Books

Featured Book – Essentialism by Greg McKeown

I’ve read a lot of productivity books, but none of them are like Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Instead of focusing on how to get more things done in our super busy lives, McKeown reorients our focus and argues that it “isn’t about getting more done in less time; it’s about getting only the right things done.” This book has been my guide for the last few weeks as I crossed off goals and ideas that I don’t care that much about, and refocus my time toward endeavors that are truly the most important to me. If you’re looking to take more control of your life, this is the book for you!

Other Recent Favorite Books:
The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion
Difficult Women – Roxane Gay
To Life – Rabbi Harold Kushner

Book Lists

Below are several lists of my favorite books of all time, in a bunch of different categories – I hope you enjoy! And please comment at the bottom with other suggestions you have too!

Biography
12 Years A Slave – Solomon Northup
Autobiography of Malcolm X – Malcom X
Becoming – Michelle Obama
Dreams From My Father – Barack Obama
I Am Malala – Malala Yousafzai
Lab Girl – Hope Jahren
Long Walk To Freedom – Nelson Mandela
Night – Elie Wiesel
Educated – Tara Westover
The Color of Water – James McBride

Classics
1984 – George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Of Mice & Men – John Steinbeck

Fiction
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter – Seth Grahame-Smith
Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society – Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
The Yiddish Policeman’s Union – Michael Chabon
If Beale Street Could Talk – James Baldwin
Giovanni’s Room – James Baldwin
Americanah – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
The Rosie Project – Graeme Simsion
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian – Sherman Alexie

Inspirational
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
The First Phone Call From Heaven – Mitch Albom
The Five People You Meet in Heaven – Mitch Albom
For One More Day – Mitch Albom
The Last Lecture – Randy Pausch
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto – Mitch Albom
Tuesdays with Morrie – Mitch Albom
The Work – Wes Moore
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi

Judaism
The Sabbath – Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Night – Elie Wiesel
To Life – Rabbi Harold Kushner
Exodus & Revolution – Michael Walzer
Changing the World from the Inside Out – Rabbi David Jaffe
Moral Resistance & Spiritual Authority – Various Authors

Leadership & Productivity
The Checklist Manifesto – Atul Gawande
Essentialism – Greg McKeown
Grit – Angela Duckworth
Smarter, Faster, Better – Charles Duhigg
Getting Things Done – David Allen
7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Start With Why – Simon Sinek
Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
Leadership on the Line – Ron Heifetz & Marty Linsky

Non-Fiction
Bad Blood – John Carreyou
Ill Fares The Land – Tony Judt
The Unwinding – George Packer
1776 – David McCullough
Sapiens – Yuval Noah Harari
David & Goliath – Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell
The Other Wes Moore – Wes Moore
The Gatekeepers – Chris Wipple

Social Justice
Nobody – Marc Lamont Hill
Between The World & Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
Rest In Power – Sybrina Fulton & Tracy Martin
We Were Eight Years In Power – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The New Jim Crow – Michelle Alexander
Writing My Wrongs – Shaka Senghor
Becoming Ms. Burton – Susan Burton & Cari Lynn
Just Mercy – Bryan Stevenson
Evicted – Matthew Desmond
Not That Bad – Roxane Gay