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Introducing Our Book Club: This Adult Reads

January Read: Atomic Habits by James Clear

Hey there, 

 

I’m a little excited about this!

 

In my last post, I may have mentioned that reading more books is one of my goals for the year. And what better way to keep up with my reading than to read with you. So what will we be reading? Some fiction, a few memoirs (hopefully) and a lot of personal growth books. I had previously sworn off personal growth books, until last year when I read one of the older books (Make it Happen by Lara Casey) in my library. I’ve decided to make this a regular practice, so I’ve been creating a list.

 

How the Book Club will work: At the beginning of the quarter, I’ll share my book recommendations and why those books are on my list. I’ll also do a monthly introduction to our book of the month. Every week, we’ll do a round-up or summary of the chapters we’ve read and what we’ve learned. I can share a short video or blog post (you can pick your preference, and I’ll make it happen).

 

For this quarter, I’ve curated a personal growth reading list that reflects important key topics that I find interesting – forming life-changing habits, creativity and personal responsibility.

 

And so my reading list for this quarter is *drumroll*:

 

  • January: Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • February: Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David M Kelley and Tom Kelley
  • March: Extreme Ownership: How U.S Navy SEALs Lead & Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

 

Atomic Habits by James Clear

I recently started following James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits on Twitter. James Clear is an authority on habits, and since we’re building habits that will help us work towards our commitments, it’s only logical that Atomic Habits is our first book. I’m hoping to learn how to master my habits and figure out how the little actions I take every day add to who I am.

 

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All by David M Kelley and Tom Kelley

The authors of Creative Confidence are partners at IDEO and thought leaders on Design Thinking. Creative Confidence makes a case for decentralizing the creative thinking in organisations and shares strategies that help us reach our creative potential in our jobs and personal lives. This book is on my list because as someone who is pivoting into Product Design, I need to learn to look at processes more creatively.

 

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

 

I had bought this on Audible over a year ago and didn’t listen to it until it was referenced in a room I was in on Clubhouse. The authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin are former U.S Navy SEALs, and they share the ownership strategies that helped them win back the all but lost city of Ramadi in Iraq. I’m hoping to learn how they’ve used these strategies to help businesses build high-performance teams. 

 

Do you have any suggestions for quarter two book recommendations? Please share below. 

 

Can’t wait to join you guys!