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5 popular books from the Readmill community

Posted February 5, 2013

Since we launched our brand new reader a few months ago, it’s been great to see a flood of new genres in our feeds. But there’s always a handful of books that keep popping up, and that have a good number of people reading them. If you fancy reading one of the most popular books out there at the moment, here’s five of them to get you started.

Drive | Daniel Pink


This New York Times bestseller explores the realms of motivation. Usually we motivate others with things like money, but Daniel Pink thinks that is a mistake. The book takes a more humane approach to things that spark motivation and drive, such as direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Perfect for: Anyone needing some extra motivation. Check it out here.

Insites: The Book | Viewport Industries


Instead of filling up a “tech” book with code snippets, the folks over at Viewport Industries did things a little differently. They flew between the US and UK, and visited some of the biggest names in the web community. The result? 20 deeply personal conversations that shed light on creating digital products to the highest quality.

Perfect for: Techies and geeks interested in the nuances of running a tech company. Check it out here.

The Big Short | Michael Lewis


The Big Short focusses on the build-up of the housing and credit bubble during the 2000s, and the key players that managed to profit from its demise in the financial crisis between 2007 and 2010. Delivered in a compelling and rather humorous way, this book is both informative and entertaining.

Perfect for: Anyone wanting to know more about the recession, particularly about who made the most of it. Check it out here.

Persuasion | Jane Austen


A classic for good reason. Set around the Elliot family, it follows the thwart romance between Anne Elliot and one Captain Frederick Wentworth. Considered one of her best pieces of work, and her last, readers will enjoy rich characters, subtle humour, and depictions of the English countryside.

Perfect for: Anyone dreaming of the quiet life in rural England. Check it out here.

Eating Animals | Jonathan Safran Foer


Eating animals is a shattering account presenting the gut-wrenching truth about the price paid by the environment, the government, the Third World and the animals themselves in order to put meat on our tables more quickly and conveniently than ever before. It’s a fantastic read for meat-eaters, vegetarians and vegans alike.

Perfect for: Anyone considering vegetarianism for health, environmental or moral reasons. Check it out here.

Matthew and the Readmill team.


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