Monday, November 26, 2012

10 Books from My Reading List

I have spent the last couple of months reading--reading and reflecting, scribbling random ideas in my tattered moleskine but not really blogging. My thoughts felt more scattered than usual...and I wondered if it had to do with the books I was reading. A couple of months back I made a conscious decision to move away from pure L&D, Instructional Design and Performance Consulting stuff to those which would challenge my thinking and perhaps force me to question myself and the choices I am making. I picked up some of those mentioned in the list below after reading reviews, receiving recommendations or just browsing. I haven't regretted a single choice.

I am putting up the list here to share with my friends and communities. These books have moved and challenged me, made me feel guilty and exhilarated--all at the same time, provided insights, changed how I think and have often left me feeling confused--at many levels. I am profoundly grateful to the authors for penning these...for opening up doors and windows for the likes of us.

The list for you to pursue...

  1. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
  2. Dumbing us Down by John Gatto
  3. The Art of Choosing by Sheena Iyenger
  4. The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward Wilson
  5. On Violence by Hannah Arendt
  6. Alone Together by Sherry Turkle
  7. Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo
  8. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  9. Quiet: The Power of Introverts by Susan Cain
  10. Being Wrong by Kathryn Schulz

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