Starting a Book Club in the Office

Good food. A good book. And an engaging conversation. What more can you ask for (OK, well, maybe a little wine)?
The 2013 edition of the SGA Book Club is now rolling, with a great line up of new books on slate. We just completed How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christianson, James Allworth, and Karen Dillon. Now we are onto The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg.

SGA is now into our fifth year of doing our book club and I wanted to take the time to encourage more work places to try it and perhaps connect on the discussions they are having. The book club meetings are pretty simple affairs – we order in lunch, one person facilitates the dialogue (by throwing out prompting questions), then we go around answering, discussing and debating our thoughts, feelings and takeaways.

Tina Lertharakul (our star intern and recent UC Irvine grad – who is soon to leave us for pharmacy school) coordinates our club, which is a semi crowd sourced – semi curated selection of books that range from psychology to economics and from social marketing to environmental issues. We have covered such reads as Predictably Irrational; Hot, Flat and Crowded; Slideology and Trust Agents. I have to say my all-time favorite book is The Happiness Hypothesis by Professor Jonathan Haidt, who explores classical texts from around the world and compares them to modern studies from the field of psychology to try and unravel where happiness comes from.

If you have any great recommended reads or are interested in getting your own book club started (we highly recommend it) leave us a note below. We would love to share and if you would like our book club list for 2013 feel free to email me and I’ll send it to you ( Happy reading.