6 Books to Consider for Your 2014 Holiday Shopping List

There’s something special about buying a book for someone. Reading is generally a solitary profession, but gifting the written word is an intimate way to connect with someone without having to burst the bubble a reader gets to occupy when curled up with a new book (or Kindle download, as it may be).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

That’s why I decided to comb through the long list Weekly Book Scan posts over the past year and recommend a few that might help you with your holiday shopping list this year.

The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence—and Lead, by Dana Ardi
This one is for the crusty, old-school businessperson on your list. If anyone can teach them how to think outside the box, it’s this corporate anthropologist whom I had the pleasure of seeing at a real estate conference in January.

Build Your Own Web Site: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress, by Nate Cooper and Kim Gee
This comic book/teaching guide is perfect for the office assistant who wants to learn more about updating and administering websites (or even a savvy young relative looking to learn the basics of web design and publication).

Talk Like TED: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds, by Carmine Gallo
Do you work with an ambitious salesperson or inspiring broker whom you think would make a great addition to the speaking circuit? Or maybe you know someone who recently rose in the ranks and is struggling with a new role that includes giving presentations. This book is both helpful and extremely interesting, given the variety of TED Talk subject matter.

Game Changers—The Unfounded Fears and Future Prosperity of the Residential Real Estate Industry, by Steve Murray, Lorne Wallace, and Lon Welsh
After talking to Dallas Hancock, CEO of the Peoria Area Association of REALTORS®, about how she bought a bunch of copies of this book and handed them out to her full board (as well as a few staffers), I knew I had to include it on this list. It’s perfect for any strategic thinker in your real estate world.

The Willpower Instinct, by Kelly McGonigal
We all know someone who spends their entire commission check as soon as they get it, or who cannot put their phone down for more than two minutes. Help them break the habit with this smart guide to finding and maintaining focus.

Next Generation Real Estate: New Rules for Smarter Home Buying and Faster Selling, by Brendon DeSimone
This book is perfect for new agents and wary would-be home buyers alike. Help them feel comfortable in what has become a whole new world of real estate.

Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves, by Diane Laney Fitzpatrick
This one is for your good-humored repeat customer. You know, the home buyer who has moved so many times that “relo” has become the butt of all their jokes? This funny memoir/advice book will be well loved by anyone who’s ever had to distract a home inspector from seeing that spiraling mouse who’s trying to run away with a mousetrap clamped to his head.

Which books are on your shopping list this year?

Meg White

Meg White is the managing editor for REALTOR® Magazine and administrator of the magazine's Weekly Book Scan blog. Contact her at mwhite[at]realtors.org.

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