November 09, 2015

If you’re a bookworm itching for a few good novels to dive into, you’ll need no convincing to check out the list below. Hand-selected by deans and faculty members at Regis, they’ll help you with everything from planning, to understanding leadership skills and how to de-clutter your life.

But if you’re a little literary-adverse, or the latest edition to your book collection was One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, think of this as a way to reunite yourself with the printed page. And don’t think of it as work. According to science, reading can actually help you relax, keep your brain sharp and make you sleep better.

So grab your glasses, flip on a reading light and get ready to turn some pages.

  • Your Brain at Work, by David Rock. Recommend by Rodney Carter, Dean of the School of Pharmacy.
    Why you should read it: through the minds of Emily and Paul, busy parents of two young children, this book explores the science behind brain function and thought processes. It builds strategies for using brainpower to tackle tasks at work and still have energy to spare at the end of the day.
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action, by Simon Sinek. Recommended by Shari Plantz-Masters, Dean of the College of Computer & Information Sciences.
    Why you should read it: by studying leaders who’ve had the greatest influence on the world, Sinek aims to explain why some can lead, inspire and command loyalty.
  • Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…And Others Don’t, by Jim Collins. Recommended by Sheila Carlon, Health Information Management Department Chair.
    Why you should read it: this book talks about what makes companies go from good to great. It explores leaders and their characteristics, like humility and “other-centeredness” and the concept of getting the right people on the bus.
  • Man’s Search for Meaning, by Viktor K. Frankl. Recommended by Elisa Robyn, Dean of College of Professional Studies.
    Why you should read it: named by the Library of Congress as one of the ten most influential books in America, it chronicles the author’s experiences as an inmate at Auschwitz during WWII and the method he used to identify a purpose in life.
  • Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui, by Karen Kingston. Recommended by Trish Litz, Program Coordinator / Assistant Professor, Business Technology Management.
    Why you should read it: whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, reading through this short book can help you understand how cleaning up your physical world can actually help you clean up your life in other areas and help you handle all the things that may come your way.

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