The Top Books to Add to Your Summer Reading List

posted 7/9/2019 in Seasonal

Lying by the lake, sitting in line for the rollercoaster, relaxing on your lunch break, wherever you find time to enjoy a good book can become a place where you slip away to another world. Books are a powerful thing; they take us to new adventures, experiences, and mindsets that we may not have had the courage to discover or create for ourselves. This summer we’d like to share some of the books that have influenced us at Lincoln Savings Bank the most; books that have given us laugher, education, and understanding.

Money Advice: Unshakeable, Tony Robbins

If you have seen Tony’s Netflix special, I am Not Your Guru, you may already know the type of tough love you will see throughout this novel. Using layman’s terms, Tony creates clear broad strokes surrounding some foundational investing wisdom, while also identifying potential red flags that may arise when working through your future financial plans.

Fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens

Getting lost in this novel is easy after delving into the first chapter. Based in the southern bayous, the main character has grown up on the outskirts of society, making the most of her situation away from civilization. This reading experience constantly showcased how a woman with grit and determination can create a home and career even in the most unlikely of circumstances.

Motivation: Year of Yes: How to Dance it Out, Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the creator of many TV shows you may know and love; shows like Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, and Scandal. Through her autobiographical novel, she shares how opening herself up to opportunities catapulted not only her success but her happiness. Year of Yes is an honest testimony to working in the film industry as a single black woman, sharing the unique stories of triumph and failure that have led her to where she is today.

Non-Fiction: Kitchen Confidential, Anthony Bourdain

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own restaurant, cook behind the counter of a kitchen, or find out where chefs get their ideas for specials? This monumental manifesto dives deep into the basements of restaurants where the action happens. Anthony ripped the hinges off the door to the culinary industry through this book, launching his voice as a journalist in the culinary community. This is not a cookbook, but after reading it, you may find a new appreciation for the hospitality industry and the people who work within it.

Fiction: A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles

In this compelling novel, a Russian aristocrat has been found guilty and is sentenced to spend the remainder of his life locked away in the Metropol hotel across from the Kremlin in Moscow. After never having worked a day in his life, aristocrat Rostov must now find fulfillment by becoming a part of this grand hotel while he watches the most turbulent decades in Russia unfold right outside his window.   This is Amor’s second novel he’s written after retiring from Wall Street in 2012.

Cookbook: Vegetables Illustrated, America’s Test Kitchen

After planting your vegetable garden, and picking pounds upon pounds of cucumbers, zucchini, tomatoes and other veggies, you may find yourself running out recipes for it all! This book is the rock upon which you can build your summertime kitchen. With recipes sorted by primary vegetable, a threshold of new recipes is only a few pages away.  Luckily, the recipes shared in this cookbook are not only scrumptious but simple and kid-friendly too!

Self-Help: The Ideal Team Player, Patrick Lencioni

Attempting to navigate the workplace can often feel like you’re aiming at a moving target. In his book, Patrick shares the importance of taking responsibility for your actions in the workplace, and how to shape those actions to best assist you and your team.  By utilizing this knowledge and shifting your focus to the betterment of others, there becomes the distinct possibility of creating the ideal team player within yourself.

At Lincoln Savings Bank we believe knowledge and education should be cherished and enjoyed. By reading books across a variety of topics, authors, origins, and perspectives, we can grow to understand the lives and experiences we don’t yet know while also sharing in the dreams and goals we have yet to create.

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