What to read this Summer

The sun has had its hat on for weeks and it’s glorious here in London. I can’t remember the last time I spent a day without applying factor 50 sun lotion to my three children and rummaging around for hats and glasses.

If your thoughts are turning to holidays and what to read, I have a whole list for you to choose from.

Not tonight, obviously, as there’s a certain football match on… Come on England!

Thank you to everyone who responded to my call for book ideas via Twitter @AllthingsIC and Instagram @rachelallthingsic. They’re a mixture in terms of topics and fiction/non-fiction.

I’ve also been pointed towards a reading list from CIPR Inside and Matt Ballantine @ballantine70 has a whole shelf full of recommended reads. Thank you.

What people in my network are reading…

The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon. Recommended by Adele Goodfellow @adelegoodfellow

The Future of the Professions: How Technology Will Transform the Work of Human Experts by Richard Susskind and Daniel Susskind. Recommended by Silvia Cambie @silviacambie and Laura Sutherland @laurafromaura.

From Lincoln to LinkedIn by Mike Klein from Changing the Terms@mklein818. Download the book for free (thanks Mike!). Read my review from 2011.

Bad Blood. Secrets and lies in a Silicon Valley start up by John Carreyrou.  “Compulsive” says Ann Marie Blake @ACHOOGirl.

This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. “Unashamed medical bias giving insight into how undervalued front line staff can feel and how you can lose good people if you don’t look after them.” Recommended by Dr Lesley Kay.

Rise of the Youpreneur by Chris Ducker. Recommended by Bahee Van de Bor @Girlnpurpledres. I couldn’t’ agree more, I received a copy at Chris’ Youpreneur Summit last year and will be attending this year’s Summit in November  – Rachel.

Emotional Agility: Get Unstuck, Embrace Change and Thrive in Work and Life by and Presence by . “They deserve places on your list” says Jackie Le Fevre @MagmaEffect.

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. Recommended by Colin Kelly @colinkelly.

Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by  “I recommend this, especially if going through a bit of a blip. It’s truly an inspiring book!” says Advita Patel @advita_p.

“I do think good novels of all kinds can give you better brain food and pause for thought, literally, than a mountain of “profession books”. Let Austen, Atwood and Dickens be your guide” says Paul Masterman @interimboy.

“Bit left field as fiction and not a ‘profession’ book but I’m part way through ‘Eleanor Olifant is Completely Fine’. Has got me thinking about how people listen, interpret and internalise information differently. Seeing through the lens of ‘Eleanor’ is fascinating” says Victora Ford @torfordy.

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur by Carrie Green.

“I’m currently reading The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by . Such a powerful book, essentially success comes from happiness, not the other way round. Fantastic read – my Kindle version is full of highlighted sections and notes!”  Plus, Leadership Plain and Simple by Steve Radcliffe is another good one”  says Elaine Donaghy @EDonaghy.

Tools of Titans by  says Elizabeth Chen @Elizabeth_Chen  “I started last night and already glued to it.”

So many great ideas in there!

I’m going to be offline with my family for the whole of August. I’ve had a stack of books next to my bed to read and I hope to make the time to do so.  I’ve even, gasp, downloaded the Kindle app to my phone, having said I would never do that!

So here’s to a Summer (or Winter if you’re over the other side of the world) full of riveting reads, powerful prose and wonderful words. If you fancy writing a review of something you’ve read, do check out my guidelines and let me know.

Thank you as ever for stopping by, what would you add to this list?


Post author: Rachel Miller.

First published on the All Things IC blog 11 July 2018.

Disclosure: Links go to my affiliate accounts. 



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