Kevin Pashuk in beBee in English, Writers, Books Chief Information Officer - Appleby College/ beBee Brand Ambassador • Appleby College and beBee Oct 13, 2016 · 1 min read · 2.9K

What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?

What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?

For those of us who love to write, there is typically a corresponding love of reading.  

Every interesting person I have ever met is a reader.

I thought I'd share a list of my recent reads and see if any of you have read them, or if not, consider them a recommendation.

In any case, you will likely get to know me a bit better - what goes in through reading tends to come out in the personality.

Here's the list from my Amazon Kindle.  This doesn't include the number of analog books I buy and read.

I've included the link to the Amazon page if you want to explore further.


Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking - Shane Snow

You Can Lead a Horse to Water (But You Can't Make It Scuba Dive): A Novel - Robert Bruce Cormack

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World - Adam Grant

Small Data: The Tiny Clues That Uncover Huge Trends - Martin Lindstrom

Doing Good Better: How Effective Altruism Can Help You Make a Difference - William MacAskill

Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Inspired by Microsoft - Elizabeth Bear

Where Good Ideas Come From - Steven Johnson

The End of Certainty: How To Thrive When Playing By The Rules Is A Losing Strategy - Simon Dudley

The Atheist Who Didn't Exist: Or the dreadful consequences of bad arguments - Andy Bannister

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win - Gene Kim

When To Rob A Bank: ...And 131 More Warped Suggestions and Well-Intentioned Rants - Steven D. Levitt

The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People - Dan Buettner

Millennial City: How a New Generation Can Save the Future - Dennis Walsh

Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery (Voices That Matter) - Garr Reynolds


So... What's the last book you read?


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What's on your Kindle/Bookshelf/Nightstand?I’m the Chief Information Officer for Appleby College, in Oakville, Ontario Canada, where my team is transforming the delivery of education through innovative application of technology.

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Susan Rooks 15/10/2016 · #38

#28 That's my favorite kind of problem, @Kevin Pashuk! I am more of a library kind of person because writers are putting out more books than I can keep up with. I would be broke if I bought too many! And fortunately or not, I am a very, very fast reader. So I go through books quickly. Thanks again for a great post!

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Harvey Lloyd 14/10/2016 · #37

#36 I am a person who believes in free will or choices declares who we are. Not unsupported declarations or positions. I am Christian and it is ok if others choose not to be. It was my choice. If I must describe my Christianity by destroying another belief then I would probably be agnostic. Love Jesus but be sceptical of his detractors and followers. Just find your path and believe in it

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Kevin Pashuk 14/10/2016 · #36

#35 I enjoyed that book too Harvey. He does take a strong position, but whether you agree with him or not, he does make you think about what you believe, which makes the book all that more worthwhile.

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Harvey Lloyd 14/10/2016 · #35

#30 The Atheist who didn't exist. Was my first choice. I am an extreme I that has adapted to public settings. So i enjoy deep thoughts about how folks can declare anything. One of my favorite questions of those who declare something, "Five years ago you were making declarations, Based on these have you arrived at your destination, are you on the same path? Follow up questions would include: What happened to those declarations? How do you think current declarations will impact the next five years?

The conversation usually doesn't end well because the declarations get exposed as a way to manage current events as opposed to a life long commitment to something. I will let you know about this book, so far, i am enjoying the writer. Whether true or not i am declaring Andy Bannister an I, @Kevin Pashuk.

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Harvey Lloyd 14/10/2016 · #34

#32 I am a tough critic when it comes to reading so i need the little excerpts to see if i enjoy the writer.

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Kevin Pashuk 14/10/2016 · #33

#31 The '5 Dysfunctions' is the best book to start with Jared. They are written like a novel, but highly effective at getting the points across.

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Jared Wiese 14/10/2016 · #32

#25 #30 I agree with Kevin on the sentiments, @Harvey Lloyd. Another approach I've been trying is looking up a summary and seeing if a book resonates. Probably works better with non-fiction and could be seen as a spoiler, but I also see it as a way to skim and prepare to absorb as much as I can from the book.

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Jared Wiese 14/10/2016 · #31

#29 Thanks for the kind words and thoughtful reply, Kevin.
I hope I didn't get too "real" as I thoroughly enjoyed the other comments and ideas in this thread.
I keep hearing about Patrick Lencioni, so will definitely be checking out his works. One comes to mind, "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team".

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