October 14, 2014
List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take more than a few minutes, and don’t think too hard. They do not have to be the “right” books or great works of literature, just ones that have affected you in some way.
Last month, a status update on Facebook made the rounds asking users for their favorite books. Some of you may have listed your own books, or maybe some of you just observed what others had on their lists. The data scientists at Facebook even thought it would be fun to compile some of the most popular books on these lists (with the Harry Potter series coming in at first place). I myself made a list (mostly because I’m an avid reader and many friends tagged me on their own lists…and also because I, like, try to stay on top of the trends):
Our favorite books tell us a lot about who we are: our origins, our beliefs, our aspirations, et al. The reason why these lists became so popular is because it gave us some deeper insight on who our friends are, and showed us layers that don’t always make themselves apparent in our everyday interactions with them. But these lists are so limiting – they don’t tell us why each of the books are so important or why they’re so relevant to a person’s life.
That’s why we’re asking you: What books have stayed with you, and why?
Have any books affected you in ways that made you change your entire perspective on life? Any books that motivated you to work on your startup? Novels or nonfiction works that have affected the way you view leadership or simply how to live? Let us know which books have stayed with you, and how/why, and we may feature you in an upcoming post! Send me an email at [email protected]. Looking forward to your responses!
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