“If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot. There’s no way around these two things that I’m aware of, no shortcut.”
That’s from Stephen King’s wonderful book, On Writing. If you want to write really well, you need to follow King’s advice. Most of my clients don’t want to be writers, but they do understand how writing well can give their career a boost.
You don’t have to master the craft of writing if you want to author a book. You can get help from someone like me. But great books are more than great writing, they include information, insight, and inspiration and you develop those things by reading, widely and deeply.
That’s why I share reading lists that give you an idea of what to read. Use them to discover new things to read. Use them to get an idea of what other people are writing. Use them to develop a sense of what great books are like.
This week I’m pointing you to Bob Sutton’s most recent update of his “Books That Every Leader Should Read.” There are twelve books on this update of the list.
Bob is one of the most thoughtful and knowledgeable people I know. If you are looking for a list of “books you should have read,” this list will do the trick.