20 books to read in your 20s: Part two

Books 20
By Eleanor O'Neill, Student Blog

29 May 2017

Your 20s can be a hectic time, but reading is the perfect hobby to take up and give your brain a break from any stress. In the second part of our feature, we examine the themes of career goals, business and finance. 

Career and life goals

11. Thank You for Being Late by Thomas L. Friedman

Described as a "field manual for how to think about this era of accelerations", Thank You for Being Late attempts to understand the fast-paced advancement of the 21st century.

12. The Chimp Paradox by Steve Peters: Recommended by ICAS lecturer Eleanor Poole

I found it a really interesting way to look at how your brain operates and see procrastination and other bad habits as how your mind works, not something fundamentally wrong, and which can be improved over time. - Eleanor Poole

13. Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson

This series of guides to avoiding stress, walks you through the scenarios of everyday experiences at work, with family and life in general, promoting a more positive perspective of the bigger picture.

14. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The last class of my old professor's life took place once a week in his house, by a window in the study where he could watch a small hibiscus plant shed its pink leaves. The class met on Tuesdays. It began after breakfast. The subject was The Meaning of Life. - Mitch Albom

15. Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

The Harry Potter author draws on her own experiences of a turbulent life and encourages a belief in creativity and ourselves to overcome the challenges thrown at us.

Business and finance

16. Irrational Exuberance by Robert Shiller

The Nobel Prize-winning economist expands his expertise to the bond market and examines the likelihood of another impending bubble burst.

17. Originals by Adam Grant

Originality itself starts with creativity: generating a concept that is both novel and useful. But it doesn't stop there. Originals are people who take the initiative to make their visions a reality. - Adam Grant

18. The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett

A collection of lessons in business gleaned from the lifetime of one of the world's most successful investors.

19. How to Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb

First, our priorities and assumptions determine our perceptions to a surprising extent. Second, setting the right kind of goals not only reliably lifts our performance but also makes us feel good. And third, what we imagine in our mind's eye can shape our real-life experience. - Caroline Webb

20. What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul & Brendan Moynihan

The meteoric rise and hubris-laden downfall of Jim Paul on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is documented and analysed here for the posterity of future generations.

Do you have any book recommendations for your fellow CA students? Tell us in the comments below.


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