What a summer! The past few months have been crazy. From starting a new job, to moving into a new apartment and starting this blog – this summer has completely gotten away from me!
Before we jump headfirst into sweater season, I want to take a look back on a few of my favorite reads from this summer.
1. The Moment of Lift by Melinda Gates
There are so many books that never go further than diagnosing a problem. I loved that Melinda Gates’s book offered some real solutions. Gates explores the ways that poverty, tradition, and cultural taboo exacerbate gender discrimination in addition to providing concrete ways to combat these forces. This book made me rethink how I viewed leadership and corporate philanthropy and gave me hope for the future.
2. The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
One part fable, one part self-help book, The Alchemist is the perfect read for anyone in a transitional period in life. Telling the story of a shepherd’s quest to find a hidden treasure, Coelho introduces the reader to colorful characters, beautiful landscapes, and simple yet profound truths about success, love, and life. This classic read will inspire you to chase your dreams while also reminding you to respect the journey.
3. United by Cory Booker
United is a testament to the power of hope, humility, and unshakable optimism. Moving from Yale Law School to a public housing unit in Newark, New Jersey, Senator Cory Booker finds himself on the front lines of benign neglect, the drug trade, and gang violence. This book follows Booker’s journey to City Councilman and Mayor, showing that real change requires getting ones hands dirty. United calls on the reader to live their values and lead with love.
4. Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay
Cheers to all bad feminists. In a series of personal reflections on popular culture, this book attempts to answer questions like: are feminists allowed to like Robin Thicke and do feminists like pink? Her funny and poignant reflections help the reader think critically about a culture that sees women and people of color as lesser citizens – without losing their sanity or humor in the process.
5. We the Corporations by Adam Winkler
Are corporations people? The answer is more complicated than one would think. Adam Winkler traces the history of corporate personhood from the founding of the United States through the infamous Citizens United decision. He finds that corporations were actually one of the nation’s “first movers” in civil rights. Unveiling a fascinating chapter of Supreme Court history, Winkler has done the impossible and made a page turner out of corporate law.
6. Digital Minimalism
If you have ever been personally victimized by the Screentime app, this book is a must read. Cal Newport applies the principles of minimalism to the digital world in an effort to help readers reclaim their attention spans. Far from raging against machine, Digital Minimalism teaches readers how to use the internet strategically as a tool to strengthen their relationships and live more meaningful lives.