47 Books For Your 2011 Reading List

Looking for books to populate your reading list for 2011? Here are a few to think about.

Last year I set myself a challenge: reading a book every two weeks throughout the year (I actually managed one more than that). I also reached out to you – the readers of this site – for suggestions on what to read, and they obliged.

I was so pleased with the results that I’m doing the same in 2011. Once again, I reached out for suggestions – this time to people on Twitter. Here’s the list of books they suggested, along with a few books I plan on reading myself (links are Amazon affiliate links):


  1. Good To Great: Why Some Companies Make The Leap…and Others Don’t – Jim Collins (via @OT_Group)
  2. Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships – Daniel Goleman (via @ZoeDisco)
  3. First, Break All The Rules: What The Worlds Greatest Managers Do Differently – Marcus Buckingham, Curt Coffman (via @ZoeDisco)
  4. Rules for Renegades – Christine Cornaford (via @Chris_Eh_Young)
  5. Making Ideas Happen – Scott Belsky (via @Chris_Eh_Young)
  6. In Defense Of Food – Michael Pollan (via @slowfoodist)
  7. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution – Dawkins (via @jamesfowlerart)
  8. The Age of Persuasion: How Marketing Ate Our Culture (via @DoctorJones)
  9. Superfreakonomics – Steven Levitt & Stephen Dubner (via @DoctorJones)
  10. Common Sense Leadership – Garth Johns (via @MMPerspectives – thanks for the copy)
  11. The Art of War – Sun Tzu (via @dbrodbeck)
  12. On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin (via @dbrodbeck)
  13. The Selfish Gene – Richard Dawkins (via @dbrodbeck)
  14. Double Double: How to Double Your Revenue and Profit in 3 Years or Less@CameronHerold (via @cadijordan)
  15. The New Rules of Marketing and PR – David Meerman Scott (via @ruthings)
  16. The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Can Set Big Things in Motion – John Hagel III, John Brown & Lang Davison (via @melissa_ful)
  17. Flip the Funnel: How to Use Existing Customers to Gain New Ones – Joseph Jaffe (via @melissa_ful)
  18. The New How: Creating Business Solutions Through Collaborative Strategy – Nilofer Merchant (via @melissa_ful)
  19. Change By Design (via @melissa_ful)
  20. Social Media Roi: Managing and Measuring Social Media Efforts in Your OrganizationOlivier Blanchard
  21. Heroic Leadership: Best Practices from a 450-Year-Old Company That Changed the World – Chris Lowney (via @CloudSpark)
  22. Rework – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson(via @CloudSpark)
  23. Buyology: Truth and Lies About Why We Buy – Martin Lindstrom (via @Michaelynch)
  24. Purple Cow – Seth Godin (via @rightsleeve)
  25. Crossing The Chasm – Geoffrey Moore (via @rightsleeve)
  26. Big Switch– Nicholas Carr (via @rightsleeve)
  27. Workarounds That Work: How to Conquer Anything That Stands in Your Way at Work – Russell Bishop (thanks to McGraw Hill for sending me a copy)
  28. Predictably Irrational – Dan Ariely
  29. What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures – Malcolm Gladwell
  30. Here Comes Everybody – Clay Shirky
  31. Beyond Bullet Points – Cliff Atkinson
  32. Winning– Jack Welch
  33. In Search Of Excellence – Peters & Waterman
  34. Confessions Of An Economic Hit Man – John Perkins
  35. Groundswell: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies – Charlene Li & Josh Bernoff
  36. They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers – Romeo Dallaire (finished this – well worth reading)


  1. Y The Last Man – Brian Vaughan (via @ZoeDisco)
  2. Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen (via @misskatiemo)
  3. This Is Where I Leave You – Jonathan Tropper (via @SaraSantiago)
  4. The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald (via @dbrodbeck)
  5. The Help – Kathryn Stockett (via @LauraRWalton)
  6. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas (via @DustinPlett)
  7. Aftermath: An Inspector Banks Novel – Peter Robinson (via @GraemeMenzies)
  8. Await Your Reply – Dan Chaon (via @SaraSantiago)
  9. History Of Love – Nicole Krauss (via @SaraSantiago)
  10. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption – Laura Hillenbrand (via @belllindsay)
  11. Relentless – Robin Parrish (just finished this)
  12. Freedom Incorporated – Peter Tylee (reading this now)

What would you add to the list?

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Dave Fleet
Managing Director and Head of Global Digital Crisis at Edelman. Husband and dad of two. Cycling nut; bookworm; videogamer; Britnadian. Opinions are mine, not my employer's.