Reading is fun. If you want more to read that I’ve enjoyed in the past, click here to be taken to URL: Unofficial Reading List, a blog where I share and share and share until my fingers fall off.
- The World In Words: A podcast about language and those who speak it. The podcast goes in-depth into various topics of language, culture, and the elements that make language such a unifying and divisive factor of our lives.
- 99% Invisible: Everything about the little things in life that influence our lives. Unknown stories, fun facts, and stories that are essential to know for interesting people.
- Very Bad Words: A podcast about bad language and our relationship with those words. Obviously, the language contained in these episodes is 100% family friendly and safe to listen to with the most-easily offended of your grandmothers.
- Switched on Pop: For better or for worse, pop music is one of the defining elements of our modern life. This podcast explains how pop music works–and arguably leads to a greater appreciation of Top 40 music. Arguably.
- Twenty Thousand Hertz: Explaining the origins of the world’s most recognizable sounds makes one a better human being.
- “Just My Type” | Simon Garfield: “A book about fonts.” – The book cover
- “The Design of Everyday Things” | Don Norman: Basically, a treatise on smart design that can be applied not just to physical object, but also to leadership
- “Friendfluence” | Carlin Flora: How friends influence our lives from beginning to end–the types of impacts throughout life, and how we respond to the differences in friendships.
- “But What If We’re Wrong?” | Chuck Klosterman: Taking a look at the present through the lens of the future as if it were the past. Yeah, take that in for a second.
- “Sacrés Français!” | Ted Stanger: Written in French, it’s a book about the French and their culture from the perspective of a man from Columbus, Ohio–and a contributor for Newsweek assigned to the Paris office of the paper for six years.
- “Getting to Yes” | Roger Fisher and William Ury: Counted among the books that changed my life, this book can help you earn the trust of other people and keep it.
- “Words that Work” | Frank Luntz: How to craft language that convinces while still being truthful.
- “Welcome to your World” | Sarah Williams Goldhagen: A book about how the environment we’ve built around us can influence our behaviors and lives.
- “The Phantom Tollbooth” | Norton Juster: A kid’s book, sure. But one full of wordplay and reminder that are just as valid–and important for adults to hear as well.
- “The Name of the Rose” | Umberto Eco: The exact opposite of the kid’s book above. This book is quite the challenging read, but full of interesting thoughts on the meaning of symbols.
- “All the Light We Cannot See” | Anthony Doerr: I laughed. I cried. I reflected. A lot.