Give Yourself the Gift of Reading this Holiday Season – My 2016 Reading Wrap Up!

I love to read. My top 5 strengths (Strategic, Relator, Woo, Ideation, and Activator) are all about considering, connecting and leading the charge to implement innovative ideas. I can’t take credit for originality, but I can claim talent in curating ideas by devouring newspapers, books, podcasts, TED Talks and other sources of thoughtful and creative content. As we wrap up the 2016 year and look forward to the new year, I wanted to share my top 10 must-read career-oriented books that have shaped my philosophy and the strategic direction of our #1 ranked Career Services program.

  1. A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel Pink
  1. Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brene Brown
  1. Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work, Chip and Dan Heath
  1. Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life, Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
  1. Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, Simon Sinek
  1. StrengthsFinder 2.0, Tom Rath
  1. The Alliance, Managing Talent in the Networked Age, Ben Casanocha, Chris Yeh, and Reid Hoffman
  1. The Coming Jobs War, Jim Clifton
  1. The Defining Decade: Why Your Twenties Matter-And How to Make the Most of Them Now, Meg Jay, PhD
  1. There is Life After College: What Parents and Students Should Know About Navigating School to Prepare for the Jobs of Tomorrow,  Jeffrey J. Selingo

The election and my dear friend Chrissy’s diagnosis with lung cancer have also shaped my reading and thinking this year. Three books that have helped me develop more understanding and compassion are:

  1. Alexander Hamilton, Ron Chernow (I also loved Hamilton: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter)
  2. Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
  3. When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi

And three books I plan to read during the break are:

  1. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose, Tony Hsieh
  2. Search Inside Yourself: The Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), Chade-Meng Tan and Daniel Goleman
  3. Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas L. Friedman

I also plan to spend plenty of time hanging out (balancing food, wine, coffee and yoga) with family and friends and appreciating life’s many blessings. Oh, and I may binge watch some TV and movies too!

Wishing my Bentley family a relaxing and peaceful break doing what you love with people you love.


By Susan Sandler Brennan
Susan Sandler Brennan Associate Vice President, University Career Services