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Norwood Elementary School Library: Adult Summer Reading Picks

6 New Books To Read This Summer: 2016

Summer is almost here! Whether you´re planning to spend relaxing hours by the pool or you´ve got holidays scheduled for later, have a look further below and discover some exciting page-turners to make your summer even shinier and more stimulating.

I´ve only selected more recently published books (one exception!) with a mix of fiction, memoirs, personal learning, and business. So, before you start packing, take a look at these must-have summer reads. I hope that you find at least one to two books that will inspire you to think differently.

Enjoy your summer time by also expanding your literary and personal horizon!


When Air Becomes Breath by Paul Kalanithi
Once you´ll have read the book you will not be able forgetting about it. It´s a moving and elegantly written memoir by a young neurosurgeon faced with a terminal cancer diagnosis. It describes in simple and yet powerful terms the journey from a highly talented neurosurgeon to a helpless patient. Without self-pity, instead crackling with life. Although devastating, it´s inspiring, motivational and ultimately beautiful. It will prompt readers to contemplate their own values and mortality. An exceptional book animated by wonder and by the question of how we should live.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
A touching novel about two sisters during WWII in German-occupied, war-torn France. Full of life, love, action, and emotions the book highlights an intimate part of history - the women's war. It´s a fast-paced, detailed, and riveting story about two French sisters – one living in Paris, one in the countryside. Each one trying to master as good as possible war, occupation, and survival.
The book portrays the different ways people react to unthinkable situation by celebrating the resilience of the human spirit.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari 
In this highly entertaining and provocative book Harari attempts to explain how Homo sapiens came to be the dominant species on Earth. He focusses on the three great revolutions of human history: Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific. Harari presents a sweeping look at the history of humans which is written in a witty and brilliantly clear manner. Throughout, he returns frequently to another question: Does all this progress make us happier, our lives easier? If you want to learn about the history of mankind, then this one is for you.

Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight 
A mesmerizing memoir of Nike´s incredible founder Phil Knight. An open, honest, emotional, and highly engaging book about his experiences one can easily relate with. Exciting to read about the challenges and struggles which even one of the most iconic brands had faced in its early years. Regardless if you´re a business person, student, athlete or just a regular person wanting to read an inspiring book. Go ahead and explore this easy accessible story of people, brands, adventures, and victories.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
Although there are already various TED talk books on the market, this might be the best one. It does not come as a surprise, since Anderson is the one who has transformed TED talks into a global and unbelievable successful phenomenon of communication and buzz. You may not be able to deliver a TED talk right away after having read it, but you're going to get a number of ideas, concepts, and tools used by some of the best TED talks ever. Even if you never plan to give a TED talk the advices and examples of the book are extremely valuable. A splendid one!

Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration by Ed Catmull
Already shortly after its publication in 2014 this book has become an insiders´ tip. Ed, who co-founded with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter the super innovative Pixar Animation Studios, wrote an incisive book about business, leadership, creativity, and values. Punctuated, insightful, eye-opening, and packed with bold observations, vivid examples, and his astute experience. A wonderful book for anyone managing anything. The book tells an engaging story for those fascinated with creativity and how it might be fostered within oneself. One of the best books on business, (personal) growth, and leadership.

What do you think? Do you have additional recommendations of new books for this summer? Please join the conversation by leaving a comment below.