKE book doesn’t necessarily have to shake us to the core or turn our life upside down. It does however change the way we think about or do something. You can recognise a QUAKE book, as one, when you start to notice that whilst reading, the world around you literally moves. The concept was first introduced by Robin Hanson and was developed by Tyler Cowen. And, building and expanding on Tyler’s idea, I would like to share with you some of my QUAKE Books.

QUAKE Books is not about whether I like a given book or not. I might hate it! I may disagree with the author on a number of levels. If you want to know if a book is “good” or “bad” then you have come to the wrong place. There are plenty of other sites that will tell you. But I won’t.

QUAKE Books tells you how hard a “bookquake” registered on the Richter scale and what the aftershocks were. Please note that a “magnitude 9” book does not mean that it is better than “magnitude 8” book, only that it shook me more at the time. Remember, if you are just focusing on “good” vs “bad” you are losing out on the opportunity to improve and grow!!

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