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Books I love

I am a huge book nerd. For me reading seems to go in phases. Sometimes I might get hugely excited about a certain topic and then read several books on it in a row. I have also had phases when I’ve been too tired to read anything remotely intellectually stimulating and devoured historical romance books for months (hello Bridgerton and sister series!).

I am highly pragmatic, also as a reader, and don’t care if a book is not consistently great – as long as it gives me some great ideas that I can use to further hone my own life philosophy. I have also noticed that often timing plays a big role – some book might feel extremely meaningful if it fits well with your current life situation and totally generic if it doesn’t.

Anyhow, were is a collection of books I have read and enjoyed over the years, organized in different categories. Pick and choose what fits your current topic of interest and I’d love to hear if you found something that really resonated with you too! ūüôā

Self-management and productivity
  • Cal Newport: Digital minimalism
  • Cal Newport: A world without email
  • Bob Pozen: Extreme productivity
  • Gretchen Rubin: The happiness project
  • Gretchen Rubin: Better than before
  • Greg McKeown: Essentialism
  • Tim Ferriss: 4-hour workweek
  • Tony Schwartz et al.: Be excellent at anything
  • David Allen: Getting things done
  • Saku Tuominen & Pekka Pohjakallio: The workbook
  • Marie Kondo: The life-changing magic of tidying up
  • Joanna Teplin, Clea Shearer: The Home Edit
  • ‚ÄčKaisa Jaakkola: Palaudu ja vahvistu
Personal growth and positive psychology
  • Aki Hintsa & Oskari Saari: The core
  • Kristin Neff: Self-compassion
  • Adam Grant: Give and take
  • Adam Grant: Think again
  • Bren√© Brown: Gifts of imperfection
  • Bren√© Brown: Daring greatly
  • Emma Sepp√§l√§: The happiness track
  • Amy Cuddy: Presence
  • Carol Dweck: Mindset
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow
  • Marshall Rosenberg: Non-violent communication
  • Lori Gottlieb: Maybe you should talk to someone
  • Maaret Kallio: Lujasti lempe√§
  • Maaret Kallio: Inhimillisi√§ kohtaamisia
  • ‚ÄčKimmo Takanen: Tunne lukkosi
Entrepreneurship, leadership and organizational culture
  • The Arbinger Institute: Leadership and Self-deception
  • Ben Horowitz: The hard thing about the hard things
  • Jason Fried: It doen’t have to be crazy
  • Marcus Buckingham: Nine lies about work
  • Kim Scott: Radical candor
  • ‚ÄčLaszlo Bock: Work rules
  • Erin Meyer ja Reed Hastings: No rules rules
  • Andrew S. Grove: High output management
  • Frederic Laloux: Reinventing organizations
  • Brian J. Robertson: Holacracy
  • Reid Hoffmann & Ben Casnocha: The start-up of you
  • Peter Thiel: Zero to one
  • Eric Ries: The lean startup
  • Alexander Osterwalder: Business model generation
  • John Whitmore: Coaching for performance
Personal growth and positive psychology
  • Aki Hintsa & Oskari Saari: The core
  • Kristin Neff: Self-compassion
  • Adam Grant: Give and take
  • Adam Grant: Think again
  • Bren√© Brown: Gifts of imperfection
  • Bren√© Brown: Daring greatly
  • Emma Sepp√§l√§: The happiness track
  • Amy Cuddy: Presence
  • Carol Dweck: Mindset
  • Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Flow
  • Marshall Rosenberg: Non-violent communication
  • Lori Gottlieb: Maybe you should talk to someone
  • Maaret Kallio: Lujasti lempe√§
  • Maaret Kallio: Inhimillisi√§ kohtaamisia
  • ‚ÄčKimmo Takanen: Tunne lukkosi
Networking
  • Dale Carnegie: How to win friends and influence people
  • Keith Ferrazzi: Never eat alone
  • ‚ÄčAdam Grant: Give and take
Books especially for women
  • Glennon Doyle: Untamed
  • Rachel Jayne Groover: Powerful and feminine
  • Michaela Boehm: The wild woman’s way
  • Emily Nagoski: Burnout
  • Sheryl Sandberg: Lean In
  • Claire Shipman & Katty Kay: Womenomics
  • ‚ÄčLiza Marklund & Lotta Snickare: Helvetiss√§ on erityinen paikka naisille, jotka eiv√§t auta toisiaan
  • ‚ÄčEmilia Kallas & Ninni Myllyoja: Mit√§ jokaisen koti√§idin (ja muidenkin naisten) tulee tiet√§√§ sijoittamisesta
Relationships and polarity
  • Jennifer Petriglieri: Couples that work
  • Eli Finkel: The All-or-nothing marriage
  • Esther Perel: Mating in captivity
  • Esther Perel: State of affairs
  • Marshall Rosenberg: Non-violent communication
  • Gary Chapman: 5 love languages
  • Pat Allen: Getting to I do
  • David Deida: The way of the superior man
Pregnancy and parenting
  • Izzy Judd: Mindfulness for mums
  • KaisaTracy Hogg, Melinda Blau: Secrets of the Baby Whisperer
  • Pamela Druckerman: Bringing up beb√©
  • John Medina: Brain rules for baby
  • Bren√© Brown: Gifts of imperfect parenting (audio book only)
  • ‚ÄčJennifer Senior: All joy no fun
  • ‚ÄčTiffany Dufu: Drop the ball
  • Lori Bregman: The mindful mom-to-be
  • Marie Mongan: Hypnobirthing 
  • ‚ÄčEmily Oster: Cribsheet & Expecting better
  • Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson: No-Drama Discipline
  • Matilda Katajam√§ki, Outi Gyld√©n: Suomalainen vauvakirja
  • Anna Keski-Rahkonen , Minna Nalbantoglu: Unihiekkaa etsim√§ss√§
  • Laura Andersson: Voit nukkua
  • Kaisa Jaakkola: Reipas, rakas raskaus
  • Raisa Mattila, Julia Thur√©n: Lapsiperheen parisuhdekirja
  • Elina Kauppila: Ihana perhe – tietoisen vanhemmuuden ABC
Awesome fiction
  • Naomi Alderman: The Power
  • Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect and The Rosie Result
  • Orson Scott Card: Ender’s Game Trilogy
  • George R. R. Martin: Game of Thrones series
  • John Green: The fault under our stars (and all his other books)
  • Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid’s Tale & The Testaments
  • Julia Quinn: The Bridgerton series
Bibliographies
  • Michelle Obama: Becoming
  • Hillary Clinton: What happened
  • Maria Veitola: Veitola