My Summer 2011 Reading List


Summer is in in full swing and so it is that the summer reading lists are out! I was actually inspired to do this list while I was looking around in Borders Bookstore last weekend, and yet there wasn’t a single book that I saw that I wanted to buy, except for the books that we bought for our daughter’s summer reading plan. It’s been quite some time since I actually bought a new book. No doubt, my own bookshelf if full of good stuff that needs to be revisited, after all, that’s the reason I bought them to begin with.

So I’ve been going through my own bookshelf and revisiting several books that I bought previously for my list this summer. Although there are several others that I have that are newer, these are the ones that I’m focusing on. There are some old ones and some newer ones; some spiritually focused, some business focused; some fiction, some non-fiction. I tend to go through them pretty quickly, so I’m sure that there will be others, but this makes up the list for my summer agenda.

My Summer Reading List

Jesus – The Same: The Compelling Christ Yesterday, Today and Forever I just finished this one this morning. I bought this book years ago, but it’s one of those that is worth revisiting regularly. Originally written in 1908 this book covers several different characteristics of Jesus – the “Love of Jesus”, the “Greatness of Jesus” the “Humility of Jesus” just to name a few and it’s just an awesome book.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose This is the ultimate book on building a customer-centered business. Tony Hsieh covers how he built Zappos.com in to a business centered around culture of service and have been amazingly successful – random shipping upgrades, and shipping is always free – both ways. So much to learn here.

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity I know that this book has a fantastic following and devoted adherents and I now see why. For me this is as much about getting organized as it is getting things done. Just having a system to capture and organize everything has already made an amazing difference for me. Thank you Evernote!

Think and Grow RichThis is a classic that bears revisiting. It also has a band of devoted followers who’ve been influenced greatly by this work. There is wisdom to be had from these pages and I’ve revisited this one a couple times.

Fall of Giants (The Century Trilogy) I’m a big fan of Ken Follett, ever since I was introduced by a friend to his The Pillars of the Earth. I couldn’t put it down and have gone back through that one a couple times already. Then came World Without End. Another outstanding story based on Pillars. Now, Fall of Giants is next on my list. I’m a sucker for a good story told well.

This isn’t an exhaustive list, though. I have several others in the cue waiting to be read, and I’ll post about those soon too. What’s on your list? Let me know in the comments below.

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