Team Favorites: Best Books of 2017

Winter is on its way and there is nothing better than curling up under a warm blanket with a great book.  We polled our team for their best books of 2017 and have compiled this reading list for you.  You will find fiction and non-fiction, business and non-business - so pick a favorite and start reading today!


Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance.  

From Bob:  I loved this book because it talks a lot about overcoming negative obstacles in one's life.  It also discusses how behavior patterns learned as a child can stay with you, oftentimes for life, and can be very difficult to overcome.


Thank You For Being Late, by Thomas Friedman

From Russell: This book looks at how the rise of technology and the internet have caused so much change to society in such a short amount of time and explores what challenges we may face going forward.


The Happiness Project, by Gretchen Rubin

From Liz: Over the course of a year, the author makes small changes in her life to see which ones truly impact her happiness.  Although happiness can be different for everyone, it was interesting to see what she chose and how she evolved throughout the year.


The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

From Cathy: My husband and I listened to this book on a road trip and it had a lot of take-aways about perspective and the things that are truly important in life.  It discusses the joy of evolving as humans and the impact our lives have on those around us.  


Ego Is the Enemy, by Ryan Holiday

From Max: It's a sensitive issue, but our ego can hold us back in many ways, both professionally and personally.  This book meticulously explains how our ego prevents us from solving issues that eventually impede us from achieving our goals.  


The Husband's Secret, by Liane Moriarty

From Alison: This book is a break from inspirational self-help and business tips. There is so much real drama in the world, it is nice to read something fictional.  It is an interesting novel that keeps the reader engaged throughout, with a surprise twist at the end. 


Onward: How Starbucks Fought For It's Life Without Losing It's Soul, by Howard Schultz

From Jay: I really enjoyed this book because it explains how they managed to keep their culture alive over the years and used their values to guide them through tough decisions, even during the recession. 


The Fish That Ate The Whale, by Rich Cohen

From Ryan: This book is about Sam Zemurray and his rise in the banana trade.  It's a fascinating history of the industry that includes political intrigue, coups and espionage.  The author is an incredible writer. 


Start With Why, by Simon Sinek

From Jason:  This book and the idea of "Why," has so many applications. I have integrated many of the concepts in this book not only to my professional interactions, but also to my personal ones as well.  In the traditional "who, what, where, when, why" I am left wondering "Why" it was last on the list.  Now, I have learned to start with it.


We hope you are encouraged to pick a book that sounds interesting to you and learn something new today.

- The 12five Team

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