Summer is finally here! No matter where you go, it’s always good to pick up a good book or two… or three… or four. I put together a list of books that I feel would be great for reading at the beach, poolside, or wherever you’ll be chilling and relaxing for the summer. No specific genre, just books that I found interesting and helpful that I wanted to share with you all!
1.The Gifts of Imperfection
After reading this book, Brené Brown was added to my list of favorite authors. This book shares ten guideposts for wholehearted living. She goes through and breaks down each guidepost and explains why they are necessary to have a fulfilling life. I read and practiced one guidepost each day and noticed a difference when I applied them. This book has helped me to become mindful of certain negative habits. It’s a quick and easy read, but there’s a lot to take from it.
If you haven’t seen this pretty pink book floating all over the internet you need to get out from under that rock! Written by Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss takes you through her journey that took her from an eBay store to a $10 million retail company. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be an entrepreneur is an entrepreneur or is just looking for some inspiration.
3. The New Jim Crow
This book is a little deeper, but provides a lot of information on mass incarceration of blacks in the U.S. I’m all about staying educated, or as we like to say today staying “woke”. Michelle Alexander drops tons of knowledge in this book, starting with the history of the Drug War. Although I don’t talk about these topics on my blog, I make sure to stay updated with what’s going on in my community and the history behind it. Mass incarceration is just one of the issues and if you want to know a little more about it I do recommend reading this book.
4. TED Talks
For all those people who hate public speaking this one is for you! I recently just purchased this book and will definitely be referring to it whenever I see speech/presentation on my syllabi. Chris Anderson (owner of TED) takes you through how to craft moving speeches and having a strong stage presence. If you know me, then you know I hate public speaking—ironic because my major is communications. You will be surprised by how many TED Talk speakers hate public speaking, even Anderson speaks about how his first speech makes him cringe.
5. Daring Greatly
Another Brené Brown masterpiece. This book primarily focuses on vulnerability and how it can change the way people lead, love, work, parent and educate. It’s based on twelve years of shame research and she explains how vulnerability is not a weakness but a strength. When I tell you this book had me thinking (gems were dropped throughout the book). I did not realize how effective vulnerability is when it comes to life. Just like the first book I mentioned, there’s a lot to take from it.
Hope you enjoy reading! What’s on your reading list for the summer? Leave a comment below.