2015 Reading List

January 20, 2015

What’s on your reading list for 2015? Not That Kind Of Girl by Lena Dunham and The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, which I’ve been trying to get my hands on for a while now (have you read it?), are on my list. I’m also adding a few books from this list by the inspiring people over at TED. The list includes 52 books recommended by TED speakers, and the list is broken down into categories like “Work,” “Science and nature,” “Mind and brain,” “Language,” “Happiness” and more. Here are few that stood out to me, which I’m adding to my 2015 reading list:

From “Creativity”

Creative Confidence, by Tom Kelley and David Kelley
Crown Business, 2013
Recommended by: Tim Brown (TED Talk: Designers — think big!)
“‘Creative confidence’ is the creative mindset that goes along with design thinking’s creative skill set.”

(Do you remember hearing Professor Bill Burrnet talk about Creative Confidence in this webinar that I recommended back in December?)

From “Happiness”

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience, by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008
Recommended by: Susan Cain (TED Talk: The power of introverts)
“This book illuminates the kind of life we should all be living. Csikszentmihalyi argues that one of the highest states of being is the state of flow — when you’re totally engaged in an activity, riding the narrow channel between boredom and anxiety. I talk about this book a lot, and try to live by it even more.”

From “Work”

Thrive, by Arianna Huffington
Harmony Books, 2014
Recommended by: Andy Puddicombe (TED Talk: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes)
“This book covers mindfulness in quite some detail, but also looks at the wider impact of our addiction to technology, overly active minds and increasingly busy lives. It offers some excellent commentary on mindfulness, along with some very sound advice.”


Check out the whole list here and feel free to leave any book recommendations in the comment section, if you’d like.


(Image from Refinery29.)


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