I am continuing to work toward my goal of having read 20 books in 2017. My progress gets tracked on Goodreads, which provides a fun way to see what friends (and partners) are reading, not to mention what others who are strangers, but who have similar tastes as me, are reading.
If you have been listening to the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast for a while now, you know that guests often recommend books. The list of books I want to read is long – and getting longer all the time.
I thought I would list the top ten books I want to read in order to see if there are any members of the Teaching in Higher Ed community who are also interested in reading them. We could put together an informal book club, maybe on the Teaching in Higher Ed Slack Group, to try to tackle one or two during the upcoming holiday break. Or, we could schedule a time or two to connect via a virtual conference to discuss a book or two.
In no particular order, here are ten books I am interested in reading:
- Sorting Things Out: Classification and Its Consequences, by Geoffrey C. Bowker and Susan Leigh Star
- Ignorance: How it Drives Science, by Stuart Firestein
- The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, by Michael Lewis
- Nonviolence: The History of a Dangerous Idea, by Mark Kurlansky and the Dalai Lama
- The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander and Cornel West
- Emotional Intelligence 2.0, by Travis Bradberry and Jean Greaves
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World, by Jane McGonigal
- The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, by Richard Rothstein
- Confessions of a Public Speaker, by Scott Berkun
- Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, by Sonia Nazario
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If at least ten people show interest, I commit to exploring the feasibility of pulling something together in late December / early January. Otherwise, I will enjoy some solitary reading and to hearing what you wind up reading over the break. Speaking of which…
What book(s) are on your list to read in the near future?