December 2017 Recommended Reading List – This month’s topic: Need a break?

 
 

December 2017 Recommended Reading List — something for every taste


The year is almost over and we can feel the "end-of-year-panic" everywhere. If you're looking for a break in form of a book, a last minute gift or you're just curious what we're reading these days — here's our recommended reading list for December. Have fun! 


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1. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

A totally random book. Randall Munroe is a scientist who ran a blog in which he gave  people answers to their hypothetical questions. This book is his personal best of and we love it. Sarcastic humor, science, and everything visually explained. Candy for brain & eyes. 

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"If my printer could literally print money, would it have that big an effect on the world?"

We say: very entertaining. 


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2. The Startup Way: How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries

Entrepreneur and bestselling author of The Lean Startup, Eric Ries reveals how entrepreneurial principles can be used by businesses of all kinds, ranging from established companies to early-stage startups, to grow revenues, drive innovation, and transform themselves into truly modern organizations, poised to take advantage of the enormous opportunities of the twenty-first century.  

We say: A truly inspirational book. We couldn't put it down! Should be a must read for every German organization in Q1. :)


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3. It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be: The world's best selling book by Paul Arden

It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want to Be is  a pocket 'bible' for the talented and timid to make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible. The world's top advertising guru, Paul Arden, offers up his wisdom on issues as diverse as problem solving, responding to a brief, communicating, playing your cards right, making mistakes and creativity, all notions that can be applied to aspects of modern life. This book provides a unique insight into the world of advertising and is a quirky compilation of quotes, facts, pictures, wit and wisdom, packed into easy-to-digest, bite-sized spreads.

We say: The perfect gift for the ones who can't wait to bring 2017 to an end and start  energized and motivated into 2018 (and leave all the crap behind).


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4. The Terranauts by T.C. Boyle

Humanity in a box (novel).

It is 1994, and in the desert near Tillman, Arizona, forty miles from Tucson, a grand experiment involving the future of humanity is underway. As climate change threatens the earth, eight scientists, four men and four women dubbed the "Terranauts," have been selected to live under glass in E2, a prototype of a possible off-earth colony with five biomes—rainforest, savanna, desert, ocean, and marsh.

We say: Ohhhh, people. A book for novel lovers and sociology geeks. 


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5. Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration by Scott Doorley and Scott Witthoft

Ready to rearrange the house or office? 

Based on the work at the Stanford University d.school and its Environments Collaborative Initiative, Make Space is a tool that shows how space can be intentionally manipulated to ignite creativity. Appropriate for designers charged with creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping an existing space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategies for changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in which teams and individuals communicate, work, play--and innovate.

We say: If you've been to the d.school you've seen the mastery in action. One of our 2017 favorite, practical, pragmatic books which leave you with the urge to build. 


Do you have any book tips for us?

 
Franzi Sessler