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30 Books before 30

30 Books before 30

I used to be an avid reader. But, then, I went to college, graduated, got a job and prefer to spend my free time watching awesome TV shows like Modern Family and The Bachelor. Go ahead, judge me.

However, I got an iPad for Christmas, and I am very excited to start reading on it. Mainly, because I enjoy “flipping” the digital pages. It’s awesome. So I asked friends for recommendations from friends before we left on our honeymoon. I read Unbroken and The Night Circus on the trip – and they were fabulous.

While searching for new books to read, I came across this list of 30 books everyone should read before their 30th birthday. I’m embarrassed to admit that I haven’t read many of these.

  1. Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
  2. 1984 by George Orwell
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  5. For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway
  6. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
  7. The Rights of Man by Tom Paine
  8. The Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
  9. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  10. The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
  11. The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton
  12. The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
  13. The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham
  14. The Art of War by Sun Tzu
  15. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  16. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  17. Four Quartets by T.S. Eliot – ugh, poetry?
  18. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  19. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  20. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  21. Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  22. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  23. Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  24. The Republic by Plato
  25. Lolita
  26. Getting Things Done by David Allen
  27. How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  28. Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  29. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  30. The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
  31. BONUS: How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman
  32. BONUS: Honeymoon with My Brother by Franz Wisner

I guess I know what I’ll be borrowing from the library for a while… How about you? How many of these have you read?

Pinterest: Making it Work for your Brand

Pinterest. Everyone who uses Pinterest is addicted. Everyone who gets introduced to Pinterest quickly becomes obsessed.

What’s Pinterest? Well… In short, Pinterest is a site where users save images and categorize them into “boards.” Basically a visual bookmarking service. People have boards for recipes, cool photography, places to visit, crafts to make, wedding inspiration, etc. etc.

I follow a few brands on Pinterst – including Nordstrom, Real Simple and MagnetStreet Weddings. The most prominent brands on the site are those that work in the areas of fashion, food, photography, crafts and weddings.


Today, I came across a University using Pinterest. And using it damn well. Drake University.

Run by interns in the Marketing & Communications department of the University, the account demonstrates a genius way to utilize one of the most buzzed about social networking sites of the moment, in a way that still makes sense.

Through 11 boards, these students share recipes that can be made in one’s dorm room, dorm decorating ideas, gear for the ultimate fan and alumni, and sites in and around Des Moines (where the school is located).

One of my major annoyances when it comes to social media (and I have many) is when brands jump onto the latest social network “because everyone else is doing it” and it’s really popular. However, if you don’t use it to the correct purpose or in a way that is meaningful for your potential fans/followers, what’s the point? Well, the students and staff over at Drake University have figured Pinterest out.

Now, I wonder how long it takes for other Schools to get the same idea.
Update: According to the Drake University Twitter account, the students do the vast majority of the work on the Pinterest account, with staff oversight. What awesome experience for the students as well!