This Summer I'm after some light reads. Business books, romance, and a few more philosophical picks. I'll most likely be reading these sunbathing on a blanket on the grass with a green tea in hand.
8 Books To-be Read
Seven Days in June: Tia Williams
I'm about halfway through this one. If you're craving some escapist romance, look no further. Seven Days in June follows Eva Mercy, single mom and erotica writer's chance encounter with former flame and enigmatic Shane Hall. They've not spoken in fifteen years, but both have served as muses and communicated through their writing. Very fun so far.
Subscribed: Why the Subscription Model Will Be Your Company's Future: Tien Tzuo
I'm trying to learn more about business models and how different types of companies monetise. Subscribed is based on a simple premise: businesses need to adapt to the Subscription Economy, or they risk being left behind. Tzuo 'shows how to use subscriptions to build lucrative, ongoing one-on-one relationships with your customers.' Tzuo is the founder of Zuora as well as and prior to that was chief strategy officer of Salesforce.
Malibu Rising: Taylor Jenkins Reid
Absolutely obsessed Taylor Jenkins Reid since coming across The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I'd read her shopping list! Most of her books seem to be set in in the second half of the twentieth century. This one follows four siblings over the course of one night when 'they each have to choose what they will keep from the people who made them... and what they will leave behind.' From what I hear it's a bit of a page-turner.
The Song of Achilles: Madeline Miller
This is my book club pick. It's a second attempt with Miller, as I tried to read Circe, but just couldn't stick with it. I've heard so many people rave about this book, so decided to give it a go. It is a retelling of Greek mythology, which I don't know a lot about. I'm tentative, but will see how it goes.
The Other Black Girl: Zakiya Dalila Harris
This book has been described to me as a cross between Devil Wears Prada and Get Out. Didn't know I needed that in my life. Part thriller part social commentary, The Other Black Girl is about two black girls navigating workplace dynamics at a mostly white publishing house. Very much looking forward to this one.
The Psychology of Money: Morgan Housel
I've recently found myself in a bit of a personal finance rabbit hole on YouTube and Goodreads. Those algorithms know me better than I know myself. My main issue with these financial freedom related books, is how condescending some the authors can be (looking at you, Rich Dad, Poor Dad). But Housel's book seems to be a nice antidote, offering up nineteen short stories 'exploring the strange ways people think about money' and telling us 'how to make better sense of one of life's most important matters.'
The Business of Belonging: How to Build Communities that Grow the Bottom Line: David Spinks
I'm interested in what makes an engaged communities and creates a sense of belonging between a wide-range of people. There must be a thread that unites them all and a reason for coming together. I've been part of several communities; both good and bad and I've never quite been able to figure out what makes a successful one. In this book, 'David Spinks offers step-by-step advice for creating community strategy, aligning it with your business objectives, and launching and managing a community of end users that will be your best marketer, salesperson, customer service provider, and evangelist.'
Man's Search for Meaning: Victor E. Frankl
Last but certainly not least, I've been reading a lot about 'purpose' and the meaning of life and work, so I've decided to read Man's Search for Meaning by psychiatrist, Victor Frankl. Frankl's core argument is that we cannot avoid suffering, but only choose 'how we cope with it, find meaning and move forward with renewed purpose.' Frankl leans on his experience in Nazi death camps and as a therapist, believing that humans are propelled by a 'will to meaning.'
I will report back shortly on how I find these books.