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What Buffer Is Reading This Month

Apr 4, 2014 4 min readWorkplace of the future
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Kevan Lee

Former VP of Marketing @ Buffer


From the moment you join the Buffer team, you are encouraged to read. In fact, the welcome email implores you to read early and often, and you receive a Kindle Paperwhite and free Kindle books just to make sure there are no obstacles to reading as much as you want. (Sound like something that might interest you? We’re hiring!)

And once you are part of the team, you continue to see the deep impact that reading has on the goals and improvements of all of us. When we share our weekly improvements together, there is often a common theme of reading: We want to read consistently, to make reading part of our daily ritual, and to learn and discover as much as we can.Many successful people read before bed, as a way to catch up on what they missed throughout the day or to unwind as part of their sleep routine. Bill Gates reads one hour every night, no matter how late he starts.

We share his enthusiasm! Reading of any and all kinds is encouraged at Buffer, which is why at any given time, you’ll see team members reading books about marketing, philosophy, customer service, parenting, productivity, fiction, and so much more.

We thought it would be a fun exercise to share the books we’re reading so you can see what interests us, inspires us, and motivates us. We’d love to hear yours, too. Feel free to share in the comments or catch us on Twitter or Facebook.

Hope you enjoy the lists!

Joel reading list April

Joel Gascoigne, founder and CEO

  • Just finished: Confucius Analects
  • Currently reading: The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates
  • Up next: Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck–Why Some Thrive Despite Them All
Leo's reading list - April

Leo Widrich, co-founder and COO

  • Just finished: No Death, No Fear
  • Currently reading: Tao Te Ching
  • Up next: Designing for emotion
Sunil reading list - April

Sunil Sadasivan, Chief Technical Officer

  • Just finished: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
  • Currently reading: Conscious Capitalism
  • Up next: How to Deliver a Great TED Talk
Carolyn reading list - April

Carolyn Kopprasch, Chief Happiness Officer

  • Just finished: Lean In
  • Currently reading: The Everything Store
  • Up next: Talk Like Ted
Brian reading list - April

Brian Lovin, Product Manager

  • Just finished: How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Currently reading: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
  • Up next: The Lean Startup
Niel book list

Niel de la Rouviere, Front-End Hacker

  • Just finished: Marionette: A Gentle Introduction
  • Currently reading: How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Up next: The Power of Habit
Dan reading list - April

Dan Farrelly, Front-End Hacker

  • Just finished: The Great Reset
  • Currently reading: Against the Smart City
  • Up next: The Greatest Salesman in the World, or  A Movable Feast
Colin reading list - April

Colin Ross, Happiness Engineer

  • Just finished: Fooled by Randomness
  • Currently reading: 1984
  • Up next: Open to suggestions! (That would be a great title for a book…)
Asa reading list - April

Asa Nystrom, Happiness Hero

  • Just finished: Remote
  • Currently reading: Hatching Twitter, and The Best Service is No Service
  • Listening to: Contagious: Why Things Catch On
  • Up next: Good to Great and Trust Agents
Mary reading list - April

Mary Jantsch, Happiness Hero

  • Just finished: Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
  • Currently reading: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Up next: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
Adam reading list - April

Adam Farmer, Happiness Hero

  • Just finished: First We Read, Then We Write: Emerson on the Creative Process, and  The War of Art
  • Currently reading: On Writing Well
  • Up next: How To Win Friends and Influence People
Daniel reading list - April

Daniel Feeney, Happiness Hero

  • Just finished: How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Currently reading: Be Our Guest
  • Up next: Hooked
Dave reading list - April

Dave Chapman, Happiness Hero

  • Just finished: How to Win Friends and Influence People
  • Currently reading: Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers
  • Up next: Delivering Happiness
Courtney reading list - April

Courtney Seiter, Head of Content Marketing

  • Just finished: The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Currently reading: Contagious: Why Things Catch On by Jonah Berger, and The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
  • Up next: Influence by Robert Cialdini
Kevan reading list - April

Kevan Lee, Crafter

  • Just finished: Poke the Box by Seth Godin
  • Currently reading: End of Illness by David Agus, and The Mark Twain Collection from The Atlantic
  • Up next: Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys

Your turn

What books are on your reading list? We’d love to hear what you’re reading.

Image credits: Stewart, Open library.

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