Here are some good reads that have inspired me lately…they range in topic but all have made me think, change, smile or cry. Feel free to share your own Must-Reads!

Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard by Chip Heath and Dan Heath             This book does more than just outline the steps to change, Chip and Dan Heath provide story after story to inspire it.

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein                                                              All I can say is WOW, grab the Kleenex and get ready for a dose of heart-wrenching perspective.

The Icarus Deception, Linchpin and Tribes (All 3) by Seth Godin                                  What can I say about Seth Godin? I love his stuff! He’s unafraid of failing and he’s certainly okay with telling it like he sees it. These books range from taking risks to leading to finding the right group.

The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin                                                                   While I don’t line up with Gretchen on all of her views, which is expected, I really was able to take some of my favorite “resolutions” that she created and implement them on my own terms.

Renegades Write the Rules: How the Digital Royalty Use Social Media to Innovate by Amy Jo Martin                                                                                                             Social Media…what more can I say?

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald                                                                       Right, I know…I’m a little embarrassed to put this on the list for recent reads. I don’t know how it slipped through the cracks for me but I’m glad a movie release prompted me to dig it up!! I already have a new quote for my most loved list:

“Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone, just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” -Chapter I, Page I of the Great Gatsby

Whatever You Think, Think the Opposite by Paul Arden                                                I’ve got a few favorites by Arden. It’s really a fun read…a little weird.

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg                                                                                         The subtitle to this book is “Women, Work and the Will to Lead.”

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris                                                       David Sedaris inspires me and makes me laugh. He’s unapologetic for who he is and he’s just utterly fascinating.

Small Message, Big Impact by Terri Sjodin                                                                   I had the pleasure of seeing her speak at the Virginia Association of Broadcasters Convention this past June, which was quite engaging. This book is all about the art of persuasion.

Marcel the Shell with Shoes On: Things About Me by Jenny Slate & David Fleisher-Camp                                                                                                            Honestly, Marcel just makes me happy and I’m happy to have the book for prosperity’s sake…but there’s no knowing Marcel until you know her from her videos!! 

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith                                 This is a decent read. Goldsmith points out some bad habits to watch out for. The title really gets me thinking beyond the content of the book in some ways. READ the book, however. I first tried the audio version in which the author himself reads aloud…you’re better off on your own!

So, that’s that and here’s to summer reading!! Please do share if your own favorites…great books only get better the more they are read.

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