January 2, 2014

8 books to read for pleasure & improvement in 2014

Some of the best advice I’ve ever received from a professor was: “If you want to become a better a writer, you have to read. Everyday.”

One of my goals for the new year is to read more consistently, and I’ve been pinning togethor a booklist that ranges from design books to non-fiction to health and wellness. I’m aiming to finish one new book a week, and at the very least–a new read a month. My only criteria is to go across genres and read for pleasure (and improvement). Who knows, I might even join a book club.


Peep my starter booklist for the coming year:

  1. Give and Take.
    Using a host of management research, a Wharton professor reveals how, contrary to popular belief, being a “giver” will get you ahead in business and life.
  2. Who Owns the Future.
    Given the industry I work in, I need to understand how Internet technologies are changing our culture. This nonfiction book might have some fascinating insights about the challenges and potentials of the digital age.
  3. The Woman Upstairs.
    Call me cheesy but I love a good thriller. I pinned this one last summer because it was recommended by Daily Candy as “unsettling in the best of ways”.
  4. Pok Pok.
    I may never cook a single dish in this beautiful authentic Thai cookbook, but I know I’ll enjoy the stories about the author’s food travels throughout Thailand.
  5. Manage Your Day to Day.
    We all want to get more out of our days. This book claims to show you how to stop the busywork (hello:checking email too much) that’s draining your time.
  6. The Tools: 5 Tools to Help You Find Courage, Creativity, and Willpower–and Inspire You to Live Life in Forward Motion.
    I’ve seen this book pop up on many a blog with rave reviews. Plus, the cover art and website are a joy.
  7. Decorate Workshop: Design and Style Your Space in 8 Creative Steps.
    Love the Decor8 blog and Holly Becker’s first book–I just know I’ll love her newest remodel, home design guide!
  8. Until Your Mine.
    Another juicy thriller that apparently has a killer, twist ending.

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