Summer reads… So far… SO Good!

Just for fun. My husband calls James Patterson novels ‘brain candy’ because they don’t take much thought. Cross Justice is the newest in the Alex Cross Detective series. This book cost me exactly one pretty beach day… It’s a fast read… like all of his brain candy. It’s horrifyingly gruesome. And worth every mind numbing minute. Alex travels back to his childhood home in NC and learns so much more than he planned to learn.

Then some Business Books.

Content Inc.: How Entrepreneurs Use Content to Build Massive Audiences and Create Radically Successful Businesses  by Joe Pulizzi. This book tickled my brain in so many ways. As the relationships between consumers and businesses evolve in this age of technology and social media, content strategies make or break brands. This book is one of the ones I’ll re-read many times. The first time was stimulating. To really take away the messages means further study. Break out the red pen and post-it’s! It’s already on the class reading list… a real keeper!

Leaders Eat Last, by Simon Sinek. Anything by Simon is worth the time! I met him at a Social Media Conference a few years ago. He’s one of the smartest folks I've met. Start with Why was a great book and this one does not disappoint.

Job Search & Career Workbook, by Jason McDonald  -- SPOT ON! If you want to build (or clean up) your online presence, this workbook gives you all the tips and tricks! It’s only about $10 and it comes with dozens of online worksheets and resources.

Strong female Characters in the French Resistance… The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah moved to the top of my favorite book list. PERIOD. (Well, maybe it holds second place to my childhood favorite, A Tree for Peter by Kate Seredy.) My recommendation – READ it… NOW!  Same theme, different story… All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. My husband liked this one better than I did. It was a good beach read with interesting storylines. I guess I was hoping for another book to join The Nightingale at the top of my list. What do you think about them? They are best sellers!

Finally. I’m re-reading J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter… all 7 of them. Actually, I’ve got them queued up on my phone as audio books. Good vs. evil… with some magic wands. Almost as good as light sabers…

Up next. Not Your Parent’s Workplace: Critical Lessons for Interns and Young Professionals by Nathan Turner. I won this one and I can’t wait to see what tips and tricks I can pass along to my students!

Then. Outcasts United, by Warren St. John (It’s the New Student Reading Book for this summer at SU.)

What are you reading this summer? I'd love your suggestions -- and WARNINGS!