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Val's Summer Reading List

June 12, 2018


Ahh summer. The perfect time to switch off the TV and get in some reading time. Whether you are in a hammock, on a road trip, or sitting in traffic, these are 12 of my absolute favourites for business, fun, and self improvement. I am sure you'll find a little something for everyone here. Note: all links are from Amazon, (in case you need the audio or digital versions) however, you get bonus points if you support your local bookstore. 


All business


Start with Why, by Simon Sinek

Definitely one of my most-recommended books. If you are looking for a little clarification and direction for your biz, this is the best place to start. It helps you put the focus right back where it belongs, on your customer, while reminding you to start in the right place. 


TED Talks, by Chris Anderson

If you are at all interested in speaking on stage, improving your presentations, or getting more comfortable in front of a camera, this is a must read. Learn from the very best, the founder of TED Talks himself. 




Slow Journey South, by Paula Constant

Have you ever dreamed of selling it all, strapping on a backpack, and running away? This is the true story of a woman who did just that. Paula writes of her 5000 kms (3100 mile) walk in a way that lets you see the world through her eyes, and takes you on a journey of self discovery right alongside her. Warning: may wake the travel bug in you.


The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister

This book will make you hungry. It will tickle your taste buds, cause cravings, and make you feel like eating all the things. But it will also touch your heart and introduce you to characters that will make you both laugh and cry. Easily one of my favourites of all time; you will devour this book. 


Dandelion Wine, by Ray Bradbury

If you asked me my favourite book ever, most days this would be my answer. A 1957 classic, reading this book is like taking summer, squeezing it into a glass, and then drinking it all in one big thirsty gulp. It's beautiful. It's golden. It's everything a summer book should feel like. (Get a used copy that smells a little old. Trust me. It makes it that much better.)