Your Reading List: Curl Up With a Powerful Book

your summer reading list

Between county fairs, FFA camps, summer school and afternoon swimming, take time to lose yourself in a good book. Develop your premier leadership, personal growth and career success this summer reading some inspiring, motivating and challenging books. Here are some of our favorites:

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

While conducting research on leadership, successful businessman Stephen Covey began to notice a series of habits that were common among leaders. In his book, Covey discusses the foundation for developing into a leader and successful person. Written in 1989, this book of short lists is far from outdated. In fact, it’s one of the most highly regarded leadership books available, especially since its universal rules are appropriate for readers of all ages and experiences.

How Full Is Your Bucket?

Looking for a short but powerful read? This book, written by Tom Rath and only 128 pages long, is based on the theory that life is a bucket and how happy you are determines how full your bucket is. Happiness in life often lies in simplicity, and this clear, concise book of quotes and stories is the perfect summer-afternoon read.

The Last Lecture

The tradition of “The Last Lecture” at a university takes an inspiring turn when Professor Randy Pausch discovers he has six months to live. Instead of focusing on death, Pausch presents his students with a speech about living, achieving personal dreams, enabling the dreams of others and truly living each day as though it were your last. While the book was originally written for Pausch’s three young children as a voice of fatherly advice for them to receive after his passing, its universal message has inspired millions of readers.

Lose Your Cool

What are you passionate about? Why? No matter your reasons or your desires, you must make big sacrifices to achieve your goals. This book, written by Zach Hunter, is a collection of stories about people who have used their passions to change the world. From celebrities to everyday citizens, people are changing the world because they are passionate.

Cure for the Common Life

The world loves big things – lottery winners, Facebook, the Kardashians and other rags-to-riches stories. Max Lucado’s book Cure for the Common Life is a refreshing read that focuses on enjoying the simpler things in life. Not many people will make a large imprint on the entire nation, but we all have the opportunity to make large impacts on a smaller number of people.

The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

One of the most-read books on leadership of all time, The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership discusses leadership, but in an extremely approachable way. John C. Maxwell uses his 30-plus years of experience to boil leadership down into 21 life-changing principles. Maxwell believes in the concept that leaders are taught, not born, and his book can help you learn how you can be a leader.

– Beverley Kreul