Books for every role
Every role you play in life can be complicated. I've created a best-of book list for each role to help.
I read a lot, and so do my clients. This is my personal list of the best books and readings I’ve come across.
No book is perfect, but a well-selected one has a few good ideas. My selection process is minimal. Here’s what I look for:
It’s so good, I want to buy it as a resource book or gift it to someone.
It’s a text I’d use in college lectures, workshops, or my own writing.
It’s well-written, highly quotable, and organized.
It has a great argument or plot with plenty of supporting elements.
It’s often revered by people I admire (not necessarily influencers).
It really challenged my thoughts and emotions.
It added value: ideas for fiction or practical action steps for non-fiction.
What matters most to me is their utility, not necessarily their commercial popularity.
What I don’t believe I’ll do is provide book summaries. I hate those unless I’m forced to read a boring book for work.
Summaries take all the joy and learning out of reading. My wish for you is quite the opposite.
Disclosure: I use affiliate links on this site for stuff I’ve actually bought myself.