We only stop learning if we choose to. As we move through life we become different people as our experiences mould who we are and who we become. But we cannot let our experiences be the only ones we listen to, we must listen to the voices of those we do not understand, those we choose to ignore, those who have a lived a life vastly different to our own. For us to truly grow we must question our own belief system and how we see the world.
This reading list is challenging and it is certainly not comprehensive. It will take you on journeys you are not expecting and make you question what you know and what you believe.
I have not read all the books here. So please share with me what you liked and what you didn’t. There are books I have read or want to read but they are books shared with me from people whom I respect and admire, from people who share a different point of view to me, and those that are on a similar journey as I am.
I hope it proves useful. Share your feedback with me – firstname.lastname@example.org
What Works – Iris Bonnet
Invisible Women: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men – Caroline Criado Perez
“This is the book that started me on a journey. A journey that has seen me cry, scream, and laugh because there was nothing else I could do. If you want someone to confirm what you already know about how the world has been designed from one viewpoint, this is it. It is wonderful and exasperating all at the same time.
This is a must-read if you have any interest in STEM or in diversity.”
When Pigs Fly!: Training Success with Impossible Dogs – Jane Killion
Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman
“If you want to understand how your brain works and the theory behind bias, this is it. This is the book you need to read if you want to understand why you act the way you do when you see things that are not the way you expect them to be.”
Never Split the Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended on It – Chris Voss, Tahl Raz
Chillpreneur: The New Rules for Creating Success, Freedom, and Abundance on Your Terms – Denise Duffield Thomas
“This one was close to home for me but also brought in the view of BIPOC women in the American medical system. It may be based on American experiences but there is no doubt much of what this book talks about can be applied in many western societies.
Anyone who reads this will be appalled at what has been and is still going on.”
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy – Jenny Odell
Untamed: Stop pleasing, start living – Glennon Doyle
Thinking in Pictures – Temple Grandin
Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in a Search for the Living Past: A Practical Guide for Understanding and Working with Traumatic Memory – Peter A. Levine Phd, Bessel A. van der Kolk
Brain Plasticity: Rethinking How the Brain Works – C.D. Shelton
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know – Alexandra Horowitz
Dark Emu – Bruce Pascoe
” I cannot profess to understand the challenges our indigenous Australian’s face but this is a brilliant place to start. Reading this has helped me to understand that we still have a national shame we need to face. If you have even the remotest interest in understanding how we can become the multicultural nation we claim to be, read this.”
* The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do, and How to Change – Charles Duhigg
* Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives – Gretchen Rubin
* The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level – Gay Hendricks
* Dare to Lead – Brene Brown
* The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment – Ekheart Tolle
* Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know – Malcolm Gladwell
* The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference – Malcolm Gladwell
* Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell
* What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures – Malcolm Gladwell
* How Emotions Are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain (Expert Thinking) – Lisa Feldman Barrett
* Be More Pirate – Sam Conniff Allende
* Fighting for Space – Amy Shira Teitel
* Lift as You Climb: Women and the art of ambition – Viv Groskop
* The First Two Hours: Make Better Use of Your Most Valuable Time – Donna McGeorge
* Keeping the Peace: A Guide to Solving Dog-Dog Aggression in the Home – Nicole Wilde
* Breaking the Chains of Gravity: The Story of Spaceflight before NASA – Amy Shira Teitel
*The Longevity Economy: Unlocking the World’s Fastest-Growing, Most Misunderstood Market – Joseph F. Coughlin
*Troll Hunting – Ginger Gorman
*The Yield – Tara June Winch
*Me and White Supremacy – Layla Saad
*I haven’t read but I have been recommended to read.
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