2019 Summer Reading & Listening List

August 18, 2019

2019 Summer Reading & Listening List

 

Here is what we are reading and listening to this summer.

We will follow up with a recap on our reads and listens at the end of the summer!

E L O I S E ’ S   R E A D I N G   &   L I S T E N I N G   L I S T : 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS:

 

For leadership: The Advantage Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business

by Patrick Lencioni

 

Review: Highly recommend for leaders and business owners. If you have a leadership team, read this book together. This is a great book to highlight and provides great examples to help understand HOW to do each part. If you decide to do the suggested quarterly meetings, find a business consultant who can attend and provide an outside perspective. 

 

Because it has been on my list for a long time: How to Win Friends and Influence People

by Dale Carnegie

 

Review: This book should be read by every person no matter their age, profession, or experience/education level. This is great for college students as they begin their career but is extremely applicable for leaders who communicate with employees, business partners, and clients. We all need to be reminded of these simple principles.

 

To better understand self and others: The Four Tendencies

by Gretchen Rubin: Book & Quiz

 

Review: If you enjoy personality assessments (DISC, Enneagram, Strength Finders), you may want to read this book. It provides another perspective by focusing on inner and outer expectations. This book may help you understand other people and why they do (or not do) certain things. I took the 8 question assessment and discovered I am an Obliger. Though I think in my professional life, I am an Upholder. 

 

For fun and vacation: Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

by Maria Semple

 

Review: I listened to this book on Audible on a road trip. A little hard to follow when listening. May have enjoyed reading the book more. This is a great book if you want to escape and focus on a fictional story instead of your busy life. May help you to unwind at the end of the day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PODCASTS:

 

Decision Making and Encouragement Podcast: The Next Right Thing by Emily P Freeman

Branding Podcast: Building a Story Brand with Donald Miller

Business and Creative Podcast: Play It Brave with D’arcy Benincosa

Business and Personal Development Podcast: Rise Podcast with Rachel Hollis

 

 

K A T R I N A ’ S   R E A D I N G   L I S T : 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS:

 

About to finish: Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear By Elizabeth Gilbert

 

Review: I highly recommend this book for anyone who enjoys being creative and may need some motivation to pursue their creative endeavors. This is an encouraging, easy read, though a little repetitive at times. Despite this, I still found myself highlighting and scribbling quotes from this book on sticky notes so I don't forget some of Elizabeth's encouraging words. 

 

For fun: Where the Crawdads Sing By Delia Owens

 

Review: This was an enjoyable read and I recommend for anyone who enjoys fiction, particularly mysteries and love stories. It is well-written and I found myself not wanting to put it down. I love the main character, Kya, and  her beautiful connection with nature. 

 

For working moms: Stretched Too Thin: How Working Moms Can Lose the Guilt, Work Smarter, and Thrive By Jessica N. Turner

 

Review: Highly recommend this book for working moms no matter your line of work. This book gave some simple tips for productivity and balance while also addressing the feelings of "mom guilt" and the thought that we must do it all. While some tips may be nothing new, she gives you permission to make yourself a priority when a majority of moms tend to do the opposite. 

 

For professional development and encouragement: Work Party: How to Create and Cultivate the Career of your Dreams By Jaclyn Johnson

 

Review: No matter if you are a woman in a corporate job or  working to own your own business, this is a refreshing must-read! I love how open and honest Jaclyn is. Her writing is funny and entertaining, while also being relatable. My favorite part? The book includes a useful guide to business jargon. 

 


 

K A T E ’ S   R E A D I N G   L I S T : 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BOOKS:

 

Because Eloise recommended it: Everybody Always By Bob Goff

 

Review: This book came highly recommended to me and I recommend it to others who need perspective on loving others even when it's difficult to do so in this world. Other young professionals have recommended Bob Goff’s Love Does. Bob does incorporate his faith ... hopefully you will find it refreshing to read his story and perspective on life.

 

For Motivation: 13 Things Mentally Strong Women Don’t Do By Amy Morin

 

Review: This book title kind-of gives the target audience away! Definitely for strong WOMEN. This book instructs you on HOW to be a more confident woman who stands tall. If you are intentional about your mental well-being, this book is for you. When you are done with this book, you will become a more productive and adaptable person. This research-backed book is easy to read and every woman, no matter the age, should read it because it helps you see how to live your best life that you ALREADY possess.

 

 

For Encouragement: Mercy like Morning by Jane Johnson

 

Review: This was a perfect book for slow Sunday reading. Jane Johnson wrote this book for believers that were in a season of their life that required waiting or some kind of unknown. This book gives background on what the Bible teaches during this season and how to discover truth and cast all worries aside. My favorite part of this book was at the end when she shared a couple of studies and an action plan for those who wanted to dive deeper.

 

For Professional Development: The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Secrets to Managing Productive People by Kevin Leman and William Pentak

 

Review: Even though it is an easy and fast read, I suggest taking a chapter a week to dive into it and really pay attention to what it is telling you to do. If you are in a leadership role at any level, this book is for you. Each chapter provides a different perspective. I highly recommend reading it with a notebook handy so that you can jot down important concepts for future problems or issues.

 

 

R E C O M M E N D E D   B Y   P E O P L E   W E   F O L L O W :

 

Emily Ley's List: SIMPLIFIED SUMMER READING LIST

 

Ashley Brooke’s Summer Reading List

12 books in 4 different genres

She also has a book club!

 

The Perpetual Page Turner: Your Summer Reading & Beach Read Guide For Summer 2019

 

Southern Living’s List: The Best New Books Coming Out Spring 2019

 

 

R E C O M M E N D E D   B Y   P E O P L E   W H O   F O L L O W   U S : 

 

BOOKS:

 

Originals

The Confidence Code

Disrupters

O Great One

Dare to Serve

It’s Your Ship

Leader’s Eat Last

The Why

 

PODCASTS:

 

This Sounds Fun

The Root of Evil:The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia

Crime Junkie

To Live and Die In LA

 

 

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