End of Summer Reading List

By Grace Peters, Editorial Analyst, The Memo

The end of summer is approaching, but there’s still time to get in some productive summer-reading! Here are a few titles that will help you get ahead in your career and life, or might simply help you to unwind.

Unclutter Your Life in One Week by Erin Rooney Doland

The end of summer signifies back-to-school for students and teachers, and back to the office for others. As a student, I feel especially disorganized right now! I have to finish everything that I put off all summer, and reorganize before I get back to my classes. Doland’s book will help you tackle the “physical, mental, and systemic distractions” in your life. Erin Rooney Doland has a website, unclutterer.com, where she runs a blog about staying organized.

How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

From the title alone, this book already caught my attention. A reviewer writes, “Carnegie says you can make someone want to do what you want them to by seeing the situation from the other person's point of view and ‘arousing in the other person an eager want.’ You learn how to make people like you, win people over to your way of thinking, and change people without causing offense or arousing resentment.” The classic 1937 title became a hit immediately, and the themes still ring true today.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change by Stephen R. Covey

Only seven steps to be a better person? Count me in. Covey’s book is one of the most influential audiobooks ever recorded. From a review:
“The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. From Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, millions of people have worked their way through the 7 and found in them a key to transforming their lives. Translated into thirty-four languages The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.”

The Professional Woman's Guide to Managing Men by Anna Runyan

Career coach, Anna Runyan, shares her expertise in being a leader and female in a male-dominated industry. Runyan’s website, ClassyCareerGirl.com, “exists to help women set career and business goals and reach them.” She picked up on how to thrive after years of experience in the male-dominated management field.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

This list would be incomplete without Sheryl Sandberg’s, Lean In. Why are men still holding the majority of leadership positions when women represent 50% of the world’s population? Lean In is a must-read. Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, is ranked as one of the most powerful women in the world.

The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Do you work in a startup environment? Horowitz’s book draws on his personal business ventures and experiences. Horowitz is one of Silicon Valley’s most respected entrepreneurs and is cofounder of Andreessen-Horowitz, a venture capital firm. In this book, Horowitz discusses the difficulties of running and successfully managing a startup business.

The One Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan

What is your “one thing?” Maybe One Direction knew what they were talking about when they sang, “I need that one thing!” Keller & Papasan know that you want more out of your career, your social life, your love life, and, well, life in general! The One Thing teaches you how to “cut through the clutter” of your everyday life. Tweets, texts, emails -- this book is an overview of simplicity.

Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki & Sharon Lechter

Ranked as the #1 Finance Book of all time, Rich Dad, Poor Dad explains “the difference between working for money and having your money work for you.” This book may move to the top of my must read list, because I’m finding more and more that my finances are disappearing with all the summer fun!