Whether your summertime plans include lounging on¬†the beach, hitting the road, or jet-setting off to some exotic locale, it’s always smart to bring¬†a good book along for the ride.
We’ve rounded up some of the most anticipated summer books on our¬†2017 reading checklist¬†to help you pack your bags accordingly.
1. “Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy” by Sheryl Sandberg
No matter how much we plan ahead, life has a way of throwing us all¬†curveballs. Sheryl Sandberg faced this inconvenient truth¬†firsthand when her husband passed away unexpectedly, leaving her to face an uncertain future without him by her side.
In “Option B,” she shares her experience alongside modern research on how to find strength in the midst of grief and adversity.
From overcoming hardships like¬†illness and¬†natural disasters to the trauma¬†of war, this book examines “the capacity of the human spirit to persevere . . . and to rediscover joy.”
2. “Astrophysics for People in a Hurry” by Neil deGrasse Tyson
Who doesn’t like Neil deGrasse Tyson? In his latest read, the¬†popular astrophysicist does what he does best: He breaks down intimidating scientific concepts in an easy-to-understand format.
Read about the universe, stars, planets, and black holes — and impress everyone with your knowledge of quantum mechanics.
3. “Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success Is (Mostly) Wrong” by Eric Barker
Everyone wants to be successful, but Eric Barker is convinced that we’ve been told all the wrong things about getting ahead. In this new book, Barker reveals “the extraordinary science behind what actually determines success and how anyone can achieve it.”
For instance, did you know that valedictorians rarely become millionaires? And did you realize that you can learn a lot from gang members, pirates, and serial killers? (Whaaat?)
Discover how to increase your confidence with Buddhist philosophies. Uncover the secret ingredient behind¬†Navy SEALs’ grit. And “find work-life balance using the strategy of Genghis Khan, the errors of Albert Einstein, and a little lesson from Spider-Man.”
4. “Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People” by Vanessa Van Edwards
Vanessa Van Edwards is a human behavior hacker, and she’s created a research lab to learn the science of human interaction.
In Captivate, she shares how to effectively work a room, read faces, and talk to anyone about anything.
5. “Confessions of a Domestic Failure: A Humorous Book About a Not so Perfect Mom” by Bunmi Laditan
Calling all hot-mess moms. As far as summer books go, this needs to be on¬†your 2017 reading checklist.
Bunmi Laditan’s latest¬†book follows career girl Ashley Keller as she transitions into her new role as a stay-at-home mom.
Hoping to excel at motherhood, Ashley enrolls in a bootcamp organized by her favorite mommy blogger.
(Spoiler alert: Things aren’t as Pinterest-perfect as they seem.)