Top 10 SXSW 2018 Best-Selling Books to Read this Summer

May 18, 2018 Ari Roth

SXSW is the premier destination for thousands of creatives from a vast and diverse range of industries to discover what’s next. From compelling conversations with industry heavyweights and forging new connections to buzz-worthy film screenings and fresh new sounds at showcases, SXSW fosters creative and professional growth.

The 2018 SXSW Conference highlighted some of the most inspirational thinkers and industry leaders across 24 tracks of SXSW-curated programming. Attendees heard from a multitude of creative problem solvers and visionary storytellers, and had the opportunity to meet their favorite authors and speakers during book signings at the SXSW Bookstore. With hundreds of titles from SXSW and SXSW EDU speakers past and present, the SXSW Bookstore offers a convenient opportunity for attendees to network and pick up copies of their favorite speakers’ books during the event.

Whether you attended SXSW and can’t get enough of our 2018 speakers or you’re simply looking for a good summer read, we curated a list of our best-selling books from SXSW and SXSW EDU 2018 for you to check out.

Top 10 Books to Read this Summer by SXSW 2018 Speakers

  1. Principles – Ray Dalio

  2. In this New York Times Bestseller, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, Ray Dalio, explains the value of crafting your own principles and living by them. Learn about goal-setting and creating results in both business and life. Now available as an episodic 30-minute video series.

  3. Cryptocurrencies Simply Explained – Julian Hosp

  4. Are you curious about cryptocurrencies? Dive into the world of decentralization, the blockchain, ICOs, and bitcoin in this quick read by TenX coin co-founder Dr. Julian Hosp.

  5. The Signals Are Talking: Why Today’s Fringe Is Tomorrow’s Mainstream – Amy Webb

  6. Learn how to think like a futurist and answer important questions about artificial intelligence, machine learning, self-driving cars, biohacking, bots, and the Internet of Things. Explore how this new technology will change the way we live, work, play, and think.

  7. The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed – Jessica Lahey

  8. Considered essential reading for parents, educators, and psychologists, this New York Times Bestseller by SXSW EDU Keynote Jessica Lahey is a blueprint for modern parenting. Learn about the negative effects of over-parenting and steps you can take to ensure children learn to solve their own problems.

  9. Mating in Captivity: Unlocking Erotic Intelligence – Esther Perel

  10. Iconic psychotherapist, bestselling author, and SXSW 2018 Interactive Keynote Esther Perel deconstructs the complex system of relationships and offers an interesting perspective on intimacy and long-term relationships.

  11. All These Wonders – Micaela Blei (The Moth)

  12. From storytelling phenomenon The Moth, All These Wonders presents 45 unforgettable true stories about risk, courage, and facing the unknown. Watch the full SXSW EDU Keynote.

  13. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens – danah boyd

  14. Does social media affect the quality of teens’ lives? SXSW EDU Keynote danah boyd explores what it means to grow up in the age of social media as it relates to topics such as identity, privacy, safety, danger, and bullying.

  15. HBR Guide to Dealing With Conflict – Amy Gallo

  16. How do you deal with conflict? Do you typically avoid or seek conflict? Learn about yourself and collect tips by leading experts for navigating conflict on a daily basis.

  17. Non-Obvious – Rohit Bharghava

  18. Marketing expert and Georgetown University Professor Rohit Bhargava has a unique skill for predicting trends, especially non-obvious ones. Learn the right questions to ask and how to use the power of non-obvious to grow your business and create impact.

  19. Your Story Is Your Power: Free Your Feminine Voice – Elle Luna and Susie Herrick

  20. This practical hands-on guide helps women uncover their own narratives through introspection. Learn how family, cultural stereotypes, personality type, and personal myths shape your view of the world. Identify the influences that created the way you think and learn how your personal story changes the way you engage with the world.


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