If you want to get ahead, you must read as many books as you can. Want to start or add to your book-reading wish list? Without further ado, here are some book recommendations.
The Innovator’s Dilemma by C. M. Christensen (1997, 2016)
The book has been named one of “100 Leadership & Success Books to Read in a Lifetime” by Amazon editors. A classic on disruptive innovation, it is noted as the only business book that Apple’s Steve Jobs said “deeply influenced” him.
The Remains Of The Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (1990)
Ishiguro’s novel is a first-person narrative told by a butler who recalls his time serving in the army during World War I. The book explores the meaning of duty, the pursuit of greatness, and the sacrifices that come with both.
Competing Against Time: Time-Based Competition Reshaping Global Markets, by George Stalk (2003)
The author describes how reducing elapsed time can make the difference between success and failure. Try to give customers what they want, when they want or the competition will.
Dawn of the New Everything: Encounter with Reality and Virtual Reality by Jaron Lanier (2017)
This is a deeply human, highly personal account by author Lanier about the birth of virtual reality.
Sam Walton: Made in America, by Sam Walton (1993)
The undisputed merchant king of the late 20th century, Sam Walton shares his thinking about building the Walmart empire in a candid style.
The Road to Character, by David Brooks (2016)
It was named one of the best and most influential books of 2016. Beyond provoking valuable self-reflection and introspection, it sparks a wonderful discussion about why building inner character is as important as building a career.
Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
From internationally acclaimed storyteller Cornelia Funke, this is a bestselling, magical epic. One night, Meggie’s father reads aloud from a book called Inkheart. An evil ruler escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in her house. Meggie is smack in the middle of a kind of adventure she has only read about in books. Meggie must learn to harness the magic that has conjured her nightmare. Only Meggie can turn the course of the story that has changed her life. This is a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life.
Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell
Deja and Josiah are best friends. All through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. They say good-bye every Halloween and reunited every September. Josiah and Deja are seniors and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Last shift together and last good-bye. But she’s got a plan: What if instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut they went out? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years. What if this last shift was an adventure?