Saturday, January 12, 2013

Best Books of 2012

As I mentioned, I read quite a few books last year. I reviewed them all on Goodreads, but a few of them have really stuck with me. These are my top 5 books I read last year.

1. First Break All the Rules
Based on a Gallup Poll, this is a data driven look at what distinguishes excellent employees from the mediocre ones. How do you management people in order to increase satisfaction and enagement? How do you push people to do their best? How do you help people excel? Lots of food for thought and all supremely practical.

2. The Time Traveler's Wife
This book made me bawl.

3. Punished by Rewards
Rewards, punishment, two sides of the same coin. The author lays out a compelling argument for why neither is effective. He agrees that moving beyond gold stars, stickers, and trophies is not easy, but he inspires me to try.

4. Among Others
Upon finishing this book, the first thing I wanted to do was pick it up and read it again. That is high praise as usually I hate rereading books. A wonderful coming of age story with a deep love of science fiction.

5. Ratio
I've been looking for a book to free me from the tyranny of cookbooks for years. Something to help me understand the fundamental mechanisms in cooking. Ratio is that book. It can't cover everything, but it covers a large swath of your standards and covers them well.

What was your favorite book last year?

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