This year we started our book club and just barely survived the holiday season and cranked out 13 books. Each in the category of non fiction spanning subject matter from feminism, to behavioral economics, to physics, and design.
We will no doubt traverse even greater variety in 2015 but definitely add these to your book lists if you are looking to pick a few nuggets of insight or perspective.
I’ll say that personally, How To Be A Woman was most impactful as I had never been given a plain language description of the female experience with humor, wit, and anecdote. It is a book every man should read.
The most challenging read was not Relativity by Albert Einstein. It was instead Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth from R. Buckminster Fuller. He plotted his course in a non-linear way that had me going back chapters and re-reading to make sure I could follow him. It was a great read but also left me feeling a little bit like I had been lectured.
There was no hands down favorite in my view, it was more about the conversations we had on the chat room. Now we’ll look to possibly change from the chatroom format to reddit.com and see how things go there.
I thank everyone that read with us this year, I can’t wait to flip more pages with you in 2015.
The Obstacle Is The Way: The Timeless Art Of Turning Trials Into Triumph
by Ryan Holiday
Relativity: The Special And General Theory
by Albert Einstein
Here Comes Everybody: The Power Of Organizing Without Organizations
by Clay Shirky
No Contest: The Case Against Competition
by Alfie Kohn
Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth
by Buckminster Fuller
Cities Are Good For You
by Leo Hollis
The Genius Of The Metropolis
The Language Of Things
By Deyan Sudjic
Understanding The World Of Desirable Objects
Be brave! We suggest choosing the book that is the furthest departure from the beliefs you currently hold.
The Experience of God
David Bentley Hart used a multi-theistic approach to prove the existence of God.
The Happy Atheist
PZ Myers wields science and reason as vehicle to reveal the belief in a supernatural power as false.
Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
By Richard H Thaler and Cass R. Sustein
Behavioral economics applied to every day life choices.
How To Be A Woman
by Caitlin Moran
Personal story of sex, love, marriage, pregnancy, and everything it is to be a woman in a modern world.
Teach Us To Sit Still (A Skeptic’s Search for Health and Healing)
by Tim Parks.
Writer’s journey to healing breath work ease chronic pain, where traditional medicine has failed.