I’m not real fond of “selfies” – photos you repeatedly take of yourself and share. I know what I look like, and I’ve no need to share that. But I’m rather fond of what I’ve taken to calling “Shelfies” – snapshots in time of what you’re reading (or soon to be reading).
As we get back to school and work, I thought I’d share my current Shelfie. (disclosure: unsurprisingly, everything is going to be an Amazon Associates link).
Exodus by Geoff Livingston. I recently read through this and found it an excellent, if controversial, read. If you have a fundamentalist view of Christianity, I strongly advise you to skip this one.
The Undead Hordes of Kan-Gul by Jon F. Merz. Jon’s an enormously talented author who comes up with some amazing fictional worlds. I’m looking forward to this one.
1984 by George Orwell. I recently revisited this classic to see how Orwell’s dystopia compares to today. We’re getting close, folks.
A Stitch in Time by Andrew Robinson. For Star Trek: Deep Space Nine fans, this is a classic and a wonderful look at Garak after the fall of the Dominion.
Youtility by Jay Baer. I gave this one a read and while you won’t find many surprises in it, it’s an excellent, case-heavy volume of Jay’s idea that marketing should be so good that you could sell it as its own product.
The Heart Sutra by Red Pine. I revisit this volume often because it’s so dense, but it’s a scholarly and practical look at arguably the most famous Buddhist text.
Mastering the Complex Sale by Jeff Thull. Jeff Thull’s timeless classic on complex, enterprise sales is a must read if you’re selling into that market.
Turn Down The Heat by the World Bank. This is a must-read report of the complex effects of climate change and how it will impact the world. It’s not going to be pretty.
CTRL-ALT-Delete by Mitch Joel. On my list of books I’ve yet to read but need to read. I saw Mitch’s abbreviated talk at the Inbound conference and that moved it up the list real fast.
Feel free to grab any or all of these (except the World Bank one, that’s a free download) from Jeff Bezos’ Borg Bookstore.
What’s your Shelfie for back to school look like? What are you reading?
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