It’s the holiday season and as we gather with friends and family, if anyone asks you why you want yet more books to add to your already overflowing bookcases, just tell them you are building an antilibrary.

According to Nassim Nicholas Taleb author of The Black Swan: the impact of the highly improbable, a book about the impact of highly improbable events and creative thinking, it is good to surround yourself with as many unread books as you can. These unread books are potential knowledge and a constant reminder of what you don’t know. This allegedly inspires intellectual humility and leads you to continually learn. This in turn improves your decision-making abilities.

So there you go. Build your antilibrary and keep adding titles to your TBR lists with wild abandon.