25’ish Books I Hope to Read in 2015

What books are you planning to read in 2015?

It seems like a daunting task to create a list of books, conferences, and other learning opportunities, but as we begin the year together, it seems having a plan is the best (and only way) to ensure we take growth steps.

One thing: Before you look at my list, I’d love to know what YOU are planning to read. Even better, what have you read that is a MUST READ that I’m missing on my list?

Also, in case you’re wondering, here were my favorite books from 2014!

Here are the books I’m planning to read in 2015.

Personal Development

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything by Ken Robinson

The In-Between: Embracing the Tension Between Now and the Next Big Thing by Jeff Goins

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck

Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World by Rosalind Wiseman

Professional Development and Leadership

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper

Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder by Arianna Huffington

Everything Connects: How to Transform and Lead in the Age of Creativity, Innovation, and Sustainability by Faisal Hoque

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline L. Arnold

The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker

Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinek

The Most Powerful Idea in the World: A Story of Steam, Industry, and Invention by William Rosen

The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy by Jon Gordon

Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Ken Robinson

Likeable Leadership: A Collection of 65+ Inspirational Stories on Marketing, Your Career, Social Media & More by Dave Kerpen

Rapid Results!: How 100-Day Projects Build the Capacity for Large-Scale Change by Robert H. Schaffer

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe


Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas

Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality by Richard Beck

A Tale of three Kings: A Study in Brokenness by Gene Edwards

A Framework for Understanding Poverty; A Cognitive Approach by Ruby K. Payne

Communication and Preaching

Between Two Worlds: The Challenge of Preaching Today by John R.W. Stott

Saying It Well: Touching Others with Your Words by Charles R. Swindoll

The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything by Sally Holloway

The Humor Code: A Global Search for What Makes Things Funny by Peter McGraw and Joel Warner

Wired for Story: The Writer’s Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Cron


The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King


Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II’s Most Audacious General by Bill O’Reilly

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7 Responses

  1. If you haven’t done so, you need to read and lead your entire staff through Overcoming the Dark Side of Leadership!

  2. Hey Gavin, skip “Getting Things Done” and read Matt Perman’s “What’s Best Next” instead. He pulls the best of GTD but has so much more that is practical and compelling.

    1. Luke, funny you should say that… a friend just mentioned the same thing last week. So consider it done! Thanks for the confirmation!

  3. Hey Gavin,

    I am still formulating my list for next year, but I just finished “Leaders Eat Last” by Simon Shinek. It is a great read with some powerful principles. I’d read that one early in the year if I were you! It is probably one of the better leadership books that I have ever read.

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