Great Reads

IMG_9572I love new ideas.

If I’m learning something and gaining a new perspective, I’m unjustifiably happy. The following websites/blogs and books are what you can find me reading in the park or -in my new favorite spot- a hammock by the pool. If you like education, learning, and living simply- enjoy:

(Non-fiction and memoirs are pretty much it for me, but there are some others scattered in below.)


Books with Lasting Impact

Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity by Josh Linkner
Flip: How to Turn Everything You Know on It’s Head and Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Imaginings by Peter Sheahan
How to Be Like Walt by Pat Williams
Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
Linchpin by Seth Godin
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor Ph.D.
Now, Discover Your Strengths by Marcus Buckingham and Donald O. Clifton
Simplify: Eliminate Stress and Fatigue through Simple Living by Donna J. Davis
The Dip by Seth Godin
The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
The Effortless Life by Leo Babauta
The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
The Thank You Economy by Gary Vaynerchuk
Tribes by Seth Godin
What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis
You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel

Books for Teachers

Building Your Adjunct Platform by Michelle Post
Community College Success by Isa Adney
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Brown, Roediger III, and McDaniel
Make Money Teaching Online by Danielle Babb
What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain
Tales Out of School by Bert Hudnall
Teach Online: 10 Simple Steps to Get Your Resume Noticed and Land the Job by Dr. Carolyn Edwards
The Likeability Factor by Tim Sanders
The One Minute Manager by Kenneth H. Blanchard and Spencer Johnson
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader by John C. Maxwell

Books Specific to Communication (and the courses to use them for)

All About Love by bell hooks (rhetoric, gender, and family communication)
Alone Together by Sherry Turkle (mass media and interpersonal communication)
A Whole New Mind by Daniel H. Pink (intro to communication)
Body Language by Julius Fast (nonverbal communication and interpersonal communication)
For Better: How the Surprising Science of Happy Couples Can Help Your Marriage Succeed by Tara Parker-Pope (gender and family communication)
High Impact Communication: How to Build Charisma, Credibility, and Trust by Bert Decker (public speaking)
Presentation Zen Design by Garr Reynolds (public speaking)
Resonate: Present Visual Stories that Transform Audiences by Nancy Duarte (public speaking)
Stage Fright: A Student-Friendly Guide to Managing the Jitters by George Griffin
Stage Fright: 40 Stars Tell You How They Beat America’s #1 Fear by Berry and Edelstein
Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds by Carmine Gallo
Thank You For Smoking by Christopher Buckley (intro to communication and persuasion)
The Naked Presenter by Garr Reynolds (public speaking and business communication)
Why Communication Fails and What to Do About It: What More Can I Say? by Dianna Booher (business communication and interpersonal communication)
Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within by Natalie Goldberg (rhetoric)

On My ‘Books to Read’ List
Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Free Agent Nation by Daniel H. Pink
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life by the Dalai Lama
The Art of Happiness by the Dalai Lama
The Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen

If you have any other great books/websites/blogs that you think I should add to the list, contact me at I love getting new suggestions.


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