Our team’s reading list is full of top-notch books that are great for reading this holiday season. From philosophy, to self-help books, and novels, there is something for everyone to enjoy reading this December.
We, at Spitfire Inbound, are always looking for our next great read, and since we’ve come to the end of another busy year, we want to share the best books to read this December. From fiction to self-help books, and everything in between, our team has some excellent recommendations that both our clients and colleagues can enjoy!
by Saundarya Rajesh
Using 99 stories, anecdotes, and thought-provoking blogs, this book describes what diversity and inclusion (D&I) means, and how they can be embraced by anyone, from business leaders to young professionals. This book is particularly relevant to Spitfarians and could perhaps lead us to win the HubSpot HEART Award, AGAIN!
- Animal Farm
by George Orwell
This is arguably the most famous allegorical novel, and it is worth becoming familiar with it, especially if you love history. There is a tremendous amount of depth in this story, and the author, George Orwell, won a Prometheus Hall of Fame Award in 2011, for this iconic novel.
by Simon Sinek
This is a thought-provoking book where Simon Sinek argues what it means to be an excellent leader. It’s a great read for anyone looking to improve their leadership skills and qualities. Sinek also shares some of his learnings around what trust means at a biological and anthropological level, and why trust is so important.
by James Clear
“Your habits, good or bad—over time—will make or break you.” It’s a well-known quote by Aristotle, and it’s unsettling when you think about it. Your habits can change your life, in a good or bad way. Yet, we all know how difficult it is to break bad habits and develop new, good ones. This book puts together a set of very simple, yet executable rules to form good new habits. Give it a read and start taking those small steps to form good habits.
by Sam Beckbessinger
Messy and cluttered finances can be stressful and daunting. This book is brilliant if you’d like to learn how to manage your money a little better. Providing clear and concise advice on managing your finances, Sam Beckbessinger covers topics such as compound interest and inflation, and even the local South African phenomenon, “black tax”.
The book includes exercises and “how-tos”, deals honestly with the psychology of money, and is empowering, humourous. and helpful.
- The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the best known and most highly regarded book on military strategy ever written. While its wisdom originated in ancient China, its principles and advice are timeless, and they can be applied in the boardroom and on the battlefield.
The Art of War has remained relevant over the years because it’s about strategy and tactics rather than specific warfare technology. Whether it is internal or external to an organisation, or your own battles with yourselves, The Art of War gives comprehensive advice on how to approach conflict, and is a valuable read.
by Robert Greene
48 Laws of Power details the laws for attaining power in life and business, and the book gives historical examples of each law in practice. Robert Greene argues that the better you become at handling power, the better friend, lover, and person you will become. This is because you learn how to make others feel good about themselves, which makes them dependent on you as a source of great pleasure to be around. An interesting fact about this book is that it has been banned in prisons.
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by Tony Fadell
In Build, Tony Fadell shares stories and valuable lessons from his career, offering advice and solutions for some of life's hardest moments. It’s written for anyone who wants to grow at work—from young graduates making their first career move, to CEOs deciding whether to sell their companies. This book is filled with fascinating insights into some of the greatest products and people of the 20th century, along with personal stories, practical advice, and fascinating insights.
So there you have it. Our book recommendations will have you turning those pages all December long. Whether you want to escape into a great book, or just need a story to curl up with, there’s something for every mood. We’d love to hear some of your reading suggestions for this holiday season, so get in touch with us and share them. Happy reading!