alexchiri

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I’ve read some really great books in the last couple of years. Here’s a list of those books.

The value of these books is relative to whatever the reader takes out from them. Just putting them in the ‘read’ list of Goodreads won’t make the reader rich, successful or in any way different.

Already read

  * **Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most** by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, Sheila Heen

    * One of the best books I have read in the last period of time. It is useful to anyone interacting with another human being daily, it's really an eyeopener and it can help you find out more about yourself and understand better the people around you
    * [Website](http://difficultconversations.com/) - [Review](http://alexchiri.com/post/difficult-conversations) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Difficult-Conversations-Discuss-What-Matters/dp/0143118447/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/difficult-conversations/id403601773?mt=11)


  * **Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace)** by Chade-Meng Tan

    * Google's "Jolly good fellow" take on accessible meditation. In order to understand everybody else, we first have to get to know ourselves better. Good read, even though you might not fully apply this manual on meditation, there's plenty of things to take and apply daily without much effort.
    * [Website](http://www.siybook.com/) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Search-Inside-Yourself-Unexpected-Achieving/dp/0062116924/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/search-inside-yourself/id496187225?mt=11)


  * **Team Geek: A Software Developer's Guide to Working Well with Others** by Brian W. Fitzpatrick, Ben Collins-Sussman

    * Every team has its dynamics and geek teams tend to be a bit different. What does it mean to be a member or a leader of a geek team? Good read for anyone working in the IT business.
    * [Oreilly](http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920018025.do) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Team-Geek-Software-Developers-Working/dp/1449302440/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/team-geek/id543183275?mt=11)


  * **Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School** by John Medina

    * Our brain is the most complicated system in our body, it doesn't hurt to know more about how we could use it in an efficient way. It includes many conclusions of recent studies about how the brains works, my favorite: brain cells do regenerate! I'll let you discover in what situations.
    * [Website](http://www.brainrules.net/) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Brain-Rules-Principles-Surviving-Thriving/dp/B00AZ8NC0M/) - [iTunes U](https://itunes.apple.com/us/itunes-u/brain-rules/id389800991)


  * **Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?** by Seth Godin

    * Times change all the time, what was enough for the industrial era, might not be enough today. Be relevant, be indispensable!
    * [Website](http://sethgodin.com/sg/books.asp) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Linchpin-Are-Indispensable-Seth-Godin/dp/1591844096/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/linchpin/id357913936?mt=11)


  * **Rework** by Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

    * 37signals is a company with its employees distributed all over the world. The common patterns of working in an office do not apply for them. But some of their workflow could be applied in any office.
    * [Website](http://37signals.com/rework) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Rework-Jason-Fried/dp/0307463745/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/rework/id421026168?mt=11)


  * **Teach Yourself The Clinton Factor: Communicating With Charisma** by David Gillespie, Mark Warren

    * What makes Bill Clinton such a great talker? A very good book for anyone that wants to find out some tricks about public speaking.
    * [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Teach-Yourself-Clinton-Factor-Communicating/dp/B005IUYYSQ/)

In the immediate queue

  * **Thinking, Fast and Slow** by Daniel Kahneman

    * In a figuratively way, we have two brains: one shallow, fast, pattern matching brain and a lazy, detail-oriented, analytical, slow brain.
    * [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Thinking-Fast-Slow-Daniel-Kahneman/dp/0374533555/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/thinking-fast-and-slow/id443149884?mt=11)


  * **Be Excellent at Anything: The Four Keys To Transforming the Way We Work and Live** by Tony Schwartz, Jean Gomes, Catherine McCarthy

    * [Website](http://www.theenergyproject.com/books) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Be-Excellent-Anything-Four-Transforming/dp/1451610262/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/be-excellent-at-anything/id389514926?mt=11)


  * **So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love** by Cal Newport

    * [Website](http://www.calnewport.com/books/sogood.html) - [Amazon](http://www.amazon.com/Good-They-Cant-Ignore-You/dp/1455509124/) - [iBookstore](https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/so-good-they-cant-ignore-you/id500983111?mt=11)
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