As an avid reader, I was moderately excited to get an email from LinkedIn on my favorite influencer’s favorite books (moderately because email from LinkedIn is never that exciting, but I was excited that it didn’t include a pitch for their paid service).
Anywho, I bit and clicked through to see what these folks are reading. Unfortch, they’re reading not-so-exciting things. I love when people discover books for themselves and find and attribute personalized meaning, but…really?
- The Emperor of Maladies has been out for a few years and mixes sentimentality with observations on culture…this has been done time and time and time and time and time again.
- Same goes for The Fountainhead and A Christmas Carol. Great stories, but done. Oh. So. Done. How are we still discussing Objectivism, aren’t the flaws and inconsistencies played out yet? And while I concede that Dickens created an enduring classic, it really strikes me as kind of funny that it’s being pushed as having implications on business. Scrooge‘d indeed.
- And Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Inspiration for the Jack Donaghy meme.
If these are the highlights, I’m not interested. So lets be real. What books are influential to you, personally, and why?