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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15 Responses to47 Books For Your 2011 Reading List

  • Great list. There’s a few more to add to my list now.

  • I really thought the following were also great reads:

    Hip: The History – John Leland
    Convergence Culture – Henry Jenkins

  • Great list. You made me want to read some books including Water For Elephants and The Great Gatsby among others. I’ll definitely add those to my “To Do” list for 2011. Thanks.

  • Great list–I loved The Help and Water For Elephants. Just a quick note–are you sure #10 on your fiction list is fiction? Hillenbrand wrote Seabiscuit, I believe Unbroken is also a non-fiction work.

    I tend to read a lot more fiction than non-fiction, but your list has inspired me to at least keep track of what I’m reading. I don’t do a very good job of that!

    • I actually couldn’t tell from the description if it’s fiction or non-fiction
      – it’s very ambiguous.

      • If you like Hillenbrand’s writing style, I’d recommend Seabiscuit for another list, if you are building one. It was an incredible story, and made all the more spectacular by the fact that she wrote it while having Chronic Fatigue Syndrome–she was essentially bedridden while writing it.

  • Dcarnes
    ago10 years

    Thanks to your inspiration I’m working on my list and on my second book which was to finish off the Steigg Larson series, which I’d recommend in the ficiton category. My suggested non-fiction add is Switch by Chip and Dean Heath.

  • hey this is cool…but is there anyway you could make this an Amazon list so I can automatically “Wishlist” to keep track of it?
    (I’m on Groundswell, read Great Gatsby, Art of War, The New Rules, Good to Great, parts of Selfish Gene & Origin, yay for including Dawkins with digital!!!)

  • Read the new rules and liked it, currently reading the new small by phil simon, confirming a lot of things I already thought about that word I hear thrown around a lot entreprenurial companies…’agile.’

    Other than that, currently reading a bunch of sales-related books, the only one social media-related would be Inbound Marketing by Halligan and Shah.

  • Edward
    ago10 years

    I love reading! This is great!

  • If you haven’t read “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team,” I highly recommend it. (non-fiction)


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