You may not be able to judge a book by its cover, but I believe that you can ascertain a lot about a person based on the books that individual reads, owns, and/or appreciates. We glean additional information based on how someone “reads” books: digital book on a Kindle; digital book through a browser; audiobook, or old-fashioned bound paper. Let me be clear: I do not advocate that we “judge” other humans based on their reading habits. I simply believe that reading choices, specifically books, can reveal a lot about a person.
In the spirit of transparency, I share what’s on my nightstand with you as of January 21, 2022. These materials are arm’s length from my bed:
- Rituals For Work: 50 Ways To Create Engagement, Shared Purpose and a Culture That Can Adapt To Change by Kursat Ozenc, Ph.D. and Margaret Hagen, Ph.D.
- Co-Active Coaching by Henry Kinsey-House, Karen Kimsey-House, Phillip Sandahl, Laura Whitworth
- Making Handmade Books by Alisa Golden
- Ungrading: Why Rating Students’ Learning Undermines Learning (And What To Do Instead) by Alfie Kohn
- 740 Park: The Story of the World’s Richest Apartment Building by Michael Gross
- The Furious Voice For Freedom by Leon Forrest
1) What do you think my pile of books reveals about me?
2) What might be the value added if you were to include “what I am currently reading,” followed by one or two titles, to your email signature?