Our Favorite Books of 2018
How can anyone judge unless one’s mind has been opened and enlarged by reading?
– John Adams
Reading is still the main way that I both learn new things and test my understanding.
– Bill Gates
Books allow you to fully explore a topic and immerse yourself in a deeper way than most media today.
– Mark Zuckerberg
The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.
– Dr. Seuss
As we close 2018, we’re pleased to share our favorite books of the past year with the clients and friends of the Janiczek community.
As we did a year ago, we asked our team what they’ve read that challenged their thinking, changed their minds, and/or offered some entertainment. We hope you enjoy our picks, and we’d love to hear what you think, so don’t hesitate to let us know. Otherwise, find yourself a cozy chair, a warm fire, and a good read as you enjoy this holiday season!
The Ice Limit is a very well written novel about the discovery of the heaviest meteorite known to man on the southern tip of Chile. A team of explorers make their way from New York via a large oil tanker to retrieve it. This book had my attention from the very beginning to the end, with so many great characters and unexpected adventures. I hope you enjoy it!
Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup is the true story of Theranos and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes, as written by the journalist whose reporting uncovered the fraud that brought the firm down. At its peak, Theranos was worth $10 billion and Holmes (who founded the company when she was 19) was a Silicon Valley superstar. For anyone interested in venture capital, this tale is a reminder that even the smartest investors can get caught up in the hype.
According to the sad statistics, chances are you’ve had some connection with Alzheimer’s. In Pursuit of Memory is a thorough overview of the war against this terrible (yet growing) disease. The author is a neuroscientist who happens to be a terrific writer. He walks through the origins of Alzheimer’s and the numerous fronts on which we’re fighting for a cure. It will leave you more informed and, frankly, hopeful that Alzheimer’s will be defeated in our lifetime.
My long-time executive coach, Dan Sullivan, published The Extraordinary Impact Filter about a tool I’ve used successfully for over a decade. It has equipped me to think more clearly and act more decisively across all segments of my life. You will learn how to save a tremendous amount of time and energy by getting super clear about what and why you want something and filtering out everything except the impact you want to make as a result of pursuing the goal.
And for the younger children and grandchildren in the Janiczek community…
Sarah Callahan (age 10)
Willa of The Wood is about Willa, a night-spirit who was raised in the woods believing that humans are evil. But her adventures show her that those beliefs were wrong, and that she needs to figure out for herself what the truth about the world really is. I loved this book, especially when she was riding the wolf up the mountain and felt as though she was one of the wolf pack. I recommend this book!
p.s. For a sneak peek at some of the more anticipated books of 2019, check out this list.