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Five Books to Learn More About Social Excellence | Recommended Reading

Updated: Jan 24, 2022

It's Janaury. First month of the year.

And I bet some of you are going into 2021 with the intention of making reading a priority.

I'm a BIG fan.

Whether you read for pleasure or personal development (or maybe both!), reading is an EXTREMELY #sociallyexcellent activity!

Reading helps us become more curious by introducing new ideas and broadening our imagination. A compelling auto-biography shows us authenticity and vulnerability. We see all of the pillars of social excellence in good character development, excellent scene setting, and overall quality writing.

If you're looking for a few books that will help you expand your understanding of Social Excellence, I've put together this short list of books, paired with each of the Four Pillars of Social Excellence: Generosity, Curiosity, Authenticity, and Vulnerability. I hope you'll find something you enjoy!


Social Excellence: We Dare You

by Matthew Mattson, Jessica Gendron Williams, and Josh Orendi

You know we can't have a list of #sociallyexcellent books without mentioning the OG: Social Excellence: We Dare You. If you haven't read (and worked through) this book, I HIGHLY recommend making it a priority. This book is filled with real-life challenges that get you out of your comfort zone and push you to be your most socially excellent self. I have scribbled, reflected, highlighted, and tabbed ALL over my copy of this book. It's one I re-visit frequently, and one I recommend everyone take the time to read. (Amazon)


Generosity | Tale as Old as Time: A Twisted Tale by Liz Braswell

In this retelling of "Beauty and the Beast" Belle is a shining example of someone who generously gives of her time and talents to help others. She throws herself into helping the Beast and castle inhabitants break their curse, while also working to right some serious injustices in her town. None of this is her job or her individual problem to solve, but she sees a need to help her community and she steps up and gives her time and talents.

If you love Disney, retold fairytales, or YA fiction, this book definitely belongs on your list!



Curiosity | A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle