Range is one of my all-time favourite books. It is well researched and easy to read, about the advantages of analogical thinking, gaining a wide experience and trying out the opportunities life throws at you. I particularly recommend this book to anyone at the beginning of their career, as it goes against some of the commonly accepted career advice and gives you perspective on your choice with can lead to a more fulfilling career.
The Marshmallow Test is a very popular book. As a designer, I find it very interesting to study human behaviour as it makes you think about the mind in different ways.
Toyota revolutionised the auto industry, becoming one of the best manufacturers of products in the world using the concepts explained in this book, including JIT (Just in time) and Lean Production. Understanding what made them so successful while looking at the geopolitical context amid their international expansion is insightful for any business.
Environmental concerns have been rising in the past decade, but real solutions are few and far between. Cradle to Cradle explores future manufacturing and recycling methods with unlikely materials (including plastics, yes) to develop a more sustainable society.