Not sure what to read? Buy what people you follow recommend

Written by Eric L. Barnes / Original link on Sep. 15, 2020


I’m not sure where I picked up this habit but I’ve been instantly buying (preferably used and cheap) any books that seem semi interesting when I see them shared by someone I follow. For example, this book Just Listen by Mark Goulston was recommended by Michele Hansen on Twitter just the other day.

I wish I had read this book a decade ago. So grateful that @alexhillman recommended it in Tiny MBA. It’s already changing how I interact with people for the better.

— Michele Hansen (@mjwhansen) September 11, 2020

Because I love books on all aspects of business and with a recommendation like that, I think I would be doing myself a disservice not to get it. The same goes for programming books or even fiction when I see friends talking about it. Besides buying them I’ve also started writing on the back cover who recommended it:


Now when I revisit this book years from now I know exactly who recommended it, and can tell them thank you. It’s just a small way of showing appreciation.

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