Summer Reading List – Business, Motivation And Non-Fiction Books I'm Digging Into

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I was pretty much packing back one business book a week about a year ago. I still buy books at that pace, but I’ve been slower on the reading – mostly due to all of the audio (and video) I’m consuming via Podcasts. All that being said, it hasn’t stifled my voracity for business books or any other form of non-fiction book titles with some kind of content related to knowledge, humanity, communities or sociology. Truth is I can’t walk past a bookstore without going in_ and buying something.
I need to take all of this passion and pile it into the next episode of Foreword Thinking – The Business And Motivational Book Review Podcast (new episodes are on their way – promise).
Here’s my summer reading list (in the order that I grabbed them off of the bookshelf – random):
Made To Stick – Why Some Ideas Survive And Others Die by Chip And Dan Heath.
The Dip – A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin.
A Crowd Of One – The Future Of Individual Identity by John Henry Clippinger.
Everything Is Miscellaneous – The Power Of The New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger.
Little Green Book Of Getting Your Way – How To Speak, Write, Present, Persuade, Influence And Sell Your Point Of View by Jeffrey Gitomer.
You, Inc. – The Art Of Selling Yourself by Harry Beckwith and Christine Clifford Beckwith.
There’s No Such Thing As Public Speaking – Make Any Presentation Or Speech As Persuasive As A One-To-One Conversation by Jeanette And Roy Henderson.
No Problem by Alex Lowy.
Wikinomics – How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything by Don Tapscott and Anthony D. Williams.
I know it’s a long list, but the summer has just begun. I’ve even gone ahead and grabbed some of them on audio as well, so I don’t have any excuses. I’d love to know what’s rocking your night tables and inspiring you.


  1. A post on a Wednesday? Mitch, you rock.
    I’m not as big on reading … I’ve never been a quick reader and subscribe to 130+ podcasts, but I’ll fill mine in anyway:
    Wikinomics made it onto my list.
    I’ve wanted to read John Battelle’s ‘The Search’ … But have it in audio format now… so I’ll probably listen to it
    I want to get my hands on Seth’s ‘Purple Cow’
    And lastly, I have an ebook copy of Jessica Livingston’s ‘Founders At Work’
    I think I’m going to add ‘You, Inc’ too. Sounds good.
    Thanks for the list.

  2. Thanks for the list, Mitch.
    I’ve got a couple of my own to read. Tim Ferris’ 4 Hour Work Week, Why? by Charles Tilly, Everything Bad is Good for You by Stephen Johnson, Blog Marketing by Jeremy Wright, and a few others like Klosterman’s Cocoa Puffs and some Douglas Coupland. I’m stuck right now though – I can’t seem to finish Tom Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons.
    I love reading but books sure can be time consuming!

  3. The Greatness Guide, Robin Sharma
    The Search, John Battelle
    Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    Re-Imagine, Tom Peters
    Plato, The Republic
    That’s my current reading list. Some of them I have finished reading and found that I revisit them almost every second day. Latest is Heat, Gearge Monbiot.

  4. Perhaps this is a “ditto” entry? I had the pleasure of speaking with Professor of Organization Behavior Jeffrey Pfeffer (Stanford) about a year ago and he was giving much praise to the book by Chip Heath. You may remember Pfeffer’s book The Knowing-Doing Gap. Anyway, Professor Pfeffer has the same high opinion of this book as you do. Thank you for letting us know it is now in print. I shall be looking for my copy this weekend.

  5. Mitch,
    Love the list…made to stick is a winner. I’m enjoying your forward thinking blog as well. How are things going with this? I grabbed a couple of nice suggestions from here as well.
    Ryan from Geneva

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