For many of us, the summer reading list goes back to the days of elementary school. Whether the books were assigned by next year’s teacher, your library had a program or you were motivated by personal pan pizzas (thanks, BOOK IT!), summer is synonymous with getting lost in a good book. As an adult, summer vacations aren’t necessarily the two or three months they used to be, but beaches and planes also present some good reading opportunities.
The Washington Post recently published “A summer reading list that will help you professionally,” which got me feeling guilty about my own pile of books waiting to be read. I’m currently about halfway through Selfish, Shallow, and Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not to Have Kids, a collection of essays pulled together by Meghan Daum. It’s an incredibly thoughtful look at the decisions we make around children – not just about not having them, but also about why people choose to have kids. It’s a deeply personal conversation and I think it’s impossible to explore one side of the coin without looking at the other. I’m enjoying the different perspectives and the conversations it brings up among my friends.
My other books waiting patiently to be read this summer…
- Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success by Kerry Patterson
I’d Rather Be in Charge: A Legendary Business Leader’s Roadmap for Achieving Pride, Power, and Joy at Workby Charlotte Beers
Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg
- Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Kerry Patterson
- As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes and Joe Layden (confession: I received this for Christmas last year and am probably most looking forward to this one – I need to get on it!)
What’s on your summer reading list this year?