Our Non-Fiction To Read List

As a team of English Literature and Creative Writing Graduates, we here at Carnsight are big book lovers and word enthusiasts. Whether it be escaping into a world of fiction or educating ourselves through some fantastic self-help and non-fiction, we love burying our noses between the pages.

Today we wanted to share some work, productivity and business-related books that we’re very excited to get to – our professional to-be-read pile if you will. We would love to know if you’ve read any that we mention, or if there are some you think we should really add to the list.


No Logo by Naomi Klein

Naomi Klein describes No Logo as ‘an attempt to analyse and document the forces opposing corporate rule, and to lay out the particular set of cultural and economic conditions that made the emergence of that opposition inevitable.’ If that doesn’t spark interest then what will? This sounds like a fantastic and insightful read about the world of corporate marketing and we can’t wait to dive in.

Agencynomics by Spencer Gallagher, Peter Hoole, Jasmine Thompson 

A book recommended to us by one of our fantastic clients, Agencynomics is said to be filled with hundreds of practical tips and KPIs to help the reader improve their own agency growth strategy and is marketed towards anyone with or without agency experience.

Founder of Carnsight, Jessica, is part-way through and nodding along and she can’t wait to learn more about the journey from agency start-up through to full team and beyond.

The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5 by Timothy Ferriss

Jessica is also extremely passionate about flexible working and is a firm advocate for the four-day work week. While a four hour work week might be pushing it a bit, we’re fascinated to see what Timothy Ferriss has to say about the effects and implications of flexible working and focused productivity.

Joy at Work: Organizing Your Professional Life by Marie Kondō

Leigh-Ann, our Account Executive, is a massive fan of Marie Kondo’s ‘The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up’, and when she saw that Kondo had written a book about organising your professional life it went straight on her to be read pile. After all tidy desk, tidy mind.

How to Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

A classic in the world of self-help and corporate reading, How to Win Friends is definitely on our list. With the tag line ‘learn the six ways to make people like you, the twelve ways to win people to your way of thinking, and the nine ways to change people without arousing resentment’, we can’t help but want to find out how this book has endured the test of time and remained one of the most popular of its genre.

Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear

Marketed as ‘practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviours that lead to remarkable results’, Atomic Habits sounds like the perfect book to set up some very effective productivity habits and improve ourselves both professionally and personally. Leigh-Ann, in particular, is fascinated by habit formation and thinks that this book would be great to develop an even more streamlined working routine.


To hear more about Carnsight’s approach to flexible working and productivity, check out our post on the more time = more productivity equation and how it isn’t necessarily correct. And Leigh-Ann’s recent post about her own creative writing and how it helped her in PR is well worth a look at.

Also don’t forget to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favourite non-fiction books from the list.