15 Books For Your Summer Reading List

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15 Book Recommendations for Your Summer Reading List

It’s time to pick up a good book while on vacation, sitting in the park, or on your patio. Put the phone away and read. Last year, I shared twelve books in a blog post (What’s On Your Summer Reading List?) and its time to share another list of some of my favorite reads.

The sections below are divided into a variety of reading categories. If you want a personalized recommendation, please contact me!

Improve Yourself

Upgrade your life in some fashion by reading advice on how to form a better life routine. These authors share personal journeys, research, and advice on how to improve yourself.

quarter lifeThe Quarter-Life Breakthrough

By Smiley Poswolsky

“The first part of any quarter-life breakthrough is when a light goes off, alerting you that something in your life isn’t working.”

A book/guide for millennials who are looking to positively pivot their lives written by a millennial who researched best practices. Smiley shares his own journey as well as how others are tackling this same subject.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

I Will Teach You to be Richrich

By Ramit Sethi

“It’s more important to get started than to spend an exhaustive amount of time researching”

I have to include at least one personal finance book! Sethi provides a step-by-step introduction to building a basic foundation that gives you the right habits and knowledge. He has a tone appropriate for millennial and Generation X audiences that will make you enjoy this wonderful – yet sometimes blah – subject!

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

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EssentialismEssentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

By Greg McKeown

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?”

A good reminder on how to live your life with intention. Greg McKeown shares his research and some rules to live by so you can focus on what’s important versus getting bogged down with unimportant tasks. A good read for anyone who feels overwhelmed often.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Entertain Yourself

Appreciate the creativity of storytelling. These books are best for when you want to be entertained and get lost in a story to make you laugh, think, and/or be taken on a thrilling adventure.

rumdiaryThe Rum Diary

By Hunter S. Thompson

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”

The whirlwind mind of Hunter S. Thompson crafts a humorous story about a writer in the Caribbean witnessing – and sometimes unintentionally – causing havoc.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

cloud atlasCloud Atlas

By David Mitchell

“My life amounts to no more than one drop in a limitless ocean. Yet what is any ocean, but a multitude of drops?”

A unique story layout for this tale involving the lives of different individuals from different time periods. Multiple narratives create suspense, tragedy, hope, glory, comedy, and connection. Naval voyages, futuristic chases, and everything in between. Get lost in David Mitchell’s creative writing!

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Abraham_Lincoln_Vampire_Hunter_CoverAbraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

By Seth Grahame-Smith

“But you… you were born to fight tyranny. It is your purpose, Abraham. To free men from the tyranny of vampires. It has always been your purpose, since you first sprang from your mother’s womb.”

Our greatest president seen in a different light: as a person who wants to end slavery… and vampires. Yes, sounds odd but you’ve might have heard that the reviews are good. Yes, it was an entertaining read and are you daring enough to give it a shot?

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Learn from Others

Biographies offer a glimpse into the lives of people. You can understand what makes these people tick and learn from their ups-and-downs while also discovering some of their personal entertaining stories.

born_standing_upBorn Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

By Steve Martin

“Despite a lack of natural ability, I did have the one element necessary to all early creativity: naïveté, that fabulous quality that keeps you from knowing just how unsuited you are for what you are about to do.”

Steve Martin’s wit will make you laugh throughout the book! He doesn’t describe this book as an auto-biography, he describes it as an older Steve Martin writing a biography about young Steve Martin. You’ll learn about his hard work to become famous and then also how he transitioned his life to accommodate that fame.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

51Z6QVSYB1L._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_Mister Zoo: The Life and Legacy of Dr. Charles Schroeder

By Douglas C. Myers

“I HATE WIRE!” So said Charlie Schroeder, and the result was a zoo revolution. Stroll through any modern zoo and marvel at the wonder of seeing a tiger, a rhino or perhaps a gorilla with seemingly nothing but air between you and the wild animal, and you’ll be feeling the incredible, personal impact of Dr. Charles Schroeder’s vision.”

This leader was quite the rascal. He accomplished much in his life that shaped the Zoological industry. Learn from his leadership lessons and how this scientist embraced the areas of marketing, branding, and political maneuvering to turn the San Diego Zoo into the World Famous San Diego Zoo.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

51x+8fhiMpL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Not Taco Bell Material

By Adam Carolla

“I’m just a normal guy with some good solid common sense who has zero tolerance for those with zero intelligence.”

This brash personality shares humor and lots of details into his upbringing that took him on an interesting journey towards success. You might recognize Adam Carolla as the guy from The Man Show and you’ll experience a lot of the same humor in this book.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Revisit the Classics

Read a well-known story for the first time or read a classic again. Chances are you’re in a different stage of life compared to the first time you read one of these stories. These classics are called classics for a reason so enjoy one of these timeless tales.


By George Orwell

“If you can feel that staying human is worthwhile, even when it can’t have any result whatever, you’ve beaten them.” 

An appropriate tale for an election year. Follow the protagonist along his journey in this unsettling world of Oceania. You might feel a little disturbed when you notice some correlations with our modern day society.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

tom sawyerThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Mark Twain

“‘Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?'”

Aunt Polly, Becky Thatcher, Huck Finn, and Injun Joe. Mark Twain’s writing will put a smile on your face while you reconnect with this classic tale of a young lad who sees life with a fun perspective.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

princessbride-jpgThe Princess Bride: S. Morgernstern’s Classic Tale of True Love & High Adventure

By William Goldman

“We’ll never survive!” 
“Nonsense. You’re only saying that because no one ever has.” 

What a fun read! I recently read this and enjoyed it so much I could barely put it down. Revisit Florin to hear the epic between the Sicilian, Prince Humperdink, and Count Rugen versus Westley, Buttercup, Inigo Montoya, and Fezzik. Beware of the Zoo of Death!

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Bathroom Material

Yes… I went there! 🙂

A little reading while you’re occupied that you can start and finish quickly. No reason to become consumed in an epic with multiple chapters and storylines otherwise you might spend too much time on your throne. Here are some recommendations and you might want to purchase these so you don’t use other people’s bathroom material!

instructionLife’s Little Instruction Book: Volumes One and Two

By H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“#31: Buy whatever kids are selling on card tables in their front yards.”

A fun read with 511 little phrases of advice in Volume One and then 512 in Volume Two. Good reminders as well as some thought-provoking tidbits that can instill a new habit in you.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

aesops fablesAesop’s Fables

By Aesop

“A thirsty crow found a pitcher with some water in it, but so little was there that, try as she might, she could not reach it with her beak, and it seemed as though she would die of thirst within sight of the remedy. At last she hit upon a clever plan. She began dropping pebbles in the pitcher, and with each pebble the water rose a little higher until at last it reached the brim, and the knowing bird was enabled to quench her thirst.”

A collection of 284 short fables to get you thinking about the ways of the world as well as how to live a humble life.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

waltThe Quotable Walt Disney

Compiled by Dave Smith

“You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”

A collection of short quotes. You’ll read some inspiration and some tactical knowledge from Walt in themes ranging from education, enlightenment, exploration, and business to topics like Mickey Mouse and the Disney parks.

Check out your local library or find this book on Amazon here.

Oscar Wilde

Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if you want a personalized recommendation or if you have some financial planning questions!

Happy Reading!


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