7 Books to Read Over Fall Break

Looking for a way to spend all that free time this weekend during Fall Break? Consider picking up one of these books recommended by COB faculty!

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level
by Saundra Yancy McGuire
Want to improve a grade or two after a bad midterm? Pick up this book recommended by Stephanie Watson, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Accounting. Or, read one of the Perfect Phrases series that Dr. Watson also recommends.

The Top Performer’s Field Guide: Catalysts for Leaders, Superstars and All Who Aspire To Be
by Jeff D. Standridge
Did you know we have our own best-selling author right here in the COB? Jeff D. Standridge, Ed.D., instructor of finance and COB Advisory Board member, has a couple of best-sellers, including this one that details the habits of successful people.

Predictably Irrational
by Dan Ariely
“The author has a Ph.D. in business and another in psychology. He does a masterful job showing how behavioral economics applies to business decisions.” –Joe McGarrity, Ph.D., professor of economics

Field Presence, It’s Not Enough Just to Play the Game
by Wes Booker
Enjoy listening to UCA alumnus Wes Booker this week at BIT Club? Check out his book, recommended by Cindi Burleson, director of the Center for Insurance & Risk Management.

“We all have dreams. Sometimes those dreams become our realities and, sometimes, the dream doesn’t work out and we have to re-focus. This is a playbook for upping your game to being the best you can be, a successful leader and a successful person.”

Bored and Brilliant
by Manoush Zomorodi
“Since it is fall break, I found it with good timing that this book reveals that our brains are at their most productive and creative when we are bored. By taking a break from our gadgets, it gives students a chance to take control over their time, and using boredom to their advantage.

The one thing I found that separates this challenge from a typical and trendy unplugging or mindfulness challenge, is that actual baby steps are implemented to slowly bring awareness to even the slight urge to hold your phone. Plus, this emphasizes that we need to develop healthy phone habits, and not just shutting everything off.” –Tachia Awbrey, COB Academic Advisor

Free to Choose: A Personal Statement
by Milton Friedman
“Want an easy read that will help you learn about how the economy works, including the role of government? Your life will not be the same after reading the book and/or watching the videos.” –Tom Snyder, chair of the Department of Economics, Finance, and Insurance & Risk Management

Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data, and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are
by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
“It’s a fun and interesting book written from the perspective of a Harvard graduate in economics, who is also a former Google data scientist. The author explores how big data can be leveraged to find what people really want, and how our digital dossiers are used to get a peek inside of our minds.” –Mike Casey, Ph.D., assistant professor of management information systems