The Reading List
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness
Ingrid Fetell Lee
How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain
Lisa Feldman Barrett
Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder
The Glass Cage: How Our Computers are Changing Us
Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines
John C. Havens
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success
The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You
Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin
The Design of Everyday Things
What to Read and Why
The Human Advantage: The Future of American Work in an Age of Smart Machines
Jay W. Richards
Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked
The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative
The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier
The Art of Gathering: Create Transformative Meetings, Events and Experiences
The Original List: April 2018
The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the Badass Babe You Were Meant to Be
Why we loved this: We heard Shoket speak at an IVY event in Boston and were excited to sign up for her newsletters and watch her TED Talk. She is the former editor of Seventeen and has spent the past several years having conversations with millennial women about modern life. She dives into work, friendship, relationships, and more.
Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World
Why we loved this: Grant uses interesting and varied real life case studies to illustrate his points, and then closes with actionable ways for you to employ what you learned from reading this book.
When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing
Why we loved this: This was the additional surprise book in the first box from the Next Big Idea Club. Timing is a fascinating variable in our lives that usually lies outside of our control. Pink offers useful insights into the latest research about timing, and how to apply the findings to optimize our daily lives.
The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories
Why we want to read this: This title has come up several times over the last few years, most recently in a post from The Muse about books to read during a life transition- and from what we can tell, your twenties and thirties are one transition after another.
Text Me When You Get Home: The Evolution and Triumph of Modern Female Friendship
Why we loved this: Catty frenemies used to be the stereotype of female friendships. This book explores how a new generation of women is forging authentic, supportive friendships that defy those expectations both in daily life and in the public eye of social media and mass media.
Also, shout out to Girls' Night In for featuring this as their March book club book!
Tinker Dabble Doodle Try: Unlock the Power of the Unfocused Mind
Why we want to read this: We heard Pillay speak at an IVY event in Boston and his research into the creative benefits of letting your mind wander really resonated with us.
The Four-Dimensional Human: Ways of Being in the Digital World
Why we want to read this: Scott applies tech-philosophy to our new reality of existence in the digital plane.
The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Contentment, Comfort, and Connection
Louisa Thomsen Brits
Why we want to read this: Hygge is a Danish approach to life that really resonates with our mission of celebrating what makes us human in a digital age.
How Luck Happens: Using the Science of Luck to Transform Work, Love, and Life
Janice Kaplan and Barnaby Marsh
Why we want to read this: We love scientific explanations of seemingly unscientific things, like luck.
The Beatin' Path: A Lyrical Guide to Lucid Evolution
John B. Lane
Why we want to read this: It's about psychology and how our brains will affect our future.
Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Why we want to read this: Pinker draws upon cognitive science to explain how reason and science have improved our lives.
Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing our Minds for the Better
Why we want to read this: This is a unique perspective about technology in a chorus of the opposite view. We're curious to see this from another angle and we're into the idea of adapting to technology by "retaining what is good of the old."
Life on the Screen: Identity in the Age of the Internet
Why we want to read this: This is the first in Turkle's trilogy of books about digital culture.
Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age
Why we want to read this: Turkle is a digital culture researcher; here she writes about conversation as a core quality of being human.
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Why we loved this: This is the final installment in Turkle's trilogy of research books about digital culture. She explores human interaction with technology as it develops and influences how we relate to each other.
Bursts: The Hidden Patterns Behind Everything We Do, from Your E-Mail to the Bloody Crusades
Why we loved this: Barabasi uses network science to explain the common patterns of human activity, across centuries of anecdotes past and present.
Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating
Why we loved this: Weigel presents a well-researched and entertaining account of the history of dating.
Who Can You Trust?: How Technology Brought Us Together and Why It Might Drive Us Apart
Why we want to read this: We heard Botsman speak at an IVY event in Boston and want to hear more of her insights about trust in real world communities in a digital age.
The Business Romantic: Give Everything, Quantify Nothing, and Create Something Greater Than Yourself
Why we want to read this: Leberecht is the founder of The Business Romantic Society, featured on our Missions We Love page. In this book, he explores how to make business more human.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
Why we loved this: This was a great, quick read about how to incorporate creative pursuits into everyday life.
Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions
Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths
Why we want to read this: This applies computer science to the human brain.
The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
Why we want to read this: Carr explores how the Internet is affecting our minds and our society.
Dataclysm: Love, Sex, Race, and Identity-- What Our Online Lives Tell Us about Our Offline Selves
Why we want to read this: This explores what our data says about who we are.
The Art of Choosing
Why we want to read this: Iyengar draws upon her work as a social psychologist to explore how and why we make the choices we do.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
Why we want to read this: This has popped up as a recommendation from everyone ranging from yoga teachers to the local book store. He argues that we need to get better at dealing with the realities of our lives instead of pinning all of our hopes on positive thinking at all costs.
Alain de Botton
Why we want to read this: This is a philosophical exploration of social status and the culture of keeping up with the latest trends.
The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World
Adam Gazzaley and Larry D. Rosen
Why we want to read this: This draws upon neuroscience and psychology to explore the science of multitasking and how to rewire our brains through a more balanced approach to using technology.
The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads
Why we want to read this: Wu explores how the biggest modern industry is that of human attention.
Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
Why we want to read this: Part career guide and part life guide, this explains how to apply design thinking to designing our dream life.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Why we want to read this: Cain first showed up on our radar from her TED Talk and her work on the Quiet Revolution. In this book she discusses how we culturally undervalue introverts and presents the research to support her case.
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