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Winter Reading List

Here's what's on Edutopia bloggers & staff's Winter Reading lists. Enjoy!

Another recommendation from our Twitter community.

This book was recommended to us on via Twitter and looks really interesting!

How We Decide - a book that delves into the taken-for-granted decisions we make daily.

Real Powers: Part One. Looks to be a great sci-fi read. FREE until 12/30/12

As a Decade Fades by Joshua Milburn. FREE until 12/30/12

This book recently won best history & biography for 2012 on Goodreads.com. New York Times bestselling author Sally Bedell Smith brings to life one of the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic women: Queen Elizabeth II.

Holiday reads: David Baldacci and Gillian Flynn pick favorites - Holiday Blog

Really interesting list by PBS's Washington Week panelists. If you're interested in politics, history, biographies or fiction, this is a great way to find an interesting title to add to your library or give as a holiday gift.

Great winter reading list by Edutopia blogger Elena Aguilar. Soo much to read, soo little time! :)

Hesselbein on Leadership (J-B Leader to Leader Institute/PF Drucker Foundation). Must read for all.

10-10-10 by Suzy Welch. Great read about how to learn to prioritize decision making.

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us. Easy and yet, very inspiring read.

Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach. I highly recommend this book for our female readers.

  • Janah Renea

    Romancing the Ordinary is my favorite of her books...it's like dark chocolate and a glass of wine for the soul.

Persuasion by Jane Austen. I have been trying to read this book for a few months now. Inspired to actually finish it, after seeing the movie "The Lake House". Beautiful theme of learning how to trust in waiting for the best to come.

The Passion-Driven Classroom: A Framework for Teaching & Learning. Great read by my friend, Angela Maiers.

The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything. Sir Ken shares his message...

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Must read for all educators.

You Can Buy Happiness (and It's Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too. Another great read about the woman and her husband who live in a "tiny house".

Simple Ways to Be More with Less-by Courtney Carver. This is a focus for me now and going forward for 2013. Great read!

The Maid: A Novel of Joan of Arc, by Kimberly Cutter. This one I'm half way into. It's really good. Fascinating subject, vivid depiction of a brutal time in human history, and Cutter's portrayal of Joan is brilliant. My son asked about this one -- the cover shows Joan in armor -- and I told him the premise and started reading a few lines. "Keep reading," he said. The next day, he asked, "Can you read more of that book to me?"

Blackout and Doomsday Book, both by Connie Willis, promise adventures in time-traveling, science fiction and historical fiction by one of my favorite sci-fi authors. She's won big awards -- the Hugo and Nebula. I've enjoyed her other books tremendously and can't wait to dig into these. Only problem: which one to start with?

  • Jean Weller

    Connie Willis is great! You should read the time travel books somewhat in order to get maximum enjoyment of the characters--FireWatch, Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog (which is much more a side adventure, but my favorite of them all), then Blackout/All Clear (two novels that count as one). First class reading and a great way to spend several long winter nights.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens -- why is this one on my list? It's here because I like social realism, I was born in the East End of London, my husband has told me for many years that I'd like Dickens, and I feel unlearned because I've read so few classics. So this year it's Dickens.

So Far From Home, by Margaret Wheatley, is the only book that I'm reading because it's sort of related to work. I love Meg Wheatley's writing -- it's the most thought-provoking, eye-opening, and also often disturbing work that I read on transformation, healing and social justice. This one is brand new, seems to offer some new (and disturbing) suggestions, and speaks a truth so raw and vulnerable that I can only read a few pages at a time.

Blackout and Doomsday Book, both by Connie Willis, promise adventures in time-traveling, science fiction and historical fiction by one of my favorite sci-fi authors. She's won big awards -- the Hugo and Nebula. I've enjoyed her other books tremendously and can't wait to dig into these. Only problem: which one to start with?

4. The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is a novel that comes highly recommended by the owner of one of my favorite independent book stores, A Great Good Place for Books in Oakland, California. Everything she's recommended to me has always been amazing, and I’ll now buy almost anything without even reading the back cover if she says it's good. Have you been to your local bookstore lately? Don’t give up on them! Stop by, chat with the salespeople and get their recommendations.