[Discussion] Book Recommendations

Moving this conversation over from Slack as well. What are you reading? Whether professional or personal, fiction or non-, we want to know what's on your shelf!


  • Just sharing mine here (along with a few side notes)!

    • The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World by Andrea Wulf [Review here]
    • A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley (I'm terrible at math, Barbara Oakley is a pro when it comes to education and basically "Learning how to Learn" -- it's SUPER helpful if you've ever felt like math could never be your thing). 
    • Mercury Rising by Jeff Shesol (NO! This isn't the book that the Bruce Willis movie was based on. This book is about the early days of the space race and John Glenn's FIRST big space mission: Friendship 7).
    • Everybody Writes by Ann Handley (Copywriting is a superpower).
    • The Devil's Chessboard by David Talbot (Ever wondered who Dulles International Airport is named after? Curious as to who put together that whole MK Ultra project? IS ThEre A SeCRET GoVerNMent!? -- Wake up sheeple!!! -- Kidding... mostly. Basically this book is about Allen Dulles [and a little about his brother John Foster - who that airport is named after, BTW] which is the dude who created and was Director of the CIA during WWII, the cold war, etc. -- It's pretty fascinating! But if it's TL;DR -- there are 2 fascinating Behind the **** episodes about them....if you're into that kind of thing.
    • Agriculture 5.0 by Latief Ahmad and Firasath Nabi (I'm low-key obsessed with the idea of leveraging sensors and data to improve agriculture because it has a HUGE effect on not only the human population but on the environment -- can we optimize agriculture so that we're producing enough food without depleting resources???)
    • Driven to Distraction by Edward Hallowell (Good for those w/ ADHD or struggle w/ Executive Dysfunction)


    And I'll add 2 more that I recently picked up:

    • Ladies Get Paid by Claire Wasserman (I'm terrible at salary negotiation - hoping this helps!)
    • Atomic Habits by James Clear (SOOOO many people have recommended this one to me)
  • I'm awful at reading professional books. That being said, one I really loved and found extremely useful for what I do is The Power of Moments by Chip and Dan Heath. 

  • The House of Gucci by Sara Gay Forden

    Interesting read and is business adjacent. It is interesting to learn how the company started and how the generations ran the company and the creation of the Gucci myth as well--plus it also falls into True Crime as well. Lady Gaga and Adam Driver will be staring in a movie adaptation later this year.

  • I don't read a ton of books but this 4 have remained on my shelf for years.

    1. Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki 

    2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

    3. A purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie

    4. A promised land by Barack Obama

  • I tend to only read fiction books, my two favorite are: 

    The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky (Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky) 

    • A massive read, but pleasant if you take it slow and steady, some chapters stay with you forever 

    A Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez 

    • Similar philosophical atmosphere as The Brothers Karamazov, but 1/3 the length with a faster pace and more modern setting
  • The first ones that come to mind are:


    The Jungle by Upton Sinclair

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo


    The Design of Everyday Things by Dan Norman

  • Nice! I have a book that includes Dostoevsky excerpts that I have been meaning to read (in the original Russian). Thanks for the reminder! 

  • Educated - Tara Westover

    Marabou - Ashley Armand

    Secrets of Mental Math- Arthur Benjamin

    Year of Yes - Shonda Rhimes

    Autobiography of My Mother - Jamaica Kincaide

    Brother Man - Roger Mais

    Failing Up - Leslie Odom Jr.

    The Marvel Book - Stephen Wiacek