Want to get grounded and clear? Need to be re-energized and get motivated? Looking to challenge your mindset and perspective?
If I need any of these things, I always turn to books.
My mom’s first job was in a library, and I can’t recall a single morning that she didn’t have a book on her lap eating toast in the morning while she drank tea (that is except when she was run off her feet running a bed & breakfast to make extra money for us during the leaner times). So, books have been role-modelled as a normal, pleasant, and comforting part of daily life. Perhaps that’s why my kids would say they also catch their mom with a book, tea and toast on her lap every morning. My mom was a book lover through and through and so am I.
So, here’s a list of the books that are staples on my shelf. Few are new, most are tried and true favourites. If you have them on your shelf and haven’t read it, or are intrigued based on why I feel it’s a personal fav, consider adding it to your library. Maybe something here you’ll add to your summer reading (or listening) list.
By the way, chances are, you can borrow at least some of them in print eBook or audiobook format from your local library (If you don’t have a library card or the digital library app, what are you waiting for?).
I welcome you to recommend your fav books too.
Next week I can’t wait to showcase the books my speaker friends have written over the last year or two that I know you’ll love too. Be sure to come back for more!
Sarah’s Summer Re-reading list
Dare to Lead
Leading with humility and clarity
Getting to Yes
Fisher & Ury
Negotiating so everyone wins
Patton, Stone & Heen
Where we go wrong with tough conversations and how to fix that to have stronger relationships
Start with Why
Understand the core of what is most important in work and life
Robert B. Caldini
How to prime conversations to gain commitment and get a ‘yes’
The First 90 Days
Michael D. Watkins
How to transition into a new role with success and confidence
Grenny, Patterson, Maxfield, McMillan, Switzer
How to increase ability and motivation to change at an individual, group and system level
Do the KIND Thing
How a company led with a kindness first approach and the culture that resulted
Emily Nagoski & Amelia Nagoski
How women experience stress and overcoming societal barriers to wellbeing
Carol S. Dweck
How to cultivate a learner rather than fixed mindset for better results and satisfaction
The Little Book of Lykke
What the happiest people and countries do differently
Martin E.P. Seligman
Positive psychology’s perspective on what true lasting happiness and meaning looks like and how to realize it
How to break and form sustainable habits that matter to you
What books would you add to this reading list?
Put your fav books in the comments below. Look for another blog this summer where I’ll be sharing some amazing book recommendations from speaker friends of mine. (I’m still devouring them they’re so hot off the presses…more on that soon!) You may be ready for more book suggestions by then!
PS. – I’m so honoured to be on some of your readings lists this summer!