I’ve decided to keep a reading list, by tagging books on del.icio.us as I start reading them (or finish them, can’t decide. Probably some combination of the two). Amazon seemed like a natural choice for the destination web link, but I wondered if there was an alternative. It seems many books have their own website. For the rest of this post, I’m going to try to link to an obvious page, rather than the easy choice, just to see if it can be done.
Some books you just know you’ll go back to again. This list of books to re-read is partly for my own benefit, to remind myself to pick them up again in the new year.
- Getting Things Done by David Allen – changed my life and made me want to be more organised and relaxed, and helped me discover the source of most of my stress.
- Leadership and Self-Deception: Getting Out of the Box – made me think about the nature of selfishness. Not every book does that.
- Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki – gave me some ideas, though has very little substance and made me wonder whether Rich Dad ever existed.
- StrengthsFinder, Now, Discover Your Strengths – gave me an another way to think about strengths and team roles (having known about Belbin since starting at IBM).
I finally read Blink by Malcolm Gladwell recently (which he could have compressed into the first chapter. I got what he was trying to say very quickly, and most of the book was repetition), which made me think I should probably also get round to reading his earlier book, The Tipping Point. Also, I’ve never read Friedman’s The World is Flat. Should I?
Oh, and despite all of the above, most of what I read is actually fiction.. (I’m currently reading and enjoying The Life of Pi).