The number π is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, commonly approximated as 3.14159. It has been represented by the Greek letter “π” since the mid-18th century, though it is also sometimes spelled out as “pi” (/paɪ/).
As you might have heard, if you are not living in the pre-calendar era, under a rock, thousands of miles from the next human being with no human contact of any kind and no notion of math, today is Pi Day. It only happens once a century, and so, this is cool. Today is
So, in honor of Pi Day, with what I admit is just a touch of silliness amidst all the hoopla, here I go — the 3.14 best books to add to your reading stack in honor of Pi Day.
(I’m not arguing these are the very best books to read – but they are good enough to be worthy of your attention. And, I was partly restricted to physical copies I had handy, for the photos I’ve included. I now own many books in their Kindle version, so I could not include them in the photos. And, yes, I know that I will win no photography contests).
By the way, it is not a new thing that I “eat” books. Karl Krayer and I have had this photo on our web site since its beginning. It is on a big poster that we display at our monthly First Friday Book Synopsis. That’s a younger me, with a book in my mouth. Karl is the more sophisticated diner, using proper utensils…
3.14 Business Books for Pi Day
Now, here are the 3.14 business books I recommend that you put on your reading stack in honor of Pi Day.
Encouraging the Heart: A Leader’s Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others by James Kouzes and Barry Pozner, for every leader of people to read. Seriously, if you’ve never read this, read this!
The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life by the Kennedy Center Honoree, award-winning choreographer, Twyla Tharp. Innovation; creativity – this might get your juices flowing!
Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi because, well, the only path forward requires getting better at connecting with and interacting with people.
And, for the .14 portion of a book (not a precise mathematical measurement) – Just read the Preface to What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel. It’s practically enough to help you think deeply about your own work pursuits.
1+1+1+.14 = 3.14 books that can be part of your formula for business and work success!
(I might have substituted Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen for one of these – I’m not sure which one – but I could not find my copy to include is the photo. How do books just disappear – it’s a mystery!)
3.14 Other Books for Pi Day — Man and woman cannot live by business books alone.
So, here are 3.14 other books to read.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. Because if you have never read this, or only read it back in your junior high school years, it’s time to read it as an adult.
Inside the Kingdom: My Life in Saudi Arabia by Carmen Ben Laden, because we should all get a greater sense of life for women in harsh anti-women regimes.
Tomlinson Hill: The Remarkable Story of Two Families who Share the Tomlinson Name – One White, One Black by Chris Tomlinson (foreword by LaDainian Tomlinson, because we all need to better understand the racist history in the United States. This look at one Hill in Texas, and its long narrative look at what happened to the hill’s descendants (“the sons of former slaves, and the sons of former slave owners”), will open your eyes, your heart, and your understanding.
And for the .14 portion of a book, read the Introduction to The Wealth of the Poor: How Valuing Every Neighbor Restores Hope in Our Cities by Larry James. I simply cannot tell you how good and valuable this book is!
1+1+1+.14 = 3.14 books; maybe enough to help set you on a course to becoming a more-knowledgeable, well-rounded person.
So, add these to your reading stacks, and start reading. And when you read, my recommendation is that you have a slice of Egg Custard Pie and a Dr Pepper to accompany your reading sessions.
Bonus book suggestion:
And, since St. Patrick’s Day is just three days away, here’s the book to put on your reading stack for St. Patrick’s Day: How the Irish Saved Civilization: The Untold Story of Ireland’s Heroic Role From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe by Thomas Cahill.