This year I took the time to write a review on GoodReads for the books I read (You can click on the book title to read my review). Instead of sharing full reviews on this post, I thought I would share a highlight/takeaway from each book.
I learned about Farnam Street this year, which has impacted the way I read. Shane Parrish’s ideas have pushed me to become a more critical and purposeful reader. He has also given me permission to feed my reading habit.
I hope you find this list interesting and perhaps find something you would like to read as well.
Career Counselling — Mark L. Savickas: Changed the way I do career development. I now include more narrative, subjective exercises in my work.
How to Find Fulfilling Work — Roman Krznaric: A vocation is not something you find, it’s something you grow into.
Bird by Bird — Anne Lamott: Write by telling the truth, one word at a time.
The Prosperous Coach — Steve Chandler and Rich Litvin: Changed the way I want to coach and create clients. The first book that made me want to be a coach. I will need to re-read this book several times.
The Seven-Day Weekend — Ricardo Semler: There are no rules. You can create and run a business any way you want.
Thanks for the Feedback — Douglas Stone: There are techniques you can leverage to become better at receiving feedback.
The Dharma Bums — Jack Kerouac: The freedom and pleasure of a bohemian, spiritual life tied to nature.
The Start-Up of You — Reid Hoffman: Graduates today will have to rely more heavily on themselves and their networks, instead of corporations, if they want to have a successful career in the 21st century.
The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here — Lynda Gratton: Most organizations are blissfully ignorant of where the future is taking us.
True Believer — Eric Hoffer: The evil truths of what it takes to manipulate people. Society will probably never escape these vulnerabilities.
There Is Life After College — Jeffrey J. Selingo: There is a lot of pessimism for our future work force, and a lot of work to do to help them adopt to this new world of careers.
The Inevitable — Kevin Kelly: We are the beginning of very big changes that will make our world different than it is today.
Be Bad First — Erika Anderson: You can learn things that are hard to learn, by framing the learning in the right way.
Toute l’histoire du monde — Jean-Claude Barreau, Guillaume Bigot: A history of the world in 400 pages. Great introduction for those with no background in history. Too euro-centric unfortunately.
Started but not finished:
• The Closing of the American Mind