All of the books I’ve read this summer have been great reads. I don’t think I’ve ever read so many good books at once–either it was a happy coincidence or I’m just getting better at picking books. I’ve also accepted that there are certain genres of books that I just don’t like and so I’m not wasting time getting through the first few chapters of something and deciding it’s not for me. Because life is too short to read books you don’t like, amiright?
This is a daily devotional by Paul Tripp that I started and am currently enjoying. It has one for each day of the year. It’s a thoughtful, encouraging, rather hefty book, and I love it. Would highly recommend if you are looking for a new daily devotional book. link here
For the longest time I’ve been searching for a balanced book about friendships. These days we hear a lot a lot of surface-level advice about not spending time with people who don’t make you happy or staying in toxic relationships. But friendship is often a lot more more complicated than that and I was so happy to find a read that approached the topic from a balanced, spiritual perspective. There was lots of practical advice on how to make, keep and restore friendships that are meaningful and deep, but the author also took time to point out a lot of heart and personality issues that need addressed in ourselves before we can be the right kind of friend. Challenging and encouraging at the same time. link here
Hacking Growth *
I don’t think I’ve read such a meaty, practical business book yet this year. Exploring the strategies different companies have done to drive rapid yet meaningful growth is a really interesting topic. Usually the breakthroughs come from looking at the existing data in a new way and doing series of rapid test to determine what the customer wants to see.
Sometimes business books are really theoretical or allegorical and don’t give any real-life examples (<< personal pet peeve about business books.) However, this book hit the right combination of theory, what the theory looks like in a real-life examples and then ideas of how to implement. If you’re going to take the time to read this, you’ll want to have a notebook and some of your own stats handy for reference. Highly, highly recommend this book. I know I will reference it for years to come. link here
My Mom bought this book a year or two ago and I started it–and didn’t like it. A few months I picked it up again, and read the whole thing in about 48 hours. There are so many insights into how the brain processes information, repairs itself and remembers things that are really interesting. Even if you’re not into business or marketing, it’s still interesting from a health and wellness perspective. link here
The Ultimate Travel Guide by Lonely Planet
Amazon sent me this helpful little on-sale notice for this book on my Coffee Table wishlist and I caved and bought. The cover is aqua and gold so that might have also had something to do with my desire to purchase. link here
What’s on my list for this fall?
It’s sitting on my shelf and I’ll probably wait until the above is finished to read it. link here
And then I’ll probably pick a new book off of the bottom of this list to read > My Favorite Business Books
*I received a free copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.