Creating Room to Read by John Wood

Creating Room to Read

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive’s quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books What’s happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the Andrew Carnegie of the devel...

Details Creating Room to Read

TitleCreating Room to Read
Release DateFeb 7th, 2013
GenreNonfiction, Education, Autobiography, Memoir, Biography, Business

Reviews Creating Room to Read

  • Naomi
    Read my full review @ opinion: I normally try to keep my blog for reviewing fictional work. Periodically, Non-fiction books will pop up that I want to read/review for personal reasons. Creating Room to Read is one of those books. I first became familiar with Room to Read and its' spectacular mission in the PBS series Half the Sky . Being an strong advocate not only for the mission of literacy and libraries, but for the empo...
  • Iskandar Syah Ismail
    Alhamdulillah, selesai membaca buku ini yang akan dihadam lagi berkali-kali. Sebelum membaca buku ini, saya melihat juga reviu oleh pembaca goodreads yang mengatakan penulis buku ini, John Wood banyak mengulangi kisah di dalam buku Leaving Microsoft to Change The World. Oleh kerana itu, saya memulakan pembacaan dengan rasa hati yang sedikit 'sceptic'.Namun apabila membaca dari halaman ke halaman, saya tidak begitu bersetuju dengan pendapat mereka...
  • Mendocino County Library
    take one retired Microsoft (probable) millionaire and set him loose to trek around in Nepal. Finding a school with no books and no library, he returns half a year later with thousands of books for the school's library. His mission evolved into an NGO, Room to Read, and he became the CEO of "one of the most successful international literacy organizations."Kudos to a man with a grand and bold vision and the drive to make his dream come true.
  • Necholas
    Bukunya bagus sekali. Kisah John Wood mengembangkan organisasi nirlaba bernama Room to Read ini sangat menarik. Membaca runtutan kisahnya membuat saya belajar beberapa hal:1. Antusiasme dan determinasi sangat penting dalam segala sesuatu yang kita kerjakan. Saya melihat salah satu kesuksesan organisasi ini karena John Wood memiliki kedua karakter tersebut. 2. Tim yang terbaik sangat penting. Pada masa awal berdirinya Room to Read, John Wood memba...
  • Ganesh Muthupalani
    Started on this wonderful book thanks to Ramu! John Wood's journey started when he stumbled upon a school in Nepal with an empty library 10 years ago. Today, they have impacted 12.4 million children by providing literacy programs and building libraries. Room to Read has hit a global scale largely because it is run just like a corporate with goals, cost cutting and performance review. Staff whom he hires must have had corporate experience. The org...
  • Ramu Vairavan
    This is the inspiring story of how a nonprofit with an ambitious mission is facing up to its challenges and is making waves in the developing world. Run almost like a business, Room to Read has been very effective over the years. There are now numerous RTR volunteer chapters around the world, including in Hong Kong and Singapore.John Wood, the founder, shares many moving anecdotes in this book. That he left a top job in a wealthy country to do th...
  • Earl
    Two of my favorite books are by John Wood- Leaving Microsoft to Change the World and Creating Room to Read.jw1The first, published in 2006, tells his story of how he left his high-paying job to start providing educational opportunities in developing countries. What I liked about this more than Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson was I got a more behind-the-scenes look of starting a non-profit- in his case, Room to Read. Some concepts from Leaving...
  • Lindsay
    I feel like I have to explain giving this book such a low rating, because how could a future teacher dislike a book about global education? First of all, I need to make the distinction that this rating is for the actual book itself, not for its subject material. Room to Read seems like an amazing organization and I'm very awed and inspired by the vision of John Wood and Co. and what they have accomplished. However, I feel like I could have gotten...
  • Veronica
    A very good book. Reading it made me feel like anything is achievable if I just put my mind to it. His story and the stories he tells of the students and the volunteers touched by his organization, Room to Read, are truly inspiring.
  • Rebecca
    This is my first rave for the year. It's a book that I would not normally have picked up, but I had a chance to read an advance copy and I was blown away. I have been talking about this book everywhere I go, encouraging anyone with even a tiny interest in children, education or reading to put it on their reading lists. The book (shown to the left) is called Creating a Room To Read by John Wood, and it's due for release on February 28th.Nelson Man...
  • Regina
    Hmmm. An inspirational book about a philanthropic literacy program that I didn’t find very inspiring? I kept comparing it to Father Boyle’s books about Homeboy Industries, and it just didn’t measure up to that standard. I also wish the author was a little more humble. Maybe he is in his first, more popular, book on the topic.
  • Nilsa Pacheco
    What an inspiration, I would love to meet this guy and congratulate him for what he has accomplished. John Wood, let me take you out for a coffee. I will happily donate lots of books.
  • Pamela
    #TheBookFairies #RoomToReadThis book just easily became one of my top 3 favorite books. I want to read his first book: Leaving Microsoft to Change the World. I could quote so much of this book. The list of people praising the book on the back cover and the level of people involved on the board speaks volumes. I agree with so much of this book, the focus is on the developing world but my focus is right here locally and through The Book Fairies I a...
  • Kellie Reynolds
    I give this book 5 stars even though I agree with the comments from others regarding the disorganized style of writing and the unnecessary length of the book. The story and the achievements of the organization "Room to Read" are powerful enough for me to look past stylistic shortcomings. I starting reading this book because it is about getting books to kids and I love to read. However, the book is about much more than filling libraries. For me, t...
  • Chuck
    John Wood has a philosophy. "The way out of poverty is through education." He takes this idea and is proving its validity in some of the poorest places on earth.John Wood had a lucrative career in the tech giant, Microsoft, but he left it to found the nonprofit, Room to Read. Its purpose is to build libraries and provide education to students around the world. He has done this with amazing success. As Andrew Carnegie built libraries all across Am...
  • Kristin
    I have not read Mr. Wood's first book but very much enjoyed this follow-up. There is no doubt that he has created an efficient and effective organization, and I applaud his bringing reading and libraries to the world. I also like some of his learnings: get the local people involved, no Range Rovers, etc. I only wish that he would spend less time self-congratulating, and well, less time over all. I think the book could have been half the size and ...
  • Jackie
    After working on library development in Lesotho, everything I've read in both of John Wood's books make me want to open my checkbook and donate to Room to Read! And then figure out how to get them to work in Lesotho:)A must read, if you are interested in international development!
  • Rizki Situmorang
    Out from your comfort Zone...Benar-benar meng-INSPIRASITidak selamanya banyak harta membuat kita bahagia,kadang bahagia itu bisa digapai dengan kesederhanaan..
  • An-Nisa Nur'aini
    Buku ini saya beli tanggal 2 Agustus 2015, lebih dari setahun lalu, di tengah-tengah IOAA. Setelah berhari-hari stuck di Puri Asri akhirnya bisa keluar meskipun hanya ke Artos, dan berakhir bawa 'oleh-oleh' buku murah Gramedia di atrium Artos. Udah lama disimpan di rak karena keserobot list bacaan lain, tapi akhirnya sampai juga gilirannya baca buku satu ini.Buku pertamanya Leaving Microsoft to Change the World: an Entrepreneur's Odyssey to Educa...
  • Sarah
    I've admired John Wood's organization since reading "Half the Sky" and was intrigued to learn more about the founder but especially its mission and its growth. Education, children and literacy are all things I am passionate about and I love that this organization does it right- not only building and stocking libraries in developing nations but publishing books in those native languages where there was previously no market for them. I was inspired...
  • Kudakwashe Manjonjo
    As someone involved in running and setting up libraries, this book was absolutely phenomenal. The experiences and details of how he set up the world wide behemoth of Room to Read was sometimes inspiring, other times it filled you with envy but always in awe. the really great innovations that I enjoyed reading about was the Challenge grant which emphasized community involvement and the Volunteer Fundraising Chapters which really helped make Room t...
  • Stephanie Smith
    This is one of my favourite books. It shows one man's proactive mission to change the world and how he builds his glorious empire.Some of the insights in this book are fantastic and I think sometimes hitting a lot deeper than even the author himself may realize. This book has become an unexpected option I can refer to when speaking about egalitarianism and to first world feminists. Due to its non-political nature, it displays certain things in su...
  • Becky
    This is a book that speaks directly to my passions for worldwide education as a way to lift up those around the world. It's a very positive, motivating book, both to understand the obstacles that have been overcome throughout the organization's history, but almost as a personal challenge to me for "and what are you doing about it?!" It's well written, going through history, but sharing a host of individual stories and impacts along the way.
  • Barbara
    Solid follow up to LEAVING MICROSOFT but repeats a lot of the same info and not as inspiring. Either one is a great introduction to this terrific literacy program though. Shannon starts work there in a couple of weeks. I hope she gets to know John Wood a little because of his leadership, passion and enthusiasm.
  • Nona
    This book made me realise how much we take for granted. It is inspiring how Room to Read brings so much happiness to thousands of children and we should all appreciate how much hard work all of the team put in to make that happen. I would have prefered it if the book focused more on the lives of the children rather than fundraising however.
  • Kinanti Nabilah
    Inspiring story! This book taught me a lot about privileges in education and how we should help others who are not as lucky as we are to have the same or even similar opportunity to read, to learn, to study, and to be an educated person.
  • Rievinska Firsty
    Woof finally after almost one year! Lol, dont know why it took so long for me to finish this book (I bought it on 2014 fyi)Amazing John Wood and his RTR. I just wonder if they can invest too in Indonesia."I see hopes."
  • Padma Baliga
    Interesting read but a little too much of the White Man as Saviour for the World of poor black and brown children
  • Kimberly Smith
    Inspiring book!
  • Jo Grimstad
    Amazing stories!