A Reader’s Dozen: Books I Recommended Most in 2009

A lot of folks ask me for suggestions on books to kick-start or re-ignite their passions and participation in social media. Every individual and situation is different, but here are the books I recommended most in 2009:

  1. Greater Than Yourself
    by Steve Farber
  2. Tribes
    by Seth Godin
  3. Exploiting Chaos
    by Jeremy Gutsche
  4. The Think Big Manifesto
    by Michael Port
  5. The Digital Handshake
    by Paul Chaney
  6. Crush It!
    by Gary Vaynerchuck
  7. Socialnomics
    by Eric Qualman
  8. Radical Careering by Sally Hogshead
  9. The 4-Hour Workweek
    by Timothy Ferris
  10. Me 2.0 by Dan Schawbel
  11. Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields
  12. The Element
    by Sir Ken Robinson
  13. What Would Google Do?
    by Jeff Jarvis

A couple of interesting things to note here: 

  1. These recommendations are in response to folks asking about how to improve or ignite their social media engagement, yet really … only three or four can be considered "social media" books.  The others are about big ideas, amplifying relationships, passionate positioning.
  2. Each of the authors are actively engaged with their audience via social media platforms (click on their name above to engage). Hmm.

Considering I didn't pick up my own copy of Exploiting Chaos until October, I've really made some noise about it for it to be so high on the list. Though I didn't track it this year, I believe The Think Big Manifesto was the book I gifted most often. Radical Careering (published in 2005) probably has a permanent spot on this list.

Books I look forward to most in 2010? Drive
by Daniel Pink (just out now), Fascinate by Sally Hogshead (due out February), and Confessions of a Public Speaker by Scott Berkun (just picked up the Kindle version).

What were the books you talked most about in 2009. (I'm taking notes if I missed one you loved!)

FYI: The links to the books take you to an Amazon book page that is an affiliate link (price doesn't go up, I just get a small cut if you buy from the link). I linked to Amazon so you can see what's behind the cover. Barnes & Noble and 800-CEO-Read are also great places to buy these books from.