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By Greg Roth

My Cousin’s Reading List from 2017

My cousin Tim is an association CEO, leadership consultant, and a pretty serious reader: here is his list of books read in 2017. He shared this list on Facebook, so I’m re-posting here so I can share. I don’t read this much nor do I read this widely, so it’s a fascinating list to me from someone whom I know, trust, and admire as a thoughtful leader.

Books read in 2017

(Best two overall: Alexander Hamilton, and The Invention of Wings)

1. * Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A devout Muslim encounters Christianity, by Nabeel Qureshi
2. The Road to Little Dibbling, by Bill Bryson
3. The Complete Far Side, Vol. 2, by Gary Larson
4. The Indian in the Cupboard, by Lynne Reid Banks
5. I Still Dream about You, by Fannie Flagg
6. * The Prayer of Jabez, by Bruce Wilkinson
7. * In the Kingdom of Ice: The grand and terrible polar voyage of the USS Jeannette, by Hampton Sides
8. As You Wish: Inconceivable tales from the making of The Princess Bride, by Carey Elwes
9. The Complete Far Side, Vol. 1, by Gary Larson
10. Accused, by Lisa Scottoline
11. The Real Rain Man, by Fran Peek
12. Presence, by Amy Cuddy
13. Terminal Freeze, by Lincoln Child
14. Compelling People: the hidden qualities that make us influential, by John Neffinger & Matthew Kohut
15. Betrayed, by Lisa Scottoline
16. Think Twice, by Lisa Scottoline
17. Courting Trouble, by Lisa Scottoline
18. Wounded Tiger, by T. Martin Bennett
19. The Case for Easter, by Lee Strobel
20. Dirty Blonde, by Lisa Scottoline
21. The Complete Far Side, Vol. 3, by Gary Larson
22. Airframe, by Michael Crichton
23. All Work & No Say… ho hum another day, by Jody Urquhart
24. Lucille: the life of Lucille Ball, by Kathleen Brady
25. * Double Cross: the true story of the D-Day spies, by Ben Macintyre
26. Don’t Go, by Lisa Scottoline
27. Bringing Back the Black Robed Regiment, Vol. 1, by Dan Fisher
28. * Alexander Hamilton, by Ron Chernow
29. * George Washington’s Secret Six: the spy ring that saved the American Revolution, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yeager
30. * George Washington, by Ron Chernow
31. The Field Guide for Parks and Creative Placemaking, by Matthew Clarke
32. * John Adams, by David McCullough
33. * When I was a Slave: Memoirs from the Slave Narrative Collection
34. Look Again, by Lisa Scottoline
35. * Connective Leadership, by Jean Lipman-Blumen
36. * The Most Brilliant Thoughts of All Time (in two lines or less), edited by John Shanahan
37. Daddy’s Girl, by Lisa Scottoline
38. The Board and the CEO: 7 practices to protect your organization’s most important relationship, by Peter Greer and David Weekley
39. * Isaac’s Storm, by Erik Larson
40. * Faithful Servant of God: Moses, by Stephen J. Lennox
41. * The Invention of Wings, by Sue Monk Kidd
42. Hunch: turn your everyday thoughts into the next big thing, by Bernadette Jiwa
43. Keep Quiet, by Lisa Scottoline
44. A Time to Grieve: Journeying through Grief, Book One, by Kenneth Haugk
45. On the Road, by Jack Kerouac
46. * Ella Minnow Pea, by Mark Dunn
47. The Miracle of Dunkirk, by Walter Lord
48. * The Weather Experiment: the pioneers who sought to see the future, by Peter Moore

*those that have impacted my thinking the most or have been the most entertaining in 2017.

By Greg Roth

Idea Books Reading List for 2018

While others like to publish a list of books they read in the previous year, here are some to-be-released “idea” books that I may (no promises) get to in 2018. Let me know along the way if you read them as well.


9: Powerful (Patty McCord)
I would love to think I’ll get to this book, by a former Netflix exec, but there’s chance I don’t. I tend to shy away from execs writing primarily about their companies. Call it the Google Complex.

16: Herding Tigers: Be the Leader That Creative People Need (Todd Henry)
Overly cute title aside (not sure creative people are always tigers), I discovered his work as I was just getting started and he’s staying about 8 years ahead of me. I’ve watched a bunch of his keynotes to get a feel for business creativity plays in keynote form.

16: This Idea Is Brilliant: Lost, Overlooked, and Underappreciated Scientific Concepts Everyone Should Know (John Brockman)
“The latest volume in the bestselling series from Edge.org—dubbed “the world’s smartest website” by The Guardian—brings together 206 of the world’s most innovative thinkers to discuss the scientific concepts that everyone should know.” Could be cool, could be dry.

23: Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language (Emma Byrne)
I detest the word “amazing” in titles (I’ll be the judge of what I find amazing), but I’m intersted enough to give this one a chance. Not sure how she’ll get 240 pages out it.

30: The Culture Code (Daniel Coyle)
The author of The Talent Code changes a word and applies his thinking to teams. Audiobook candidate.



6: Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts (Annie Duke)
I love everything about this book, from the description referencing Pete Carroll’s decision to pass the ball at the end of Super Bowl XLIX to the author being a former poker champion. Def thinking audio book for this one.

6: Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley (Emily Chang)
Billed as an expose by a Bloomberg TV journalist, which sounds just a shade on the tabloid side, it’s an interesting subject that hopefully gets a good treatment.

13: Cringeworthy: A Theory of Awkwardness (Melissa Dahl)
One of the endorsement quotes is from Adam Grant, my informal mentor (he doesn’t know this), so I’m interested.

13: The Sociopath’s Guide to Getting Ahead: Tips for the Dark Art of Manipulation (PT Elliott)
“A practical satire that holds a funhouse mirror to American business and political culture. It is the first book to call out the new, “scientifically” grounded insights of social psychology for what they are: tips for the dark art of manipulation.” Funny how this and Cringeworthy come out on the same day.



6: 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z, and Hip-Hop’s Multibillion-Dollar Rise (Zack O’Malley Greenburg)
“Based on a decade of reporting, and interviews with more than 100 sources”. Even if that’s less than an interview a month, I’m looking forward to it.

20: In Defense of Troublemakers: The Power of Dissent in Life and Business (Charlan Nemeth)
“An eminent psychologist explains why dissent should be cherished, not feared”. The why is good, hope it has some how also.

27: Alive at Work (Dan Cable). I am thinking this book could be kind of boring (I would read a book called Dead at Work). But, it’s trendy to include the word “neuroscience” in your title and one of the examples cited in the book is “How Italian factory workers reduced their anxiety about a new process by playing with Legos”. OK, you got me, I’ll at least thumb through.


No release date

The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom (Joel Simon)
Light reading! I’ve always been fascinated my media studies. This is technically a reprint, but I’ve been reading the Columbia Journalism review on and off since I moved to DC in 2000. Will be interesting how my spokesperson training workshops changes after reading this.

I’m sure there will be other along the way, especially since I can’t find any slate for after the first quarter of the year. so check back and I may update this list.


My Cousin’s Reading List from 2017
Idea Books Reading List for 2018