August Reading Marathon

Heaven help me.

August 1 marks the first day of my 35 books in 35 days professional reading marathon. Thank goodness I have a hiking/writing vacation planned immediately after the marathon concludes. In three cases, I will be doing a deeper read of a book I have previously skimmed.

I've selected seven themes for the reading, and my plan is to post interesting quotes and insights via Twitter as I read each book. Once I've finished all the books in a theme, I will compose a longer blog post that highlights the various texts, compares and contrasts, etc. Here are the themes and titles:

1. Work and organizations

Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin
Elsewhere USA by Dalton Conley
Why Work Sucks by Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson
Saving the World at Work by Tim Sanders
The Levity Effect by Adrian Gostick and Scott Christopher

2. Internet culture and its impact

Free by Chris Anderson
And Then There’s This by Bill Wasik
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
Grown Up Digital by Donald Tapscott
Groundswell by Charlene Li and Josh Bernoff

3. Creativity, design, and innovation

In Pursuit of Elegance by Matthew May
The Element by Ken Robinson
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
Get Back in the Box by Douglas Rushkoff
The Laws of Simplicity by John Maeda

4. Society, the world, and the economy

Life Inc. by Douglas Rushkoff
The Tyranny of Dead Ideas by Matt Miller
The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz
The Age of the Unthinkable by Joshua Cooper Ramo
The Necessary Revolution by Peter Senge
Deep Economy by Bill McKibben
Enough by John Bogle

5. Decision-making

Nudge by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein
Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths & Total Nonsense by Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton
The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Judgment by Noel Tichy and Warren Bennis
Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe

6. Thinking and attention

The Starfish and the Spider by Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom
The Opposable Mind by Roger Martin
A Perfect Mess by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman
Five Minds for the Future by Howard Gardner
Rapt by Winifred Gallagher

7. Leadership

Tribes by Seth Godin
Leading with Questions by Michael Marquardt
The Introverted Leader by Jennifer Kahnweiler
Sala, Soul, and Spirit: Leadership for a Multicultural Age by Juana Bordas

The saddest part of it all? It still leaves me about 40 books unread.

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