Please recommend some of your favorite books!

Hannah S Kim
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Working from home has given me some extra time to read in the mornings and evenings because I no longer have to commute 2+ hours back and forth. So, I've been compiling a reading list- please feel free to recommend some of your favorite books! The more diverse the genres, the better. I am currently reading Beloved by Toni Morrison, and am looking forward to moving onto Pachinko because everyone I know has hyped it up.

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Chef
This is my kind of question. I try to read 50 ish books a year, this year my favorites have been: - Kitchen Confidential, - The Bell Jar - Surviving Autocracy - 4,3,2,1
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Community Manager
@aaronoleary I strive to read as that many books one day- thanks for the recommendations!
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Early Adopter/Professional Naysayer
@aaronoleary I picked up the Bell Jar on the day I moved to NYC and I cannot put into words how much I, 60 years after publication, from a completely different background, in a different era, utterly related to almost everything Esther Greenwood was feeling. We were roughly the same age and her terse, sharp, and absurdist but never self-parodying prose was so good and timeless, I still refer to it as "The book Lena Dunham would've liked to produce into a movie and ruin for our generation." (Bourdain was of course also excellent, a completely different experience though) Paying it forward: Fortress Besieged (围城) by Qian Zhongshu: It's arguably one of the last great novels published in China during what was both a brutal occupation replete with atrocities and a surprising if short-lived revival of literature. It's nihilist, it's dark, it's self-aware in a matter-of-fact way and yet still comedic in the old sense (humorous was a loanword from English, after all), it's like a Nabokov novel except while Nabokov spelled things out and people read past it, Qian wrote past things and everyone understood. He also manages to make the same pun work in multiple languages (with Chinese always one of them). Under-read masterpiece of the 20th Century.
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I will highly recommend - Wabi Sabi: Japanese Wisdom for a Perfectly Imperfect Life by Beth Kempton, Learn to clean yourself from too much noise (Second time I read it) - The Last Season: A Team in Search of Its Soul by Jackson, Phil, learn to manage egos and pressure for success - The Unknown Craftsman: A Japanese Insight into Beauty by Yanagi, Soetsu, Learn to appreciate you craft and art
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@lior_barak Never heard of any of these, will check them out! Thanks :)
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@lior_barak @hannahsuyun Let me know what you think about them, I think that some mainstream books are nice, but sometimes you need to also explorer things other don't usually put on their reading list to find out the value in going against the stream :-)
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@lior_barak @hannahsuyun haha yes that is how you find some real gems :).
Product Management & Growth
I highly recommend "The Tipping Point"! It's a great book on how certain ideas, products or services 'tip' or rise instantly. It talks about simple but interesting things like - "Why does a product by company A go viral but B not?" "Why is 'Jake' so well-sought after even though 'Jim' has been doing the very same things? Epidemics aren't restricted to virology. They are prevalent in business and politics too. It's a really fun read.
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@sandeeptalukdar Great recommendation Sandeep, this is one of my favorite books as well :)
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Product Management & Growth
@sandeeptalukdar @hannahsuyun Ahh! What are your other favourites?
@sandeeptalukdar The way Malcolm Gladwell thinks is amazing. Check out Outliers and Blink too.
Part time procrastinator
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl
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The book thief
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Community Manager
@maya_ovice Ah this brings me back to childhood :)
Impact driven social entrepreneur.
If not already yours, you have to read/see/transfer to todays world (comic style): The Three Escapes of Hannah Arendt: A Tyranny of Truth by Ken Krimstein
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Techie
Wings of fire
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Building @ReadsomHQ
A bit of everything - Talking to Strangers by M. Gladwell Bad Blood by J. Carreyrou 7 powers by H. W. Helmer
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Daily consumer of digital
- ABM is B2B - Freakonomics - Contagious - Tribes -Truth A few from this year I would recommend.
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I really can recommend 🚀: 1. Contagious 2. Hooked 3. The Top Five regrets of the dying
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Hi! I'm a marketer in tech.
Givers and Takers By Adam Grant! Great business psychology read
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Head of Product @Unicorn Nest
Anna Karenina: a story of how complex, deep and unstable the human nature is
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Atlas Shrugged - it's great book that relevant now Testing Business Ideas: A Field Guide for Rapid Experimentation by Arlexander Osterwalder, David J. Bland
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Shoe Doe: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike is just 🔥🔥🔥
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Sound engineer, Hot chocolate enthusiast
The Disappearance of the Universe: Straight Talk about Illusions, Past Lives, Religion, Sex, Politics, and the Miracles of Forgiveness
Father, Founder, Husband, Investor
You could also title this 'what books do i want for Christmas' @hannahsuyun :) - Business related = 'Don't make me think' - Steve Krug. This is my bible, I buy everyone who I hire a copy - Non-business related = 'All the light we cannot see' - Anthony Doerr. It's a few years old but I only just got round to reading it. Incredible
Obsessive Creator.
Some AWESOME books for startup founders and marketers :) • Hacking Growth • Traction • Predictable Revenue • Hooked • Blitzscalling • Trust Me I'm Lying • Pre-Suasion • Lean Startup • Lean Analytics • Influence • Made to Stick • From zero to one
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Community Manager
@danielamoitinho Some of these are on my shelf right now :) My supervisor also always recommends "Sprint"!
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Curious, Question Everything, Dreamer
These are the books I would recommend: 1. Atomic Habits by James Clear 2. Can't hurt me by David Higgins 3. The Janitor by Todd Hopkins 4. Driven by Douglas Brackmann 5. Loonshots by Safi Bahcal 6. No Rules Rules by Reed Hastings & Erin Meyer
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Program Manager - Acrolinx
- Red Notice - Range - Loonshots
Customer Success Manager @ Weet
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
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