A while back, some friends were talking about their favorite shows and movies. When it came to me, I said, “I’m reading Gone With The Wind.” General awkwardness ensued until someone finally broke the silence by asking, “Isn’t that more than a thousand pages?” Then it got quiet again.
I’m happy to say my friends today tend to be less put off by literary interests. Some even challenge me with the books on their lists. I have friends who read more to augment their professional life, and others who read more to escape. Either way, I find their lists informative and hope you will, too.
My friend Dustin, an Interactive Marketing Manager has several that I immediately added to my own (especially Sally Hogshead – why isn’t she at the top, Dustin?):
- Made to Stick – Chip and Dan Heath
- The Thank You Economy – Gary Vaynerchuk
- Fascinate – Sally Hogshead
- Enchantment – Guy Kawasaki
- The Art of Non-Conformity – Chris Guillebeau
Another friend, Bruce, a college lecturer in writing, tells me Hilary Mantel is on his list right now for redefining historical fiction with Wolf Hall and Bring Up The Bodies. I already enjoy historical fiction, but redefining a genre? I’m in, especially if Bruce recommends it.
Our Account Director, Brenda, shared The Zookeeper’s Wife with me last year after I shared The Help with her. That simple exchange was the start of a great friendship at work, and went miles towards tearing down the walls that can exist between creatives and account execs.
My daughter and I are currently busting through everything written by Edith Nesbit, ever since we learned of her influence on C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve mentioned before how much we enjoy Phineas and Ferb, but it’s the time we spend reading together that brings about more of a bond and, I believe, changes us both for the better.
As Charlie “Tremendous” Jones says:
You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet.
One site I’ve found helpful for keeping track of the books I’m reading and the ones I want to read is called goodreads.com. So what’s on your list?
And of course, thanks for reading.