I’ve always been a big reader, ever since I was young. I love getting to learn and to see things from the perspective of others. I think what we read can shape us, helping us to grow. So along those lines, I wanted to have a place to share books I have read and have enjoyed. These books vary in genre and topic area, but I have found all of them to be beneficial in my growth as a person. I hope you enjoy these book recommendations!
Start with Why by Simon Sinek
A few years ago, a friend recommended I watch Simon Sinek’s TED Talk, “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”. And I was blown away by this simple and powerful concept of answering the question “Why?”. The video prompted me to go out and buy his book, Start with Why, and I found it extremely helpful in thinking of what was the why behind my own life and the things I wanted to do in the future. I highly recommend checking out the TED Talk video even if you don’t get a chance to read the book.
Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives by Athena du Pré
When I was researching for a paper in grad school, I stumbled upon the book, Communicating About Health: Current Issues and Perspectives. The paper was only about 10 pages long, but after I started to read this book, I couldn’t put it down. I found the way Athena du Pré explained communication about health refreshing and very clear in how to put to action what I learned. Reading this book was also when the light bulb turned on and I realized the passion and excitement I had for health communication. This book is definitely a must read for anyone wanting to learn more about health communication.
Infographics Designers Sketchbooks by Steven Heller & Rick Landers
A lot of my design work over the past couple years has been to create infographics. The book, Infographics Designers Sketchbooks by Steven Heller & Rick Landers, was very inspirational in seeing how other designers work and the thought process each individual goes through to go from concept to final product. I think this helped me to further develop my own design process as well. And I think seeing the design process is just as amazing as the finished piece an audience sees because it shows the hard work and effort behind-the-scenes we don’t often see.
Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard by Chip Health & Dan Health
Switch is actually a book I first read in high school. It was recommended to me when I was working at an outdoor youth leadership camp. It was fascinating learning about how people make changes. Over the years in studying public health, I have reread this book and found how much it connects to health issues as well. The analogy of the elephant was especially fascinating.
Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling by Jason Lankow
I think the book, Infographics: The Power of Visual Storytelling, was originally intended to focus on the use of infographics in business and marketing. But I think the ideas explored in this book by the author, Jason Lankow, have a wider applicability. I loved thinking of how an infographic can tell a story and can see how valuable this in being able to communicate in an understandable way.