Friday FYI: Amazing Summer Reads

With the Memorial holiday weekend upon us and sunny summer days ahead, some of us are getting a chance to relax this weekend and charge up for an exciting couple of months of surf, sun, and travel.

And the rest of us are secretly hating all of the people who are doing all of those things.

But no matter whether you’re cooped up this Memorial Day weekend or going off to Tahiti to dip your toesies in the ocean, you can be sure that it’s time to start compiling your summer reading list. Because for some of us, without an actual pile of books to read, it won’t really feel like summer at all. After all, office air conditioning can create a very wintry ambience.

So here are some fantastic books to check out while you are traveling, enjoying a day in the sun, or just counting the summers til you can retire:

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Roth

When an interviewer asks you, “what are you greatest strengths?” do you know what to say? We already know you rock, but do you have a clear idea of what makes you awesome? Many people are unaware of their greatest strengths and focus too much energy and time developing their weaknesses, rather than harnessing their strengths. This book comes with an online assessment that helps you identify your top five talents and provides actionable ways you can apply them in your career and everyday life. Also, learning about other common strengths will help you recognize the talent of your coworkers and the understand the best way to work with them.

Push Back – Selena Rezvani

Rezvani offers excellent self advocacy tips that are critical to you career success. If you do not push back for what is rightfully yours who will? Rezvani provides guidance from top high-level leaders that you can apply to your own career. Women engage in negotiation conversations way less than men, but after reading this book you will confidently know how to navigate the tricky and sometimes intimidating conversations.

Life After College – Jenny Blake

An extremely helpful guidebook to the real world for recent college graduates and twenty somethings. Blake provides helpful tips on all aspects of your life: work, money, home, organization, friends & family, dating & relationships, health, fun & relaxation and personal growth. Her book is full of exercises that will help you focus on the big picture of your life and actionable ways to make your big goals a reality.

Bossy Pants — Tina Fey

If you need a little comedic relief and fun in your life, this book is just what the doctor ordered. The book is full of hilarious stories from Fey’s childhood and her career with SNL.

For more reading recommendations, ask you mentor what book he or she is currently reading. They will be impressed that you are well-rounded and seek learning experiences outside of the office. Also, the book can provide excellent talking points with your mentor in future conversations. Don’t have a mentor yet and want one? Check out Levo’s tips for finding an amazing mentor here.