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It’s nearly August, which means it’s summer reading time. But, with thousands of books published every week, how can you choose the ones worth devoting your time to? This week’s post is a recommendations round-up. From business books to literary fiction, we’re sure you’ll find something you like somewhere in these lists…

Business books

The Financial Times Summer Books of 2017: Business list compiled by Andrew Hill features cautionary tales (Faster, Higher, Farther: The Inside Story of the Volkswagen Scandal by Jack Ewing), stories of disruption (The Upstarts: How Uber, Airbnb, and the Killer Companies of the New Silicon Valley Are Changing the World by Brad Stone) and instructions on how to outwit your competitors (Red Teaming: Transform Your Business by Thinking Like the Enemy by Bryce Hoffman). And much more…

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The CMI Management Book of the Year, won in 2017 by Adam Grant’s Originals offers five shortlists to pick from:

Practical Manager – the best practical insights for managers

Management Futures – forward thinking and the skills managers need for the future of work

Innovation and Entrepreneurship – books to inspire people to innovate and develop products, services and/or organisations

The Commuter’s Read – books to keep you engaged on your journey to and from work. Or while you’re en route to your holiday (unless you’re driving, obviously. Don’t read and drive)

Management and Leadership Textbook –for those studying, unsurprisingly, management and leadership topics

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The Forbes summer reading recommendations compiled by Kimberly A. Whitler feature recommendations from C-level leaders across a whole range of sectors. Books picked include Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice, by Clayton M. Christensen, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, by Sheryl Sandberg and Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, by Angela Duckworth.

“It is not,” writes Sam Missingham on the Lounge Books website, “an exaggeration to say that the vast majority of business books are written by men.” So, she asked for recommendations from friends and colleagues on Twitter and LinkedIn, and pulled together a list of business books by women, including Meaningful: The Story of Ideas That Fly by Bernadette Jiwa, Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting It Wrong by Jessica Bacal and Radical Candor: How to be a Great Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott.

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Great business books by women at Lounge Books

Summer reading recommended by Bill Gates

The world’s second top philanthropist (he’s pipped to the post by Warren Buffet) reads a book a week, and regularly publishes recommendations and reviews on his blog. His summer reading recommendations for 2017 include Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance, A Full Life by Jimmy Carter and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

(Mostly) highbrow summer reading

The Times Literary Supplement summer reading recommendations are as literary as you might expect.

And then there are the most recent literary prize shortlists and winners.

The Man Booker Prize 2016 shortlist – fiction

Costa Book Awards 2016 shortlists

– fiction, poetry, biography, poetry and kids’ books

The Women’s Prize for Fiction 2017 shortlist – fiction

The Rathbone Folio Prize 29016 shortlist – literary fiction and non-fiction

The Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction 2016 shortlist – formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize. Literary non-fiction

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Summer reading – eclectic lists

If you’re looking for more wide-ranging selections, good places to start are

GQ‘s picks for June and July 2017

Elle‘s What to read in 2017


Publishers Weekly‘s summer reading recommendations

Alternatively, if you’ve the time to spare, you can find reading inspiration by ferreting through the The Guardian‘s Not the Booker Prize nominations. As I write, there are approximately 800 recommendations…

Happy reading!

Other bookish posts on the Executive development blog

10 Leadership holiday reads

Business book round-up

Networking Know-How

Why we should implement the future of work now

Millennials turning ideas into business

Taking a break

The Executive Development blog is taking a short break in August. We’ll be back soon with more news, information & opinion.

See you then!

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