5 Summer Reads That May Just Change Your Life

There’s a whole host of new books out this summer that may just change your life, or at least the way you think about it. So what book what will you be bringing on holidays with you?

We’ve written before about the power of books to if not change your entire life, at least give you a kick to finally go after the things you want. So why not choose a summer read that will challenge the way you think about things? Before you take an afternoon dip of course!

Make Your Bed

If you want advice on the smallest daily changes you can do, then this is it! Admiral William H. McRaven gave in a graduation speech that went viral, this book reminds you that sometimes little things can have a big impact. Even something as small as making your bed every day. This is perfect for those who like to pick up a book and then put it back down again.

Make Your Bed by Admiral William H. McRaven

Make Your Bed Admiral William H McRaven

Deep Work

If you often find yourself unable to concentrate on one task for more than a few minutes, then this book is for you. In this hyper-connected world, it can be difficult to just focus on the task at hand. And yet, according toCal Newport, Ph.D., a professor at Georgetown, it’s something we really need to figure out if we’re going to succeed at any project. He also gives four rules to help re-wire yourself so you can deeply focus again. Something we could all do with now and again.

Deep Work by Cal Newport

Deep Work by Cal Newport


Amy Cuddy, Harvard Business School professor and social psychologist, is convinced that with the right information we can harness the energy of stressful situations for good. And to honest, we’re here for that! By using principles based on body language, posture and other mind-body techniques, she shows how to harness those butterflies. And all without any homework or deep soul searching. This is honest, practical advice for those who don’t buy into fluffy self-help.

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Presence by Amy Cuddy

Outer Order, Inner Calm

If you find Mari Kondo a little too extreme, then this is the book for you. Instead of an all-in approach, Gretchen Rubin (the woman behind The Happiness Project) gives practical advice that sometimes you just can’t think of yourself. For example, do tangled earphones stress you out each morning? Then get an earphone hangar. Simple, but all too often the sort of practical advice you need somebody else to point out.

Outer Order, Inner Calm by Gretchen Rubin

Outer order inner calm

Gmorning, Gnight!

The Hamilton creator has created a Twitter following only there for his morning and evening wisdom. Because sometimes you just need somebody giving you a kick of motivation instead of long drawn out sermons. Lin-Manuel has started greeting his Twitter followers with pearls of wisdom such as “Do NOT get stuck in the comments section of life today. Which sometimes is all you need! He offers new insights in his book, but still easy to read in short bursts.

Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Penguin Random-House)

'Gmorning, Gnight!' by Lin-Manuel Miranda

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