Monday, January 4, 2016

On my nightstand, January 2016

New year, new month and new week deserve a new reading list. So without further ado, here's what I'll be reading all month long:

Elizabeth Gilbert: Big Magic. Creative living beyond fearWhen Elizabeth Gilbert shares her perspective on living a creative life beyond fear, I most certainly listen. I can hardly imagine a better book to read at the beginning of a new year, when so very many of us dream about starting anew, embarking on a creative journey to a more fulfilled life and bringing our goals to life. This is a book about embracing curiosity, letting go of fears and facing our creative potential, and that's why it rightfully tops my January reading list.

Richard Branson: Losing my virginity. To say that I love Richard Branson would be a major understatement. As far as the entrepreneurs go, he is my ultimate hero. In more than 25 years, he built an empire that went from a student magazine to airlines, and it certainly won't stop there. Some of his ventures were a huge success, others were an equally huge fail. "Screw it, let's do it!" has been his motto for all those years, and he has been generous enough to share his lessons, insights and business tips on his blog and in his books. His autobiography is bound to be a special treat!

Tony Hsieh: Delivering happiness. A path to profits, passion and purposeTony Hsieh has at least one thing in common with Richard Branson: it's his dedication to providing an outstanding customer service and creating a corporate culture that values having fun, happiness and personal growth. In his book, Tony shares the lessons he learned in running his business, in balancing the business and life, and how focusing on happiness of people around you can increase your own.

Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha: The start-up of you. Dubbed "the blueprint for thriving in your job and building a career by applying the lessons of Silicon Valley's most innovative entrepreneurs", this book's goal is to teach you to manage your career as if it were a start-up business, no matter where you live or what you do.

David B. Yoffie, Miachael A. Cusumano: Strategy rules. Five timeless lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove and Steve Jobs. In less than a decade, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Andy Grove founded three companies that would define the world of technology and transform our lives: Microsoft, Apple and Intel. This book studies these giants of entrepreneurship and innovation: their successes and failures, common traits and differences, as well as the business strategies they followed when building their companies.

Susan Cain: Quiet. The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talkingThis one got bumped here from my December list. It was the only book that I didn't manage to read last month, and I hope to do better this time!

Nina George: Little Paris bookshop. Finally, a work of fiction on this otherwise heavily business-oriented list. Any book set in Paris is bound to grab my attention (and very often my heart, too), and when it's a book about bookshops and books themselves, I'm definitely a goner :) Monsieur Perdu, a self-proclaimed book apothecary, has a great gift for picking the exact book a reader needs. He can mend broken hearts and souls with just his books. But what about his own sad story? Can that be mended?

Celeste Ng: Everything I never told you. I've heard many rave reviews about this one, and now that it finally arrived to my mailbox, I'm eager to dive right in. It's a story of a Chinese-American family living in 1970s ohio. When Lydia, the favorite child of her parents, is found dead, the whole family begins to fall apart, and their carefully constructed life tumbles into chaos.

Martha Stewart: The Martha rules. I read this book a few years back, and I remember it being of the best business books I've ever cracked open. As I'm kicking off another busy year full of big dreams and plans, I want to revisit some of Martha's most useful business rules and advice. After all, who else to teach us the essentials of building and running an empire, than this consummate American mogul?

Charles Duhigg: The power of habit. Why we do what we do and how to changeWhen I was thinking about my 2016 goals and plans, I was also thinking a lot about the habits we build, and how they can make or break our success. In his book, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature, and its potential for transformation. And according to his research, the key to a successful life lies in understanding how habits work. Consider myself intrigued.

As always, I would love to know: what was the last book you read and loved? What's on your reading list for January? Have you read any of these books? If so, how did you like it? Be sure to share your picks and thoughts in the comments.

Happy Monday, guys!

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