Reading list for #BelshawBlackOps12

Reading list for #BelshawBlackOps12

As I’ve already mentioned, in just over a week I’ll be on Belshaw Black Ops for the whole of December. During that time I want to spend time with my family, slow down a little, and read. You know, long-form stuff.

Here’s three books I’ve got queued up:

Altogether, I’ve set myself the challenge of reading 10 non-fiction books during December.

What else should I read? (and why?) It doesn’t have to be a new book, nor does it have to be about education or technology – but it does need to be interesting.

List your three must-read books in the comment section below. I’ll be writing a short review of the ten books I end up reading when I come back in January. :-)

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The following books have been recommended by the awesome people commenting below:

Also, Audrey Watters recommended via Twitter:

And on Google+ Timothy Scholze recommended:

Then, again on Twitter Jon Parnham recommended:

About Doug Belshaw

Open Educational Thinkerer. Consultant focusing on #digilit & #openbadges. Previously: @mozilla / @jisc / school senior leader / #historyteacher.


  1. Although they’re not your usual non-fiction books, they’ve helped me open up my mind, so I’d reccomend these:

    Both are pretty comical and have some interesting points that are transferable to many different subject areas.

    But if you ever feel like a change from a book, there’s loads of good documentaries out there:

  2. Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett

    Tempo by Venkatesh Rao
    Slow Reading by John Miedema

    Would love to share on the Miedema book via highlighting and notes on Kindle App.

  3. Andrew Solomon ‘Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity’ See Ian Brown piece on book about the limits of a parent’s love

    Empowering Public Wisdom: a Practical Vision of Citizen-Led Politics by Tom Atlee
    The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude by Andrew Nikiforuk
    Thank you for suggestions. Good reading to come.

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