For many in the U.S., Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. I’ve spent the whole weekend barbecuing after celebrating my Dad’s birthday yesterday and planning a potluck cook-out with friends today. I’m also taking some time to get a head start on my summer reading!
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Here is a list of some of the books I hope to get through:
The Behavior Gap: Simple Ways to Stop Doing Dumb Things with Money by Carl Richards
Human behavior, when it comes to our money and finances, is utterly fascinating to me. Carl Richards defines ‘the behavior gap’ as the difference between what we should do and what we actually do. This book draws from his experiences as a financial planner and is based on the frustrations he had when he saw people repeatedly doing dumb things with money. He realized that once people understand the behavior gap, they can acknowledge it and make better money decisions. It also gives some strategies for recognizing your own behavior gaps and moving forward despite them.
This book explores the myths, contradictions and outright lies of the financial industry. It also disproves many commonly held beliefs about spending and saving. I believe that knowledge is power so I’m hoping this book will help me understand the financial industry more completely. By understanding it better, hopefully, I can make better decisions about investing and managing money.
Thrive by Arianna Huffington
Even though Arianna Huffington is, by many traditional measures, extremely successful, she talks about how money and power are not everything. Thrive discusses the importance of well-being and uses scientific findings from the fields of psychology, sports, sleep, and physiology to discuss proven ways to improve our well-being. Given my newfound quest for intentional living, I think this will be an important read for me at this point in time.
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker
I love Jen Hatmaker’s writing; she is clever and funny. Although this is not a new book, it is newly discovered to me. In 7, Jen discusses how she never thought she was rich until she was called that by a child who was un-debatably poor. This book recounts her quest with her family to take back their lives from seven different areas where they had excess: food, clothes, spending, media, possessions, waste, and stress.
The Space Barons by Christian Davenport
This one just sounds interesting to me. It’s about the billionaires (Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Paul Allen) who are privatizing the space race and upending the governmental monopoly on space travel.
The List by Amy Siskind
I was especially intrigued by the tagline for this book: “Keep a list of things subtly changing around you so you’ll remember”. How many things tend to quickly change in a subtle fashion (our kids growing up, relationships, the weather?) What would you notice if you wrote these subtle changes down?
I tend to take the “Keep your friends close and your enemies closer” stance when it comes to politics; I always try to understand what the other side is thinking. So, no matter where you are on the political spectrum and whether you are a fan of Donald Trump’s presidency or not, I think you can get value from reading a book like this.
An American Marriage by Tayari Jones
I tend to gravitate more toward non-fiction than fiction (if you haven’t noticed by now), but sometimes I do like to use reading to escape too and this book sounds like a good one for that. This is a novel about a couple ripped apart after the husband, Roy, is convicted and sentenced for a crime he didn’t commit. It’s about their love story, how they handle it, and how their lives are changed by forces beyond their control.
Well, there you have it! There are my seven picks for summer reading. Do you have any summer reading suggestions or anything you are looking forward to reading? Let me know in the comments!
Hopefully, you also have a chance to reflect on the true meaning of Memorial Day today.
I grew up as a military child and come from a long line of service members. On this holiday, I always think of a quote from General Douglas MacArthur,
“The soldier above all other people prays for peace, for he must bear and suffer the deepest wounds and scars of war. But always in our ears ring the ominous words of Plato, the wisest of all philosophers: ‘Only the dead have seen the end of war.’”