The Connoisseur’s Fall Reading List

I may be one of the last dinosaurs around who enjoys the smell of freshly delivered journals and hardcover books, remember those? I can’t but help appreciate the tangible labours of love that writers spent their lives to create. And while I use iPads, I still feel most comfortable curled up on the sofa with a book.

Technology represents convenience, communication and work. But, anything in print on paper still represents a moment of pleasure and relaxation, and maybe sometimes uninterrupted absorption of ideas. That, coupled with the fact that I spend 75% of my time in front of a computer means my eyes also appreciate the rest from the glare of a screen. Either way, whether you enjoy reading ebooks or paperbacks, without further ado, here is my fall reading list that I am sharing with you:

1. Gender Studies/ Sociology: Fearless by Arianna Huffington, of Huffington Post fame, reveals how women cope with and overcome fear despite the social and cultural contexts. Using real examples of her own and those of famous icons, many eventually are, or can become, fearless, including perhaps you.

2. Finance: The Smart Cookies’ Guide to Making More Dough and Getting Out of Debt: How Five Young Women Got Smart, Formed a Money Group, and Took Control of Their Finances also has a daily guide at Whether you’re making it, spending it or owing it, money is a sensitive topic for everyone. It’s not a topic that you talk about around the camp fire. So, why not read up on outside the box ideas and get creative about finances? The original Smart Cookies of finance include authors Andrea Baxter, Angela Self, Katie Dunsworth, Robyn Gunn  and Sandra Hanna.

3. Business/ Leadership: The Leader Who Had No Title: A Modern Fable on Real Success in Business and Life by Robin Sharma – I got lucky with a signed copy for its original price. I’m looking forward to finding out the secrets behind Robin’s success as an Adviser to rich and wealthy clients and Fortune 500 companies and perhaps spark some ideas on how best to approach leadership in times of change.

4. Psychology/ Consumer Behavior (couldn’t make it for the photo): Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shapes Our Decisions by Dan Ariely had me at its summary on the back cover. It details why the placebo affect occurs in the market place and how social norms and perceptions shape our decision making skills, or lack thereof.

5. Biography/ Style: Justine Picardie’s “Coco Chanel” weaves an intricate timeline and tale behind the bittersweet life of a legendary designer.

All fascinating reads this fall, I hope you will be inspired to create your own reading list, digital or hard copy. Read on everyone!

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