2023 Book Recommendations for Learning, Leading, and Leisure

I, like always, resolve to read more in the coming year. If you’re looking to do the same, I’m sharing my own list of books I read this year and recommend for 2023. These are books on leadership for women, marketing, self-improvement, and books for fun because we need to read for pleasure too.

Pro tip: You can purchase each of these books by clicking each image which will take you directly to the book in my Amazon Store!

Belonging to the Brand: Why Community is the Last Great Marketing Strategy

Bestselling author and futurist Mark Schaefer explains why community is a vastly overlooked marketing opportunity for most organizations.

Cues: Master the Secret Language of Charismatic Communication

For anyone who wants to be heard at work, earn that overdue promotion, or win more clients, deals, and projects, the bestselling author of Captivate, Vanessa Van Edwards, shares her advanced guide to improving professional relationships through the power of cues.

The Wall by Haushofer, Marlen

While vacationing in a hunting lodge in the Austrian mountains, a middle-aged woman awakens one morning to find herself separated from the rest of the world by an invisible wall. With a cat, a dog, and a cow as her sole companions, she learns how to survive and cope with her loneliness.

All the Light We Cannot See

When Marie Laure goes blind, aged six, her father builds her a model of their Paris neighborhood, so she can memorize it with her fingers and then navigate the real streets. But when the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard 

Psychologists have discovered that our minds are ruled by two different systems – the rational mind and the emotional mind – that compete for control. The rational mind wants a great beach body; the emotional mind wants that Oreo cookie. The rational mind wants to change something at work; the emotional mind loves the comfort of the existing routine. This tension can doom a change effort – but if it is overcome, change can come quickly.

The Obstacle is the Way: The Ancient Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

The book draws its inspiration from stoicism, the ancient Greek philosophy of enduring pain or adversity with perseverance and resilience. Stoics focus on the things they can control, let go of everything else, and turn every new obstacle into an opportunity to get better, stronger, tougher. As Marcus Aurelius put it nearly 2000 years ago: “The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” 

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There

America’s most sought-after executive coach, Marshall Goldsmith, shows how to climb the last few rungs of the ladder.

The Confidence Code: The Science and Art of Self-Assurance—What Women Should Know

Confidence. We want it. We need it. But it can be maddeningly enigmatic and out of reach. The authors of the New York Times bestseller Womenomics deconstruct this essential, elusive, and misunderstood quality and offer a blueprint for bringing more of it into our lives.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

Chris Voss, a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI offers a new, field-tested approach to high-stakes negotiations―whether in the boardroom or at home.

How Remarkable Women Lead: The Breakthrough Model for Work and Life

Based on five years of proprietary research, How Remarkable Women Lead speaks to you as no other book has, with its hopeful outlook and unique ideas about success. It’s the new “right stuff” of leadership, raising provocative issues such as whether feminine leadership traits (for women and men) are better suited for our fast-changing, hyper-competitive, and increasingly complex world.

The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are

Be nice, but not too nice. Be successful, but not too successful. Just be likeable. Whatever that means?

Women are stuck in an impossible bind. At work, strong women are criticized for being cold, and warm women are seen as pushovers. An award-winning journalist examines this fundamental paradox and empowers readers to let go of old rules and reimagine leadership rather than reinventing themselves.

Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don’t Know

Malcolm Gladwell, host of the podcast Revisionist History and author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Outliers, offers a powerful examination of our interactions with strangers and why they often go wrong—now with a new afterword by the author.

Fairy Tale

Legendary storyteller Stephen King goes into the deepest well of his imagination in this spellbinding novel about a seventeen-year-old boy who inherits the keys to a parallel world where good and evil are at war, and the stakes could not be higher—for that world or ours.

Mastering the Skill of Reinvention

Is there a dream you have or a change you want to make? But perhaps you’re feeling stuck or wonder if you’re on the wrong path. Or maybe you’ve been searching for work that aligns with your purpose – and, preferably, supports your lifestyle, too. Whatever it is, you’re ready for a shift, but you don’t know how to bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be. You have found your guide. Coach Pamela Mitchell is a reinvention expert both personally – switching from Wall Street to entertainment – and professionally.

You can buy any or all of these books in my merchandise store here – happy reading!


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