• The Reading List

    New Additions

    Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

    Cal Newport

    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

    Arianna Huffington

    The Glass Cage: How Our Computers are Changing Us

    Nicholas Carr

    Heartificial Intelligence: Embracing Our Humanity to Maximize Machines

    John C. Havens

    Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

    Adam Grant

    The Novel Cure: From Abandonment to Zestlessness: 751 Books to Cure What Ails You

    Ella Berthoud and Susan Elderkin

    The Design of Everyday Things

    Don Norman

    What to Read and Why

    Francine Prose

    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

    Adam Alter

    The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

    Florence Williams

    The Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

    Edward Glaeser

    The Art of Gathering: Create Transformative Meetings, Events and Experiences

    Priya Parker

  • 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

    Ann Shoket

    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

    Adam Grant

    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

    Daniel Pink

    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

    Marina Keegan

    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

    Kayleen Schaefer

    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

    Srini Pillay

    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

    Laurence Scott

    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

    Steven Pinker

    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

    Clive Thompson

    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

    Sherry Turkle

    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

    Sherry Turkle

    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

    Sherry Turkle

    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

    Albert-Laszlo Barabasi

    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

    Moira Weigel

    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

    Rachel Botsman

    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

    Tim Leberecht

    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

    Elizabeth Gilbert

    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

    Nicholas Carr

    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

    Christian Rudder

    Why we want to read this: This explores what our data says about who we are.

    The Art of Choosing

    Sheena Iyengar

    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

    Mark Manson

    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.

    Status Anxiety

    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

    Tim Wu

    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

    Susan Cain

    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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