I recently posted recommended business books and books that were inspiring me on my LinkedIn and was overwhelmed by the response. Within a short period of time people jumped on the comments section to share their favorite books, what’s on their must-read list, and the books that were currently inspiring their actions.
My List of Must-Read Books
Here are the books I just recently recommended*:
- Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution by Brene Brown
- The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist
- Rise, Sister, Rise by Rebecca Campbell
- 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story by Dan Harris
- You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
- The Universe Has Your Back by Gabrielle Bernstein
The Benefits of Recommended Business Books
A few years ago the question was asked: How many books have been published in the world? Google provided an answer (keep in mind, this information is from 2010)
According to Google, there are 129,864,880 books in the entire world. How many books have ever been published in all of modern history? According to Google’s advanced algorithms, the answer is nearly 130 million books, or 129,864,880, to be exact.
How many books are published each year in the United States? There are somewhere between 600,000 and 1,000,000 books published every year in the US alone, depending on which stats you believe. Many of those – perhaps as many as half or even more – are self-published. On average, they sell less than 250 copies each.
Even if you are a speed reader, there is no way you can even skim through the great books that are published each year. That’s why having books recommended offers a great shortcut to know what books are out there and which ones are worth the energy. Notice that not all of the books I currently recommended are strictly business; some are financial, some motivational. We are all multi-dimensional and therefore can benefit from the wisdom and insights from a variety of genres, including fiction.
More on the results of my list of recommended business books in a minute. But first, let’s also talk about reading books together.
Benefits of a Book Club
A friend/colleague of mine and her mother are currently reading the updated Rick Warren book Purpose Driven Life called What on Earth am I Here For? Each day they read the chapter and share their thoughts and concerns and insights. While talking about the book with a mutual friend, they quickly added two more people to their summer reading project. Not only are they benefiting from the lessons in the book, they are also cementing those words through conversation and discussion.
Jimmy Fallon also sees the benefit of communal reading and earlier this summer asked for viewers to vote on a fiction summer read. Votes were collected over a week’s time and the winner: Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone.
Of course, we can’t talk about book clubs without mentioning Oprah. Oprah’s book club has been recommending books for years and she is perhaps the most visible champion of reading. Her latest recommended book is: The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton.
Oldest Continual Book Club in the United States
While Oprah’s book club may be top of mind, you may be surprised to learn that at the Chautauqua Institute in Chautauqua, NY books have been recommended and read as a collective club since 1878!
The New York Times did a feature article on the Chautauqua Literary Society in 1978 (40 years ago!):
“A CENTURY ago, in August 1878, what is now the oldest continuing book club was started in the United States with a high‐flown aim: “Education, once the peculiar privilege of the few, must in our best earthly estate become the valued possession of the many.”
Thus began the Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle (CLSC), the reading arm of the Chautauqua Institution, the preradio, pretelevision, prepaperback adult‐education organization, which is still doing good work at the same old stand in the lakeside summer resort city in southwestern New York State, but which is now only one among more than 150 adult book clubs with an annual business of $374.4 million in 1977.”
The CLSC is alive and well and each year new books are added to both the adult reading list as well as the youth list. “Each summer, the CLSC chooses at least nine books of literary quality and invites the authors to Chautauqua present their work to an audience of approximately 1,000 readers. The CLSC is organized under a vertical theme each year, which is meant to help readers connect the books with a uniting element. The theme for 2018 is “Disruption.” Click to see the books for 2018.
Together, those seeking to learn, to be inspired and to be changed by the written word, read books and share their reactions.
It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it. – Oscar Wilde
So when I shared my list of recommended business books recently, my hope was just to bring these books and authors to the forefront of my LI community.
LinkedIn Community Shares Their Recommended Business Books
So many people commented on their favorite and most meaningful books.
Heather Brizzi Sr. IT Manager – Global Operations and Digital Customer Solutions (DCS) at Sherwin-Williams, who said:
The best book I’ve (re)read this year is Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High. (Additionally,) I agree with the anything by Patrick Lencioni. I love his storytelling style which makes it a quick read and he’s highly relatable.
And Callie Cummings even shared the fact that she has written a book and hopes others will read and share:
I’d love to send you my book, The Bold Maneuver: The Ambitious Woman’s Playbook. I’m not biased at all 😉
Business Books People Recommended to Me
Here is a quick rundown of the recommended business books mentioned in the comments of my post (in no particular order):
- Brave Leadership: Unleash Your Most Confident, Powerful, and Authentic Self to Get the Results You Need by Kimberly Davis
- Do the Work: Overcome Resistance and Get Out of Your Own Way by Steven Pressfield and Seth Godin
- Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
- Key insights from Big Data – A Revolution That Will Transform How We Live, Work and Think (Blinkist Summaries) by Blinkist
- Man’s Search for Meaning, Gift Edition by Viktor E. Frankl and William J. Winslade
- Playing Big: Practical Wisdom for Women Who Want to Speak Up, Create, and Lead by Tara Mohr
- Present Over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of Living by Shauna Niequist and Brene Brown
- Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux and Ken Wilber
- Sacred Economics: Money, Gift, and Society in the Age of Transition by Charles Eisenstein
- Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm by Christian Madsbjerg
- Standing O!: A Book of Gratitude for Life Lessons by Scott MacGregor and Dick Vermeil
- The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership: A New Paradigm for Sustainable Success by Jim Dethmer and Diana Chapman
- The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business by Patrick M. Lencioni
- The Ideal Team Player: How to Recognize and Cultivate The Three Essential Virtues by Patrick M. Lencioni
- The Mind of the Leader: How to Lead Yourself, Your People, and Your Organization for Extraordinary by Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter
- The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
- Traction: How Any Startup Can Achieve Explosive Customer Growth by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares
Back to You
What recommended business book will you read next? And, what book(s) would you recommend? If you have a book that has really made a difference, business or otherwise, please share on my LinkedIn post or on this Facebook post. Let’s keep building that list!
And if you have written a business book that you’d like others to know about, let us know!
*Please note: I’m not receiving any financial benefit by recommending these books.
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