My Favorite Books to Recommend, Updated February 2019

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My Favorite Books to Recommend, Updated February 2019

I love to read books, and if you’re here you probably do as well.

I find that most voracious readers enjoy getting recommendations from other readers. I’m asked quite often about my favorite books, and so I thought it would be helpful to list them all in one blog and categorize them; these categories align with my website’s overall blog categories. Since I’m constantly reading and discovering new titles, I update this post every one to two months; so please keep checking back and contact me with your book recommendations as well.

Advocacy, Allyship, Diversity, Equality, Feminism & Inclusion

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi, We Should All Be Feminists
  • Kaplan, Mark, and Donovan, Mason, The Inclusion Dividend
  • Sandberg, Sheryl, Lean In
  • Bader Ginsburg, Ruth, My Own Words (go see the movie On the Basis of Sex!)
  • Obama, Michelle, Becoming
  • Catlin, Karen, Better Allies

Bias, Harassment, Intersectionality, Racism, & Sexism

  • Traister, Rebecca, Good and Mad
  • Cooper, Brittany, Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower
  • Oluo, Ijeoma, So You Want to Talk About Race? (one of my new Facebook friends; she’s awesome!)
  • DiAngelo, Robin, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism
  • Coates, Ta-Nehisi, Between the World and Me
  • Wilkerson, Isabel, The Warmth of Other Suns
  • Downs, Alan, Velvet Rage
  • Baldwin, James, Giovanni’s Room
  • Angelou, Maya, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (and pretty much everything else she wrote)
  • Blaisdell, Bob, ed., Great Speeches by Native Americans
  • Miles, Davis, Miles (an autobiography by the great jazz pioneer)
  • Orange, Tommy, There, There

Career Growth, Leadership, and Strengths

  • Brown, Brene’, Dare to Lead (I’m reading this right now)
  • Godin, Seth, This is Marketing (one of the most helpful books I’ve read in recent months)
  • Ferriss, Timothy, The 4-Hour Work Week
  • Aujla, Dev, 50 Ways to Get a Job
  • Johnson, Whitney L., Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work
  • Pink, Daniel, A Whole New Mind
  • Covey, Stephen R., The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Wilber, Ken, Integral Life Practice
  • Palmer, Parker, Let Your Life Speak
  • Csikszentmihalyi, Mihaly, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
  • Rohr, Richard, Falling Upward
  • Kogon, Kory Kogon, Merrill, Adam, and Rinne, Leena, The 5 Choices: The Path to Extraordinary Productivity
  • Duhigg, Charles, The Power of Habit
  • Myer, Pamela, The Agility Shift
  • Patterson, Kerry, Grenny, Joseph, and Maxfield, David, Influencer
  • Rath, Tom, Strengths-Based Leadership
  • Myers, Isabel Myers, and Myers, Peter B., Gifts Differing (a deep dive into the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator/MBTI)
  • Brandon, Rick, and Seldman, Marty. Survival of the Savvy
  • Loehr, Jim, and Schwartz, Tony, The Power of Full Engagement

Compassion and Kindness

  • Armstrong, Karen, 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life
  • Hanh, Thich Nhat, Living Buddha, Living Christ
  • Block, Peter, Community
  • Campbell, Joseph, Reflections on the Art of Living: A Joseph Campbell Companion

Critical and Creative Thinking

  • Harari, Yuval Noah, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century (the best book I’ve read so far in 2019)
  • Harari, Yuval Noah, Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
  • Newport, Cal, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World (I’m reading this right now)
  • Pinker, Steven, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
  • Tippett, Krista, Becoming Wise
  • Hallenbeck, George, Learning Agility
  • Gelb, Michael, How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
  • Herrmann, Ned, and Herrmann-Nehdi, Ann, The Whole-Brain Business Book, Second Edition
  • Paul, Richard, and Elder, Linda, Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools
  • Martin, Roger, The Opposable Mind
  • Block, Peter, The Answer to How is Yes

Great fiction that will teach you a lot about life and human nature

  • Morrison, Toni, Beloved
  • Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Steinbeck, John, East of Eden
  • King, Stephen, The Stand
  • Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • Rowling, JK, Harry Potter series
  • Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea
  • Orwell, George, 1984 and Animal Farm
  • Salinger, JD, The Catcher in the Rye
  • Doerr, Anthony, All the Light We Cannot See
  • Marquez, Gabriel-Garcia, 100 Years of Solitude
  • Puzo, Mario, The Godfather
  • Dickens, Charles, Great Expectations
  • Kerouac, Jack, On the Road
  • Orange, Tommy, There, There
  • Wroblewski, David, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

  • Zinn, Jon-Kabat, Meditation Is Not What You Think: Mindfulness and Why It Is So Important
  • Tan, Chade-Meng, Search Inside Yourself
  • Bradberry, Travis, and Greaves, Jean, Emotional Intelligence 2.0
  • Chamine, Shirzad, Positive Intelligence
  • Moffitt, Phillip, Emotional Chaos to Clarity
  • Tolle, Eckhart, The Power of Now and A New Earth
  • Hanh, Thich Nhat, The Miracle of Mindfulness
  • Frankl, Viktor, Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Suzuki, Shunryu, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Writers and Writing

  • Prose, Francine, Reading Like a Writer
  • King, Stephen, On Writing
  • Gilbert, Elizabeth, Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
  • Lencek, Lena, and Brunello, Pero, How to Write Like Chekhov
  • Hemingway, Ernest, Ernest Hemingway on Writing
  • Gioia, Ted, How to Listen to Jazz
  • O’Brien, Tim, The Things They Carried (a memoir by a Vietnam veteran; not a book on writing per se, but the prose itself is worth several semesters of an MFA program!)
  • Campbell, Joseph, with Bill Moyers. The Power of Myth
  • Campbell, Joseph, The Hero With a Thousand Faces