Good reads suggested by Polymorph’s product and app development team

Every year, I ask around the Polymorph Slack rooms and the halls of our HQ in Stellenbosch to find out what my fellow Polymorphers; what are you reading, watching and listening to. My reading list for the festive season and New Year is usually built around this.

This year, I am dividing it into three posts so I can switch between what I feel like doing; reading, listening, watching. The first list I am sharing is read. I have listed them by author because I believe one can learn just as much from fiction as one can from business book. Please add your recommendations in the comments.


Leadership & Self Deception

(by the Arbinger Institute)

The Alchemist

(by Paulo Coelho)

The Five Second Rule

(by Mel Robbins)

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

(by Dennis E. Taylor)

The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

(by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr, George Spafford)

Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

(by Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.)

Sabriel (The Old Kingdom)

(by Garth Nix)

Happy: Why More or Less Everything is Absolutely Fine

(by Derren Brown)

Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity

(by Kim Scott)

Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy

(by Cathy O’Neil)

The Living Mountain

(by Nan Shepherd)

The Invisible Library

(by Genevieve Cogman)

Invisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation

(edited and translated by Ken Liu)

About the Author

Richard Barry


Chief Innovation Officer at Polymorph

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