It’s summer time and you may find yourself with a little extra time to select your own reading material. Here, our bloggers have put together a few suggestions for some great summer reads. Enjoy!
One of the books I recently read was “Sarah’s Key” by Tatiana De Rosnay. While the book is fictitious in nature, “Sarah’s Key” takes a unique look at factual events that took place during the Holocaust in Occupied France. The book takes place both in present time and calls on events that took place in Paris in 1942. The story captures the essence of what people endured during the Holocaust from first-hand experience, while also provoking raw emotion for those who have been removed from the events for generations. It is a must read.
Professionally, I would highly recommend John C. Maxwell’s book, “Everyone Communicates, Few Connect.” In today’s world, so much of our communication is done electronically leading to vast interpretation. So much so, that we have lost the ability to truly make lasting connections with people. As Maxwell states, “People may hear your words but they feel your attitude. That will either enable you to connect with people and win them over, or it will alienate them and cause you to lose them” (page 65). My question to you is are you feeling the right attitude from an electronic communication? This book identifies the requirements needed for making effective connections in an easy to read, study guide format. No matter what stage of your life you are in, you can apply the lessons learned to effectively connect within one on one, group or large audience settings.
Before I knew to “Lean In,” Mika Brzezinski opened my eyes and introduced me to Sheryl Sandberg and other powerful women in her book, “Knowing Your Value.” Part career memoir, part interview vignettes, Mika empowers women to give self-advocacy their best shot by teaching how to go to bat for your worth. I highly recommend it!
A great summer read is “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It is a classic and one of the bestselling books of all time. It is a simple and straightforward story that will inspire you to follow your dreams. The book is a short read that is filled with great life lessons and can be enjoyed over and over again.