In search of the perfect book for leisurely reading? We asked leaders from various industries to share their top picks.
1984: Dystopian Exploration of Freedom
The dystopian nature and exploration of themes of surveillance, government control, and individual freedom make 1984 an intellectually stimulating leisure read. Orwell’s writing style and its impact on literature make it an intriguing option despite its darker nature. The thought-provoking narrative and the portrayal of a totalitarian society add depth to the reading experience.
Yoana Wong, Co-founder, Secret Florists
Whimsical Wanderer: Imaginative, Humorous Escapades
If you’re looking for a book that’ll whisk you away on a delightful literary adventure, I’ve got just the ticket for you! I highly recommend The Whimsical Wanderer’s Guide to Blissful Escapades by the witty wordsmith, Penelope Page-Turner. This gem is the perfect companion for leisurely reading with its magical mix of imagination, humor, and captivating storytelling. Page-Turner effortlessly transports you to far-flung lands like no other, making you feel like you’re sipping coconut water in Bali or exploring ancient ruins in Machu Picchu. And let’s not forget her cast of quirky characters, from an eccentric tea-drinking sloth to a time-traveling garden gnome with a penchant for mischief. With every turn of the page, you’ll find yourself chuckling at the clever wordplay while marveling at the vivid descriptions that bring each location to life. So, grab a cozy blanket, a cup of tea, and embark on this whimsical journey that will leave you grinning from ear to ear.
Himanshu Sharma, CEO and Founder, Academy of Digital Marketing
The Digital Mirage: Human-Technology Relationship
The Digital Mirage is a captivating book that explores the intricate relationship between humans and technology. It delves into the profound impact of technology on our lives, uncovering the illusions and misconceptions that surround it. This thought-provoking read combines elements of philosophy, psychology, and sociology to examine how technology shapes our perceptions, relationships, and society as a whole. The author seamlessly weaves together personal anecdotes, scientific research, and compelling storytelling to make complex concepts accessible and engaging. With its insightful analysis and accessible prose, The Digital Mirage challenges readers to critically reflect on their own technological interactions, making it an enjoyable and enlightening journey of self-discovery.
Vikas Kaushik, CEO, TechAhead
Dare to Lead: Lessons for Personal Growth
I’ll recommend Brené Brown’s Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
Yes, this is a business book that provides a ton of lessons and insight for readers, but it’s also so much more. It’s a book that someone can leisurely read to improve their relationships, their lives, and the person they are. Whether you’re a leader, a potential leader, or just someone who enjoys reading non-fiction self-help books, this one can be enjoyed. You’ll learn from it, be entertained, and it will relax you to hear from other people who might be in a similar state as you. Bottom line: I enjoyed this book and recommend it to others because of its contents. It taught me things, was interesting to me, and can be used as a resource for anybody who works with coworkers and has to navigate the business world.
Michael Leeland, Manager, Brazeau Seller Law
Henrietta Lacks: Ethics, Race, and Science
While the book delves into the science of medical research, it also tells a deeply personal story about Henrietta Lacks and her family. It explores themes of ethics, race, and the intersection of science and humanity. This choice may not be the first that comes to mind when recommending a leisurely read, but it offers a unique and thought-provoking experience that can be enjoyed at a relaxed pace. For example, readers can learn about the cell culture process used in medical research and the history of experimentation on Black Americans.
Ben Lau, Founder, Featured SEO Company
The Alchemist: Journey of Self-Discovery and Dreams
One book that I highly recommend for leisurely reading is The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This enchanting novel follows the journey of a young shepherd named Santiago as he sets out to discover his personal legend, a purpose or destiny that each individual must fulfill. What makes The Alchemist such an enjoyable read is the captivating storytelling, rich symbolism, and profound insights about life, dreams, and the pursuit of one’s passions. The book beautifully weaves together themes of self-discovery, courage, and the transformative power of following one’s dreams. Coelho’s writing style is simple yet profound, making it accessible to readers of all ages. The story takes readers on a journey of adventure and self-reflection, inspiring them to reflect on their own aspirations and the importance of listening to their hearts.
Sai Blackbyrn, CEO, Coach Foundation