My bookshelf

QuestioningBookshelfx600The below booklist is a mix of books that have been on my main bookshelf (both as inspiration and resources) during the past years of exploring and writing A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION, and new ones that I’ve added now that I’m writing my next book about questions that will help you decide, create, connect, lead, and flourish.

Let me know what books resonate with you.   —Warren Berger



A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas
by Warren Berger
Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions
by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana


Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends On It
by Ian Leslie

Wait, What? And Life’s Other Essential Questions
by James E. Ryan

Ask More Questions: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions, and Spark Change
by Frank Sesno
Curious? Discover the Missing Ingredient to a Fulfilling Life
by Todd Kashdan

A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer with Charles Fishman
What? Are These the Most Important Questions in Human History – Or Is This a Game of 20 Questions
by Mark Kurlansky
The Book of Questions
by Gregory Stock

Humble Inquiry: The Gentle Art of Asking Instead of Telling
by Edgar H. Schein

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need—And What We Can Do About It
by Tony Wagner


Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear
by Elizabeth Gilbert

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
by Tom Kelley and David Kelley

Design a Better Business: New Tools, Skills, and Mindset for Strategy and Innovation
by Patrick Van Der Pijl and Justin Lokitz
CAD Monkeys: Inside the World of Design Thinking and How It Can Spark Creativity and Innovation
by Warren Berger
Flight to Creativity by Min Basadur

Flight to Creativity: How to Dramatically Improve Your Creative Performance
by Min Basadur
The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
by Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen, Clayton M. Christensen

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
by Ed Catmull with Amy Wallace

Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business
by Luke Williams


Think Wrong: How to Conquer the Status Quo and Do Work That Matters
by John Bielenberg

Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era
by Daniel J. Levitin

Asking the right Questions: A Guide to Critical Thinking
by M. Neil Browne & Stuart M. Keeley

Thank You for Arguing: What Aristotle, Lincoln, and Homer Simpson Can Teach Us About the Art of Persuasion
by Jay Heinrichs

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
by Chip Heath

Outsmart Your Instincts: How the Behavioral Innovation Approach Drives Your Company Forward
by Adam Hansen


Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone
by Mark Goulston

Socrates’ Way: Seven Keys to Using Your Mind to the Utmost
by Ronald Gross
Illuminate: Ignite Change Through Speeches, Stories, Ceremonies, and Symbols
by Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
by Seth Godin

The Coaching Habit: Say Less, Ask More & Change the Way You Lead Forever by Michael Bungay Stanier
The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries


Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink

Small Move, Big Change: Using Microresolutions to Transform Your Life Permanently by Caroline Arnold
Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind: Informal Talks on Zen Meditation and Practice
by Shunryu Suzuki

The Art of Doing: How Superachievers Do What They Do and How They Do It So Well
by Camille Sweeney and Josh Gosfield

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life
by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being
by Martin E.P. Seligman

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
The Monk and the Riddle: The Art of Creating a Life While Making a Living
by Randy Komisar with Kent Lineback


The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google
by Scott Galloway
Instant: The Story of Polaroid
by Christopher Bonanas

Principles: Life and Work
by Ray Dalio
Last Words: A Memoir
by George Carlin

Einstein: His Life and Universe
by Walter Isaacson
The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World
by Jacqueline Novogratz


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Journalist and speaker Warren Berger realized that the majority of successful creatives and entrepreneurs he was interviewing over the years were great questioners. His wondering about "How can we all learn to do what they do?” led to this website and the writing of his latest book, A MORE BEAUTIFUL QUESTION. Follow him on Twitter at @GlimmerGuy and subscribe to his blog posts here.

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