Strategic Reading Challenge

Challenge: read books that drive job skills? (Source) I don’t know if I buy the “job skills” idea, but I’m really digging the challenge prompts. I’ll be running with this concept sightly looser than intended, and my list below reflects that.

  1. A book written by an author born in an African country (Planned: We Should All Be Feminists)
  2. A book about problem solving – The Knowledge Illusion: Why we Never Think Alone
  3. A book about critical thinking – The Gray Rhino: How to Recognize and Act on the Obvious Dangers We Ignore
  4. A book about creativity – The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi
  5. A book about making better decisions – Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me)
  6. A book set in Antarctica (Planned: The Stowaway: A Young Man’s Extraordinary Journey to Antarctica)
  7. A book about strategies for people management (Planned: The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate)
  8. A book about collaboration (Planned: Collaboration: How Leaders Avoid the Traps, Build Common Ground, and Reap Big Results)
  9. A book about emotional intelligence (Planned: Treating People Well: The Art of Civility At Work and In Life)
  10. A book about excellence in service – Ritz and Escoffier: The Hotelier, The Chef, and the Rise of the Leisure Class
  11. A book written by an author born in Asia (Reading: Toward a True Kinship of Faiths: How the World’s Religions can Come Together)
  12. A book about techniques of negotiation – The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and The Natural History Heist of the Century
  13. A book about cognitive flexibility – Yes to the Mess: Surprising Leadership Lessons from Jazz
  14. A book about presentation skills (Planned: Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone)
  15. A book about communication skills – We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter
  16. A book written by an author born in Australia/Oceania (Planned: Māori Boy: A Memoir of Childhood)
  17. A book about happiness – Rules of Civility
  18. A book about how to learn (Planned: How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why it Happens)
  19. A book about psychology – A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life
  20. A book that blends disciplines – What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Hypothetical Questions
  21. A book by an author born in a European country – The Princes in the Tower
  22. A book about social media – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennett
  23. A book written more than a century ago (Planned: Macbeth (Shakespeare))
  24. A modern retelling of the book read in #23 – Macbeth (Nesbø)
  25. A comic book collection – Scary Godmother Comic Book Stories
  26. A book written by an author born in North America – Beneath the Sugar Sky
  27. A book written by an author born in the Caribbean (Planned: The Pirate’s Daughter)
  28. A book about ideas (Planned: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation)
  29. A book about your favorite hobby – Heart and Darkness: Scary Adventures and the Evolution of Disney’s Dark Rides
  30. A children’s book that you didn’t read as a child – The Princess Diaries
  31. A book written by an author born in South America (Planned: Fever Dream)
  32. A collection of essays – We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
  33. A book that has been adapted to a film (then watch the film) – A Long Way Home
  34. A book with less than 100 pages (Planned: Beatrix Potter’s Giant Treasury)
  35. A graphic novel retelling of a classic book (Planned: Ian Pollack’s Illustrated King Lear)
  36. An autobiography/biography of a woman by a woman – Scrappy Little Nobody
  37. Science fiction written by a woman – Into the Drowning Deep
  38. Murder mystery written by a woman – Death at Wentwater Court
  39. Classic written by a woman – The Long Winter
  40. A book written by a woman that deals with a serious topic – We Need to Talk About Kevin
  41. An autobiography/biography of a man by a man (Planned: Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys)
  42. Science fiction written by a man – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  43. Murder mystery written by a man – The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra
  44. Classic written by a man (Planned: Animal Farm)
  45. A book written by a man that deals with a serious topic – The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
  46. A book written by an author born in the United States – The War Bride’s Scrapbook
  47. A book written by an author born in the Caribbean (Planned: The True History of Paradise)
  48. A book written by an author born in Canada (Planned: Amuse Bouche)
  49. A book about your industry/niche – Life in Code: A Personal History of Technology
  50. A book about someone’s inner or outer journey – Wishful Drinking
  51. A book by an author born in India – A Bollywood Affair
  52. A book by an author born in China (Planned: Bridge to Terabithia)
  53. A book about Japanese philosophy (Planned: The Cow in the Parking Lot: A Zen Approach to Overcoming Anger)
  54. A book of poetry (Planned: Brown Girl Dreaming)
  55. A book about science – Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails, and Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness
  56. A book by an author from Europe (Planned: The Neverending Story)
  57. A book by an author from Africa (Planned: Stay With Me)
  58. A book about a religion (Planned: Hogfather)
  59. A book about philosophy (Planned: But What if We’re Wrong?: Thinking About the Present as if it Were the Past)
  60. A book purely for entertainment – From a Certain Point of View