My Favorite Books to Recommend, Updated January 2019

21 Lessons for the 21st Century is one of the best books I've read so far in 2019.

My Favorite Books to Recommend, Updated January 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 (so 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 (reading this right now)
  • 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 and Strengths

  • 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)
  • 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

Legislation, Elections, & Voting Resources (Includes Reproductive Rights)

  • Clinton, Hillary, What Happened
  • Isikoff, Michael, and Corn, David, Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump
  • Woodward, Bob, Fear: Trump in the White House
  • Harris, Kamala, The Truths We Hold

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