At long last – summer is here. And what better way to spend this well-deserved time off than to unwind with a good book in hand (and perhaps a refreshing mojito). Whether you’re waiting for a flight or soaking up some sun at the beach, make sure you’re turning the pages of one of our recommended summer reads below.
Alone Time: Four Seasons, Four Cities, and the Pleasures of Solitude by Stephanie Rosenbloom
Traveling solo is something we should all try at least once in our lifetime. Not only do we discover what’s outside of our comfort zone, we also get to appreciate the restorative effect of solitude, which gets lost amidst the mayhem of group travel.
Astrophysics For People in a Hurry by Neil DeGrasse Tyson
A freaking astrophysics book, you might ask? I know. It’s probably the last thing you would want to read after a brutal semester. But if you’re genuinely interested about how the universe works or you simply want to impress a date, then this book is a must read. Neil DeGrasse Tyson unpacks this dense subject that only he can—witty, charming, and of course, informative.
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Conventional wisdom dictates that “giving a f*ck” is, by and large, the blueprint for that ideal career, health, or relationship that we all want to achieve. While there is truth to this, Manson suggests that we are excessively anxious about perfection that we deprive ourselves of the learning experience that comes with failure. This is the anti-self-help, self-help book that could change your outlook on life.
Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel
Thiel makes a case for ingenuity and pushing boundaries. As a co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor to Facebook, he understands that great ideas cannot be replicated; and that attempting to do so, well, exhibits laziness and adds nothing of great significance to human progress.
Principles by Ray Dalio
Ray Dalio founded the investment firm Bridgewater, one of the largest hedge funds in the world, but his journey to the top was not without its share of ups and downs. This book is a product of his personal experiences and practical lessons he has acquired throughout the years which we can all learn from.
Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The 2008 financial crisis offers a grim reminder: career politicians and their cronies play by different rules than the rest of the population. Financial institutions reap the rewards of taking risks, but when things go south, they want everyone to subsidize their losses (i.e., without “skin in the game”).
The book also challenges its readers to take risks, be it ruffling a few feathers or pouring in time and money, for something that they believe in and are passionate about. After all, Taleb says, “How much you truly “believe” in something can be manifested only through what you are willing to risk for it.”