Summer Reading: My 2015 List of Books (So Far)

Summer Reading List

I have the amazing opportunity to focus on self-improvement at Buffer and, by extension, to focus on reading. Books are baked right into the culture—all new hires get a Kindle and any ebooks they’d like. I’m incredibly grateful for the chance to focus on reading more and to learn from the amazing authors who put together such influential books.

So far this year, I’ve read through a few dozen books on a wide variety of topics. I thought I’d share them here in case they inspire any summer book reading for you!

Let me know if you want to chat about any of these. The comments are open. :)

(When possible, I’ve linked to my favorite highlights of the books.)

Dept of Speculation cover The Art of Communicating  Startup Growth Engines

Dept. of Speculation

(Amazon)

The Art of Communicating

(Amazon)

Startup Growth Engines

(Amazon)

So You've Been Publicly Shamed  How Children Succeed Writing Down the Bones

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

(Amazon)

How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character

(Amazon)

Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within

(Amazon)

Small Victories How We Got to Now  The Year Without Pants

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

(Amazon)

How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World

(Amazon)

The Year Without Pants: WordPress.com and the Future of Work

(Amazon)

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big How to Write Short The 48 Laws of Power

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big : Kind of the Story of My Life

(Amazon)

How to Write Short: Word Craft for Fast Times

(Amazon)

The 48 Laws of Power

(Amazon)

Garner's Modern American Usage  The Art of Stillness traveling mercies anne lamott

Garner’s Modern American Usage

(Amazon)

The Art of Stillness

(Amazon)

Traveling Mercies

(Amazon) (highlights)

Courage is fear that has said its prayers.

– Anne Lamott, Traveling Mercies

Product Design for the Web   Running Lean  What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Product Design for the Web

(Amazon)

Running Lean: Iterate from Plan A to a Plan That Works

(Amazon)

What We Talk About When We Talk About God

(Amazon)

style the art of writing well

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

the design of everyday things

Style: The Art of Writing Well 

(Amazon) (highlights)

How is clarity to be acquired? Mainly by taking trouble; and by writing to serve people rather than to impress them.

– F.L. Lucas, Style

 

The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons

(Amazon)

The Design of Everyday Things

(Amazon) (highlights)

 

Intercom on Product Management tiny beautiful things cheryl strayed book cover Dying Every Day

Intercom on Product Management

(Amazon) (highlights)

Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar

(Amazon) (highlights)

Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.

– Cheryl Strayed, Tiny Beautiful Things

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

(Amazon)

the great divorce cs lewis cover education of a coach belichick haberstam divine conspiracy book cover

The Great Divorce

(Amazon) (highlights)

The Education of a Coach

(Amazon) (highlights)

The Divine Conspiracy

(Amazon) (highlights)

growth hacker marketing cover artful sentences cover amy-poehler-yes-please

Growth Hacker Marketing

(Amazon) (highlights)

Artful Sentences:  Syntax as Style

(Amazon) (highlights)

Yes Please

(Amazon)

I have realized that mystery is what keeps people away, and I’ve grown tired of smoke and mirrors. I yearn for the clean, well-lighted place. So let’s peek behind the curtain and hail the others like us. The open-faced sandwiches who take risks and live big and smile with all of their teeth. These are the people I want to be around. This is the honest way I want to live and love and write.

– Amy Poehler, Yes Please

On the Shortness of Life book cover Do Not Sell at Any Price Station Eleven

On the Shortness of Life

(Amazon)

Do Not Sell At Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records

(Amazon)

Station Eleven

(Amazon)

 

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking  The Noble Hustle  The Long Mars

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

(Amazon)

The Noble Hustle: Poker, Beef Jerky, and Death

(Amazon)

The Long Mars

(Amazon)

the alchemist book cover Innovators Hypothesis book cover Cloud Hidden Whereabouts Unknown

The Alchemist

(Amazon)

The Innovator’s Hypothesis

(Amazon)

Cloud-hidden, Whereabouts Unknown

(Amazon)

Peace Is Every Breath Hoyles Encyclopedia

Peace Is Every Breath

(Amazon)

Hoyle’s Modern Encyclopedia of Card Games

(Amazon)

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