Recommended Reading

Life is too short to read a bad book. This page includes a brief list of my recommendations sorted by category.

Communication/Persuasion

 

Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

 

The Influential Mind: What the Brain Reveals About Our Power to Change Others by Tali Sharot

 

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

 

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz

The Non-Designer's Presentation Book by Robin Williams

 

The Pyramid Principle: Logic in Writing and Thinking by Barbara Minto

Entrepreneurship/Innovation

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur

Diffusion of Innovations by Everett Rogers

Good to Great by James C. Collins

The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

The Startup Owner’s Manual: The Step-by-Step Guide for Building a Great Company by Steve Blank

Talking to Humans by Frank Rimalovski and Giff Constable

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World by Adam Grant

Fiction

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Goals / Decision Making / Habits 

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Switch: How to Change when Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Write it Down Make it Happen by Henriette Klauser

Living

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

 

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl

Meditations: A New Translation by Marcus Aurelius (Gregory Hays translation)

The Road to Character by David Brooks


Relationships

The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work by Eli J. Finkel

Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman

The Hard Questions by Susan Piver

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids by Laura Markham

Teaching

Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel

What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain