1. From: Jonathan Great by Choice by Jim CollinsBUSINESS The best book from Jim Collins to date, with great perspective on what makes an organization successful. Getting Real by Jason FriedTECH/DESIGN A good perspective on how to run a lean technology group and be very efficient in creating backend systems. Unbroken by Laura HillenbrandNON-FICTION An incredible story of a WWII soldier’s will to survive. Mockingjay by Suzanne CollinsFICTION I have way more in common with area tweens than I care to admit. The Pleasures of God by John PiperOLD FAVORITE I keep coming back to his book that I read for the first time a decade ago.
2. From: Stacy The Stylist’s Guide to NYCTRAVEL by Sibella Court Love great design? Planning a NYC adventure? This is your book. Design Sponge at Home by Grace BonneyTECH/DESIGN Four hundred pages of inspirational sneak peeks, DIY projects, before and afters and just plain gorgeousness. The Heavenly Man by Brother Yun and Paul HattawayNON-FICTION A true account that changed my life. A book worthy of being read from beginning to end. The Tale of Three Trees: A Traditional FolktaleFICTION Retold by Angela Elwell Hunt A touching children’s book that may very well bring tears to your eyes. The BibleOLD FAVORITE Nothing compares to the truth found within these pages.
3. From: Todd Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?BUSINESS by Seth Godin Full of insight and good advice for those who do not want to work as a replaceable cog in a corporate machine.TECH/DESIGN Studio Culture by Tony Brook & Adrian Shaughnessy Interviews with a collection of noteworthy designers who have started their own successful studios. It’s About the Bike by Robert PennNON-FICTION The author’s quest to build the perfect bike interwoven with a chronicle of bicycle history. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm GladwellFICTION A fascinating look at the serendipity behind success that is often overshadowed by our myth of the self-made hero. N-space by Larry NivenOLD FAVORITE A collection of short stories for those who like idea based sci-fi, with great titles like “What Can You Say About Chocolate Covered Manhole Covers?”
4. From: Grant Interactive Project ManagementBUSINESS by Nancy Lyons Speaks to the elements of a successful project management process. Head First Series by Varying authorsTECH/DESIGN I’ve learned a lot of these books so as to better communicate with our developers and clients from both a business and technical perspective. River of Doubt by Candice MillardNON-FICTION The first non-Amazonian native lead expedition of the Amazon River lead by Theodore Roosevelt & Candido Rondon. Life of Pi by Yann MartelFICTION A look at truth defined by fiction & stories. The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoOLD FAVORITE Coelho’s blog is a extension of the motifs in this book and warrants a weekly visit from me.
6. From: Brendan The Information: A History, ABUSINESS Theory, A Flood by James Gleick A great book that explains how we got from on/off to the internet. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanTECH/DESIGN If you don’t already think Kahneman is a smart guy, you will after reading this. The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math, from One toNON-FICTION Infinity by Steven Strogatz Math is at the center of everything (even this list!), so it never hurts to brush up with a highly readable guide. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are DividedFICTION by Politics and Religion by Jonathan Haidt A balanced look at why I’m right and everyone else is wrong. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott CardOLD FAVORITE Please your inner hipster by reading this excellent book before the movie comes out.
7. From: Renata What Do You Care What OtherBUSINESS People Think? by Richard Feynman Insights into the brilliant mind of an American theoretical physicist. Gone Girl by Gillian FlynnTECH/DESIGN Full of all the twists, turns and complex characters necessary for any great drama. A Wanted Man by Lee ChildNON-FICTION Get your fill of the true Jack Reacher before his name becomes sadly synonymous with Tom Cruise. The Best of It by Kay RyanFICTION A collection of work by a great American poet. Economy of words and imagery at its best. Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourtOLD FAVORITE A classic that should be on everyone’s reading list.
8. From: Jana Getting to Yes: NegotiatingBUSINESS Agreement Without Giving In by Roger Fisher, et all Improve your conflict management. Web Bloopers: 60 Common Web Design Mistakes,TECH/DESIGN and How to Avoid Them by Jeff Johnson Fantastic resource full of explanations on why a site may not make sense to visitors and how to avoid mistakes. Thr3e by Ted DekkerNON-FICTION A thriller novel about a man being hunted down for keeping secrets hidden. Brave New World by Aldus HuxleyFICTION “Brave New World” is my favorite dystopian novel - the ending has been unforgettable Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan SwiftOLD FAVORITE The critical political commentary found in this fantasy novel is both fascinating and convicting; it has changed the way I view the world.
9. From: Dean The Purple Cow by Seth GodinBUSINESS Building a business around remarkable products, not archaic advertising approaches. Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. WhiteREFERENCE Elegant and professional writing are fundamental necessities for a fantastic web page. The Art of War by Sun TzuNON-FICTION One of the greatest poems of all time, applicable to a myriad of professional realms and situations. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisFICTION The timeless fantasy series that adults seem to cherish more than children! Mere Christianity by C.S. LewisOLD FAVORITE No author has shaped my character more than Lewis and no book has changed my life more than Mere Christianity.
10. From: Colin Rich Dad Poor DadBUSINESS by Robert T. Kiyosaki These concepts have stuck with me over the years. Webbots, Spiders, and Screen Scrapers: A Guide toTECH/DESIGN Developing Internet Agents with PHP/CURL by Michael Schrenk Learn how to automate your web browsing. The Big Lebowski: An Illustrated, Annotated HistoryNON-FICTION of the Greatest Cult Film of All Time by Jenny M. Jones Great coffee table book about a great movie. City of Thieves by David BenioffFICTION Two boys search for a dozen eggs during the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad. The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky, et. allOLD FAVORITE Dostoevsky’s classic story about a socially awkward but lovable hero, engulfed in a morally questionable society... much like the Big Lebowski.
11. From: Dave The Signal and the Noise: WhyBUSINESS Most Predictions Fail but Some Don’t by Nate Silver The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining,TECH/DESIGN Inference, and Prediction by Trevor Hastie, Robert Tibshirani, and Jerome Friedman Had to read this for class, it was intense... Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train YourNON-FICTION Brain to Get More Done in Less Time by Margaret Moore, Paul Hammerness The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar WaoFICTION by Junot Díaz Practical Text Mining and Statistical Analysis forOLD FAVORITE Non-structured Text Data Applications by Gary Miner, et al