With summer coming faster than you might think, it won’t be long before your kids are out of school and you end up spending a lot of your time at the beach. While you’re laying out in the sun (which isn’t as bad for you as you might think it is), you may as well catch up on your summer reading!
You could spend all kinds of time going through your current book collection in search of something you haven’t read yet (though if you’re anything like me you’re going to be hard-pressed to find one), or you could just refer to our list below, which has something for just about everyone.
This list is composed of Amazon’s current bestsellers, so they come highly recommended by readers from all over the globe (or at least North America).
2016 Summer Reading List
StrengthsFinder 2.0 – Tom Rath
This is a perfect book to put on your summer reading list because it’s fairly short and can easily be read in one sitting. This is the second installment of the book (obviously), but you definitely don’t have to read the first one before diving into it.
This book gives you the opportunity to uncover your strengths and apply them to your everyday life (which you’re likely not doing now, even if you think you are). It promises to “change the way you look at yourself – and the world around you – forever”.
It’s available in both hardcover and Kindle editions (and even on Audio CD!), and you can buy it here.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – Parts One and Two (Special Rehearsal Edition Script) – J.K. Rowling
Of course this book was going to end up on this list – After all, it is a Harry Potter book (kind of)! This is actually set to be performed on London’s West End beginning in July, but if you’re unable to make the trip (or if you need to know what happens before it hits the stage) this is definitely a book that you’re going to want to pick up. The book is almost always better than the movie, anyway.
This story takes place nineteen years after Harry’s story finishes and focuses on Harry’s children (three of them!) instead of him. It’s the perfect acquisition for anyone that loves the Potter franchise.
Right now it’s only available on pre-order in hardcover, but you can get your name on the list to ensure that you’re one of the first people to read it by clicking here.
Oh, The Places You’ll Go! – Dr. Seuss
I don’t care how old you are or what stage of life you’re in; this is a book that needs to be in everyone’s collection. Feeling lost in the world? Read this book. Going through a huge life transition and not sure which way is up? Read this book. Having a rough day? I think you get the idea.
This book takes less than ten minutes to read for most people, but the way it can transition the way you’re feeling by the end of it makes it incredibly priceless. It’s timeless and I can’t even put into words why. Just buy it, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
It’s available in both hardcover and on the kindle and you can get it here.
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing – Marie Kondo
If you’re anything like me, you end up acquiring a whole lot of stuff you don’t need over time without even realizing it. Then one day you take a look at your house or apartment and you’re just like where the heck did all of this stuff even come from?
Some people are pretty spectacular organizers, but most of us just don’t fall into that category; if you’re a part of the latter crowd, this book is for you. It shows you how to declutter your entire life without giving yourself a migraine over it. It actually makes you feel good about getting rid of your things, and summer is the perfect time for it!
Buy it here in hardcover or for your Kindle.
When Breath Becomes Air – Paul Kalanithi
Have you ever read a book that just seems to stay with you long after you’ve read it? This is definitely one of those books. It’s about a neurosurgeon that get diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and is forced to deal with the situation as a patient rather than a doctor. It’s a true story (which adds to the heart-wrenching you’re very likely to feel), and I guarantee that you won’t be able to put it down as soon as you start reading it.
It can be purchased here in either hardcover or for the Kindle.
The Five Love Languages: The Secret To Love That Lasts – Gary Chapman
I first heard about this book on social media; a couple was on a talk show speaking about why their marriage worked so well, and the husband credited this book. It shows us that there are essentially five different ways to love a person and gives us the opportunity to learn not only about them, but about which ones matter the most to us. Regardless of whether you’re single or in a loving long-term relationship, this book is definitely worth a read.
You can get the paperback or Kindle edition by clicking here.
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success – Carol Dweck
Do you think that you deserve more in life but no matter how hard you try, it seems as though you’re just not getting anywhere? The problem may be in your mindset more than in the actions you’re taking. Carol Dweck is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and she’s spent more than a decade researching achievement and success. This book is a culmination of her findings and should definitely be on the summer reading list of anyone who thinks that they deserve more out of life.
Buy it now in paperback or hardcover or download it onto your Kindle by clicking here.
And there you have it! These seven books are definitely a great start to your 2016 summer reading list. Did I leave anything out? What would you add to it? Let us know in the comments section below.
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