Whether you’re packing your back for a conference or heading to the beach with your family, summer is the perfect time to make space for reading and reflection. A good book can inform your thinking and energize your work. Here are four books to enjoy in the sunshine that can translate to bright things for your career:

  • Do Hard Things: Why We Get Resilience Wrong and the Surprising Science of Real Toughness. Steve Magness insightfully discusses what toughness is—and isn’t—and how it can work for your career. 
  • The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. Considering the thoughtful design in the world around us can spark creativity. What could happen if you reimagine the structures in your personal and professional life? 
  • Can We Talk? Seven Principles for Managing Difficult Conversations at Work. Become equipped with key strategies for handling uncomfortable and complex situations with this practical guide. 
  • Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted. Every summer list should include a memoir. This moving account from Suleika Jaouad chronicles how she rebuilt her life after cancer. It is brimming with inspiration to reinvigorate your journey.

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